49ers' Colin Kaepernick: 'I'm not huge on' throwing mechanics
Colin Kaepernick responded to those who have criticized his mechanics.
After spending the offseason discussing how Jim Tomsula can replace Jim Harbaugh, the topic of conversation surrounding the 49ers has seemingly flipped to Colin Kaepernick and the quarterback's throwing mechanics.
Kaepernick has struggled thus far in 2015, averaging 6.55 yards per attempt, throwing more picks than touchdowns and compiling a passer rating of 76.8. His ex-coach at Nevada, Chris Ault, recently told Fox Sports that Kaepernick's struggles can be linked back to his throwing mechanics, saying that Kaepernick let go of his mechanics last season.
On Wednesday, Kaepernick spoke about his mechanics, which he apparently doesn't care about all too much.
"Ultimately, whether the receiver catches the ball and the ball's in the right position is the only thing that matters," Kaepernick said via ESPN. "Mechanics are -- I'm not huge on them. You can look at Philip Rivers throw; you can look at Tom Brady throw. Looks completely different, [but] they're both great quarterbacks."
I get what Kaepernick is saying, but he seems to be missing the entire point of mechanics. Sure, it doesn't really matter what somebody looks like when they're throwing the ball as long as the ball gets to the intended target, but having solid mechanics helps a quarterback do just that. The reason why no one criticizes Rivers' funky throwing motion is because Rivers has been one of the league's best quarterbacks for the past decade. His passes typically end up in the arms of his receivers. His mechanics are clearly working for him, even if he looks like he's shot-putting the football.
On the other hand, Kaepernick has struggled with his accuracy and touch throughout his entire career, and that's why people like Ault have criticized Kaepernick's mechanics, because his mechanics might be the very reason why he's missing throws. Specifically, Ault said that Kaepernick's unconventional throwing motion can make it difficult to put adequate touch on the ball.
In his press conference, Kaepernick addressed Ault's comments and he admitted that he doesn't look at the mechanics of his elbow when he watches film.
"You have to be able to change arm angles, especially on underneath throws to throw around linemen, to throw into windows," Kaepernick said. "I don't look at film that closely about mechanics of where my elbow is at."
So, to sum up, it doesn't sound as if Kaepernick's throwing motion is going to be changing anytime soon.
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