Originally posted by Joecool:
Originally posted by NCommand:
Originally posted by Joecool:
Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Boldin and Manningham were both open, that was a bad play by Kaepernick by locking in on VD.
I remember that last play. I felt Mario should have slanted shorter right into the group of 3 defenders or stopped right in front of them for a short curl. This play appeared to be a one read designed timing play to VD on the motion out similar to what we used to run for Jerry. Take a look at Mario on the gif. He obviously runs around the group of defenders as his initial vector was right into the group. If he seals that or even cuts in front of them, they don't catch VD and it is VD one on one with the CB which I will take anyday.
If you notice, Mario ended up at the same level as Boldin, which is not right. Mario should have been on the underneath level. The lack of execution on this play was all on him.
That was like this past w/e's INT to VD. Nobody bought Boldin's clear-out route for a second...they must have scouted this one; inside the RZ get ready for a sprint right toss to...oh wait...we're still doing that!
This play would be prefect if they redesigned it to have the WR stop on a Curl and then begin to shuffle to the sidelines which will clear up VD or clear up the backside WR even more as attention will be on the WR running the curl and shift to the right. In case both VD and Boldin are covered, then you rifle one to Mario's ankles or knees hoping he will drop and catch it at the goalline.
If the play were designed against zone coverage then yes, but this play is designed against man-coverage. The reason Manningham runs his route so deep is because they're anticipating man coverage and he's supposed to run a "rub" route to pick off Boldin's man. They run the play action to hold the LB on Vernon. A lot of teams try and blitz near the goal line on us to take away any runs(ala Ravens 4th down in the SB). So we expect man coverage, the run fake(in man coverage) puts a lot of pressure on the LB covering Davis, is the LB does well the next read is to Boldin on a double crossing route "rub" combo with Manningham and the 3rd read being Kap running. I think Kap really does make the correct progression read on this play, it's a good call by Carolina near the goal line. They believed in their guys being able to stop the run without blitzing. I don't think Kap looked towards Boldin because of the depth of the Corner in his zone, throwing back across your body against zone coverage can be a very dangerous throw. After the play fake he turned around and saw zone coverage with the DE having a free release at him, he tried to take what was there. I think, given the circumstances and design of the play he made the right choice. I would rather take an incompletion there with than have kap try and play so loose and fast with the ball, 9/10 times throwing back across your body against zone coverage is gonna get you picked off.