There's little question that Colin has had a tough year. Statistically, he's throwing more, but on a per-pass basis, almost all of his numbers are down versus last year. The coaching staff is having him run fewer read-options, so he's not providing as much value as a runner, too (though keeping him healthy is priority 1).
Part of the struggles are due to not having Michael Crabtree until a few weeks ago. Without Crabtree, the 49ers did not have a single receiver that could consistently get open against man coverage. Even Anquan Boldin, one of the toughest dudes in the league, would make catches through coverage rather than getting open first. Having Michael back opens the offense, matches Anquan against 2nd and 3rd corners, and gives more room for Vernon Davis and Frank Gore in the passing game.
I have watched lots of Kaepernick film this year and thought the home game against the Panthers was indicative of his year. he struggled and the 49ers lost, but a lot of it wasn't his fault. Here are my takeaways from that game:
- Good (tho unorthodox) throwing mechanics
- Good decision making, stays away from trouble
- Tremendous accuracy, in and out of the pocket
- Ability to put touch on throws (every pass is 100 mph)
- Faster decision making, pre- and post-snap recognition of coverages
- Smoother drop-backs, smaller steps
I analyzed every pass from that game, click here to see the film.
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