Happy Saturday everyone, we're still stuck in the slow part of the offseason and something tells me writing about it twice a week won't help speed it up. So I'm going to stop talking about it and instead focus on our polarizing QB with all of his tattoos, shoes, headphones, and backwards hats (not always of the right team.)
The reaction Colin Kaepernick gets from his own fans always amazes me. The offense isn't designed to throw for a ton of yardage, so I'm not sure why I always see people posting his passing yards after sub par and even good performances. His yards per attempt is always really good but does that ever get shared? No, the raw stats that rarely look like something Drew Brees would post get thrown around weekly as evidence that something is wrong with our QB. If Kaepernick plays poorly, that's on him, but the lack of passing attempts, and thus, the lack of yardage and passing touchdowns is a function of the offense. If you have a problem with the offensive philosophy you should write an email to the 49ers and ask that they pass it along to the coaching staff. I'm sorry, but blaming Kap for the style of the offense is a little too "beating your head against a wall" for my tastes.
None of that is to say that Kap is without faults, he isn't perfect or elite at this stage of his career. I don't want it to seem like I view him as a perfect QB, because he isn't. He clearly has trouble with read progressions, and poise in the pocket is a truly rare occurrence for him. Most people think he runs too much, I think he should run more, or at least be more decisive when he runs. Defensive lineman should not be able to chase him down outside the pocket as routinely as they did last season. Once again, I believe this was a coaching issue. This is just my own speculation, but I think the coaches were purposely holding Kap back early in the season, presumably to limit the potential for injury. Later in the season when they really needed him to put in great performances, I'm sure totally by coincidence, he started using his legs more and more with much more effectiveness.
Anyways, what got me talking about Kap was this very funny piece by one of the writers at BASG. They kept track of KNBR callers throughout the season and posted all the best Kaepernick bashing. They even organized them into categories like "get off my lawn" and "Alex Smith is better." Give it a read, you won't regret it. Inside the LOL: 49ers season in review, Part Two – Alex rules, Kap drools (BASG)
The big news of the day in the NFL was the report by David Wells on the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal being published. Its not 49ers centric, but Jonathan Martin played for Harbaugh at Stanford and Harbs was mentioned in the report a few times. I don't really think Martin is a fit with us, we are set at tackle for the foreseeable future, and he is probably a little overqualified and expensive to be a swing tackle. However, if he could be traded for next to nothing? It wouldn't be the end of the world, but I still doubt he ends up with us.
If it leaves me moping and sighing for weeks I can only imagine what it does to the players. Big-game losses: How much heartache can 49ers take? (Branch)