Scottemojo wrote:You asked for the differences, I gave them. You couldn't have a worse gameplan for stopping Wilson than the Bills did, as well. Kaepernick passes from th epistol plenty, in fact it is his greatest strength as a passer, allowing him to play action without taking his eyes off the defense.
In fact, I would argue that for Kaepernick in particular, the Pistol is vital to his success. You know how the read option freezes a DE? The play action from the pistol does the same thing to a peeking linebacker or DB, but unlike a traditional play action where the QB has his back to the D and has to re-establish eye contact. Kaepernick gets to watch it all unfold, and this is the pass that Kaepernick is making his big plays on as of now. Also, the debate about Kaep being a one read guy is really centered around this play, it is the look he most consistently makes that 2nd stacked read from. If the safety moves down, he goes over the top to the deep route, if the safety stays deep, he drops it in over the LB on the shorter route runner, and if both look covered he has an even shorter option. That isn't exact, but it should give you an idea of what they are doing passing from the pistol. From under center play action, Kaepernick was far more likely to make the one read and run if it was not there. Point is, that pistol pass set lets him treat the safety just like he treats the DE on a running read option, while never taking his eyes off the defense.
Seriously, watch a game where you just observe the way a QB does things differently when he never takes his eyes off the D vs a true play action.
Our passes from the pistol were not that complex. It is primarily one target (like the pass to Rice to win the CHI game). Which is to be expected, like noted, Wilson was new to RO and pistol. Conversely, Wilson was far more likely to make multiple reads from play action, which makes sense considering his background in college.
I agree with most of this. The only part I would disagree with is the comment that the Pistol being vital to his success....that is if you are saying he couldn't be successful without it. The problem with that reasoning is that he had alot of success before the 49ers started running the Pistol on a large % of his plays.
Is he better out of the Pistol? Absolutely. I thinks that's a function of 1) having ALOT more experience in that offense, and 2) Really good play design out of that formation (most of which you have detailed yourself) creating easy reads and wide open recievers. I think Kaep has all the tools to be an incredible QB, but I also recognize that his OC and HC have done a great job in putting him in positions to succeed. He is STILL a raw player. He was nowhere near as polished as Wilson coming out of college.