Kaepernick’s offseason — valuable lessons or waste of time?

Here is my Sunday column. SANTA CLARA Colin Kaepernick looked like a new guy during warmups Friday afternoon. He’d drop back, raise the football to his ear and fling it in one quick, compact motion — up and out. It seemed like a perfect recreation of Aaron Rodgers’ throwing motion, the ideal throwing motion. Kaepernick used have a long, loopy motion. When he threw a football, he’d bring it down…

May 31, 2015

Kaepernick’s coach choice couldn’t be more wrong for job

This is my Thursday column. Is Colin Kaepernick serious about his craft? He says he wants to become a better quarterback. He says he wants to train with a guru. He says the right things. Jeff Garcia took him at his word. About a week ago, Garcia publicly volunteered to mentor Kaepernick. Garcia makes a living coaching quarterbacks. He has his own regimen and routine and everything, even has his…

January 8, 2015

Odds are against 49ers winning Super Bowl. Should they worry?

On Thursday, Steve Young said the 49ers may have missed their best opportunity to win a Super Bowl with Colin Kaepernick. Young believes NFL defenses will adjust to the Pistol formation and the read-option plays which Kaepernick executes so well. Is there anything to Young’s comments? NFL defenses may or may not adjust to the Pistol – we’ll find out next season – but history seems to support Young in…

February 9, 2013

Jim Harbaugh is in a difficult position

Jim Harbaugh is in a difficult position. He has gone on record in total support of his original starting quarterback – Alex Smith – even after a dalliance with Peyton Manning. Yet, Smith’s performances always brought up questions and concerns. Now, with Colin Kaepernick in the picture after just a game and a half, the dilemma is to whom does Harbaugh turn for the next game? First of all, if…

November 20, 2012

Kurt Warner says Alex Smith is “making the big play.”

In case you missed it, NFL Network’s Kurt Warner ranked Alex Smith as the fourth-best quarterback in the NFL behind Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees, and one spot in front of Matthew Stafford. Matt Hasselbeck was in Warner’s top 5 last week, but according to Warner, Smith has surpassed him. Here’s what Warner said about Smith: “My big surprise: Alex Smith comes in at No. 4. A guy…

October 13, 2011