After what has to go down as the one of the worst NFL off-season's of all-time, the San Francisco 49ers are struggling badly.
After beating the Minnesota Vikings in their first game of the season, the rest of the campaign has been completely downhill, with the 49ers losing four games straight with a combined score of 137-69. Ouch.
A big reason for San Francisco's struggles is the form of quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has looked well below-par. And now we might finally know why he has been so poor.
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Chris Ault, Kaepernick's former head coach during college at Nevada, was speaking to Fox Sports when he said that the slinger's throwing motion was looking completely off, and it has been since last season.
“Nobody knows Kaep like I do, and really that started last year,” Ault said. “For some reason last year his technique throwing the ball . . . he let it go.”
Ault also went on to note that Kaepernick’s arm strength allows him to get away with not always having flawless mechanics, but for the sake of accuracy it’s something he needs to improve.
"He has a low elbow at times," Ault continued. "It’s not a sidearm throw by any means, but his elbow and arm are at 90 degrees instead of having that thing extended all the way up. He does that because he’s so doggone strong. He’s one of the few guys that can get away throwing that way, but when you have to make the touch pass, drop it over [coverage], or if you have to anticipate where a receiver is going, that type of release oftentimes makes you very inconsistent. That’s what I’m seeing."
Ault isn’t exactly coming out and criticizing the 49ers’ coaching staff, but if Kaepernick’s throwing motion is the root of his problems, then that’s something the coaching staff needs to be on like a flash to get fixed.
Head coach Jim Tomsula, offensive coordinator Geep Chryst and quarterbacks coach Steve Logan have to get it figured, or else the 49ers will be searching for a new franchise quarterback in the not-too-distant future.