Bad Decision Maker or a Fool and Is There A Difference?
In-depth analysis of Kaepernick's throw to Crabtree at the end of the game.
Everyone agrees it was a bad throw - not just because of the result, but because of the decision. Kaepernick basically thinks Crabtree vs. Sherman favors Crabtree. He is wrong. What irritates me, is that he sticks by his decision, which also makes him foolish.
Quarterback is a highly complicated position that requires quick thinking and good decision-making. The game audio has been released and on the big 4 and 7 play when the Niners jumped offside, giving Seattle a free play and they scored a touchdown, Wilson KNEW he could get the Niners to jump and said as much to Carroll on the sideline. That was the most important play Wilson made in the game. On Kaepernick's most important play of the game, he blindly tosses the ball into a mismatch when he had another receiver wide open. That's why Seattle is going to the Super Bowl and we are not.
Kaepernick is a great athlete, but I don't think he can read the defense or make consistently good decisions. I would not pay him top-dollar and bankrupt my team. He will not make the other players better and he is not a franchise quarterback. Manning, Brady, Brees, Rodgers, Wilson, Luck, all these guys have super bright heads on their shoulders in addition to the physical skills of being a quarterback. Kaepernick's legs and strength are more dynamic than any of these guys. And he is a competitor. But the most important feature of being a QB: the decision-making is missing. I still think the Niners should have stuck with Alex Smith.