Steve Young spoke on KNBR Wednesday afternoon. Here’s what he said Colin Kaepernick.
Q: Does Kaepernick’s game remind you of you? Was there anything he did against the Bears that you didn’t know he could do?
YOUNG: “There were some throws. He’s got a little interesting throwing motion. A little Phillip Rivers-y. Just a little different. But, I don’t care. It doesn’t bother me. As long as you deliver it.
“The way he threaded some – for the really great throwers, there is a ton of risk, and it’s just right at the end, and that’s how you feather stuff in and make it fit just right. And the Bears defense is a defense that demands perfection. If you’re off, they’re around, and they’ve made a lot of average or below-average quarterbacks pay dearly.
“I was a little surprised. I didn’t know Kaepernick was able to feather those ones in and make those nice, refined throws – obviously, against his body for the touchdown. The patience to go through his reads and hang in the pocket. For young players, that’s not the easiest thing to do in the world.
“Everything was, ‘Wow!’ He hit a couple, and then he hit a couple more, and then he just mauled the Bears. It was 20-0 and I didn’t know what happened.
“And you could see Jim dialing them up. That was the most aggressive play calling I’ve seen from the get-go that I’ve seen. You can say that Jim was showcasing him, like: ‘Hey, I don’t want to hang around with the Bears and risk losing 10-7. Let’s let it rip.’ The neat thing is Colin answered it with flying colors. It’s one game, but it’s one big game on Monday night at home. It reminded me of the old days.
Q: What did you think of Kaepernick throwing a pass so hard he hurt Randy Moss’ finger?
YOUNG: “He threw too hard. It’s all contextual. There are some throws where it’s like: ‘Bro, chill. That one doesn’t need to happen that way.’ Experienced receivers expect certain balls to be thrown a certain way. Some don’t have to be drilled – you can tell by coverage.
“The quarterback always says, ‘Hey, I’m sorry that I didn’t warn you. It’s coming.’ The truth is some throws you can put a ton on it and put some hurt on people. Now, Brett Favre made a career out of it – he didn’t know how to take it off. He just figured, ‘Man, every one of them is coming so get used to it and good luck to you.’”