Mathieu elaborates on issues with 49ers’ passing game

AP

Tuesday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio included a visit from Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu, who had plenty to say about the 49ers’ passing game immediately after a 40-point win over the 49ers.

He elaborated on his views regarding the simplicity of an attack that served up four interceptions and generated only nine completions on Sunday.

“Not to take any shots at [Colin] Kaepernick or their offensive coordinator [but] we prepare so much playing in the NFL, we watch so much film, and it’s really easy to pick up on what certain teams do and what they like to do,” Mathieu said. “And then there’s other teams that they don’t have the variety of things to do and it was real easy for us to anticipate routes and get the breaks on the ball last Sunday.”

Last week, Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson told PFT Live that Kaepernick struggles to throw outside the numbers. On Sunday, all four of Kaepernick’s interceptions came in that area of the field.

“The world knows what type of quarterback Colin Kaepernick is,” Mathieu said. “Obviously, he’s a dual threat. He can beat you in the passing game if you let him, but most of the time a lot of their pass concepts are designed for him to run to his right, to our left, to make it an easier read and to make it an easier throw because you think about a lot of their passing game, a lot of those are roll out passes. So you basically cut the field in half and it makes it easier for the quarterback to read, but it also makes it easier for the defense to kind of anticipate where the ball is about to go.”

So how concerned is Mathieu that openly talking about these flaws will make the 49ers improve their passing game before a rematch in San Francisco on November 29?

“Well, I’m sure those guys are hearing this and probably gonna flip a few things here and there, but you talk about the NFL and every team has an identity,” Mathieu said. “Some teams are able to get out of that identity for maybe a game or two but most teams are gonna stay the same. Because that’s what they’ve been coaching all season, all in the spring and the’ve been practicing those plays for a very long time, so I don’t expect much to change, but what I do expect is for them to come out and try to establish a passing game because they couldn’t do that [Sunday] night.”

The 49ers will have plenty of additional chances to establish passing game before the rematch. But with the word out on the limitations, it’s not going to be easy for the passing attack to improve.

42 responses to “Mathieu elaborates on issues with 49ers’ passing game

  1. Well put. Turned into a very good player on the field and seems to have left his off the field issues behind. Glad he was able to overcome it all and take advantage of the opportunity so many blow.

  2. So he is giving away secrets that the rest of us have figured out months ago? And the 49rs have a smart enough coaching staff and kap has a high enough sealing to adjust?

    Anyone that has watched the 49rs over the past couple of games realize they are done at least for this season. Put a fork in it

  3. Stopping Kaepernick isn’t rocket science. I’ll never be an NFL QB but even I know that you can’t scan the whole field then think you’ll throw it back to a hitch. That’s the most Pick 6’d route in NFL history. EVERYONE knows that, except Kap I guess being that he threw it twice basically the same exact route in same exact part of field and got the same exact result SMH

  4. The best offense for Kaep is the single wing from the 1950’s and 60’s. Heavy on the run and lite on the pass.

  5. Kaperchoke isn’t a rookie. He is what he is. I’m sorry but the niners don’t have it better than anybody. They’re in trouble until they get a new QB and a new coaching staff. That’s a fact. Those things don’t happen overnight and sometimes it takes decades to get a good QB. Been twenty years since they last ” had it better than anybody” and it might be twenty more.

  6. Before last Sunday, Kaepernick had always played well and effectively against the Cardinals. His record against them was 4-1. This time the Cardinals were well prepared and executed their game plan perfectly. Next time it won’t be so easy.

  7. Kaepernick had a bad game. Pretty hard to argue that. But he’s the same QB that played a good, error-free game against Minnesota. He’s the same QB that threw for 330 yards, completing 70% with 2 TD and no picks against Pittsburgh.

    The people who want to dump on Kaepernick, and for some reason there are a lot of them, just love waiting for a bad game to tell everyone how awful he is. Then they crawl back behind the floorboards when he plays well.

  8. “So how concerned is Mathieu that openly talking about these flaws will make the 49ers improve their passing game before a rematch in San Francisco on November 29?”

    Honey Badger Don’t Care!

  9. “So how concerned is Mathieu that openly talking about these flaws will make the 49ers improve their passing game before a rematch in San Francisco on November 29?”

    If they don’t improve their passing game by then, the game will look worse than Sunday’s. Any NFL team that does not improve by the end of November is going to fail long before then.

  10. The criticism from the Cardinals and fans is well deserved, but a Seahack troll chiming in? Seriously, you have NO room to talk. You beat a defeated team and act like you’re back on top.

    Hubris meet Seahack trolls, Seahack trolls hubris.

  11. The one read, read-option qbs are starting to fall by the wayside just as we predicted in 2012. Good, because the offense is garbage to watch.

  12. I witness the debacle in person, and all I can say is that this Niner fan has a ton of respect for the Cards. Love the way the play, and what they have put together. They have a great coach, and talent on their roster if Carson can stay healthy they will be playing the Packers for the the NFC title.

    As for Colin and my boys they need to put this behind them and get on the same page (especially that D) they are better than this and in no way is this season over way too much time left. That said they need to play like their backs are against the wall…..because they are.

    Go Niners

  13. mvrunner
    Sep 29, 2015, 3:23 PM PDT
    Kaepernick had a bad game. Pretty hard to argue that. But he’s the same QB that played a good, error-free game against Minnesota. He’s the same QB that threw for 330 yards, completing 70% with 2 TD and no picks against Pittsburgh.

    The people who want to dump on Kaepernick, and for some reason there are a lot of them, just love waiting for a bad game to tell everyone how awful he is. Then they crawl back behind the floorboards when he plays well.
    ———————–
    So you’re saying that the haters rarely if ever crawl back behind the floorboards.

    #Nobodyha LOL I couldn’t write it without laughing.
    49ers First pick overall in 2016 probably a QB.

  14. braceyourselffor12 says:
    Sep 29, 2015 6:38 PM

    The criticism from the Cardinals and fans is well deserved, but a Seahack troll chiming in? Seriously, you have NO room to talk. You beat a defeated team and act like you’re back on top.

    Hubris meet Seahack trolls, Seahack trolls hubris
    ==============

    I remember you.

    Last year you predicted the Hawks would finish last in the NFC West after we lost to the Rams.

    How did that work out for you?

    No team in the NFL has as much upside as Seattle.

    New offensive line, just starting to improve.

    JG – just starting to integrate.

    Bam Bam just came back.

    Did have 3 of 5 in nickel as new. Still have 2 of 5 – all will improve.

    Back up running back showing promise to keep Beast rested.

    Be afraid.

    You should be.

  15. I love the reactions to how this young qb can have his career best outing one week prior against Stealers and then his career worst the next week…and now it’s time to find another qb?

  16. Kap is making big bucks – His career earnings total more than the career lifetime earnings and net worth of multiples of his critics. Games won or lost don’t matter – It’s just a game. SF is in rebuilding mode, so what’s it matter how many interceptions Kap throws…it’s all noise

  17. Honey Badger is just a little punk, with the emphasis on ‘little’ and his team will never win anything because they are owned by the carpet bagging Bidwells.

  18. Newsflash IQ, not a damn team is afraid of you. For all your boasting about not finishing last in the division you neon green pukes have what to show for it? The greatest choke in the history of the Super Bowl? Yeah I remember you too.

    RE-Pete, Three-Pete, Dynasty blah blah. Perhaps you also remember me alluding to your team being like the 2002 Bucs, a great defense that carried a mediocre offense. You’re not scary, just loud and obnoxious.

  19. @bengalguy

    Yes until the playoffs when Dalton chokes.

    I think Kapernick is a bust, but your post is really foolish.

  20. I witnessed this debacle in the flesh, and what stood out more than anything to me was how badly out-coached the Niners were by Arians and staff. Tomsula & crew are completely overmatched. He’s never even been a coordinator at this level, now he’s HC? Not your fault Jimmy, but you aren’t ready for this.

    As for Kap sympathizers who want to point to the inflated stats against Pittsburgh the week before – really? Did you watch the game? The VAST majority of his numbers came after halftime, when Pitt was up 29-3, and just laid back in the 2nd half and let the Niners pile up cheap garbage time yards & points. One reason for the vastly different outcome against Arizona – Arians never let up. Same suffocating defense right up to the final gun. No 3-man rush/8-man drop nonsense. Bring the wood for 60 minutes. Jimmy T hopefully learned something right there.

  21. Hey Brace, how did the Bucs do in year two?

    I guess they’re not the same.

    And certainly going to SBs in back to back years is an every year event.

    This year don’t hide come Feb.

  22. And wrap your Brain around this…. RG3 is a poor man’s Kap. Neither have the discipline (or have the mental ability) to develop into a QB who can read and interpret Defenses.

  23. I love how many people say a player is horrible yet they would have no clue how to break down an all pro 22 tape. The stuff that spews out of some of you people is insane. Seahawk fans seem to be the worst.

    Before the Pete Carroll era, I had never even met a Seahawk fan. Now once your team is relevant for once in franchise history (save for maybe a few seasons I believe in the 70s could be 80s) they come out of the woodworks. Bandwagon fans. 12th man my ass – let’s see you revert back to the craphole of Seattle once your team is back to being irrelevant. Best thing about Seattle was the show Fraiser. And that show kind of sucked.

    P.S. Besides Jacksonville and Tampa Bay, you have by far the worst uniforms in the nfl. Looks like a seahawk took a dump all over it after eating a glow stick from a nirvana tribute concert (no knock on nirvana).

  24. PhD – the Cards are now owned by Michael Bidwill, not bow tie Bill. Things have totally changed and he is actually a great owner.

  25. Look, Colin Kaepernick isn’t a QB…

    He is an athlete that plays QB, there is a big difference.

    Sure, like Michael Vick in his prime, he will win ballgames here and there…but he will never be consistent… You can’t have a guy like that be the cornerstone of the franchise..,

    Kaepernick won games when he had…

    Michael Crabtree, Frank Gore, Anthony Davis, mike Iupati, Aldon Smith, and Patrick Willis And most importantly, Jim Harbaugh in his lockeroom…

    Now, sadly every single one of those guys are gone, and you are left with a bare cupboard, and probably the worst GM in The NFL.

  26. As much as I hate the Patriots (and their terrible fans) I know that Bellicheck would castrate any of his players who gave a statement like this. We all may “know” what the niners are trying to do, but there is a reason you don’t hear guys on teams like the Pats or Packers openly discussing the flaws of teams they face…especially divisional foes. You never ever ever want your opponent to get any glimpse into how you think and how you analyze them or others. The best thing Bellicheck does is giving one word answers to the press. Let people assume and presume, but don’t let them confirm.

    The big reason is that NFL athletes have a tremendous amount of pride and this is all bulletin board material because he essentially called the niners the Simple Jack of the NFL. It is so easy to feed your opponent false keys if you know how they are looking at you and you can fool their instincts. Stupid. Arians should lock this stuff down right away.

  27. jvibottomline says:
    Sep 29, 2015 6:47 PM

    Colin Kaepernick, 4-2 in the playoffs, including 3 road wins

    ——————————————————

    Mark Sanchez has a winning playoff record also.

  28. Niners are like 10-3 against the Cards. This is only Kap’s second career loss to the Cardinals. Bad day for Kap.

    Time for Cards guys to fizzle away like they always do.

    Win a game that matters than come talk.

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