Posted January 17, 2014

Joe Montana thinks Colin Kaepernick needs to improve as pocket passer

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Colin Kaepernick (Michael Zagaris/Getty Images)

Colin Kaepernick (left) has 31 career TD passes, 242 less than Joe Montana (right). (Michael Zagaris/Getty Images)

Colin Kaepernick is one win away from leading the 49ers to their second straight Super Bowl appearance in his second season as a starter.

But former 49ers great Joe Montana, who won four Super Bowls (including three MVP performances), told USA Today on Thursday that Kaepernick has room to improve, especially in the pocket.

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“I like his mobility and that he’s getting the ball downfield,” Montana said. “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.”

Montana, who said he thinks San Francisco has a good chance to win Sunday’s NFC Championship Game in Seattle, said Kaepernick needs to find a way to fit throws into tight windows.

“He’ll make some,” Montana said of Kaepernick, “but a lot of times guys are wide open, and he misses them.”

Kaepernick is 4-1 in the postseason with 10 touchdowns (six passing, four rushing) and three interceptions.

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8 comments
TehMoose
TehMoose

As a Seahawks fan, Kaep did just fine on Sunday. I didn't see any problem whatsoever with his pocket passing. 

gusCOYS
gusCOYS

Get Joe Montana and/or Steve Young out to Santa Clara for the offseason to work with CK

BC27
BC27

It seems as though Kaep struggles with short passes, passes out of the backfield & timing routes. He's a phenomenal athlete, but he needs to work on the "touch of his passes" so to speak. He rifles every pass like a 90 mph fastball. 

olansuddeth
olansuddeth

Spoken as a Niners fan: in related news, water is wet.


I love what Kaep brings to the table, but of course he absolutely can (and needs to) improve on his pocket passing.  I'm pretty sure that he'd be the first one to tell you that - cue up his press conference after they destroyed Green Bay in week one, if you don't believe me.

x72
x72

Kaep > Wilson

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

Was Joe as good in his second season? Somebody tell me.

PigglyWinks
PigglyWinks

@x72yes, but does 49ers > Seattle?


THAT is the question...

tcwe16
tcwe16

This is actually Kap's 3rd season (1st season as fulltime starter) I believe 'Niners won the Super Bowl in Joes 3rd season, which if my memory is correct was also Joes 1st seaon as a fulltime starter. So there is an interesting similarity there (hopefully).

I dont think Montana is criticizing Kap either, he is just stating where he feels Kap needs to improve. I think Mark Roman finding another job and getting a more imaginative passing game will enable Kap to improve his game.