What are the top-five things Colin Kaepernick does well? This is my list. I’d be interested in reading yours.
1. Run. Kaepernick has some of the greatest playoff rushing performances by a quarterback of all time — 11.3 yards per carry and 2 TDs against the Packers in 2013, 8.9 yards per carry and 1 TD against the Ravens in the Super Bowl, 14 yards per carry against the Packers in 2014 and 11.8 yards per carry against the Seahawks in the NFC Championship.
2. Throw while running. Kaepernick is a natural at this. He looks like Derek Jeter throwing across his body to first base. Kaepernick rarely sets his feet when he throws on the run, but that works out for him because he gets himself into trouble when he sets his feet — he tends to over-stride the intermediate passes and under-stride the short throws. But he can be brilliant when he scrambles and he doesn’t have time to set his feet. His touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin in the NFC Championship game is a good example of that.
3. Throw deep. Kaepernick’s passer rating on throws that traveled more than 30 yards downfield was 125.8. His passer rating on all other throws was 86.4. His rating on throws that traveled 21-30 yards downfield was just 56.6.
4. Throw to his first read. Kaepernick’s passer rating when he passed the ball in 2.5 seconds or less was 101.2, 6th-best in the NFL. But when he held onto the ball for longer than 2.5 seconds, his rating fell to 80.7 — 16th-best in the NFL.
5. Throw against blitzes. Kaepernick’s passer rating against blitzes was 98.3. On the other hand, his rating fell to 82.4 against four-man rushes.