Originally posted by real9erfan:
Originally posted by Psinex:
Originally posted by natrone06:
Originally posted by Psinex:
What do you think about Kaepernick ignoring his receiving options underneath? On one play, I saw Kaepernick scrambling away from the rush with Frank Gore running wide open down the middle. Gore shrugged in the middle of his route. On the pass to Bruce Miller, he went through every single progression before it looked like he dumped off a pass to Miller as if he had nothing better to do. He seems to be repulsed by the idea of throwing underneath.
No kidding. But Kaepernick ignores his outlet passes and underneath routes to the point where he's almost greedy for long plays. If he took more underneath routes, he would eat up more clock and extend drives. With Kaepernick, it seems like it's either feast or famine. Yesterday, everything worked out well because our passing game tore up Green Bay's secondary, but let's not fool ourselves. Several of their key starters were out, and they were playing undermanned.
Against a better defense like Seattle, Kaepernick's most likely not going to throw for 400 yards. If our running game can't get going, we are going to be in big trouble. We will need shorter completions to get down field with the occasional long strike. Balance is the key.
Wow, talk about nitpicking. This is after a performance where Kap threw for over 400 yards, had 3 TD passes, no interceptions, a passer rating of 130, and a 10.5 YPA average. And you're complaining because you don't think he's checking down quickly enough? He checked down when he had to and a couple of those plays resulted in big gains. Kap just takes what the defense gives him, and he did a pretty good job of that yesterday. Of course he's not going to be perfect, but that was what I would consider a pretty outstanding performance. But all of a sudden we want nothing short of absolute perfection from our QB?
My issues with Kaepernick's style of play originate well in advance of yesterday's game. If you go back to last season, Kaepernick had very much the same approach. Look as far downfield as possible while it seems like he almost completely ignores what is developing underneath. On what would have been a pretty big gain with Frank Gore, had Kaepernick gotten the ball to him on time, he could have gashed his way for a good 20 yards. Same goes for the dump off pass to Bruce Miller. He waits an eternity before dumping off the ball to an outlet/checkdown receiver. If you get it to them quick, they'll have enough time to get RAC. Kaepernick often waits too long, and by the time he dumps the ball off, the defenders have the play contained.
I see the game with Green Bay as an anomaly, since their defense was one of the worst in the league last year in yards and points surrendered. We could be in for a violent wake-up call next week if they try to live on the deep pass. While Bruce Irvin and Clemons are still out, possibly Avril as well, Seattle will probably put on more consistent pressure, along with the effect of the 12th Retard. The Seattle secondary could put some hard hits on Boldin if we go pass crazy. I want to see much more of a commitment to the running game and take the pressure off Kaepernick to throw it, exposing himself in the pocket.
While a quick strike down field could help take the 12th Retard out of the game, it could also result a back-breaking turnover that dooms us to a repeat of last year's game. While I consider a lot of the failure to be attributed to Kaepernick's virgin experience coupled with Greg Roman's bone-headed strategy in Seattle, I am concerned that they might go up there with a similar plan. As we like to say in business and different walks of life, K.I.S.S. keep it simple, stupid. In this case, it might be changed to keep it simple in Seattle, stupid. Otherwise the 12th Retard could get the best of us.