They say you need a mobile, accurate, intelligent Quarterback to run the West Coast offense. Not the most physically gifted guy, and not necessarily one with a great arm. They say -- they being most posters on the webzone and most of the beat writers including maiocco and Lynch -- that you have to have intangibles and that they refer back to Montana, and for some reason never Young, and occasionally thrown in a Shaun Hill, a Tom Brady or, in the current class, a Dalton, a McElroy or a Stanzi as similar type players -- even though none actually played in the west coast offense.
Its a niner-centric point of view, that ignores the accomplishments of Walsh's disciples in other organizations: McNabb, Favre, Elway and Vick are all guys that have had accuracy issues, all guys who rely heavily on arm strength, all guys who would never "fit" the west coast offense. And yet they all succeeded in WCOs that are more recent and therefore more likely resemble Harbaugh's offense than Harbaugh's offense will resemble Walsh's. i made this point in an email to Maiocco recently, he re-iterated that he thought a WCO should have a "short motion." i guess that rules out Kaepernick...but i think his limitations, like Newton's, would be in any offense regardless....its not like the WCO is the only offense that requires mobility or accuracy or the ability to make reads....so i don't see Newton, Kaepernick, or mallet as any less of a fit for us than Vick, McNabb, and Favre in their versions of the WCO.