Originally posted by Axl49:
Exactly. Why would you sit the qb who ready to win now( before this becomes an Alex hate or love fest im just pointing out the obvious he is 9-0 at the moment) for someone who is RAW and is a project. Its all about winning now not later. Gore doesnt have much time left Smith either and who knows if crabs returns or not. If he doesnt return what does that mean for this team going foward if Kap cant move the ball without him.He can have ok or bad games where he throws ints or what not but he has to move the ball in return. We all hated every qb after Garcia for not being able to pass the ball efficiently. Kap is not doing it efficiently right now and its obvious and teams know this.
Like Marvin said, Aaron Rodgers sat behind Brett Farve for 4 years. Harbaugh and Baalke decided to give Kaepernick the ball after 1.5 years.
Clearly Kaep isn't ready to throw to no name receivers. With Bolden blanketed by the Panther D, how many incomplete passes were thrown to McDonald, Baldwin, Hunter, or James in the Panther game?
The only bright spots were the throws over the middle to Gore, (haven't seen many of those this season), and the fact that Bruce Miller is the third ranked receiver. When you have an abundance of shifty RBs who can make people miss in space, and your 1 and 2 WRs are injured, wouldn't it make sense to design pass plays to your running backs, even playing Hunter and James on the same play in a spread look if necessary?
And how about tall, long strider Jonathan Baldwin? In the second half of the Panther game, Steve Smith caught at least 4 deep outs in which he came back to the first down marker after breaking off a deeper route. With Baldwin's size and Kaep's arm strength, Kaep should be throwing him deep outs up high where Baldwin is the only one that can catch the ball. Did you see that route? Did you see any balls thrown Baldwin's way? Did you see Baldwin in the game?
Similarly, Vance McDonald has been used primarily as a blocker in the power running game. He would have had that seam catch, but the Panthers ILB made a great play to break it up. Other than that, how many short passes was McDonald the primary receiver? How many drag routes over the middle? Remember, a TE is a QB's best friend, and with the last ranked passing attack, Kaep could sure use one. I would imagine delay routes in which McDonald blocks for a beat than runs a route would have been open all day. With Vernon out of the game and the Panthers coming off the edge, why don't we run those routes with McDonald being the primary receiver? With Crabtree on injured reserve, and the Panthers blanketing Bolden, why not make McDonald the hot receiver, letting Kaep look off Bolden to give McDonald time to slip off his block?
Contrast McDonald's use to how the Saints brought Jimmy Graham in as a rookie. They featured him as a receiver, and hoped his blocking would improve. But we don't play rookies if we can help it cause rookies make mistakes. And our coaches and GM are very, very conservative in their play calling.
The Saints, who take many more chances than the 49ers, on defense with blitzes and on offense with the highest ranked passing attack, are a 2 point favourite on Sunday.
In a couple of years, Kaep may be a complete enough QB to throw to any no name receiver on the field. But this year, with the last rated passing game in the NFL, receivers he isn't comfortable throwing to, and conservative play calling, we won't be going back to the SB.
Too bad for "The Cowboy" and Frank Gore, they won't be getting a ring this year, and they don't have many left.