Joe Montana went on 95.7 The Game Thursday and assessed Colin Kaepernick and the young quarterback’s development. 49ers.com gives a nice synopsis of the interview, in which Montana gives some praise to Colin, but has quite a bit of criticism. Some of Montana’s analysis is summarized below:
On Kaepernick’s struggles to adjust to the NFL and an NFL style offense:
“He’s trying to transition from an offense that relies on him running the ball to one that tries to keeps him in the pocket. He’s definitely talented enough to do it and has the ability, it’s just getting used to doing it.”
On Kaepernick’s struggles this season:
“You’re going to have ups and downs. No matter who it is, you’re gonna see that every quarterback in the league goes through this, it’s not just Colin going through that.”
On the current pressure put on Kaepernick:
“The worst part about it is everyone is talking to him about it, so it’s not like he can relax and let it go and not think about it because everyone brings it up to him every day.”
Kaepernick’s play has been called “outstanding” by offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Jim Harbaugh has also piled on the praise for his talented, struggling quarterback. Montana’s analysis seems the most fair of any I have seen. It is void of emotion, lacks any irrational opinions based on the last game or a bad play here or there. Montana is absolutely right: Kaepernick is a very talented quarterback dealing with a lot of change and going through a growing process, which has led to some inconsistency. He has a long way to go, but can go quite far. It will be interesting to see how he progresses in the coming games, weeks, and years.