Originally posted by dwett:
Hey Marvin, This is more about the last few weeks vs only the Cardinals game. Felt you would be the one to ask. Over the last few week, really after the Colts game, I have felt I am seeing more plays run under center vs the shotgun formation.
In the "Wide receivers ARE getting open" thread, NCommand and thl408 had an interesting conversion going about the WCO and how we are not running a similar offense.
The idea of looking beyond your primary WR is key in the WCO but no as much in our playcalling. The question I had to them is are we slowly working Kaep into being more comfortable under center since he was primarily a Shot gun QB all his life.
I thought I had seen more plays under center and my first thought was it was due to the fact Frank is simply a better running back in those cases, but am wondering if we are also trying to get Kaep more comfortable under center, to open our playbook up with some WCO philosophies.
Just wanted to get your thoughts on what you are seeing and if I am wrong in feeling we have gone under center more often the last two weeks.
Well...just my 2 cents...saying the 49ers don't run a true WCO is both correct and incorrect. NOBODY runs the true WCO as it existed with Walsh, but EVERYONE runs aspects of it. Its also about more than just the plays on the field...its about how you adjust, how you practice...everything.
Also, the 49ers seem to do different things from week to week, so saying what we are or are not doing is constantly changing.
My personal opinion is that Kap is trusting his arm a bit to much by forcing the ball to his first read even if he is barely open and is missing some secondary reads because of it. PLayers aren't really getting open in terms of their progressions...IE...Vernon Davis might be breaking wide open down the field but if he's the 3rd read Kap isn't going to get to him if he sees the 1st or second open.
Its been drummed into everyones heads that Boldin is open when he isn't open and I kinda think Kap has taken that too much to heart and will throw to him even with defenders all over him. If he's the first read, Kap is going to throw that ball into tight coverage and never even get to a second read that might be more open. He can't see all receivers at all times.
I'm not saying this isn't Kaps fault BTW...just saying he needs to work through this and a primary receiver who creates more separation (like Crab) could do wonders for 2 reasons...
1) He will get separation more often
2) Will be easier to recognize if Kap needs to move to the second read.
Just my 2 cents.
[ Edited by Marvin49 on Oct 16, 2013 at 9:29 AM ]