During the early 90’s the San Francisco 49ers were the team to beat. Sure, they had their tough battles with the Dallas Cowboys, but eventually reigned supreme during the 1994-1995 NFC Championship game, as the 49ers won 38-28. No player, had a bigger impact in that game, than former 49ers quarterback Steve Young. A player known for both his scrambling ability and accurate arm, Young was the epitome of a mobile quarterback.
However, he never had the luxury to play in a pistol formation like 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. In fact, Young never took a single snap from the shotgun formation, according to Matt Maiocco. Not one.
Young, a former 49ers quarterback now turned ESPN NFL analyst, had this to say regarding the pistol:
I’m actually really jealous about the pistol. I think it’s such a cool thing…The pistol isn’t going to go away, but the job in the long run is going to be to deliver the ball from the pocket. This is a wonderful bridge for young players.
Look what’s happened to these mobile guys, my heroes, my guys. There’s this bridge now that they can have success, get more confidence, go to the Super Bowl.
It is great to hear this coming from a 49er great like Steve Young. To hear him say those words, in regards to the pistol, holds more weight, than any other NFL analyst, in my opinion. Job well done, Steve job well done.