Originally posted by sking20854:
Originally posted by Phil:
We had turnovers and Hunter almost ran for almost 100 yards that game. We also beat the Texans 34-3 and our passing game wasn't good that game.
We had one turnover in that game and it did not lead to the offense scoring since it was a fumble in the second half that was scooped up for a TD.
I feel like you're relying on the stats to explain this game when the reality is that Kap led them on 4 scoring drives before the half and it was never close after that first pass to Miller.
I'm not saying Kap doesn't have room to improve but saying that he played poorly in three of those game you mentioned when he was over 60% passing leads me to believe that your only measure of a good passing game is whether Kap has thrown for ~300yds.
Not relying on stats. I watched every single game. Kap struggled and our passing game was lacking most of the season. It was mediocre when Crabtree came back. Kaepernick struggled making the transition from the read option. Denying this is just silly. There's a reason he was limited to so few attempts after the early season meltdown. There's a reason teams were stacking the box daring us to throw. Going into teh second Seattle game he ranked 33'rd in completion percentage. 33'rd.
Why would Steve Young say this?
""That's going to be a very difficult thing for Colin to master. He's going to have to tie his legs in training camp. Literally, he should tie his legs, physically, so he can't do anything but throw from the pocket,"....."This is a big moment for the 49ers entering the future. I think the challenge is going to be how he develops and how do they use him," said Young. "Because guys with legs, they have to transition. It's not about the legs; it's can you develop into that guy who can orchestrate from the pocket. If he's going to be like that, he needs to develop still. And then you're paying him $61 million guaranteed — you have to expect that that's going to be the development that takes place."
Why would Montana say this?
"I like his mobility and that he's getting the ball downfield, but sometimes, he needs to be more accurate in the pocket with pressure. The game is changing. Nobody wants to throw with pressure anymore. But the guys who can win in this league are the ones who can make throws from the pocket." "Kaepernick still needs to get better at that, he'll look and then he's off and running. I still think the thing is the pocket and making those tight throws from the pocket. He'll make some,but a lot of times guys are wide open, and he misses them."
"So many different things come up from the college game, like the run-and-shoot. What happens? It always come back to, 'Can the guy throw the ball from the pocket?' You'll see some things catch on for a while, and then they disappear. How long did the Wildcat last in the NFL?"
There's also a reason we brought Witfiield in. To work on some of the issues and help his pocket game progress to a more consistent level. We didnt bring Goerge in to work with backups. Because his pocket/passing game does in fact need to improve. Does this mean Young and Montana hate Kap and are Alex Smith fans? Of course not. Do I want to do a game by game play by play analysis? No, but I will if people keep implying I'm some sort of Kaepernick hater. It is as I said, if we see the Kap from most of last season we're in trouble. Our passing game/Kap needs to improve early in the season to make up for defensive players being MIA. Kap needs to go through progressions on a more consistent basis. Stop thinking run run run. Put a softer touch on certian passes. Hit WR's in stride more often. Work on passes with more of an arch for the redzone. This season we'll have, at times, 4 very good WR's on the field at the same time, with VD as well. He needs to be able to hit the open man because there will be one open on more plays than not. He needs to make D's pay for stacking the box on most other plays. Has to utilize checkdowns more often. We need to design more passing plays to RB's. More screens. We also need to take more shots down the middle.
The main issue, as I see it, is most of his football experience was in the read-option. Making the transition to more of a pocket passer, also while his WR corps was lacking, was an uphill battle. This year he has a full WR stable and an entire 2013 season and offseason to prepare for a different style of play than he was use to.I think he'll improve and as a result I think we'll pass more. I'm thinking he'll put up around 63% completion percentage on the season with around 3600 yards, 30 TD's and abvout 13-14 ints IF he can utilize all our WR's from the pocket.