We're all hoping the 49ers 2013 NFL season is still a few weeks from ending, but even as the playoffs continue, I've begun thinking about some story ideas and projects for the offseason.
One project I'd like to work on involves Colin Kaepernick. After this season is up, Kap and the 49ers are likely going to begin negotiations on a contract extension. I don't know how long it will take, but given that he is potentially looking at a bank-busting deal, this offseason seems as good a time as any to do a seriously deep dive into Colin Kaepernick's performance through his first two seasons of starts.
By the end of the playoffs he will have at least 28 starts under his belt (and hopefully 30). While there is no magic number for what is enough starts to make assessments, 28-30 career starts when he is eligible for a new contract is a good place to start.
So what exactly is planned? Well, we're still working on that. I've been discussing various ideas with the front page crew, and it will involve charting Kap's work. And by charting his work, I mean charting anything and everything we can think of to get an idea of what he has done in his time as the 49ers starting quarterback. This means charting things like passes under 10 yards, passes 10-19 yards, passes 20+ yards, his work in the two-minute drill, his designed runs, his sacks, his clock management.
Obviously this will not be a perfect task. We don't have access to the playbook, so something we rule an incomplete pass could be either a bad pass by Kap, a bad route by the receiver, some mix of both, or something else entirely. We can't be perfect, but we can get as close as possible based on the information at our disposal.
The idea also would be to then have a baseline of information, from which we could continue charting Kap over the course of his career (hopefully all with the 49ers). Other sites chart out games, but I think it would be cool to have the authoritative media work on Colin Kaepernick, 49ers quarterback.
I'm posting this here to see if there are people interested in helping out. I'm not looking for people who are looking to do anything to help the site. I'm looking for people that either have experience doing basic charting work, or have specific interest in doing something like this. It will require an incredibly meticulous attention to detail.
The plan is to start working on this as soon as possible. Conceivably we could even start before the 49ers season finishes. If you have access to NFL Rewind, that's great. If not, we can work around that.
Post in the comments if you're interested, why you're interested, and any pertinent details of experience if you've done anything like this, or anything analogous to this. If you have questions, comments or suggestions for this project, I'm all ears. We still have not fully determined everything we'll be tracking, so I'm open to suggestions for things to track.