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Based on your observations, Gabbert is obviously the “better” quarterback — but he’s just not a world-beater. Any other QB besides tunnel-vision Kap would stand half a chance. Maybe this year Kap can come in for special ‘Wildcat” plays, like he did for the early-season 49ers in 2012. Those were interesting times, as Alex Smith was racking up good numbers as a starter, but Harbaugh knew he had something explosive in Kap.
And look what that did for all involved…Smith is in KC with 2 playoff appearances in 3 years with a chance to take the AFC West crown, Harbs is in Michigan being the biggest name in Div 1, and Kaep if fighting for a roster spot.
I’m sure Harbs might be have a tiny (itsy bitsy) bit of regret strapping his horse to Kaeps wagon.
I think Kapernick will be gone at the first opportunity for a trade. Maybe we get a box of new footballs and some towels and more Cap space, but he will be gone. His mechanics are all wrong and he is a one read “pony”. Not good if you want to play quarterback in the NFL.
It sounds like defenses will stop the run and pray for the throw. This is going to be a long season. Very long.
Two things: One, Kaepernick will be successful again, if not in Santa Clara, then somewhere. You can write-off his first season as defenses not knowing how to game plan against him, whatever, but not his second season. He came real close to getting back to the Super Bowl, don’t forget, and there might not be a quarterback alive that could have beat Seattle in Seattle that year. Two, what do you mean, whoever Flynn is? You don’t even need to Google that. Especially someone who, shall we say, has been on the planet for a while.
What has Colin done, besides regress completely, to give you any confidence that he will be successful in the NFL? He was a flash in the pan, he was the WIldCat of 2012. His 2013 stats and performance was not good, and we can see how poorly it went from there in 2014 and then last year. He may have had 4 to 6 really good games in 4 seasons of play.
I just think he’s a special talent who, with the right coach/system/supporting cast, could do special things. Maybe I’m wrong. We’ll see.
You are wrong.
Sorry, but it’s too early to say, no matter how ‘sure’ you might be.
Show me any other successful NFL quarterback with Kap’s skill set and I might agree with you:
strong arm – maybe not today but it was strong.
very fast runner in the vertical direction – no question there
terrible foot work
very inaccurate arm, though strong – was strong, maybe.
long windup to throw – too long
can’t read the defense.
can’t look off the safety.
can’t throw a touch pass
tends to lock on to one receiver until he gets open or he gets sacked or both.
Sorry Fritz, it’s not early. Kap is an uncola in a cola world. He might find the right coach/system/supporting cast in Arena Football but not in the NFL.
Let’s continue this discussion when he hangs ’em up, shall we? I think he still has some great years left, you don’t.
He is a first-ballot Hall of Famer for ab workouts …
No one else is giving us these types of reports. I see glowing commentary on both of them all over the media. But I believe this report first. Neither of these guys are our next playoff QB. I’m amazed Kap is still here for this kind of money when he could be the backup.
“Flynn” is reference to Errol Flynn originally.
Is anyone else surprised that with the starting QB situation outlined here the Niners haven’t been more active in bringing in QBs? They drafted a guy who is competing for the third spot on the depth chart. How was that not more of a priority? It’s not really a secret that this year’s scapegoat will be Baalke and he’s probably the most deserving one they’ve had so far. If this season tanks and these QBs look more or less like they have the past two years I don’t doubt that Jed’s whisper campaign against Baalke will start with the QBs.
The business side of the NFL dictates two possible options because you can’t have a $13 million backup.
Either they start ‘Kap’ and watch him fail or he has a training accident putting him on IR triggering his disability policy and everybody goes home happy.
I’m betting on option two.
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.