QB Colin Kaepernick threw for 412 yards in the San Francisco 49ers’ regular-season opener against the Green Bay Packers and 310 yards last game of regular-season against the Arizona Cardinals. Now, between those two NFL games, Kaepernick never topped 275 passing yards and he failed to reach the 200-yard mark 10 times. In two postseason games, he has thrown for 227 and 196 yards.
Not racking up huge passing stats isn’t all on him, of course, since they lean a lot on their rushing attack and defense. On the other hand, he has room for improvement as a passer, particularly in the pocket.
As ESPN NFL Insider Ron Jaworski notes, another element upon which Kaepernick can improve is working through his progressions. The return of Michael Crabtree has helped in that department, but Kaepernick will have to do better this weekend in order to take down the Seattle Seahawks.
“I like his mobility and that he’s getting the ball downfield,” Joe Montana told USA TODAY Sports. “But sometimes, he needs to be more accurate in the pocket with pressure.
“The game is changing. Nobody wants to throw with pressure anymore. But the guys who can win in this league are the ones who can make throws from the pocket.”
Josina Anderson and John Clayton report on the 49ers’ and Seahawks’ preparations for Sunday’s NFC Championship game.