07.Dec.2015 Coaching Rumors/Sitake and Dropped Passes
I know you guys want to talk about Sitake and who will replace him, if he leaves. Go for it. I’m indifferent to that because I don’t think he is a great coach like he’s made out to be. Then again, I didn’t think Shaw was a great coach, and it turns out he is pretty damn good even after the Harbaugh halo.
Anyway, what I find more interesting is the constant complaining by fans about dropped passes. Mostly Bolden. Obviously I understand why those people complained. Bolden did seem to drop a ton of balls, though I don’t see those stats logged anywhere. Here are the NFL figures and the explanation as to why a WR drops passes.
More about Dropped Passes
Usually receivers who play the slot position tend to drop the ball less because they catch shorter passes and are known for their ‘good hands’ over and above other physical attributes like speed and size.
It’s easy to blame the wide receiver for dropped passes, but partial blame can sometimes fall on the quarterback. Consistently throwing into tight situations or slight accuracy issues can lead to a higher percentage of drops as well.
Under Mannion these same WRs had fewer drops (from memory, as we don’t have the stats). I think a lot of it was their lack of confidence in the QB, especially Collin’s hospital balls. Then MM and Mitchell were hit and miss with accuracy. All of that takes a tole on WRs. I think these WRs are much better than they looked, and that will be proven if there’s adequate QB play next season.