Kyle Shanahan thinks it may be hard to find a fit for Colin Kaepernick


The new 49ers coach thinks scheme fit is a reason the old 49ers quarterback hasn’t found a new job.

San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan was asked on Monday whether teams think they’d have to change their offense if they were to sign former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and Shanahan answered, “Yeah,” before elaborating that NFL teams want a quarterback who’s going to fit in a specific offense, with little variation.

“You don’t just run stuff and think you’re going to be good at it right away,” Shanahan said. “You’ve got to commit to it and work at it year round, and it’s all the positions. When all your quarterbacks have different ways to be successful, which I’ve been in situations like that and you try to prepare them best, it does take a toll on your offense. What are you trying to get good at? You can’t practice everything. You can’t be great at everything. You’ve kind of got to commit to something and do it over and over and over again and once the type of running game or drop-back game, you’re going to commit to one quarterback is completely different than the other, then that does affect your team. That’s why I think it can be harder when those type of guys are going through competitions and stuff and like that because even though you’re trying to find the best guy, by trying to be fair to those quarterbacks you’re also being unfair to a team. You don’t really know what direction you’re going. So, if you have your pick of the best world, you’d like those guys to be somewhat similar, not just because that’s how you want the quarterbacks, just because of the work you’re doing for the rest of the guys on the roster.”

Kaepernick has a unique athletic skill set, and former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh did an outstanding job of building an offense around that skill set. But the two coaches the 49ers have had since Harbaugh both struggled to find an offense that could make use of Kaepernick’s skills.

Harbaugh still thinks some smart team can win championships if it puts Kaepernick in the right situation. So far, that team has not been identified.

56 responses to “Kyle Shanahan thinks it may be hard to find a fit for Colin Kaepernick

  1. It’s over for him. The jets, browns, skins, and bears all had real need at QB this offseason and not 1 of them even reached out. In fact I haven’t heard of any of the teams trying to bring him in since Den did it last off season.

  2. Kyle, please realize that players in the league talk,read and support each other (especially Kaepeenick).They talk to each other and discuss coaches and GMs. Look st where Chip Kelly is now.

  3. Kyle Shanahan was a failure in Cleveland, was a failure with the Redskins and was a huge failure in Atlanta. I’ll give him 2 seasons as HC of the 49er’s before he is fired. Just because your father was a HC in the NFL doesn’t mean that you can be a HC in the NFL. Kyle Shanahan is the epitome of why nepotism kills.

  4. Teams adjusted to his skills and weaknesses, and Kaepernick has not been able to take advantage of that by counter-adjusting and by improving in his weak areas. So you’re left with a QB who occasionally makes spectacular plays, but can’t be depended on to make the boring, drive-sustaining plays. He is now at the age where his physical abilities will start to decline. And with his style of play, he wouldn’t be a good “mentor” to a younger, developing QB.

  5. If you have a HOF level RB and a 2015 Broncos level defense, you might be able to win with Kaepernick. Short of that his only contribution to a winning team better be excellent clipboard management skills.

  6. Finally we are hearing from the professionals! Kaepernick’ skill s would require changes in blocking schemes, techniques, route combinations, QB progressions and number three QB skill set. For instance, if Kaepernick goes to a team with a QB drop back / progression offence and the starter gets hurt the team would need to install a zone read offense on the fly. If the starter heals or Kaepernick is ineffective or is hurt – what offense do you use with his successor? Only Carolina, Buffalo, Seattle or maybe Titans or Chiefs would have a team that would fit Kaepernick. Instead of asking why Kaepernick is not in the NFL – ask why he is not the backup on those teams. Stop painting with a roller and look at the realities of the situation.

  7. Harbaugh still thinks some smart team can win championships if it puts Kaepernick in the right situation. So far, that team has not been identified.

    I have, unfortunately it’s in Canada but the good news is that they don’t play the National Anthem so there is no need to kneel. It’s a marriage made in heaven, eh?

  8. Not hard to believe. Under the right circumstances Kaep was pretty good. Then looked like complete garbage. It is really going to take the right system for him to succeed. He might not find it as a starter with starting pay right away. If that is all he wants, he might be waiting a while (or forever) He is NOT the only unemployed QB who had a great season a few years ago. Aren’t RG3, Fitz, and some other serviceable QB’s still out there? I think after the draft that will all start to change.

  9. The Hamilton Tiger Cats would be a great fit for Kaep….or any other team in Canada.. Of course, once he disrespects the Canadian Mounties…those Canuks will run him out of the country. Perhaps he will cover up his pig socks so he can get a tryout.

  10. stillabengalsfan says:
    Apr 11, 2017 9:10 AM

    I’m thinking Kap shouldn’t have opted out of his contract.

    He would have been cut otherwise.

  11. Kaep was never as good as he’s made out to be. He had a championship caliber defense and offensive line, a HOF running back, and an outstanding coach who maximized his running ability and strong but inaccurate arm. When those things changed, he was exposed. Then the off field nonsense and kneeling during the anthem…wearing pig socks…the guy is a drama queen with poor character. I can’t be happier with him out of the league.

  12. That’s rich, coming from a failed OC that couldn’t decipher the adjustments that were made by the Pats defense the second half the 3rd quarter. Even a casual fan knew the 7-step drops around the red zone were a disaster waiting to happen, when the pats defense was moving the ends outside of the tackle and walking Hightower up to bring more pressure.

  13. He’s clearly being blackballed, but he brought it on himself. He has every right to protest – outside of work – and he would have had zero repercussions for doing so.

    Instead, he chose to protest on company time – week in and week out. Many employees throughout the league followed suit. It brought national attention on the league and their employers – both positive and negative.

    Whether one agrees with Kaepernick is besides the point. I respect the fact that he’s a stand up guy and puts his money where his mouth is. However, if this were any other job, that person would be fired. He chose to use his platform to make a statement, and that was his rite to do so. However, it is also the rite of his employer to make their own statement

  14. I feel like Harbaugh was 120 percent invensted in making Kap Successful where as other coaches just see if he can run their offense and it is not as smooth. You gotta be somebodys guy to be successfull and Kape aint the most mechanically sound cat

  15. @ oldhuskerfan says:
    Apr 11, 2017 8:24 AM

    Maybe the PeeWee team down the block? With his infantile antics, he’d fit right in.
    His donations of time and money to worthy causes certainly qualifies as infantile.

  16. @iggles07 says:
    Apr 11, 2017 10:06 AM

    He’s clearly being blackballed, but he brought it on himself. He has every right to protest – outside of work – Instead, he chose to protest on company time – week in and week out. Many employees throughout the league followed suit. I respect the fact that he’s a stand up guy and puts his money where his mouth is. However, if this were any other job, that person would be fired.
    How many jobs or employers play the national anthem at the beginning of the work day? Playing the anthem was never about honoring those who serve until the NFL was able to covertly squeeze millions of advertising dollars from military branches. Look at the Breast Cancer awareness month…oh that’s right, you can’t because the league ended it. Why? They’ve squeezed as much $$ as possible from people buying pink. There are only a few places around the world that make it mandatory to salute a flag…I think those are called communist countries.

  17. You mean Harbaugh is still hoping someone will prove him right for replacing “game manager” Alex Smith (rate 104.1 in 2012) with “hot hand” Kaep (98.3 in 2012).

    Hard to build around Kaep and even if you do a scrambling canon is more open to injury and toast once they lose a step with age, so a rather short career for a franchise effort. Then you have to completely rebuild for a pocket-passer. Great for college but poor for the pros and all the long-term money/planning.

    Yep, always said it – 49ers could have won at least one SB with Smith, and Harbaugh’s dumb decision to bench him was when things went wrong, not later.

  18. Everyone criticizing Shanahan clearly are biased or ignorant. He knows what he’s doing as an OC and QB coach. He is the most qualified to comment here because he tailored an offense around Griffin in 2012. That was the only offense Griffin ever found success.

  19. Harbaugh still thinks some smart team can win championships if it puts Kaepernick in the right situation. So far, that team has not been identified.
    Sure he can clean the locker room, laudner the uniforms, pack the equipment, load up the buses. Yep, he can contribute alright.

  20. There are plenty of Blue State teams whose fans think this guy is a hero and no love from them either. He would find many adoring fans in Jersey so If the Jets don’t want him it must be the skill set and not the politics.

  21. Shanahan is absolutely correct. These guys coming out of the college spread systems either have to adjust to the system that is run by the team that selects them, or the team has to adjust their system to accommodate the QB. Right now, almost all NFL teams are not going to adjust their system, especially for Kaepernick. Which ever team drafts Deshaun Watson may think about bringing in Kaepernick, at least as camp fodder.

  22. I remember when Kap was gonna light the league on fire and have an MVP level year in Chip’s offense… LOL. Then came the genius Kyle who was gonna make Kap great again. Oops he doesn’t want anything to do with him. Now Kapersexuals hate Kyle… Quite comical how detached from reality they are

  23. Be careful, if you say anything negative about Kapernick, some (Spike Lee) may cry you are blackballing him…….

  24. If you forget about Kaepernick not standing for the Anthem for a moment, I actually think Houston would be a good fit for Kaeprnick to sign and compete with Savage for the starting job, even though they have such different styles as quarterbacks. I think he fits with what Houston has on offense (outside of the fact that Bill O’Brien probably would never change his offense to accommodate him).

    Houston wants to run the ball with Lamar Miller, and with Kaep running the zone-read, that will open up the defense for the #1 thing HOU wants to do on offense. HOU has a super-stud WR in DeAndre Hopkins, and he is similar to Mike Crabtree, who Kaep had success throwing to, but with much better contested-catch ability. Kaep may not be very accurate, but he has a strong arm and Will Fuller can take the top off a defense with that 4.3 speed. Just having that deep threat will stretch the defense and help open up stuff underneath.

    I’m not saying Kaep would win that job, but I think he would have a chance against Savage, who can’t stay healthy. Kaep isn’t a fit for a rebuilding team like NYJ or CLE, but for a team that is already winning now, he could be a decent 1- or 2-year bridge option while the Texans draft and develop a QB prospect.

  25. He chose to kneel for the playing of national anthem for EVERY game. It’s a slap in the face to the USA. The NFL owners will never allow him to play another down in The League.

    NFL logo colors???? Red…..White…..Blue

    nuff said

  26. Harbaugh himself had trouble catering for Kaepernick his final year. Shielding him from his own play.

    I still remember so many fans saying “unleash” Kaepernick thinking all he needed to do was run wild, not knowing the gimmick was up. And thats all that was said with Tomsula, until that blew up in their face in the greatest of fashions.

  27. It wasn’t hard to find a fit (POTUS) for Trump, who thinks soldiers who don’t get captured are more honorable than those who do, so there is hope that a fit (QB) for Kaepernick will also turn up.

  28. getting tired of this. Its obvious that teams dont want the heat he generated by sitting down for the National Anthem .

    Teams would rather move on to bigger and better things. Kap needs to start eating meat too.

  29. Only GM who will sign him is the one whose QB’s go down with injuries and is VERY desperate.

  30. bannedfromchoirpractice: LOL are you talking about that senile old turd John McCain? There is nothing honorable about that moron period. Funny how the lunatic left thinks bashing America is more honorable than praising it. What every fan is hoping is their team isn’t the one who ends up with Fidel Kapperscum

  31. I believe this is the 150th story about Kaepernick not having a job yet, while Jay Cutler continues to get zero ink in the media.

    Its getting painfully obvious that several media outlets, including PFT have a hidden agenda to portray Kaepernick as a victim of circumstance, meanwhile a QB of similar if not better value in Jay Cutler remains unsigned too…yet we have no stories about him.

    Wonder why.

  32. Kap never officially won a QB competition in SF, and maybe he’s afraid of one anywhere.

    Why else not take a backup offer w/ a chance to compete??

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!