Cosell breaks down Kaepernick’s performance vs. the Patriots

Greg Cosell spoke on KNBR Monday afternoon. Here’s what he said about Colin Kaepernick.

COSELL: “One of the things that really stood out is how much shifting and motion the 49ers offenses uses. With Kaepernick, now they’ve got the pistol element with the shifting and the motion. When they did it with Alex Smith, they ended up with more base formations. Now they have the pistol element built in. It’s more information that the defense has to decipher and digest in a short period of time.

“The other thing that speaks to Kaepernick is very often when you have a young quarterback, you don’t do the shifting and motion. Don’t forget, every time you move, the defense moves too. The quarterback has to be aware of that. Without mentioning names, there are plenty of quarterbacks in this league who became very good quarterbacks, but early in their careers their offensive coaches did not want to use shifting and motion because the quarterback couldn’t handle it. It’s not that he couldn’t handle his own shifting and motion, he couldn’t handle the defense moving within the five, six seconds before the ball was snapped.

“Obviously, for the 49ers with Kaepernick, there are a ton plays where there is shifting and motion, the defense changes and Kaepernick is under control. It doesn’t seem to bother him.

“He did throw the pick, and that was a pick he’ll learn from. That was a shot play, he came off the play action and in his mind it was going to be wide open. He just didn’t read the back-side safety. He’ll learn from that. When you throw the ball in the middle of the field, it’s the back-side safety you have to read, not the front-side safety. He’ll learn that. That’s not a big deal. For the most part he’s seems to me to be a pretty aware kid who has a very good understanding of what’s going on on the field.”

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