Kaepernick's 39.8 QBR throwing inside the pocket the past two seasons is dead last out of 32 quarterbacks. His overall QBR is 30th out of 32 qbs for the last 2 years. Explain to me again how great of a QB he is? He is certainly not a starter for sure. That being said would you want the worst pocket passer in the nfl the last 2 seasons as a backup? The idea of a backup being that if your starter goes down they can manage the game to the point of not losing. Anyone that thinks he can do this is nuts. The fact he opted out of a 15 million dollar contract shows he lives in a bubble surrounded by people giving him bad advice.......about everything.
I too questioned why he would walk away from a 15 million dollar contract.
there is the very real possibility that San Fran may have dumped him at that salary anyways. so it is possible that they advised him and he decided to exercise his 'escape' clause to save face.
so I wouldnt look into that too much.
some years ago I went online here and said that Kap wasnt as good as the stats showed when he came on the scene with great stats and huge fanfare. Now I'm saying hes not as bad as what we have seen.
When a QB isnt successful, there can (and are) various reasons for that.
it could be any (or a combination) of the following:
- poor line that lets pressure get to the QB
- sub par WR's who dont catch the balls thrown to them or who dont run routes (and as a result are not in the place they are supposed to be when the QB tosses the ball)
- poor scheme that does not take advantages of the QB's strengths or minimize his weaknesses.
- sub par QB play due to various reasons: (typically Mechanics & decision making, but other reasons exist)
In Kaps case a lot of the boxes are checked.
The only Legit WR they had was a deep ball WR (and Kap isnt know for his deep ball Accuracy)
The line has been adequate at best, but subpar most of the time (worth noting, during the year he performed the best, the line was very good to excellent)
Since the departure of Harbaugh, I dont think the Scheme really helped him either.
That being said, I have also seen some throws made where he shouldnt have, but interestingly enough, most of those were during that huge year he had. I saw plays where I thought he should have had an INT but didnt and the WR caught it for a big play.
either way, This is a QB that NEEDS a scheme that will play to his strengths. (ability to scramble, roll out etc) He is not a pocket passer. He can do it if he has decent amount of time to make a decision, but he's at his best when scrambling and rolling out of the pocket. I dont know the numbers, but I'd bet his QB rating when he's outside the pocket are better than when he is in the pocket.
one other thing that has affected his numbers in a bad way is that he got to play Seattle and Arizona and the Rams 2 times each year. most of his career, all 3 had very good defenses. This clearly affected his numbers as well. one year I ran the numbers and his passer rating against these teams was low, but in most of his other games, the passer rating was considerably higher.
I do think that he is a low end starter or high end backup. but he will only fit into a system that allows for him to use his athleticism to make plays. He could probably be a backup in Green Bay, pittsburgh, KC because all 3 have QB's that are athletic and can run the ball so the adjustment to Kap at QB wouldnt be that bad. I'm pretty sure all 3 Co-ordinators can make an offense work with him as backup. I think he could probably start in Denver and I think the staff could put together a game plan that would work for him but there has to be a willingness for the team to do this.
He wants to start. I'm pretty sure that is his number one motovation. I do think he could start in Cleveland. Hue Jackson could probably make that offense work with him at QB. once again, the question isnt can he, but more along the lines of 'does he want to do it?'
anyways, If I had to rank the top 40 QB's in the NFL, he would be on that list. likely somewhere between #25 and #35. This would make him a fringe starter or top notch backup.