Colin Kaepernick's statistics through 12 games this season: 61.2 percent (230-for-376), 15 touchdowns, eight interceptions, 353 rush yards.
Against Seattle on Thanksgiving night, he had his worst game of the year: 16-for-29, 121 yards, two interceptions.
On Monday, NFL Films Senior Producer, Greg Cosell, joined Tom Tolbert and CSNBayArea.com Senior Insider Ray Ratto on KNBR 680-AM to discuss the 49ers' quarterback.
Question: "Is Kaepernick flat out missing guys? Are there guys out there to be had that he's just not seeing?"
"Yes," Cosell answered. "First of all, in the game the other night against Seattle he was inaccurate ... And I wouldn't call him a precise thrower even at his best. He's not necessarily a guy that puts it right there. But I thought the other night that was a problem.
"Something that is a concerning issue, particularly since he's started more than 40 games, he still struggles to relate the route concepts to the coverage and to quickly isolate where to go with the ball. At this point, I think he needs to be able to do that better.
"I have no idea how he's coached, I couldn't answer that. But he remains predominatly a predetermined thrower. If the throw that he wants, which is the primary, is not there -- he has a tendency to break down in the pocket, drop his eyes and look to move.
"And it's really hard to be consistent playing quarterback that way ... If you want Colin Kaepernick to be a high-level quarterback, it's not going to happen making random improvisational plays. He's ultimately going to have master some pocket skills."
Question: "Big picture, if you're having trouble now after 40 games with these reads, how much better can it get?"
"That's a hard question to answer," Cosell said. "It goes back to my theory about mobile quarterbacks because I think coaches, not just Greg Roman, struggle with the balance between mobile quarterbacks and the stress and damage they can cause for defenses. That's one part of the equation and the other part is mastering the pocket. Where's the balance between the two? I'm not a coach. I don't profess to have that answer ...
"At some point, you can't miss what would be viewed as routine NFL throws. When I say miss them, you can't miss them either by not throwing them, you can't miss them by being inaccurate ... every once in a while you're going to make a spectacular play that only two or three people can make, that doesn't make up for it."