Originally posted by sfout:
Originally posted by pete98146:
I'd be curious to see if his mechanics have improved. There aren't too many successful NFL quarterbacks with a big looping release. College QBs can get away with it but that dog don't hunt in the big leagues.
If CK can learn to put the ball up on his ear and fire away then he'll stand a chance.
I read one of the bay area articles a couple weeks ago saying that they've noticeably tightened up his throwing motion and shortened his delivery a little but as those stupid Sports Science segments on Tim Tebow belted out during the season it takes hundreds of reps a day for months on end to effectively alter the muscle memory that his body has built up over the past 10 years of his life playing football.
So ideally another year of tuning up his throwing motion and overall mechanics as well as improving his ability to read defenses would be the best case.
I wasn't attempting to imply that Kaepernick will win the job or that he should say "I need more time to develop" but rather just put it out there that the guy is going out of his way to say I can do it, which is nice to see that he isn't getting complacent.
Also the read is just another news item to give us something to discuss during these slow times of the first month of the off season :/
Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Originally posted by JustaFan45:
Nobody's dismissing anything? Do you believe Nate Davis or Troy Smith will be great QBs someday? Then why are these guys in the discussion?
As examples of people jumping to conclusions, always looking for the grass to be greener elsewhere. Kaepernick might turn out to be an incredible quarterback, and I hope he does, I have faith in Harbaugh that Kaepernick is something special, but you don't take a raw lower-division quarterback out of a Pistol offense and make him the starter after your current starting QB has a career year.
Aaron Rodgers played much tougher competition, was a lot less raw and he still sat for 3 years in Green Bay. What people are saying is stop counting your eggs before they hatch. Alex Smith should only play better next year with more weapons, its to Kaepernick's advantage to sit back, watch and study for another season to truly prepare him to be a starter in the NFL.
I love the confidence shown by CK, but I think it would be in his best interest to sit another year or two, just as Rogers had to. I also like the point about muscle memory, that is something that has to be settled before CK can be good. Qb's who have unresolved issues in that area often back-slide into old/bad habbits when under durress. Prior to this season I remember Alex having a huge problems with that -- He would make strides in the offseason, only to have all of his work evaporate under pressure.