Originally posted by Mr.Mcgibblets:
There are few of these plays per game. It would irresponsible (and quite frankly, insulting to the QB) if these plays were the norm for our offense. In our last game, over 90% of the pass plays contained multiple receiving options. To state otherwise is just a blind attempt to conceal the QB's inabilities to make multiple reads. And yes.. we know the QB can make these reads.. but he has been greatly struggling to do so this season. The receiving options are not keeping their backs to the QB... they are running routes and turning to the QB to make themselves available as options to throw to. I am going to stop with this redundant point, but it's been tough to do so thus far, as this whole premise is false.
They are the norm of our passing game. We pass less than 25 times a game, you'll see that is what it is. On a bulk of the plays, not necessarily the vast majority but at least 8 of them you will see that he only has a single read for the entire play.
I've already said that I think Kap doesn't have the ability to properly make reads. He needs to improve and show progress but it is hard to do when our offense is predictable and our coaches send in plays that are designed to get 1 particular player open.
Prove that the premise is false, our traditional personnel group is designed to have the defense think run first and when your eligible players consist of a RB (that never is involved in the passing game), FB, a #2 blocking TE (that is an unproven rookie), #1 TE in Vernon, and Boldin. We are at most scheming to have 2 players be open at a time because Miller and Gore almost always stay in to block with Vance blocking and occasionally running routes with Vernon and Boldin typically operating in the long and short areas of the field respectively.
Even if you swap our Miller for players like Kyle Williams, Jon Baldwin, Marlone Moore, they are targeted so little that defenses barely pay attention to them. Getting Mario back may shift this a bit as he was targeted 6 times and when Crabtree returns we may finally see a dynamic 3 WR set with Vernon as the TE but don't get it twisted, we are a flawed offense right now.
You would rather blame the young QB, who is at fault, over the coaches, who are also at fault. Either way you slice it our offense is has a weakness and it is predictable and incapable of versatility, something Harbaugh places a high priority on.
[ Edited by sfout on Nov 12, 2013 at 8:52 AM ]