San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has said he doesn't have a problem with his throwing mechanics because every quarterback in the league doesn't throw the ball the same way.
This comes after Kaepernick's old college coach, Nevada’s Chris Ault, said this week that his throwing technique has changed since his college days and this might be why the team isn't playing well on the offensive side of the ball.
However, the 49ers quarterback himself thinks differently and has said he doesn't have a problem with his throwing mechanics at all.
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He said, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com: “Mechanics are, I’m not huge on them. You can look at [San Diego quarterback] Philip Rivers throw, you can look at [New England’s] Tom Brady throw. Looks completely different. They’re both great quarterbacks.
“It is something that I constantly work on, my mechanics, fundamentals, to make sure I’m out there throwing the ball the best way I can. Ultimately, whether the receiver catches the ball and the ball’s in the right position is the only thing that matters.”
He does have a point. So long as the ball manages to find the receivers hands and they're able to get points on the board that way, then who should care if Kaepernick throws the ball a bit different.
The problem is, that isn't happening. After five games this year, the 27-year-old has completed 95 of his 151 attempts for 989 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions.
This has cost the 49ers several games already this year, as they only have a 1-4 record, with that one win coming on the opening day of the season thanks to a good performance on the ground by running back Carlos Hyde, not by Kaepernick in the air.
He showed promising signs of improvement against the New York Giants last week, completing 23 of 35 passes for 262 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. But if he is unable to continue this for the rest of the year, it won't matter how he throws the ball because he might not have a job at the 49ers.