NFL  > San Francisco 49ers  > IS THERE SOMETHING WRONG WITH KAEPERNICK ?
November 13, 2013, 12:40 PM
The real question should be; " Is there something wrong with the 49ers"

I'm surprised that Chip Bayless did not blame the 49ers loss on the fact that Terrell Owens was the honorary captain for the 49ers and that the Carolina game must have been some sort of curse of T.O.

I'm not going dump the 49ers problems on one person:
#1 Trent Baalke- ( General Manager ) He is the decision maker on building the team, he should be questioning the people that give him player info.
#2 Jim Harbaugh ( Head Coach ) - Harbaugh is a good motivator and QB guru, he is not an offensive genius in the category of Bill Walsh. He is good at putting a good staff together. The problem is that the offensive assistants were good for college but not the NFL.
#3 Greg Roman (Offensive Coordinator) - He is the main culprit. His offense has not changed since 2011. All you have to do is look at the stats and you will see what a one dimensional coach he really is, he is no better than the 49ers last offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye, the only thing different is that he likes to over complicate his offense and uses to many gimmicky disguises. The problem is not that other teams have figured out Kaepernick, the problem is other teams have figured out Roman. Romans offenses under both Smith and Kaepernick have been terrible on 3rd down conversions and RED ZONE scoring. You could put Drew Brees, or Aaron Roger in this offense and they would not do any better.
#4 Geep Chryst ( Quarterback Coach ) - During the 2 ( 1.5 ) years he was supposed to be coaching Alex Smith, he did nothing to improve his skills. Alex Smith had to seek a throwing coach in the off season to correct some of his problems. This is a guy that wanted Colt McCoy to be Kaepernicks backup and got rid of B.J. Thomas who was immediately picked up by Seattle.
#5 Johnny Morton ( Wide Receivers Coach )- He has been responsible for the drafting of Ron Johnson, A.J. Jenkins, and the injured Quinton Patton. The WR's have gained more knowledge having Randy Moss and Anquan Boldin on the team than this figurehead.
#6 Reggie Davis ( Tight Ends Coach )- He came to the 49ers when they had Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker. His choice for TE was 2nd round pick Vance McDonald, although the verdict is still out, McDonald has not lived up to the Harbaugh comparison of Mike Ditka.

Before the season started the general consensus was that Kaepernick had all the throws plus he might be the fastest QB in the NFL. Did those skills just disappear overnight? Some people are saying Kaepernick got soft with all the endorsement money he is making. Maybe, who knows . Some say he cannot carry the burden of being the team leader. Hogwash, he was the team leader at UNR for 4 years. He is in fact a better team leader than Alex Smith.

Trent Dilfer has said that Kaepernick becomes lost after his primary receiver does not get open and has a tendency to stay locked on that Receiver . Well that was the excuse with Alex Smith.

THe problem is that the Roman / Harbaugh offense does not allow the QB to grow, they prefer that a QB throw a minimal amount of times ( Andy Dalton 383 passing attempts, Colin Kaepernick 220 that is about 18 fewer passing attempts per game ) and let the RB do the work. Andrew Luck has grown more as a QB in the NFL than he did at Stanford under Harbaugh and Roman, Why? because when at Stanford they had Toby Gerhart who did all the work and now they have an aging Frank Gore.

They really need to fire the offensive coordinator and bring in an offensive coordinator that is more pass friendly. They need to draft a WR that is a deep threat to throw to. They need an older and wiser QB to mentor Kaepernick, Colt McCoy is no help to Kaepernick. ( I thought they should have hired Jeff Garcia as a player / coach ). The should do it now.
November 13, 2013  01:03 PM ET

I think not having Crabtree has hurt him. When they played the Colts he looked awful but Crabtree and Davis both were out. 1 or 2 key players can change a lot. I really doubt the Colts lose 38-8 against the Rams if Reggie Wayne is there. Luck looked bad last week so it happens to the great players time to time. The QB is the most important player on the field but if he doesn't have playmakers it makes it tough to be consistently great every week. Harbaugh IMO is a great Coach as the 49ers stunk before he came aboard, he isn't the problem.

November 13, 2013  01:11 PM ET

Not having a chance to play against the Cowboys defense has kept their stats in check.

November 13, 2013  01:23 PM ET

Is it time to say wait till next season ? The 49ers must win their game this week in New Orleans or the 49ers season will degrade quickly and they may not even make the playoffs, Right now they are at the #6 seed.

If I am Trent Baalke I bring in Jeff Garcia as my 2nd or 3rd string backup for now. Who knows they may even have to sit Kaepernick to give him a reality check. It could be said that without a veteran QB and a good QB coach to mentor Joe Montana, that maybe Montana would not have had the success he did.

The 49ers made to many bad decisions during training camp. Players that were doing good in preseason were released and the players that were duds were kept. It is apparent now that the 49ers have been putting all their dreams and hopes in the return of Manningham and Crabtree, so they never hired adequate replacements such as Lavell Hawkins or Austin Collie, so they kept Kyle Williams and Marlon Moore.

49er player needs for 2014

#1 a big deep threat WR ( draft 1 or 2 )

#2 DB's to rebuild their secondary. ( draft 1 or 2 )

#3 they need a veteran QB influence for Kaepernick to talk to on the sidelines.

#4 A center, apparently the hard headed Trent Baalke seems to feel that Daniel Kilgore the 5th round pick from Appalachia St. is good enough to replace Jonathan Goodwin whose playing days will probably be over at the end of he season. My concern is ; If Kilgore is so good in Baalkes eyes then why isn't he starting right now?

#5 A kicker, maybe, Dawson is doing good so far, apparently special teams coach Brad Seeley has no confidence in his ability to pick a kicker in the draft so he cherry picks kickers that are near the end of their careers.

#6 another NT, they keep looking for one at the bottom of the draft and have not found a diamond in the rough so far.

Most of all the 49ers need a Offensive Makeover.

#1 New Offensive Coordinator
#2 WR assistant coach
#3 QB assistant coach
#4 TE assistant coach

November 13, 2013  01:31 PM ET
QUOTE:

. . . THe problem is that the Roman / Harbaugh offense does not allow the QB to grow, they prefer that a QB throw a minimal amount of times ( Andy Dalton 383 passing attempts, Colin Kaepernick 220 that is about 18 fewer passing attempts per game ) and let the RB do the work. Andrew Luck has grown more as a QB in the NFL than he did at Stanford under Harbaugh and Roman, Why? because when at Stanford they had Toby Gerhart who did all the work and now they have an aging Frank Gore. They really need to fire the offensive coordinator and bring in an offensive coordinator that is more pass friendly. They need to draft a WR that is a deep threat to throw to. They need an older and wiser QB to mentor Kaepernick, Colt McCoy is no help to Kaepernick. ( I thought they should have hired Jeff Garcia as a player / coach ). The should do it now.

Is it really that they "prefer" the QB to throw a minimal amount of times? Or might it have something to do with the 49ers having the slowest WRs in the NFL who have difficulty getting separation? Granted, they have Davis at TE who has speed. But it seems to me that, like Stanford, they run because that is their greatest strength. And like other teams are realizing (e.g., Washington), too much QB running results in too many QB injuries. Not sure exactly why Kaepernick is not running like he did last year, but it's likely by design to keep him upright, yes?

The way I see it, the 49ers lost to a very solid football team at home v. Carolina, in a very close game. Not sure it's time to throw in the towel or spread blame across the entire organization. And stating that Harbaugh is not Walsh doesn't seem fair given Harbaugh's short tenure. Mattingly isn't Lasorda either. It's tough to win every game you play in the NFL. 32 teams, all professionals, all working hard to beat you. Sometimes it happens. For some, most of the time it happens.

I think the Saints are going to get a heavy dose of Frank Gore this week. Should be an interesting game in New O. We'll see if the 49ers D can step up. it will be a stiff test.

November 13, 2013  01:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I think not having Crabtree has hurt him. When they played the Colts he looked awful but Crabtree and Davis both were out. 1 or 2 key players can change a lot. I really doubt the Colts lose 38-8 against the Rams if Reggie Wayne is there. Luck looked bad last week so it happens to the great players time to time. The QB is the most important player on the field but if he doesn't have playmakers it makes it tough to be consistently great every week. Harbaugh IMO is a great Coach as the 49ers stunk before he came aboard, he isn't the problem.

I agree al QB's have their bad games and bad seasons and for some QB's they go through a sophomore slump, and the reason is not always their fault. Look at Eli Mannning the guy leads the league in interceptions and is challenging Matt Schaub for most pick 6's. Even Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco has double digit INT's and his team is struggling more than the 49ers and yet the national media does not seem concerned.

Like I have said over and over, the problem with the 49er offense points directly at the offensive coordinator. Why is it the press never criticizes the Offensive Coordinators or Defensive Coordinators? Is it because it is easier to always target the QB and then the Head Coach.

November 13, 2013  01:37 PM ET

Narry, you are being to harsh on them. I still say they make the Playoffs and are a very good team. 10-6 will get them in and once you are in anything can happen. They are in a Division with Seattle unfortunately who the Colts beat :). The Colts have more problems than the 49ers do as they have to get much better on the O.Line in the future or they will never go deep in the Playoffs, they have to think about a replacement for Reggie Wayne eventually/really now, and we have no running game as Trent has looked awful. Yeah we have Andrew Luck but 1 guy cant win Championships, Peyton couldn't even do it by himself as the year he won a SB the Defense was incredible and he had a healthy Wayne and Harrison on Offense + a good line with Big Jeff. Colts will win their Division in probability but it's about going to the SB with me and winning it and I don't see them doing that.

November 13, 2013  01:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Not having a chance to play against the Cowboys defense has kept their stats in check.

Looks like next season the football world will be Kiffen-less. They seem to be an endangered species soon to become extinct much like the DoDo Bird.

November 13, 2013  01:44 PM ET

NFC Playoff probable's = Division winners - Seahawks, Saints, Lions, Cowboys and the second place team in that Division will be 8-8 at best IMO. 2 Wildcards = Panthers and 49ers. Unless the Packers and Bears turn it on I see the 49ers in at #6, Bears at 5-4 don't impress at all right now. 49ers have the tiebreaker over the Packers as well because they beat them so if both finish 10-6 the 49ers get it.

November 13, 2013  02:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Is it really that they "prefer" the QB to throw a minimal amount of times? Or might it have something to do with the 49ers having the slowest WRs in the NFL who have difficulty getting separation? Granted, they have Davis at TE who has speed. But it seems to me that, like Stanford, they run because that is their greatest strength. And like other teams are realizing (e.g., Washington), too much QB running results in too many QB injuries. Not sure exactly why Kaepernick is not running like he did last year, but it's likely by design to keep him upright, yes?The way I see it, the 49ers lost to a very solid football team at home v. Carolina, in a very close game. Not sure it's time to throw in the towel or spread blame across the entire organization. And stating that Harbaugh is not Walsh doesn't seem fair given Harbaugh's short tenure. Mattingly isn't Lasorda either. It's tough to win every game you play in the NFL. 32 teams, all professionals, all working hard to beat you. Sometimes it happens. For some, most of the time it happens.I think the Saints are going to get a heavy dose of Frank Gore this week. Should be an interesting game in New O. We'll see if the 49ers D can step up. it will be a stiff test.

Yes slowness is a problem with their WR's, but the sad part is they refuse to address the problem. They also refuse to get WR's that are good at YAC. Although Quinton Patton is supposed to be great at YAC he is hurt and may not return this season. When the fastest receiver is your TE then your team has a problem.

Kaepernick does have some flaws, but nothing that could have, should have been fixed in the preseason. But the 49ers were such worry warts and afraid that something would happen to Kaepernick that they refused to let him take hardly any snaps in the preseason, even Kaepernick showed his frustration and was not very happy.

I have been begging since the days of Alex Smith that they should throw more dump off passes and screens to Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James, and more slants to their WR's. ( I have said before that the biggest throw of Alex Smiths career , the slant to Vernon Davis to beat New Orleans was not even drawn up by the offensive coordinator Greg Roman, it was drawn up by the QB coach Geep Chryst and they only only had it in their playbook for 2 weeks, Greg Roman did not have a play like that in his playbook ) . It has taken the press all this time ( the last 2 weeks ) to finally ask Harbaugh why he wasn't using screens and dumping off to the RB's and using LaMichael James more in the game plan. LaMichae James is one of the more dangerous runners in the open field, why they don't use him more like a Darren Sproles or Wes Welker is frustrating.

True New Orleans does not have a very good run defense, but then again Ryan never has had good run defenses. But with the 49ers he may be able to "Load the Box" and take away a one dimensional offense that relies on Gore. New Orleans best bet is to goad the 49ers into getting into an air shoot out between Brees and Kaepernick ?

November 13, 2013  02:23 PM ET

OMG

*smh*

November 13, 2013  03:03 PM ET

Kaepernick was a one year wonder in my opinion and Harbaugh made a mistake by trading away Alex Smith. Smith doesn't have a great arm but he's smart and doesn't hurt his team by forcing the ball into coverage. I blame Harbaugh for the Niners decline.

November 13, 2013  03:11 PM ET

Harbaugh is trying to turn Kaepernick into something he isn't.

Not exactly running the same offense they had when they made the SB.

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November 13, 2013  03:14 PM ET

The 49ers are 6-3.

Some decline. LOL.

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November 13, 2013  03:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Time for them to scrap it and rebuild.

Ha.

November 13, 2013  03:49 PM ET

I think he's better than Alex Smith but for some reason the 49ers aren't running the same Offense, either is Washington with RG3 but Seattle is with Wilson regarding the QB's that can run really great. Pete Carroll says the hell with it I am running with what made us great.

November 13, 2013  04:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

The 49ers are 6-3. Some decline. LOL.

There is no problem with the defense or special teams.

The weak link on the 49ers is the same problem that persisted 10 years ago, a sputtering offense with one dimensional Offensive Coordinators.

November 13, 2013  05:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

There is no problem with the defense or special teams. The weak link on the 49ers is the same problem that persisted 10 years ago, a sputtering offense with one dimensional Offensive Coordinators.

He's really only had 2 receivers to throw to (Boldin, Davis), up until now.

 
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