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Steve Young “jealous” of what Kaepernick has to work with

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Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young played on a pretty good offense of his own, but he said he was envious of Colin Kaepernick, for getting to run the 49ers current pistol-based system.

Coupled with a strong supporting cast, Young said the young quarterback is being given an incredible opportunity to succeed.

“He’s got a lot of great weapons with the best offensive line maybe since the 2000 Rams, and maybe then since the ’92 or ’93 Cowboys,” Young said, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “I mean, this offensive line is well ahead of most everybody else. That dictates terms both for Alex [Smith] and for Colin Kaepernick. And then you’ve got Frank [Gore] and you have weapons, and Vernon [Davis], and now you have this pistol.

I’m actually really jealous about the pistol. I think it’s such a cool thing.”

With Young’s ability to run, the idea of him running such a system would have been a natural fit, even though he never so much as took a snap from the shotgun formation. But in his role as an ESPN analyst, he admitted there was some concern about Kaepernick’s ability to move the ball downfield.

“The pistol isn’t going to go away, but the job in the long run is going to be to deliver the ball from the pocket,” Young said. “This is a wonderful bridge for young players.

“Look what’s happened to these mobile guys, my heroes, my guys. There’s this bridge now that they can have success, get more confidence, go to the Super Bowl.”

Kaepernick has made plenty of plays on his own, but the reality is, the 49ers have insulated him well and put him in the right positions to make plays, giving him the best opportunity to flourish.

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25 Responses to “Steve Young “jealous” of what Kaepernick has to work with”
  1. ravenator says: Feb 1, 2013 9:13 AM

    This guy is praying the Ravens dont win. He loves to bash Flacco every chance he gets.

  2. zack2482 says: Feb 1, 2013 9:20 AM

    Exactly. Not like this offense is completely on his shoulders. All the hype around this guy being the next great thing bothers me. It won’t happen this year, but what happens when he doesn’t have a running game and he has to throw to win? Probably won’t be good.

  3. goraidersgospurs says: Feb 1, 2013 9:20 AM

    Steve what about you & Montana both succeed with the same team similar to Alex Smith and Colin!!!

  4. bsmvideos says: Feb 1, 2013 9:24 AM

    I like how football legends always find a way to say “you’re not as good as I was”. Now it’s everybody but, Kapernick responsible for the 49ers offensive success.

    Well Kapernick is jealous of you for having Bill Walsh and Jerry Rice to work with.

  5. edrubio1006 says: Feb 1, 2013 9:25 AM

    Doesn’t get much better than Steve’s 49yd td against the Vikings.

  6. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Feb 1, 2013 9:29 AM

    Before NFL players were made of glass, Steve Young relished head down hits on safeties and linebackers. He would put a shoulder down and never slide. He was a beast long before beastmode. Growing up in SF, I never understood the fans’ negative reaction to him. I thought he was every bit as good as, and way tougher than Montana. Plus he’s a man of the people. Hi hi-fived me in a Menlo Park restaurant one day. No words. Just a hi hive. It was awesome

  7. marvsleezy says: Feb 1, 2013 9:30 AM

    Young went on to say that with all the talent Kaepernick had to work with he was surprised that Kaepernick hadn’t won a Super Bowl already:)

  8. gochargersgo says: Feb 1, 2013 9:31 AM

    Jealous of his weapons? Yea. Poor steve, with only Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens to throw to.

  9. bmorepositive123 says: Feb 1, 2013 9:32 AM

    Didn’t Steve Young have Ricky Watters, Jerry Rice, JJ Stokes, and even TO for a year? Who does Kaep have at WR? Manninghams hurt and only Randy Moss thinks he’s in his prime still. Crabtree hadn’t put a complete season together until this year. I’m confused…

  10. joecool16280 says: Feb 1, 2013 9:38 AM

    “Kaepernick has made plenty of plays on his own, but the reality is, the 49ers have insulated him well and put him in the right positions to make plays, giving him the best opportunity to flourish.”

    Thats exactly what Bill Walsh did with Montana as he stated many times.

  11. kluuuuuuuuug says: Feb 1, 2013 9:44 AM

    Says the guy who had Jerry Rice. He’s just pandering to make sure he can stay the #2 QB in Niners history.

  12. baytownbombers says: Feb 1, 2013 9:47 AM

    Let’s not forget Brent Jones.

  13. isphet71 says: Feb 1, 2013 9:48 AM

    Steve Young only said he was jealous when talking about the Pistol formation. He’s not trying to compare who had a better team around him.

    He DID say that the 49ers have put a great team around Kaepernik, but that was a different point in the same interview. That bit of the interview was over before Young brought up the Pistol formation and being jealous.

    Do people even read the articles, or just skim them to get a general idea about what’s being reported just to try to attack something or someone in the story?

  14. chalkruz1989 says: Feb 1, 2013 9:49 AM

    Why is this being taken as he is downplaying the success of Colin Kaepernick? He is merely pointing out how this 49ers team is sufficient at all positions and talented.

    This team looks nothing like it did when Alex Smith was the signal caller. Kaepernick has been the lightning rod for the team and has been a pleasure to watch.

    I am the first one to comment if a former/current player tries to belittle the success of another player but this isn’t that. This team was winning before Kaepernick and has continued doing so with him under center. But, his contributions have been immense and helpful.

    In order to get to the Super Bowl, you need a well-oiled machine, not a team of individually working parts. This comment was benign and nothing but.

  15. pillowporkers says: Feb 1, 2013 10:14 AM

    @thereisfootballwestofjersey

    I totally agree with you about he was tough, except a lot 49er fans didn’t like him as much as Montana because he was and still is an extremely arrogant guy compared to Montana (who seemed a lot more humble) to answer your question.

  16. Steeler's Will-enator says: Feb 1, 2013 10:27 AM

    chalkruz1989 says:
    Feb 1, 2013 9:49 AM

    “In order to get to the Super Bowl, you need a well-oiled machine, not a team of individually working parts. ”

    Quoted for truth. Steve Young is a consumate pro that understands you don’t get there on the shoulders of one player.

  17. maddog111 says: Feb 1, 2013 10:40 AM

    bmorepositive123 says:
    Feb 1, 2013 9:32 AM
    Didn’t Steve Young have Ricky Watters, Jerry Rice, JJ Stokes, and even TO for a year? Who does Kaep have at WR? Manninghams hurt and only Randy Moss thinks he’s in his prime still. Crabtree hadn’t put a complete season together until this year. I’m confused…
    ——————————————-
    Did you really include JJ Stokes in your argument?

  18. shawnc16 says: Feb 1, 2013 10:46 AM

    Steve was a running QB so naturally he is jealous of the pistol which gives a QB more chances to run the ball.

    Some of you guys are just reading way too much into this, he wasn’t putting himself ahead of Colin.

    I thought the media was bad at twisting comments.

  19. tremoluxman says: Feb 1, 2013 11:01 AM

    Defenses eventually figure out a way to stop all offensive innovations. It will happen with the newfangled ‘pistol’ schtick, too. Then there will be a new Flavor of the Month.

  20. melikefootball says: Feb 1, 2013 11:39 AM

    Do these X players ever get over it, they are not important anymore in the game of football.

  21. elmaxoh says: Feb 1, 2013 11:57 AM

    Who wouldn’t be jealous ? Kaepernick has the best O line in the NFL right now , and a gameplan that allows him to run straight to the end zone and throw in zone coverage.

  22. goldenperspective says: Feb 1, 2013 1:23 PM

    Defenses eventually figure out a way to stop all offensive innovations. It will happen with the newfangled ‘pistol’ schtick, too. Then there will be a new Flavor of the Month.
    What you people seem to fail at understanding is Kap has one of the best arms in the league,and his accuracy is pretty darn good as well. Not only that, but the pistol offers a chance to read the defense before the qb decides to throw, run it, or hand it off. It won’t be going anywhere, it will always be a wrinkle in the playbooks

  23. goldenperspective says: Feb 1, 2013 2:04 PM

    By the way, the forward pass was an innovation that was looked at as a “schtick” too. So saying defenses eventually shut down all new innovations is not accurate.

  24. chawk12thman says: Feb 1, 2013 4:03 PM

    I wouuld take Joe or Steve as my QB long before relying on Kap to serve long term in that roll. Ask me in about 5 years and that may change; hind sight and all.

    In any case, I wouln’t argue that the upside looks bright in SF and think that number 6 SB is looking good.

  25. itscompton says: Feb 1, 2013 5:27 PM

    I am a huge 49er fan but I think Steve Young wasn’t as good as he is typically credited with having been. Yes he put up amazing passer rating numbers during the regular season and threw for 6tds in the 94 superbowl but he was also terrible in multiple NFC Championship games. He certainly couldn’t be called clutch since he played in 14 postseason games and led only one comeback win. And if you don’t count the 94 playoffs Young was only 5-6 in the playoffs.

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