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Do you remember the commercial of Kap,Brees,Manning all throwing the ball at the same time? Brees got rid of his first,Manning a close second and Kap still was winding up. I think he had the windmill even with his shoulder. It was bad at real speed. To watch in slow motion must have been embarrassing for Kap.
He also does the “Its a loaf of bread” throw. Holding the ball dead middle and sort of doing a push throw. Like a 10 year old. The bread becomes a wobbly duck on the sideline passes.
I tell you- Harbaugh did miracles to convince him he was a QB stud. Amazing how that can last for quite a while..then like hypno,it fades.
They can’t keep a $13 million backup on the roster and they can’t release him.
IR here we come!!!
Lowell- While Harbaugh has gotten his due for his coaching around here (deserved, I agree he’s a great football coach) Greg Roman I believe has been run down in this column as a “crummy” O-Coordinator. Tell you what, Kaepernick looks like a big bag of bad QB, but Roman sure got two terrific years out of him (after helping reclaim Alex Smith from the bust bin). Then he goes to Buffalo and takes a guy named Tyrod Taylor and makes him look like a much better QB than Kapernick.
My question- Roman got run out of here with Harbaugh and many were glad to see him go. Did he get fair recognition for what he did here in he;ping Harbaugh turn this franchise around? From where I sit, he did a helluva job with some very questionable parts.
Roman called two fade passes that cost A. a Super Bowl. B. An NFC Championship. Both times 49er runners just watched goal line failure.
That’s hilarious. I suppose it was Roman’s bad calls that put them at the precipice of winning those two games?
If you don’t believe Trent Balkee’s daughter,then I guess you just don’t know football,Shane…
I think she has a direct line to Jed’s office!
Roman didn’t coach the defense. The defense carried that offense. I am glad he is gone. Now if you want to give him credit as a decent quarterback coach I am all in.
That’s not entirely true. The Niners were 11th in the entire NFL in points scored in 2012 and 2013.
However, they also finished in the top 5 in the league in rushing in 3 of Roman’s 4 years and finished 8th the other year.
Guess who was #1 in the NFL in rushing last year? The Buffalo Bills. Guess who their O-Coordinator is. The Bills also went from 18th in scoring to 12th under Roman.
I guess he’s a “decent” running backs coach too??
I am way more of the opinion that Roman and Harbaugh are creative coaches did exceptional work with the personnel they had. I’ve been mystified that they became the scapegoats of the franchise.
This takes nothing away from Fangio or the defense at all. They were all world and I still think Fangio should have gotten the nod as head coach instead of Tomsula the Butcher. Just saying a defense’s best friend is an offense that runs the ball and controls the clock. Chip Kelly is not going to do that but I guess you are excited to see what he can do with Gabbert and Kaepernick.
Good points, but I seem to recall that they set a record for made field goals one of those two years, or maybe both. I think the defense chipped in on the scoring as well. I just don’t recall that team being very good inside the red zone during those years.
I found the offense predictable and boring. I am more of a west coast offense kind of fan. But, hey, stats wise you are probably right. They could definitely run the ball.
I am not usually overly stat driven, but I think sometimes it keeps your memory a little honest. The stats I looked at were pure offense, so no defensive scores were accounted in there.
I didn’t remember anyone saying these teams’ offenses were predictable or boring when Kaepernick burst on the scene running the option out of the pistol and they were winning playoff games. In fact, it seemed to me the league rather rushed to emulate them and their success.
Roman took the Bills from 25th in the league in rushing in 2014 to #1 in 2015, 26th in total yards to 13.
I’m just fascinated that people were and are happy to have him out of town. Watching Kaepernick crater I guess I thought wow, he really did something with a QB that had a very low ceiling.
Reading elsewhere, Roman is highly thought of as an innovative coach and had no trouble finding a new job and measurable success.
Kelly’s Eagles btw, dropped from a top 5 offense to out of the top 10 in just about all categories last year.
They became predictable and boring when the league figured out how to defend against Kaepernick and Harbuagh and Roman didn’t do anything different. They didn’t have any answers.
They played Bo Schembechler football. Run/run/run – pass when you have to. I found it boring. But maybe Roman is evolving in Buffalo. I will check them out this season and report back. Maybe Harbaugh held him back.
The Harbaugh tenure had three outstanding seasons in which they went to three NFC Championships and a Super Bowl, and a dud that was made dramatically worse by management plotting and scheming as documented.
I think you are right that Kaepernick was figured out by defenses and couldn’t elevate beyond what he was doing. And I certainly believe they lacked speed at the wide receiver position. In other words, I don’t know for sure, but I think it was personnel limitations more than coaching and that the record makes a case for it.
But instead of finding out what Roman and Harbaugh could do next York and Baalke wanted Harbaugh to fire Roman, and then blew the whole thing up and are now up to their asses trying dig their way out.
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.