Kaepernick’s Former QB Coach Says Poor Pocket Play Is Reason For Unemployment
While many have suggested that the real reason Colin Kaepernick is out of a job is his kneeling for racial injustice during the national anthem, one of his former coaches seems to think otherwise.
Steve Logan, Kaepernick’s quarterback coach in 2015, says he has no personal issues with the quarterback and thinks he’s a good person, but according to him, the reason for his unemployment has nothing to do with the anthem protest. Rather, it has everything to do with his poor pocket play while playing behind center.
“It has everything to do with his ability to play in the pocket,” Logan told 99.9 FM The Fan about Kaepernick’s lack of a job, according to Pro Football Talk’s Darin Gantt. “Wherever he goes there will have to be a massive re-design of the entire offense to suit his skill-set, which is unique.
“But I’m just telling you why he’s not on a roster. It has everything to do with his ability to play in the pocket. And be really good in the pocket. Because the game has taken away his calling card, which is the zone-read. Defensive coordinators in the NFL will not let you beat them with that football play. You can irritate them with that football play but you cannot beat them with that football play anymore.”
Logan then took it a step further and compared the former 49ers QB and his descent from a Super Bowl starter to an unwanted free agent to the likes of Blake Bortles.
“His tape last year was not good in the pocket,” he said. “You’ve got to take in the score of the game in which the performance was taking place. This is Blake Bortles. Blake Bortles was putting up some good numbers a year and a half ago but when you peel the onion back and you find out they’re down three touchdowns. and he’s dealing the ball around and it looks great, it’s all against Cover 2, stone cold zone. This matters.
“You peel all that onion away and start looking at third-and-3 in a close game and see how they performance stacks up. This is where the rubber meets the road for any quarterback.”
Kaepernick’s poor play and not having a job would carry some merit if there wasn’t even worse quarterbacks (34, to be exact) that have been signed during the offseason—over of a guy who threw 16 touchdowns with only four interceptions just a season ago.