Colin Kaepernick’s Throwing Style


 

Ever since the 49ers took quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the second round of the NFL draft one of the biggest knocks against him is his throwing motion.  Coach Jim Harbaugh said after drafting Kaepernick that there is no perfect way to throw a football and he most likely will not mess with his throwing style.

“Anybody who’s ever thrown something, whether it’s picking up a rock and throwing it or throwing a baseball or throwing a football or throwing anything, you throw how you throw. It matters what the ball does more than how you do it,” Harbaugh said.

I will take Harbaugh’s observation over others when it comes to developing quarterbacks.  It is not as if Kaepernick is throwing like Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow where the football comes down from his waist before he throws to his target.  When it comes to Kaepernick keep in mind Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.  Rivers has a unique throwing motion like Kaepernick in which the throwing motion is unusual but the release is quick and accurate.  Let’s hope Kaepernick will be like Rivers more than just his throwing motion but also with his success in the NFL.

Here is a video of Kaepernick on ESPN’s Sports Science before the draft breaking down his mechanics.

Link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ7xfvFgZ1E

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  • http://ninernoise.comand49erswebzone.com Matt Hamm

    Great read Eric! This sums it up for me. It’s crazy to me that draft “experts” will pick a guy apart for a perceived weakness that hasn’t held them back yet at any level. These “experts” once said “Joe Montana has a weak arm” and he fell to the 3rd round of the draft!!

    “Anybody who’s ever thrown something, whether it’s picking up a rock and throwing it or throwing a baseball or throwing a football or throwing anything, you throw how you throw. It matters what the ball does more than how you do it,” Harbaugh said.

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