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Jaws has high praise for Colin Kaepernick

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The teams (other than the Panthers) that selected quarterbacks in the first round of the 2011 draft already regret not taking Colin Kaepernick instead.  Ron Jaworski of ESPN has given them reason to regret their decision even more.

“Colin Kaepernick could be one of the greatest quarterbacks ever,” Jaworski said on ESPN.  “I love his skill set.  He throws with accuracy.  And in today’s NFL you have to have mobility.  He’s got all those attributes.”

Kaepernick remained humble when discussing the accolades from Jaworski.

“I’m working,” Kaepernick told reporters on Wednesday.  “To me, it’s a great honor that he said that, very flattered by it.  But at the same time, I haven’t played a full season yet.”

Still, he’s played enough to surely make the Titans wish they’d taken Kaepernick instead of Jake Locker, the Jags wish they’d taken Kaepernick instead of Blaine Gabbert, and the Vikings wish they’d taken Kaepernick instead of Christian Ponder.  And to make the 49ers glad they stopped Kaepernick’s slide at No. 36.

Even the team that took Andy Dalton one spot before Kaepernick may quietly have some regrets.  While the Bengals likely will be pretty good this year with Dalton at the helm, a one-two punch of A.J. Green and Colin Kaepernick from the first two rounds of the 2011 draft would have laid the foundation for a perennial powerhouse.

The Niners now have the pieces in place to be that every-year Super Bowl contender, even without a healthy, deep, and talented corps of wide receivers.

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64 Responses to “Jaws has high praise for Colin Kaepernick”
  1. jimmyt says: Aug 22, 2013 8:26 AM

    Well that’s good. “Jaws” is an idiot.

  2. tonyugoh says: Aug 22, 2013 8:31 AM

    He’s made 10 starts, chill Jaws….

  3. boyshole25 says: Aug 22, 2013 8:32 AM

    He wouldn’t do anything without that phenomenal run game ad stacked defense. Wilson is better but in the same situation

  4. doomsdaydefensetx says: Aug 22, 2013 8:33 AM

    System QB.

  5. walkinginthewasteland says: Aug 22, 2013 8:36 AM

    Right.

    Its never to early to say someone might be the GOAT after they havent played one entire season, and led the team to the SB on a new offense that D’s dont have the handle on yet, with a dominant D.

    Jaws has some skills in analyzing, but the things he says other times leave no doubt that he is an idiot. See Chuckie Gruden.

  6. panamon says: Aug 22, 2013 8:39 AM

    This could be the greatest hyperbole ever.

  7. sgtdiver says: Aug 22, 2013 8:40 AM

    greatest ever? let’s at least play a full season before we say things like that. Now there is enough film on this guy for opposing defenses to control him.

  8. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 22, 2013 8:40 AM

    Annnnd 3,2,1…commence scoffs, guffaws and howls of disdain and fist-shaking to even mention such things.

    But, hey, even as a diehard 49ers fan Colin has a BIG hill to climb to attain the ‘ever’ status especially considering the shadow of greats from that franchise.

  9. mattjay0101 says: Aug 22, 2013 8:42 AM

    Kaepernick was a flash in the pan!

    I thought it was funny when his exboyfriend called him “the NFL QB with a 12 yr old’s face”.

  10. milkcan44 says: Aug 22, 2013 8:44 AM

    I am not a Niner’s fan, definitely not a fan of Harbaugh, but it appears to me that Kaepernick is doing everything right and has huge upside. I can see the Niner’s winning more than one SuperBowl. He will be one of the main faces of the NFL, but I am definitely not looking forward to seeing kids across the country copying his tattoo “art”, which is bound to happen.

  11. superyooper says: Aug 22, 2013 8:46 AM

    Cue defenders of the other QB’s/teams to speak up.

    Minus Jacksonville of course. They need fans first.

  12. tombradyswig says: Aug 22, 2013 8:48 AM

    lets let him play a full season before giving him mvp!!

    I suspect his play will drop off some now that there’s tape on him.

  13. illogic87 says: Aug 22, 2013 8:48 AM

    Sigh…best QB ever? Come on, Jaws, think before you speak…

  14. Kaz says: Aug 22, 2013 8:50 AM

    Nobody will regret not taking Kaep, until he at least starts a full season…. Besides none of those teams you mentioned had the talent of San Fran. Let’s not forget Alex Smith nearly took them to the Superbowl the year before. While Dalton has turned the 32nd ranked team when he took over into a perennial playoff team. 19-13 > 5-2…

  15. sb44champs says: Aug 22, 2013 8:52 AM

    Can anyone say ‘gimmicky offense’, lol…. 9ers will come back down to earth Nov. 17 in the Superdome, that’s for dam sure!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. rmc1995 says: Aug 22, 2013 8:53 AM

    Did Jaws somehow forget that the 49ers went to the NFCC with Alex Smith the year before? They were 6-1 in 2012 before he threw more than 20 passes in a game. Kaep didn’t exactly bring them out of of some hole. Ponder, Gabbert and Dalton each had almost a season’s worth of tape for coaches to review for 2012, while Kaep came out of no where in the middle of the season.

    I’m not saying Kaep isn’t a good quarterback, but to assume defenses aren’t going to be able to adjust to slow him down is short sighted. Cam Newton looked to be the greatest after his rookie season as well.

  17. sb44champs says: Aug 22, 2013 8:56 AM

    Saints are cheaters??? The 9ers make a living out of cheap shots and you can’t name one tackle that was a cheap shot in the Saints’ so-called 3 year bounty era, lol.. HAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! Even Goodell’s predecessor Tags agrees, lol..

  18. logicailvoicesays says: Aug 22, 2013 8:58 AM

    Imitation is the greatest form of flattery. The Niners can only dream of matching the Redskins so they had to pick a weak imitation of RG3 as their QB. HTTR

  19. wickedmadd says: Aug 22, 2013 9:00 AM

    GO NINERS!!

  20. mdpickles says: Aug 22, 2013 9:02 AM

    I’m on board with this assessment. I think he is better than SCam Newton and RG3. I see Kap vs. Luck Super Bowls in the future.

  21. steelerben says: Aug 22, 2013 9:03 AM

    Something tells me that the Titans, Jaguars, and Vikings wouldn’t have been as successful in developing Kaep as the 49ers and Harbaugh have been. One of the biggest reasons a first round talent doesn’t pan is that the team can’t put him into a situation to succeed.

    You have to wonder what the career trajectory of Gabbert, Ponder, or Locker might have been if they had been given the luxury of sitting on the bench a year, being given top notch quarterback coaching, and being allowed to develop before having to rescue their franchise.

  22. bucrightoff says: Aug 22, 2013 9:07 AM

    You assume the teams that passed on him would have developped him the same as Jim Harbaugh did, which is pretty much false. Harbaugh is a baby no doubt, but he can also coach QBs, no doubt.

  23. shayeezy says: Aug 22, 2013 9:09 AM

    so tired of this gasbag and his ridiculous superlatives. yes, kaepernick is very talented and could be among the top QBs in the league currently, but greatest ever is an absurd overstatement.

  24. shayeezy says: Aug 22, 2013 9:10 AM

    let’s let him play at least a full season before we lay it on this thick.

  25. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:16 AM

    Jaworski never saw a quarterback he didn’t like. He just likes some more than others. Jaworski’s analyses are predictably boring.
    That’s not to take anything away from Kaepernick. But he did inherit a team that was 13-3 before any of us, including Jaworski, ever knew who he was.

  26. vikescry1 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:17 AM

    And the Vikings took ponder!!! Thank goodness for that because if Adrian Peterson had a qb like kapp that would be a scary offense. But hey vikings fans don’t feel bad, your team also passed on Aaron Rodgers twice! Lmao

  27. madrid517 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:18 AM

    Exciting times as a 49ers fan! We have waited 10 heartbreaking years to get back to this point where every game you know you have a chance to win, and every year you know that you will be in the hunt for the playoffs and the Super Bowl. I wish my grandpa was healthier to be able to enjoy this with the rest of the family.

  28. bradyisbetterthanrodgers says: Aug 22, 2013 9:21 AM

    U have to have mobility in today’s NFL…?

    Tom Brady disagrees

  29. btellington says: Aug 22, 2013 9:22 AM

    Should we induct him now or wait until he’s played more than 7 games?

  30. whysomanylosers says: Aug 22, 2013 9:22 AM

    So, what was Jaws saying about C.K. BEFORE the draft?
    Monday morning GM-ing is pretty easy.

    Let’s see what CK does this season before we put him in the HOF.

  31. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:25 AM

    Being drafted by the 49ers perfected Kaepernick’s destiny. He’s playing under the best offensive staff in the game. Plus Like Romo and Brady had Bledsoe, Kaepernick had Alex Smith as a point of reference of how to play the QB position by seeing what to do and what not to do. Plus he’s an extreme competitor like his coach.

    No telling how Kaepernick would have turned out if we(Raiders) or the Bengals would have drafted him. He would have been fine under Hue…but Dennis Allen and his staff are too behind the curve to utilize a Paradigm shifting talent like Kaep. Just look at what we’re doing with TP. I mean Russell Wilson, RGIII, and Kaep had to tear up the league for several weeks before our staff realized the value in Pryor.

    But what do I know……..

    Kaep and AJ Green would have been dangerous though because Kaep’s downfield ball placement is immaculate.

  32. britishteeth says: Aug 22, 2013 9:26 AM

    I’d rather hear what Kosar thinks of him.

  33. hendawg21 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:27 AM

    Ok Jaws is on some type medication, first RGIII’s mechanics are out of whack, now Kaepernick could be one of the greatest…all this after not even a complete season as a starter.

    I will say he proved to be a legit starter last year, however, I don’t think we should give too much credit to guys who QB teams who were pretty good before they took the helm, yes QB’s can change the dynamics of teams but both Seattle and SF were pretty decent teams before Kap and Wilson took the helms but yet they both yielded the same results as the QB’s they replaced, they got beat in the playoffs. Now there is and will be these comparisons of Kaepernick, Wilson and RGIII and who is the better of the 3, well considering 2 of the 3 had good teams before they took over you’d have to give the edge to RGIII because he did more with less. Let’s not look at this with blinders as it’s no secret both SF & Seattle had better and more talent around them than RGIII so again you’d have to say the nod goes to Griffin.

  34. goodguyattorney says: Aug 22, 2013 9:30 AM

    After this season the Panthers will be regretting it too.

  35. asimonetti88 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:30 AM

    As a Niners fan I’m certainly glad we have him, and I’m glad that he’s willing to continue to work hard to get better. It’s important that he recognizes he still has a lot to prove, even after a great first year.

  36. sb44champs says: Aug 22, 2013 9:32 AM

    Brees, Manning & Brady > Kaepernick

  37. stellarperformance says: Aug 22, 2013 9:32 AM

    If I were a Viking fan I would resent being lumped into this theoretical commentary. A lot of teams passed on this guy. It happens. There is always a diamond in the rough, and probably one of the most difficult things to predict in a draft. The same goes with obvious “sure-thing” picks…sometimes they fail miserably without expectation. With an obvious advantage at RB, the Vikings only need a QB that can keep a drive alive, not be a superhero. Ponder could be that guy. This will be the telling year…he either steps up and gets it done, or he’s done. If he gets it done, they will not have needed Kaptain Kaepernick.

  38. nola5712 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:39 AM

    @raiderlyfe510 – 49ers have the best offensive staff in the league? yea let’s lay off the sauce there bud. PLENTY of better offenses and staffs. defensive on the other hand?…legitimate thought.

  39. nola5712 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:43 AM

    Was curious and just looked to make sure I’m not looking stupid – 49ers had the #23 offense last year. I’d hardly call that staff the best in the league. Not knocking Colin, he’s been great thus far.

  40. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 22, 2013 9:45 AM

    Running quarterbacks never last.

    The kid is good.

    He won’t be great, because greatness requires longevity.

    Running quarterbacks never last.

  41. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 22, 2013 10:12 AM

    After Game 3 of last season, this site was declaring that Christian Ponder was the best quarterback from that draft. I think all of these young quarterbacks need at least three years before you can make any statements about how good they’re going to be. Nobody has patience with quarterbacks anymore.

  42. shayeezy says: Aug 22, 2013 10:17 AM

    rodgers, too.

  43. osiris33 says: Aug 22, 2013 10:18 AM

    Clayton at ESPN did a film study & found he went to first read 90% of the time and only wide open guys. Maybe you and John should talk, Jaws…

  44. raider8er says: Aug 22, 2013 10:32 AM

    Glad Kap is humble. Good sign for his future. Local Bay Area media and Jaws need to pause. One local radio personality is already predicting he will be up there with Joe Montana! Ease down folks.

  45. tremoluxman says: Aug 22, 2013 10:44 AM

    A player once said about former jocks being commentators, “The longer they’ve been away from the game, the dumber they are.”

  46. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 22, 2013 10:54 AM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Aug 22, 2013 9:45 AM
    Running quarterbacks never last.

    The kid is good.

    He won’t be great, because greatness requires longevity.

    Running quarterbacks never last.
    ————————————————–
    49ers use him as a pocket passer for the most part. If you look at two of his biggest games…Chicago and New England he did it all from the pocket.

  47. pillowporkers says: Aug 22, 2013 11:12 AM

    Settle down Jaws. Give Locker, Ponder, and Dalton some time. Kap has played in 8 games! Dalton has taken his team to the playoffs 2-2 years, and is looking to go 3-3. With an average ground game for the Bengals (it’s not bad, but not great) Dalton has carried the load with AJ Green pretty well. Ponder has taken his team to the playoffs in 1-1 years as the starter. He beat the 49ers on his own with AP getting only 85 yards. Anybody who watched that game knows Ponder was the reason the Vikings beat the 49ers, and the reason we won our last 4 games to go to the playoffs. Locker was injured last year. He has yet to get a full season to show what he’s got. Give these young guys a chance. Newton has also looked pretty solid to say the least. He just needs to bring them to the postseason now. Also, Kap had some pretty poor games last year. Good for him they shredded the porous Packers D. Not saying Kap is bad but after 8 games to outright claim he’s the best in the draft is obnoxious.

  48. jayniner says: Aug 22, 2013 11:41 AM

    At least Kaepernick was humble enough to acknowledge and thank Jaws for his compliment by saying:

    “To me, it’s a great honor that he said that. I’m very flattered by that, but at the same time, I haven’t played a full season yet.”

    Just wish he would have had the same humility in deciding to do the GQ & ESPN Magazine covers…

  49. billb49 says: Aug 22, 2013 12:08 PM

    All I can say after reading some of the bitter, uninformed knee-jerk comments around here is that after this season, crow will be on the menu and some of you had better be ready for a big serving.

  50. fyreandnice says: Aug 22, 2013 12:19 PM

    Jaws said “could be” and “one of”. I didn’t watch the bit but his comment could have been an answer to “What is Kaepernick’s potential?” So settle down, folks, this is more innocuous than you want it to be.

    Besides, Kaep’s arm strength is second to one. His running ability and work ethic are also second to none. If he can avoid forcing the ball Favre-style, he should light it up this year. Even without Crabtree.

    And whoever said that Jaws loves all quarterbacks is full of it. Check out what he said about Stafford or any of the bottom third of his QB rankings. He tells it like is.

  51. kingcrusher says: Aug 22, 2013 12:48 PM

    Hype. Gotta love it. The NBA does it, the NFL does it, well… all sports organizations do it. Why? Because as the sport starts to lose its charm, they feel they have to hype up anything and everything to take people’s minds off the fact that the sport is in trouble. With the NFL, it’s the rules, the players acting like criminals, and the whole morals of the league dwindling while they are trying hard to compensate with media about making the game safer, the players doing community service, etc… So trying to create another superstar before they have risen is another way to try to smoke screen their way around their current woes.

    Nothing against Kap, but he hasn’t proven himself yet. His stats were very similar to Smiths (go look at them side by side) and he choked at the end of the game instead of proving he was a star and winning it with four downs within a few yards of victory.

    Will be an interesting season, but I’m not ready to put Kap anywhere near the “best” category until he’s had a full season under his belt. I don’t buy into the hype or smoke screens.

    On a positive note, I am excited for the season to start! I miss my barbaric gladiators going at it!

  52. rasta028 says: Aug 22, 2013 1:24 PM

    Let the kid play a few yes before making such bold statements Jaws, my God these media idiots are quick to judge…

  53. BringBackTheFlex says: Aug 22, 2013 2:05 PM

    Remember…
    Sky’s the limit for:
    Vince Young
    JaMarcus Russell
    Mark Sanchez (after 2 AFCC games)
    Michael Vick
    Randall Cunningham
    Carson Palmer
    Trent Green

  54. BringBackTheFlex says: Aug 22, 2013 2:16 PM

    steelerben says:
    “Something tells me that the Titans, Jaguars, and Vikings wouldn’t have been as successful in developing Kaep as the 49ers and Harbaugh have been. One of the biggest reasons a first round talent doesn’t pan is that the team can’t put him into a situation to succeed.”

    Surrounding him with pro-bowl talent doesn’t hurt either. Let’s see…

    #4 best running game
    #3 defense yards
    #2 defense in points

    Even Alex Smith succeeded once his surrounding cast was improved.

  55. axespray says: Aug 22, 2013 2:16 PM

    I’d be perhaps the “best QB of all time” too if I got to be the QB for the most loaded team in the NFL.

    A team that took friggin’ Alex Smith to an NFC Title game… ALEX SMITH was in an NFC Title game.

    That dude sucks.

  56. 9ersruledude says: Aug 22, 2013 2:17 PM

    As a huge 9ers fan, I am glad to have Kap on our squad. He has a ton of upside. The future will only tell how great he will be.

    For all of you haters and chickenhawk fans, what Jaws said in only an opinion. Remember we all have opinions about every team and every player out there. An opinion can not be wrong because it is only an opinion.

  57. stevent92 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:19 PM

    He is as special as Michael Vick was coming out of college. More than likely will turn out about that good too.

  58. contra74 says: Aug 22, 2013 4:55 PM

    vikescry1 says:
    Aug 22, 2013 9:17 AM
    And the Vikings took ponder!!! Thank goodness for that because if Adrian Peterson had a qb like kapp that would be a scary offense. But hey vikings fans don’t feel bad, your team also passed on Aaron Rodgers twice! Lmao
    —–
    In 2005 the Vikings didnt have a need at QB which is why Rodgers wasnt on their radar. Whats your excuse for not trading up for Peterson in 2007? Was Justin Harrell too good to pass up?

  59. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 22, 2013 7:40 PM

    contra74 says:
    Aug 22, 2013 4:55 PM
    vikescry1 says:
    Aug 22, 2013 9:17 AM
    And the Vikings took ponder!!! Thank goodness for that because if Adrian Peterson had a qb like kapp that would be a scary offense. But hey vikings fans don’t feel bad, your team also passed on Aaron Rodgers twice! Lmao
    —–
    In 2005 the Vikings didnt have a need at QB which is why Rodgers wasnt on their radar. Whats your excuse for not trading up for Peterson in 2007? Was Justin Harrell too good to pass up?

    —-

    At least Justin Harrell wasn’t an HGH PED user.

  60. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:49 PM

    Ponder = bust.

    Reaching for him with the 12th pick is proof that Miami was correct in firing Rick Spielman for incompetence.

  61. raiderapologist says: Aug 22, 2013 10:04 PM

    You “have” to be mobile? Jaworski could have just as easily said you have to be ink stained in today’s NFL. He retired after the 1989 season, and is too annoying to be in a booth.

  62. contra74 says: Aug 23, 2013 12:42 AM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Aug 22, 2013 7:40 PM
    contra74 says:
    Aug 22, 2013 4:55 PM
    vikescry1 says:
    Aug 22, 2013 9:17 AM
    And the Vikings took ponder!!! Thank goodness for that because if Adrian Peterson had a qb like kapp that would be a scary offense. But hey vikings fans don’t feel bad, your team also passed on Aaron Rodgers twice! Lmao
    —–
    In 2005 the Vikings didnt have a need at QB which is why Rodgers wasnt on their radar. Whats your excuse for not trading up for Peterson in 2007? Was Justin Harrell too good to pass up?

    —-

    At least Justin Harrell wasn’t an HGH PED user.

    —-
    Basically you’re ok the packers didn’t draft Peterson because you believe he uses PEDs but you’re ok with Jolley on your squad because its a good story. Wow, just when you think you’ve figured out a packer fans rationale…

  63. barbeaux says: Aug 23, 2013 4:58 PM

    Once again espn is trying to make themselves the news. They’ve lost all credibility.

  64. purpblooded says: Aug 24, 2013 10:38 PM

    He also said that Mc Nabb was still a good QB.

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