Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

11 Mar 2007

Kwame Harris Highlight Video

A highlight video of Kwame Harris' 2006 season. The best part is when the first "Holding..." kicks in. Glorious.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 11 Mar 2007

48 comments, Last at 02 May 2007, 10:26pm by chris


by mmm... sacrilicious (not verified) :: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 3:34pm

The amazing part is that he doesn't even do a good job at holding - on half of the penalties in this video, Alex Smith still eats turf.

by Yaguar (not verified) :: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 4:28pm

Watching this video makes me think much more highly of Alex Smith. He's 22, he has positive DPAR with bad receivers, and his pass blocking is atrocious.

by Reinhard (not verified) :: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 4:40pm

Holy crap, abused.

by Randy S. (not verified) :: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 4:50pm

Wait, his name is pronounced "kwayme" and not "kwah-mee"? Or is that just Gumbel mispronunciation?

Nice video though. I have a higher opinion of Alex Smith now, after seeing the pocket collapse during every single "take on me" play in that video. Once in a while he turned those into decent plays, good for him.

by Nick (not verified) :: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 4:54pm

Do you think Alex Smith made this video for his GM?

by joe (not verified) :: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 4:59pm

RE 2&4

Definitely, I know hes has a shitty supporting cast his whole career, but I didnt know it was this bad.

by Karl Cuba (not verified) :: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 5:01pm

That's pretty funny, especiall the '60 seconds with Kwame' bit at the end. A couple if the clips were a little harsh, one of the plays against the Bears was a screen pass. He's also a pretty decent run blocker when he's not being asked to block in space. Still, I'm kind of glad that Adam Snyder will almost certainly win the right tackle job.

by Darin (not verified) :: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 5:19pm

What a masterpiece. I love the ignored attempt to high-5 Davis. Kind of makes you feel for the guy a bit.

by Saint Bernard (not verified) :: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 5:21pm

Yeah, but we all thought that Snyder would win the job last year as well. Face it, Kwame (yeah, it is pronounced Kwayme) obviously has pictures of Nolan in a comprimising position.

On the plus side, there are rumours that unnamed teams are interested in trading a second day pick for him. Frankly, I'd even give them a 5th rounder to take him.

by Karl Cuba (not verified) :: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 5:32pm

Snyder was supposed to be winning the competition for the RT job until he got hurt in training camp. Nolan and Warhop seem to place a lot of emphasis on continuity in the offensive line and they didn't want to change during the season. I really hope that Snyder wins the job this time.

by mmm... sacrilicious (not verified) :: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 5:59pm

Also, is his name really pronounced "Quaim"? I always thought it was "Quah-mee", because living on the east coast, I don't see a lot of crappy Pacific time zone games.

by BigLoad (not verified) :: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 6:00pm

Re: 6

I think he screwed up the screen againstthe Bears... Either he was supposed to pass block (if so, terrible job) or he was supposed to fake the pass block and go down to the second level. If it is the second option, he did an even worse job...

by James C (not verified) :: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 6:31pm

Watching more than a few minutes of this is a bit like watching a snuff movie. You can just tell that bad shit is about to happen. Some of the missed blocks are just awful.

by the K (not verified) :: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 7:27pm

This video was exceptional filmmaking. Blocking, not so exceptional. I laughed repeatedly.

by Harris (not verified) :: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 7:34pm

1) I'm amazed at how often Kwame's man blew up the play
2) I love Simply Red
3) He gave up a sack to Jerome Fucking McDougal?! That's reason enough to cut the guy right there
4) I am going to give him the blues at the family reunion

by NewsToTom (not verified) :: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 8:14pm

This is part of why Alex Smith looked like a good NFL QB in the preseason and the first couple weeks of the year, and not after that. Seriously, Raiders, if you're not going to get an offensive line, don't draft a QB #1 overall.

by Mitch Cumstein (not verified) :: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 8:54pm

Kwame Harris had a bad career last season.

by Karl Cuba (not verified) :: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 9:21pm

Harris, "I love Simply Red"

You have just admitted to being the least soulful person on Outsiders. I assume you have a big Mick Hucknall poster on your wall in between your Michael Bolton and Pat Boon pictures;)

by Newark Highschool Fan (not verified) :: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 9:31pm

Kwame looked great in High School. I just wish Delaware had more football talent than Kwame, his brother Orien, and Luke Pettigout.

by Nathan (not verified) :: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 9:57pm
by Harris (not verified) :: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 10:38pm

Re: #17

As though you don't own a complete collection of Slim Whitman records and sing "Hit Me Baby One More Time" whenever you're in the shower. And watch your mouth about Pat Boone. His "In a Metal Mood" completely rocked my face off.

by Ruben (not verified) :: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 11:20pm

Re: #19

Holy crap! Where has Walt Harris been all my life?

And: I know I know...there is selection bias, and there are only like 5 games featured, buuuut....Let's see: Smith has a "rocket, laser arm," sheds blocks, runs FAST, moves in the pocket, and laid out John Lynch on a reverse play...looks like he's may turn out to be what Vick was *supposed* to have been. Except, you know, without the $120M contract, Nike deal, and trick water bottle.

by Karl Cuba (not verified) :: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 11:23pm

20: No denial of the Michael Bolton then?

by mattman (not verified) :: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 11:30pm

#14 - I thought the exact same thing. Getting destroyed by Jerome McDougle is the kind of thing that just can't be forgiven. In fact, maybe this could be a new way of evaluating former 1st-round busts: Have two of them square off. The winner gets a second chance, the loser is out of the NFL.

by NF (not verified) :: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 11:54pm

#24: The Real Thunderdome!

by NF (not verified) :: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 11:55pm

Errr, #23.

by Ryan (not verified) :: Mon, 03/12/2007 - 12:01am

Don't you remember McDougle's first sack was getting to Eli Manning?

Yeah, this video just upped my respect for Alex Smith. I was actually impressed how often the pass actually went complete (for a minimal gain).

by mattman (not verified) :: Mon, 03/12/2007 - 1:25am

#26 - Remember it? That hit on Eli is the only moment in my life that I was actually happy that Jerome McDougle was an Eagle.

by mattman (not verified) :: Mon, 03/12/2007 - 1:27am

By the way I should add that I watched all ten minutes of that video and was laughing my ass off the whole time. This should be a series. I would love to see, for example, a Mark Simoneau highlight film.

by VarlosZ (not verified) :: Mon, 03/12/2007 - 2:53am

The best part about the video was every time Harris had to block someone in space, he'd set up directly in front of the defender and stand still while he easily brushed pass his shoulder.

Then, he'd turn around and watch the disaster behind him, while his body language is screaming: "Damn! I forgot that lateral movement exists. Again."

by BillWallace (not verified) :: Mon, 03/12/2007 - 4:53am

Yeah he pronounces his name Kwayme, they mention it every niners telecast.

I enjoyed the video a lot, especially the clutch last minute.

by Harris (not verified) :: Mon, 03/12/2007 - 7:32am


Yes, I am officially denying Michael Bolton, not just his music but his entire existance. And who is Mick Hucknall, anyway?

by Karl Cuba (not verified) :: Mon, 03/12/2007 - 9:05am

31: He's he lead singer in Simply Red. I only know this because my Mum used to play their records when she was taking us to primary school.

by James, London (not verified) :: Mon, 03/12/2007 - 9:25am

That's a brutal way to treat someone, but Jesus it was funny. I now have an office full of Brits wondering if I've gone mad.

by Purds (not verified) :: Mon, 03/12/2007 - 9:27am

Please, please, please. Just once:

Freeney vs. Harris on Every Play Counts

by James, London (not verified) :: Mon, 03/12/2007 - 10:01am

Having viewed it again, I think I could beat Harris off the edge. Now watch the the Texans trade for him.

by Chris Owen (not verified) :: Mon, 03/12/2007 - 11:03am

You still have to give Antoine Winfield credit for the move he made in the very first sequence.

by MJK (not verified) :: Mon, 03/12/2007 - 11:27am

Wow, forget the franchise tag. What the Player's Association really needs to work on in the next CBA is to make it illegal to draft a highly touted QB when your line plays like this. How many promising QB's are going to go the way of David Carr and Alex Smith because of stupid GM's?

by C (not verified) :: Mon, 03/12/2007 - 11:30am

I just watched this, and yes, it has plenty of bad Harris shots, but it seemed an indictment of the entire line. Most of those plays had two (or sometimes three) defenders meeting at the ball. It isn't just Harris' that is killing Frank Gore and Alex Smith- it's that entire line.

And this video scapegoats Harris' to some extent.

by SJM (not verified) :: Mon, 03/12/2007 - 11:54am

Re: 19

If someone made a video of Walt Harris' "highlights" from 2005 instead of 2006, it would look a lot more like the Kwame Harris one. Still, that was probably the Redskins least-talked-about major mistake last offseason.

by NewsToTom (not verified) :: Mon, 03/12/2007 - 1:23pm

You know you're a bad team when ... Walt Harris is one of your four best defensive players. Yes, I'm pretty sure he really was this year for the 49ers. Much better than his 2005 showing.

by greybeard (not verified) :: Mon, 03/12/2007 - 2:38pm

Re: #40
Walt Harris was not just one of the four best defensive players of 49ers, but he was one of the best defensive players of the entire NFL. I did not watch him before 2006. He may have been terrible before. I wouldn't know. But in 2006, he defended passes, intercepted 8, forced a few fumbles, and tackled well, both wide recivers and in open space. 49ers were somewhere between bad ad mediocore in 2006. But Walt Harris circa 2006 would be one of the best 4 defensive players in 30 out of 32 teams in the NFL last year if not on all 32.

by bravehoptoad (not verified) :: Mon, 03/12/2007 - 6:03pm

Yeah, he had a season, and no one really saw it coming. Nolan gets credit for a "smart free-agency pickup," but what he should probably get credit for is bringing out the best in one of his players.

by Mr Shush (not verified) :: Tue, 03/13/2007 - 12:36am

In the hope that a similar video of Houston FS and pratfall-meister CC Brown might exist, I searched YouTube for clips of the feller. There is precisely one. It is four seconds long, and it consists of Brown falling over as (I think) Maurice Morris runs past him and into the open field. Brown may be the worst starter at any position on any team in the league, so I had hoped for some more copious ineptitude, but then it struck me: it's quite unlikely that any play that involves the ball being thrown to a man who Brown was supposed to be covering will have CC in shot at any point. I suggest that in assessing the game charting data for Houston's secondary, any passes which are otherwise listed as "hole in zone" be attributed to Brown, because if there's a hole there he probably dug it.

by mactbone (not verified) :: Tue, 03/13/2007 - 1:25pm

Walt "Toast" Harris, wore out his welcome in Chicago pretty quick - everyone figured he was done after he left the team.

by The Big Lebowski (not verified) :: Tue, 03/13/2007 - 2:16pm

For next season, someone really ought to buy Kwame Harris a red flag, so he can wave it and shout "Ole!" at passing defensive ends. At least he'd be doing some kind of job well.

by sippican (not verified) :: Tue, 03/13/2007 - 5:49pm

If that gentleman wants to look at people's backs all day like that, he should get it over with and become a chiropractor.

Before Alex Smith needs an undertaker.

By the way, "Kwame," however pronounced,is a proud and venerable African name, which translates roughly into English as: "Turnstile."

by chris (not verified) :: Wed, 05/02/2007 - 10:26pm

anyway you can repost this?? this is classic and I wanted to show this to someone-pretty please(or redirect me)