There tons of blame to go around. Kaepernick has MASSIVE flaws in his game right now and is not playing with confidence which is evidenced by his hesitation to make throws to open players, holding onto the ball, not trusting the reads AND/OR making the wrong reads.
The problem is, his flaws are compounded and magnified by some of the horrific calls and formations Roman is putting out there. Carolina knew some of our plays even before the snap and you could see them yelling to their teammates what the call was. We are missing vital aspects of a diverse passing attack and that falls mostly on Roman. CK does need to execute many of the calls better, but Roman has GOT to call not only BETTER plays, but DIFFERENT plays and use some creativity please.
We need more of the following:
* Deep routes, with one or more underneath options so in the case the deep routes are not options, they still can function as "clear-out" routes. Additionally, the deeper the DBs run.. the more open field CK has to take off downfield as well. It's not rocket science. Deep route not there? Drop it to the outlet. Outlet not there? Run.
* Screens -- both to the RBs and WRs. The passes to Miller are designed roll-outs to the flat. Those do not count as "screens".
* More quick-hitters. The 5 and 7-step drops aren't going to fly if we're facing heavy pressure. Quick slants, timing routes, quick outs. HOT ROUTES. We simply aren't hitting anything resembling a hot route right now.
* More roll-outs that incorporate misdirection. See: Monday night game a couple years back against Pittsburgh. Alex drops a perfect backside throw to Vernon Davis. Play is a disguised roll-out to the right. Smith rolls right, stops, sets feet and suddenly looks left and lofts a beautiful ball to Vernon who is the only receiver running a route to the left.
[ Edited by OnTheClock on Nov 16, 2013 at 9:23 PM ]