I think, when you look back on the entire season, you have to say this was a disappointing year for Kap's development. To my eye he's played the same game for the last eight weeks. Except last night he did it against a much better defense. REsult, 3 turnovers in 15 minutes to seal the loss.
Do I put it all on Kap? No. He didn't get much help from Roman. Absolutely atrocious job setting up the run for Frank. That really put every other aspect of our offense in the crapper. And because Roman's such a super genius, I expect him to be calling the corner fade 5 times a game now until he shows the world that, really, it was the right call. What an ass. Thanks for giving Richard Sherman a chance to have a great moment, then open his mouth and ruin it all.
Kap is not really that much farther along than he was in October in my opinion. He's still uncomfortable making 2nd 3rd reads -- it's the exception not the rule -- he sticks with his favorites too long, does not deliver in for the short passing game, does not seem to trust rookies, and did not really get Frank the ball through the air -- all season long. These are things I expect from a star qb -- someone who is not just an order taker in the grand roman machine. I think there's a reason crabs turned cold on him.
The whole chunk yardage offensive philosophy designed around kaps arm strength leaves me cold. Watching Seattle LB's spy on Kap most of the time, I thought we would set up Gore, Hunter, James for some easy yards with swing routes and delays. But no. More Roman supergenius. Why run a play for 5 yards, when you can run one for 20? Isn't 20 better? It's 15 better. I feel like I am watching a Spinal Tap offense.
One liability that I didn't expect with Kap was that he is frankly a klutz in the pocket. Low awareness of pressure, slow acceleration, little body control. He also has a hard time with the intangibles that great quarterbacks bring to the table -- the play fakes, pump fakes, looking off db's, figuring out the right touch to put on the ball to get it to target. Get's a lot of passes blocked too.
Based on his progress, evaluating this entire season, it's hard for me to envision this guy at this time next year scanning a variety of options on a regular basis, throwing a variety of balls accurately. Not in this offense. Can he get there? Maybe. I'm just saying that he didn't make the progress I was hoping for during the year.
He didn't get the job done against a very good Seattle D. Even with some miracle opportunities. Based on the last 10 weeks, if we were to play Seattle in a year, and
we were behind in the 4 th quarter, I wouldn't expect a different outcome. Laser lock instinct + little reaction to what is seen + mediocre delivery = turnover.
That equation won't change.
I believe in Jim Harbaugh's prescription of competition. I think we keep a 2nd or 3rd round option available for a young developing QB who has good eyes and a little shiftiness. See what happens.
The team we have is the team we have. A contender not a champion. We need to tinker a little more to get over the top -- starting with the O.
Also, losing Bowman will be very hard. We won't have the #2 or #3 defense in the NFL to keep us in games and score points our offense can't.
I think that's the real challenge.
[ Edited by brodiebluebanaszak on Jan 20, 2014 at 7:05 PM ]