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Morning Tailgate: Kaepernick Evaluation

Posted by Taylor Price on July 15, 2013 – 10:40 AM

Colin Kaepernick’s performance on the field continues to be analyzed by NFL experts across the country.

The latest evaluation comes from ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski. The former Philadelphia Eagles signal-caller has named San Francisco’s current quarterback as his No. 11 passer in his annual countdown of the league’s top 32 passers.

“Kaepernick has a chance to be very special,” Jaworski said via Mike Sando of ESPN.com. “He has a complete throwing skillset with a powerful arm that I absolutely put at gun level. His ball comes out with a lot of energy and velocity. And Kaepernick can drive the ball down the field, on the move, with accuracy.”

More 49ers headlines can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle shared his thoughts on the 49ers claiming Charly Martin.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee looked at the chances of the 49ers signing Austin Collie.

Jeff Fedotin of the National Football Post examined Nnamdi Asomugha’s chances of bouncing back in San Francisco.

Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com shared the latest results of PFT’s Top 100 players list.

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42 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Kaepernick Evaluation”

  1. By 49er-n-memphis on Jul 15, 2013 | Reply

    11? REALLY? We’ll see! Show n prove Kap!

  2. By 11yearswithalex on Jul 15, 2013 | Reply

    what did I do now

  3. By 11yearswithalex on Jul 15, 2013 | Reply

    oh and by the way with a tougher schedule and better QB we went to superbowl not just nfc championship loss……yes we lost SB ……it was first time for lots next time will be diff for sure

  4. By AJ on Jul 15, 2013 | Reply

    Guys, he’s only 11 because he hasn’t played much. Everyone loves him, and I do too, but they want to see him play a lot more before they can put him in their top 5. Watch, after this season it’ll be much different.

  5. By Bluman on Jul 15, 2013 | Reply

    I want to know the 10 quarterbacks that’s ahead of Colin? List their names please!

  6. By bow53 on Jul 15, 2013 | Reply

    even the “jaws” got something good to say about r starting QB, and its all accurate , what he mention in todays M.T. its another touchy subject here,don’t let the novelist get started today..think about it this way camp is just around the corner and sooner or later the regular season kicks in…FOOTBALL IS GONNA BE UPON US PEOPLE…….the kaep is gonna be calling the signals, no matter what…..

  7. By Folsom49er on Jul 15, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Bluman, I’ve got nine here. They are both Mannings, Brady, Rogers, Brees, Ryan, Flacco, Schab, & Big Ben.It’s the only reason I’ve been watching NFL Live the past week or so.
    Kaep is the top NFC West QB according to Jaws, although Wilson is #12.

  8. By 11yearswithalex on Jul 15, 2013 | Reply

    go kaeper …I just got my black/white kaeper49er jersey as well as my red…..this year will be awesome as the niners drive every team crazy with their skills and player drive to be the best and win it all for the next decade and then some ….little York has set the team up for success and it worked …big time …..thank you sir ……thank you

  9. By rjdniner on Jul 15, 2013 | Reply

    Hey 11yrs all that time when you were all over Alex now you want to get on board with use true 49er fans with Kap……you really are a two faced individual……..

  10. By Devin on Jul 15, 2013 | Reply

    Sanchez at #28? Waaaaay to high.

  11. By Moose_USMC on Jul 16, 2013 | Reply

    rjdniner
    So you have to have been an Alex Smith fan to be a 9er fan. Nice that we have Fan nazies here to enforce who is true and who is not. I hated Alex Smith, and i’ve loved this team my whole life. To blindly follow without thought, thats not being a fan. If 11 doesnt like Alex, good for him too, least he calls it when somthings wrong and needs to be fixed. That would be a true fan.

  12. By bloya on Jul 16, 2013 | Reply

    Smith was not and never will be a great QB. Good Luck to the chiefs, they are going to need it!!
    CK will be a great QB it will not take long to prove it.

  13. By bow53 on Jul 16, 2013 | Reply

    @bloya , wait 4 one blogger here to respond to ur post, he might give u a long & winding lecture which will led to no where….everybody here knows , whom , i’m talking about….to me alex smith is history, we got a better qb now…looking forward to the future hall of famer….( THE KAEP SHOW)……

  14. By 9er on Jul 16, 2013 | Reply

    #11???…MORE LIKE #1…THERES NOBODY IN THE N.F.L THATS MORE ROUNDED THAN COLLIN. THE MAN CAN THROW, RUN,JUMP…THE MAN CAN FLY. ALSO WHAT MAKES HIM VERY DANGEROUS IS THAT HE IS SMART. TEAMS HATE TO PLAY US AND SCARED TO ADMIT IT…CAN’T WAIT TO TEAR YOU UP THIS YEAR . {GO 9ERS GO }

  15. By ace on Jul 16, 2013 | Reply

    i still like alex smith and am wishing him well in kc(we need them to be 8-8, for our next draft) but i love the KAEP and what he brings , its funny that at this time last year, we had no idea about what we had in kaep, some people thought jack johnson (who?) or scott tollzein should start ahead of smith and kaep, wow good thing that didint happen, scott t might be better off on a less qb rich team if he makes our team this year, id say bj daniels would be better option for running scout team with the more atletic qb’s in the league now, but i wish we would only keep 2 qb’s on the active roster, i would use that roster spot for a defender or maybee wr given our recent injury bug at that position

  16. By ace on Jul 16, 2013 | Reply

    oh and by the way just wondering where did alex smith rank on jaw’s qb”evaluation”?……my guess prob middle of the pack somewhere around 18-20 ish ?

  17. By ace on Jul 16, 2013 | Reply

    11 years if you didnt know everyone is saying 11 ? wtf in reference to ron j qb evaluation of kaep puttin him at #11 u goofball 11 ? really, hes beaten some of those qbs ahead of him in ranking already and will (god willing) continue to do so this year, forcing ron and all the kaep doubters to reevaluate his “ranking”

  18. By ace on Jul 16, 2013 | Reply

    im willing to give jaws the benifit of the doubt,im glad he can see the obvious good things kaep has shown in only 10 starts, but the game jaws played was a much difff game then todays football, this coming year worries me about how the officials will have soo much more say in the game, i have never had much confidence in the reffs abilities in the nfl, and after last year well they are a bigger joke than ever……thats my rant….f the refs….go niners !!!

  19. By phatalerror on Jul 16, 2013 | Reply

    “I want to know the 10 quarterbacks that’s ahead of Colin? List their names please!”

    In no particular order, you could make a very strong argument for all of these:

    Aaron Rodgers
    Tom Brady
    Peyton Manning
    Matt Ryan
    Joe Flacco
    Drew Brees
    Andrew Luck
    Tony Romo
    Matthew Stafford
    Alex Smith

    Of course, Smith won’t be on that list even though he had as many regular season games as Kaepernick, so instead put everyone’s favorite overrated quarterback, Robert Griffin III.

    I’m pretty sure I hit eight out of ten.

  20. By phatalerror on Jul 16, 2013 | Reply

    “looking forward to the future hall of famer….( THE KAEP SHOW)……”

    Ten starts, and people are declaring “Future Hall of Famer”.

    You haven’t already set the bar high enough? Here’s a good way to get into the hall of fame: In a big game, complete a throw for a touchdown just once out of four plays from seven yards out. And if you can’t pull that off because the defense was so incredibly awesome (which it wasn’t even before the blackout and the Ngataout), at least look like an eleventh-best quarterback by picking a different target to throw to on one of those downs.

    An alternative?: Win enough games during the regular season. Kaepernick had no one but Smith to thank, and he’ll have no one but himself to blame.

  21. By ace on Jul 16, 2013 | Reply

    as it may be a bit early to say “hall of famer” it may also be a bit early to be blaming him for losses before the season starts

  22. By phatalerror on Jul 16, 2013 | Reply

    “as it may be a bit early to say “hall of famer” it may also be a bit early to be blaming him for losses before the season starts”

    Perhaps. It was equally hyperbolic. But reason gets people nowhere lately.

  23. By dave g. on Jul 16, 2013 | Reply

    Top 10? Strong argument? Tony Romo? Matthew Stafford? Alex Smith?

  24. By dave g. on Jul 16, 2013 | Reply

    Without even addressing KAP, those 3 have proven to be better than Eli and Ben R?

  25. By phatalerror on Jul 16, 2013 | Reply

    Who is Eli Manning? A player carried by his team in his first Super Bowl appearance, and only in his second Super Bowl because the receiver to give him his best production during the 2011 NFC Conference Championship game was Kyle Williams. He’s a better quarterback than Kaepernick, but perennially overrated, and nothing like his brother. He’s declining.

    Who is Ben Roethlisberger? Another quarterback carried by a dominating defense until it wasn’t dominating anymore. His best strength was being able to extend plays until secondaries were tired, but he wasn’t particularly impressive in the pocket (except that he was hard to tackle). He’s better than Kaepernick, but not by much. He’s also declining.

    Tony Romo is the opposite of Eli Manning: Everyone roots for Manning, and everyone roots against Romo. People can’t let go of a fumbled special teams snap years later, and can’t mention Romo’s commendable body of work without referencing that significant mistake that couldn’t by any justification define his career (and yet, people define his career by that moment). He has to carry his team through injury (broken ribs and a punctured lung in an overtime win against the 49ers in 2011), and hasn’t had a complementary running game month after month for years. I would take Romo over his overrated NFC East counterparts, and I would also take him over Roethlisberger.

    Matthew Stafford has struggled with injury and supporting cast (how many skill players besides Calvin Johnson from the Lions’ offense could stay on the field for more than a couple consecutive weeks?) and yet has done well. I would totally take Stafford over The Lesser Manning or Ben Roethlisberger.

    Smith: He was man enough to play for the 49ers when the 49ers were the worst team in the league (unlike Eli Manning), and at the first moment he had a decent coach, he helped his team get to a Conference Championship (a situation Roethlisberger never had to play through).

    I deliberately omitted the quarterbacks you thought should be ranked above Romo and Stafford. It wasn’t an oversight.

  26. By phatalerror on Jul 16, 2013 | Reply

    But for what it’s worth, those are the two quarterbacks I thought would make the list instead of two of the others I put (not counting Smith, who I already indicated would have been excluded from the list).

  27. By phatalerror on Jul 16, 2013 | Reply

    Jaworski ranked Schaub ninth among NFL quarterbacks, and based it off his play-action throwing success. I’m not certain why a quarterback would get special credit for play-action when the success of those plays is built off of the performance of the line and the runningback. Defenses are afraid of what Arian Foster does to them, not what Schaub does.

    But whatever. He ranked Smith 20th even though he didn’t have a negative thing to say about him. I suppose Smith was pushed down the list artificially because he was traded from the team that features the quarterback Jaws ranked 11th.

    Jaws is a sucker for physical specimens, and it’s reflected in his ratings for Griffin, Russell, and Kaepernick.

  28. By Mike on Jul 17, 2013 | Reply

    Colin is a good quarterback but after his latest comments, he needs an attitude adjustment. I don’t think he’s as humble as some people think, and regardless of what he does in the future, he will always be known for being the first fortyniner quaterback to lose a Superbowl.

  29. By phatalerror on Jul 17, 2013 | Reply

    “regardless of what he does in the future, he will always be known for being the first fortyniner quaterback to lose a Superbowl.”

    For what it’s worth…

    How many quarterbacks who didn’t start at the beginning of the season have won the Super Bowl? It’s ultimately not Kaepernick’s fault that the 49ers lost their first Super Bowl; it’s Harbaugh’s fault. Shortly after the Super Bowl, a long-time friend of mine who happens to be a Steelers fan called Harbaugh’s mid-season promotion of Kaepernick “arrogant”. Kaepernick shouldn’t have been in there in the first place.

    ‘Didn’t lose a Super Bowl’ is something of an artificial measure: It suggests that a quarterback or team that didn’t win the Super Bowl is somehow less than the quarterback or team that didn’t compete in the Super Bowl in the first place. So while I think Kaepernick wasn’t ready last year, and while my expectations this year for him are relatively low, he may eventually be on a Super Bowl-winning team.

  30. By Moose_USMC on Jul 17, 2013 | Reply

    Phatalerror
    “Who is Eli Manning? A player carried by his team in his first Super Bowl appearance, and only in his second Super Bowl because the receiver to give him his best production during the 2011 NFC Conference Championship game was Kyle Williams.”

    Tell me Error…..What was Smith’s production in that game? ….answer that! Yeah Kyle F-ed up bad, but realy!!! That game should never have been that close. Alex did just good enough to lose. If he would have won that game, wich he did not he would have been to the Super Bowl. Probably playing just good enough to not lose his job. Oh wait lost his job…. Yeah and you can’t come to grips with that. Somtimes a company has to trim the fat. Aikers cant win them all for Alex… wich he almost did. Give credit where its due. Aikers won thoughs games. Get your bib out cause crow is about to be served. nothing you can say will change reality that Smith is a safe QB but not a winning QB. NO Aikers in KC to save him.

  31. By phatalerror on Jul 17, 2013 | Reply

    “What was Smith’s production in that game?”

    In a game where his offensive line couldn’t protect; where his number one receiver was playing through injury, had a bad case of the drops, and was running third down routes short of the first down marker; where his number two receiver was returning on special teams; where his number three receiver had over the course of three years registered 8 completions for 87 yards and 0 touchdowns:

    As good as anyone’s could have been. The Giants played to shut down the run, and there really wasn’t anything to stop in the secondary after Vernon Davis and then Delanie Walker. When people remark about Smith’s quarterbacking that game, they always leave out the fact that Smith had one real weapon to throw to, and that weapon caught the first and third touchdown completions of the game. In some respects, Smith played that game better than Manning did, with Manning having two would-be interceptions slipping through defenders hands (and injuring starting cornerback Tarrell Brown in the process).

    But to argue that Smith played to “not lose his job” after the clutch game he played against the Saints in the Divisional Playoff and a 13-3 regular season is — spell it with me — I – D – I – O – T – I – C. Smith didn’t have much of an offense left at that point. Harbaugh knew that the 49ers’ depth at wideout was abysmal, which was why he brought in Manningham (NYG’s number three wideout) and Moss (out of the league for over a year) for depth the following year, and why he was still working on that receiving corps from the following draft down until today.

    It’s funny how everyone expects a quarterback to play well even when he doesn’t have an adequately diverse set of skill players at his disposal.

  32. By Moose_USMC on Jul 17, 2013 | Reply

    they should put like 5 bucks into there web tech and fix this Comment part. not posting anything i write. to the shugrin of error.

  33. By Moose_USMC on Jul 17, 2013 | Reply

    oh now it works after that comment.

  34. By bigearl on Jul 17, 2013 | Reply

    #11 spot well he needs to understand not to wear other NFL teams HAT I believe that’s why his #11 didn’t Austin Collie have some injuries when he played with the colts like knee, ankles , it seems as if every year he has an injury I would not touch the guy Nnamdy Asomugha get ready brother do your ting on that field like you did with dem yu’alls across the bay,Charly don’t know you but work hard things will come to you . COLT be ready cause when time calls you will have to shine that ball with all you have your with an elite team it doesn’t get any better then this body you either make it or break it …..

  35. By jgo2015 on Jul 17, 2013 | Reply

    I would like to say something about being a fan of the niners. Alex Smith was and still is a good QB he was a niner then and I backed him because he was a part of the family (so to speak) and you stand by family no matter what. he was taught to play safe and that’s the way he played. you see he was doing better with the same OC after his 2nd year til he got hurt even Kaep didn’t beat the Rams and looked like a rookie on the 2nd game against Seattle. Now that Kaep is our QB I will back him in good or bad and Good Luck to Alex, maybe he’ll play like I believe he is capable of and WOW everyone with his new team. Even when Jerry Rice went to Oakland and Seattle I still wished him well because he was born into the NFL a 49er.
    I hate that we didn’t win the SB but there’s a good chance this year we will.
    God bless you all!!

  36. By mfkram64 on Jul 18, 2013 | Reply

    hello

  37. By Moose_USMC on Jul 18, 2013 | Reply

    Yes, best of luck to the old chap, in KC.

  38. By phatalerror on Jul 18, 2013 | Reply

    “they should put like 5 bucks into there web tech and fix this Comment part. not posting anything i write. to the shugrin of error.”

    I wouldn’t want you to think that I wanted this website to censor legitimate discussion between us, so I’ll give you the following information about the filters here: The filters don’t only target individual profanities and vulgarities, but entire words in which those words’ letters appear in the same sequence, and if any part of a comment doesn’t get through the filter, the whole writing gets silently rejected. I never send a message without copying it in its entirety first.

    • You cannot use the common statistical football reference synonymous with “throw” because after the ‘p’ is a three letter word variously used to describe a donkey or a derriere.
    • You cannot use the plural form of “ball”, even though its common usage on this site is non-offensive.
    • Many words contain the three letter sequence of ‘c’, ‘u’, and ‘m’, and all such words will not get through the filter.

    There are other words that I seem to have trouble with, but isolating them can be difficult.

  39. By dave g. on Jul 18, 2013 | Reply

    Guys every single thing Fatal Error says is to dig at Kap and elevate Smith. EVERYTHING!

    He is biased & contradictary if you really break it all down. Matthew Stafford is over-rated. Just think what he would be without Megatron catching everything. As far as Romo, common. Choke artist of the last 2 decades. A QB measured on merely stats is not the sign of a guy who really know’s QB’s!

    So Eli and Ben won SB’s only because of their Defense/Team carried them? So what the hell was Alex’s excuse? Seriously? 5 SB’s betweem them but they were carried? How many for Romo and Stafford? Ho wmany playoff wins? You such a joke man! And Alex in top 10 based on what?

  40. By phatalerror on Jul 18, 2013 | Reply

    “You such a joke man! And Alex in top 10 based on what?”

    Instead of mocking my opinions, you write your own essay about who is best, along with your bases for why. After that, we’ll argue the topic. Until then, you’re nothing but a disrespectful troll, and Richard Sherman is Better At Life Than You.

  41. By dave g. on Jul 18, 2013 | Reply

    I will continue to mock your opinions and you will not DICTATE what I say and when I say it. And I will continue to disrespect someone who has not earned respect due to his b!tch-like nature of evaluating. HAAAAAAAAAA! And guess what until then and now, I will continue to disrespect and laugh at you!

  42. By dave g. on Jul 18, 2013 | Reply

    20/0 ? HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

    I will never forget that joke!

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