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Let me give some more explanation as to where Kaepernick shoulders blame and maybe you can offer some Roman examples in return. Kaepernick has a really tough time handling blitzes, which has led to a lot of sacks busted pass plays. If you're getting blitzed, then you know there are guys out there in single coverage. At some point you need to make that quick throw once you hike the ball and catch the single defender off guard. At some point you need to trust Boldin or Manningham to nab that quick throw right before you get clobbered.
This is of course nonsense, Kaepernick's QB rating versus the blitz is around 110 this season. The bigger problem is that Carolina had a lot of free blitzes today, guys coming in like a freight train, unblocked, untouched....etc. There's nothing a QB can do about that when he's blindsided multiple times. There were no offensive adjustments made to account for the blitz, RB's moving out as checkdowns, screens, quick passes, etc. You can't have a QB doing 7 step dropbacks when you know the defense is bringing the house, that is just ridiculous.
Kaep never does it. All year, never has. Under any kind of pressure he just drops back one mile and starts running around like a headless chicken to either throw it away, make a futile incomplete pass, or get sacked. I have yet to see him make a quick throw into single coverage off a blitz and get intercepted for it, which means he isn't making these throws.
He's made plenty of throws to beat blitzes, not sure where you're getting this from, but for the most part he's done well when blitzed, Kaepernick has a 110 QB rating when blitzed, Cam Newton has a 70 QB rating when blitzed. For the most part I think Kaepernick does a good job of getting the ball out, but somebody has to get open for him to throw to. When you only have 1 or 2 guys running routes, even with a blitz the defense can maintain coverage.
Why isn't he? Perhaps the play is poorly designed for them, or maybe it's just because he fails to read defenses and is caught off guard by blitzes. Why would I think this is more likely? How about we look at the fact that Kaep makes poor decisions on read options, such as keeping the ball that one play and getting clobbered immediately by Greg Hardy on a blitz instead of handing it off to Gore so he can slip right past the blitzer?
I would say its the former and not the latter. Go back to the Cardinals game, when the 49ers kept coming after Palmer, Arizona responded by getting the ball out to space to Ellington and they repeatedly gashed the 49ers. When have you seen the 49ers make that adjustment this season? When have you seen Roman regularly call slants and screens period? They tried what......2 or 3 screens today? A halfhearted attempt to Kyle Williams on 3rd and forever.....an attempt to Manningham that went through his hands and a third to Bruce Miller that the defense jumped all over. What has the playcalling done to ease the blitzing on the 49ers offense?
You act like this is new and only connected to Kaepernick, since 2011, this team has struggled mightily with defenses that stopped the run and blitzed them heavily, since 2011 this offense had not had an answer to those defenses, regardless of who was playing at QB. Baltimore in 2011 set the template to beating this offense and nothing has been done since to counter it. Why do defenses keep employing this formula against the 49ers? Because the playcalling does nothing to counter it. They stumble and bumble through it, and then go on to beat up a scrub team the following week and pat themselves on the back over it.