Doug Robinson: Kaepernick the future of NFL QBs

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  • Badger55 Nibley, Ut
    Jan. 31, 2013 12:17 p.m.

    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.

  • VikingQueen Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 10:23 a.m.

    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!!!

  • alternate Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 12:50 p.m.

    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.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    Jan. 30, 2013 11:56 a.m.

    Michael Vick: 6' 215lbs
    Robert Griffin III: 6'2" 217lbs
    Colin Kaepernick: 6'4" 230lbs
    Warren Moon: 6'3" 221lbs
    Randall Cunningham: 6'4" 215lbs

    CK 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.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    Jan. 30, 2013 11:50 a.m.

    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!!

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    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.