Originally Posted by -King-
Ask yourself this... why was he asked to do what he was asked to do in that offense?
Do you think Harbaugh is stupid? Why do you think he asked Alex not to throw deep? Why do you think when Kaepernick came in, they threw over 10 yards 12 times a game?
It's not that hard to figure out. Harbaugh isn't stupid. He didn't limit Alex for no reason. He didn't all of a sudden start throwing deeper with Kaepernick just for shits and giggles.
Right now, you're pretty much saying Harbaugh was purposefully holding Alex Smith back by not letting him throw.
I don't believe that Smith was asked to eschew the deep ball.
I believe that was all on Smith.
He lacked the confidence in his deep ball to go deep unless the receiver was wide open.
He was asked to minimize mistakes, and the way he managed that was the intermediate middle, the short passing game, and the checkdown, and to take sacks instead of risking mistakes.