Durability was, is and will be the issue with running QB's. Kaepernick was
fortunate to hit the ground running only playing half a season with a team that
was playing as well as anyone and relies heavily on running back frank gore and
their defense. Vick was probably the best at running and throwing, but injuries
have plagued his career as with ALL dual threat QB's in the NFL.
Colin Kaepernick is a class act and not a trash talker. I grew up and graduated
from High School with Colin's parents. I know them personally and I take
offense to that comment. He is an extra ordinary individual that is the total
package. I felt bad for Alex Smith, but that's life. There is always
somebody better and quicker and I knew after watching Colin all through college
that many teams missed their chance when they bypassed him. Kudos to Harbaugh
for recognizing talent and giving the Pistol offense a chance. It was reported
early on that the Pistol was Colin's detriment. Who's laughing
now"? I love the Kaepernicks and they are the most down to earth people you
would ever want to meet. CK7!!!
He will have a good run until his first injury and then he will join a long list
of "runners" who were great until that fateful hit. Whether or not he
can recover and prosper will tell the tale.The niner's need to
keep Smith. When you have a "runner" you better have 2.
Michael Vick: 6' 215lbsRobert Griffin III: 6'2" 217lbsColin Kaepernick: 6'4" 230lbsWarren Moon: 6'3"
221lbsRandall Cunningham: 6'4" 215lbsCK is taller but
his weight isn't that much different than those playing now and his
predecessors. He will have a great career as he is a serious athlete, but to
say he is a new breed is incorrect.
I disagree with this column on several areas. First off Kaepernick is not a
trash talker. He is confident but I have yet to see him talk trash, thus if he
is you prototype, this characteristic is incorrect. Next, if you've
watched football over the years, you would know that running QBs have been
around for a long time. Warren Moon, Randall Cunningham, Michael Vick, etc...
Some are larger than others in stature, but they all have one thing in common.
They are bound to get hurt sooner than pocket-passers (typically) and defenses
eventually learn how to defend such offenses. The run-and-shoot is not much
different from the offense that the 9ers run and that didn't last long in
the NFL because defenses adjusted. If the pistol/spread was the ultimate
offense in college, why don't more national champions run such offenses?
Why aren't there more Kaepernicks? The offense is a flash in the pan. Go 9ers!!Go UTES!!
Defenses will adjust to the spread option. Linebackers and DE's are so
fast and so physical that quarterbacks will not be able to take seasons of
pounding. RG3 is already in a world of hurt. Vick even worse. Very rarely will
you find a combination of size, speed, intelligence, and arm strength. Because
of that rarity, Kaepernick is not a new breed of quarterback but more of an
aberration.Time will tell.