I've been lurking this board for awhile but after this game, I had to come out of the shadows and add my two cents.
Honestly, I wasn't all that confident we'd win against Seattle in their house. All I was hoping for was a respectable game and that all of the Niners would come out healthy. AT LEAST that
Kap really surprised me. His performance tonight was the polar opposite of his performance last week in GB in which I thought he looked poised, confident, and in full control. Tonight, I think he looked and played scared and I don't believe he was all the way there mentally. Obviously his time clock managing needs a lot of work but one thing that concerns me is that he has this habit of putting way too much focus on one or maybe two guys in a game and totally disregards exploring his other options to make plays. He often tends to overdo it and go for big, flashy plays all the time when its unnecessary. Saw it with Crabtree in the playoffs and the SB last year and it looks like this same habit is carrying over into this season. That's one thing that needs to be nipped in the bud and irks me to my core.
Overall, I was disappointed in Kap tonight and I make no excuses for his play. He played poorly, period. But does this one game early in the season @ Seattle cloud my judgement on his ability and what he can be capable of? Of course not.
Another concern is this game really exposed how weak the receiving corps really is. Able to get by an average at best D in GB but they looked especially mediocre against a superior top tier d-line like Seattle. Boldin looked every bit his age and was easily shutdown (plus, Seattle was able to prepare for him unlike GB who were taken by surprise); and again, a lot more of nothing from the other WRs outside of him. It cannot be ignored any longer. If this continues, it's going to continue to be a problem. Tonight makes the "Michael Crabtree who?" threads from last week look comical. If Crabs was in, I don't think we would've went down like this. This only makes resigning and extending Crabtree after this season much more of a priority more than ever. Not going to be cheap, but it's going to be worth it.
I hope this game serves as a reality check for the coaching staff who stunk it up just as much (if not more). Wonder how the offense will transition further into the season. I, for one, am done with the RO. Wouldn't mind if we never use it again TBH. Killed us first half.