Originally posted by WRATHman44:
As much as I have been frustrated with our red zone play calling and play design, I liked this play. Kap has options to either side. The attention on Boldin, combined with his physicality, spring LMJ completely free. Crab is isolated on the right. I think Kap looks toward Boldin because the d is clearly in Man coverage, and he wants to see if the LB responsible for LMJ gets caught in the wash (see also: manhandled by Boldin). I think this is the initial read, but Boone loses leverage so quickly on the inside that Kap needs to bail out, and escaping right negates the option to throw left.
By the time he spots Crabtree, the space Crab has before reaching the sideline would be eaten up before the ball arrives, giving the db time to catch up and make a play. That ball would need to be thrown at the break for crab to catch it at a dead run (preserving the space his route running created). This still shots are great, but they lead to the assumption that the ball could arrive in the moment that is pictured. Kap needs to flip his hips and chamber the ball to throw it, and the ball still needs time to travel through the air, at a shallow lateral angle (advantage: defense on flat angles). I could certainly be wrong, but I think this was a consideration that caused Kap to hold the ball. Throwing to a WR on the sideline became a much easier throw once Kap was also on the sideline.
Usually for me, it's very easy to see the design of the play and who the target was. This one had me totally confused in that I thought the fake toss to James left, the stare-down to Boldin on the left (holding the LB's which worked BTW) and the crash-down by Boldin on the left was all designed to free up and isolate Crabtree on the right in 1on1. If CK pulls off his "look off" on Boldin just a 1/2 second quicker and pulls the trigger just before Crabtree's cut, it's an EASY TD. But now, the more I watch it, it seems like an AR2 design to get James the ball on the swing pass with Boldin crashing down and blowing up James' man (literally, throwing him to the ground). James is wide open but CK didn't pull the trigger right away to him OR Crabtree so I'm left wondering if the design was flawed, their was miscommunication on the routes, or CK himself threw off the timing, he hesitated (again) in the RZ (common), etc. But either way, the design could
certainly work to either side with no hesitation. I hope we come back to it some day.
[ Edited by NCommand on Dec 18, 2013 at 8:32 AM ]