He's holding the ball far too long and when he does scramble he's looking to slide way before he heads up field. They told him, "Avoid the hits, protect yourself', thereby negating two of his major assets, his legs and his instincts. This staff has over-coached him into mediocrity. They stuffed his head with their hyper-complex offensive "schemes" and forgot about some basic football. Sometimes simplicity is elegant. When you have superlative manpower, why resort to trickery or arcane mind games designed to confuse defenses? These modern defenses do not carry iPads to analyze the best use of their strength and athleticism. The plan can be simple and sound and not confusing to the young man who was thrust onto the cover of SI. Mark my words. Not to mention their superlative attention to detail this staff blew with Aldon Smith.
Unless Kaep's allowed to use his full arsenal of weapons and these so-called coaching 'geniuses' learn to coach at a higher level, stick a fork in the kid, he's done. The best thing for Kaep, and I like him, is sit him or trade him where he can rid himself of the nonsense he has been force-fed by Harbaugh and company. Harbaugh thought, "I've got to tone him down, keep him in the pocket," Brilliant. There goes his fragile confidence. Then combine that with the inane, predictable play-calling and blocking schemes and you get an offense that's back on its heels with its 'momentum' a distant memory. Good thing somebody didn't tell Drew Brees as a rookie to tone it down, or he'd be selling insurance in Tulsa.
Kaep even looks mediocre and confused against the bad teams now. And do not let a win against 2nd tier teams like Washington fool you. Watch the play calling, watch the indecision when things break down a bit. This is not the demeanor and bearing of a contending offense, it is the profile and behavior of a pretending offense. Pathetic. Maybe Harbaugh's run is over too, because when up against an elite organization they look awful. Thank whomever you usually thank for that defense.