C'mon, 4lyphe, read NC's explanation of what I wrote. The 2-3 second passes, or 1-3 steppers, are the START of getting the box 8 or 10 off the LOS. Then once off the LOS, the rest opens up. I wasn't saying the 2-3 step passes are what you throw all game long. That is just the way you back 10 guys off LOS. Please reread NC's simple explanation.
As for not having any of our receivers get off the LOS and thus get open, well, here's a novel thot. I am the first one to think of this
. Instead of just having 2 targets in the pattern, have 5. We then would have a 250% greater chance of at least one guy getting open. The way roman has only 2 guys as targets has 1) been picked up by all 31 opposing Ds, and 2) proven that a good part of the time we CAN'T get either of 2 targets off the LOS. Is there anybody else in the NFL in recent memory who just uses a two target system? Not to my recollection. But nope, thru trickery and whatever, roman madly schemes trick plays to get 2 (TWO) receivers open. Besides being stupid that is just plain dumb. The more receivers (WRs, TEs, RBs) in the pattern, the greater chance of finding at least one guy open. OK, I get it, that kap seems unable to go thru a progression of more than 2...or occasionally 3. But make those routes closer, shorter and maybe, just maybe, kap can learn to spot someone open if everybody is just 6-8 yds away. A second or even better idea is to drill kap with going thru progressions, altho all up close. How hard can that be? Yet brain fart roman wouldn't do that. WHY? Because he wants to run brilliant plays, all thot up by him, called by him... and the only one he impresses is himself. Having an OC who thinks up cute trick plays while Rome burns( or the 49ers lose themselves out of the playoffs) is a recipe for disaster. Incidentally, the crack about being the first one to think of having multiple receivers to throw to is tongue in cheek. 31 other NFL teams use that tactic. The fact that we don't is just flat unexplainable, stupid, and futile.
It is possible Kap is just a one trick pony. But just as I said when alex was here, "Hey, get him a decent OL and at least a half decent OC, and THEN let's see what alex...(and now Kap can do)". The book has not yet been written on kap, because he has a stinker for an OC, who inspires no one....especially his Qb. So those calling for kap's head, remember alex. Once he got his good HC, JH, he became all he could be...a very capable QB...some might say a very good one. Well, kap got his HC, but he also got a doofus for an OC...and why in the world Coach Harbaugh has put up with roman's ineptitude is beyond me.
, yes we do have personnel for the long ball game. But we don't have an OL that gives Kap more than 3 seconds max (against elite teams, all with the BIG RUSH), and worse, kap folds under BIG RUSH pressure. Take off the pressure, say against the jags, Tampa Bay....all the weak sister teams, and hey, the long ball works just fine. Kap has plenty of time to throw the 5-7 step drop. But against the elites, there is no time, so even if we have the personnel, our QB doesn't have the time. So the issue against elite teams is "NO TIME", not "NO PERSONNEL" Wouldn't it be nice if we had an OC who recognizes a totally different game plan has to be used against the big rush teams? Sadly, we don't.
[ Edited by pasodoc9er on Nov 17, 2013 at 9:44 AM ]