Former San Francisco 49er Joe Montana recently talked with USA Today. In the interview, the subject of Colin Kaepernick came up. Here is what he had to say:
“I like his mobility and that he’s getting the ball downfield, but sometimes, he needs to be more accurate in the pocket with pressure. The game is changing. Nobody wants to throw with pressure anymore. But the guys who can win in this league are the ones who can make throws from the pocket.
Kaepernick still needs to get better at [staying in the pocket and taking a hit]. He’ll look and then he’s off and running. I still think the thing is the pocket and making those tight throws from the pocket.”
“He’ll make some [tough throws], but a lot of times guys are wide open, and he misses them.”
These words may sound harsh upon first reading them, but it must be remembered, this is arguably the best quarterback of all time saying them. Part of being the best is listening to those better than you to help you improve. That is what Kaepernick must do here. Besides, these criticisms are absolutely true. I love Kaepernick, and am extremely glad that he is the quarterback for the 49ers, but that does not mean he is perfect. Patrick Willis is not even perfect.
Take Lebron James for instance. Even after winning a couple MVP awards and accolade upon accolade, he goes back one summer and essentially re-teaches himself how to shoot the ball. That is what the greats do: never stop improving (thanks, Lowe’s). This quote and story should be taken as no more or no less than the best helping the best.