Reading Issues Plague KaepernickDecember 11th, 2013
Young quarterbacks struggle to read defenses and get through their route progressions. You could almost see the anxiety in Mike Glennon Sunday.
Glennon had time in the pocket, but at times it was as if the press clippings of the Bills’ mighty, sacks-leading pass rush got in his head and made him uncomfortable without reason.
Niners QB Colin Kaepernick is having his own issues.
Speaking on WDAE-AM 620 this morning, longtime Redskins and Texans general manager Charley Casserly, one of the elder statesmen of NFL Network, talked about how Kaepernick is giving up too quickly in the pocket, a chronic problem for him.
“Watching him Sunday, too many times he didn’t finish his reads and he took off running,” Casserly said. “Disappointed on that. Because he should be past that point. But he’s not. And I was disappointed in that Sunday. And that’s come up this year off and on.”
Last month, Don Banks, of Sports Illustrated, penned a feature that focused a lot on those reading issues and called on Trent Dilfer for analysis.
“I would be concerned if I were the 49ers, because there hasn’t been a lot of improvement on his part as a passer,” Dilfer said. “He can threaten more than as just a traditional passer, but you still have to develop as a passer. And he’s kind of stayed to this point as a passer who takes his first read and sticks with it. But if they take your first read away, that’s pretty much it. You don’t work deep through your progressions, you don’t get the ball out to other receivers.”
So what will this mean for the Bucs? Well, not much if Glennon and the offense can’t snap out of its funk. The Bucs likely will need at least couple of quality drives to win Sunday’s game. And second-half impotence won’t cut it.
But Joe suspects Kaepernick could very well struggle Sunday. The Bucs have the speed to swarm him in the running game, and the cover skills in the secondary to get in his head.
Enjoy the entire Casserly interview below. He tells a couple neat stories about the Redskins’ efforts to develop quarterbacks in the mid-1980s.