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Steve Young surprised Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned

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The 49ers’ Hall of Fame quarterbacks have weighed in on former 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick in recent days, with Joe Montana and Steve Young having different takes.

Montana questioned Kaepernick’s skill set, while also calling Kaepernick’s political stance a distraction. Montana wondered aloud about Kaepernick’s NFL future.

But Young said Friday he’s “surprised” Kaepernick remains unsigned.

I’m surprised, even with the situation last year with the kneel down during the national anthem, that people can’t see through that and see, here’s a good player that wants to play and is not toxic in the locker room,” Young told KNBR’s Murph & Mac from the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe. “But he’s got to fit, too. He’s the kind of guy who’s going to come off a play fake, see a guy, throw it. If you want him to read through, you want him to find the fourth receiver, the outlet — that’s probably not his game. So he’s got to find the right spot for himself.”

Kaepernick completed 59.2 percent of his passes last season with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. While his record as a starter was 1-10, he was on one of the worst teams in the NFL.

49ers General Manager John Lynch has said Kaepernick needs to reiterate his commitment to football, and Young agrees teams need to know Kaepernick’s mindset.

“I’d have to sit down with him, look him in the eye, see what he really wants to do, see how much work he has in him,” Young said. “Because if he wants to work, the guy can play. So if he wants to do the work and he wants to get better, which I can’t imagine him not [wanting to do that].”

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34 Responses to “Steve Young surprised Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned”
  1. orangedestroyer says: Jul 14, 2017 7:14 PM

    Kaepernick stinks, both as a player and as a stooge for the left.

  2. friscokid49 says: Jul 14, 2017 7:16 PM

    Sounds like Steve just said that kaepernick isn’t that good of a QB.

    ” He’s the kind of guy who’s going to come off a play fake, see a guy, throw it. If you want him to read through, you want him to find the fourth receiver, the outlet — that’s probably not his game. So he’s got to find the right spot for himself.”

    Maybe, just maybe, that is a factor in not being signed.

  3. therealraider says: Jul 14, 2017 7:19 PM

    Considering the NFLs huge ratings dip that coincided with the Kaepernick protest. I’d say its not all that surprising in a bottom line business.

  4. BraceForImpact says: Jul 14, 2017 7:32 PM

    I’m not, Kap dug his own grave. Whether it was his girlfriend, agent, whoever gave him the advice to kneel completely miscalculated the consequences of his stunt.

    And I say advice because Kap is a disingenuous stooge. I completely support his right to kneel and think racial inequality in the judicial system is a serious problem. But when he opened his mouth about the election, the candidates and having never voted he revealed how uninformed he was and has no idea what he was talking about.

    That’s when my support for him dissolved. Good riddance to bad rubbish

  5. Liberalsruineverything says: Jul 14, 2017 7:32 PM

    Nice politically correct answer Steve. I guarantee if Young was a GM or owner he wouldn’t touch Comrade Kaepernick with a 10 foot pole.

  6. curtj5 says: Jul 14, 2017 7:42 PM

    I would sign him as the Raiders backup, no problemo dude

  7. GenXJ says: Jul 14, 2017 7:43 PM

    Doesn’t matter what Young thinks. It only matters what Montana thinks.

  8. massappeal12345 says: Jul 14, 2017 7:46 PM

    To me, that reflects badly on Steve Young.

  9. collectordude says: Jul 14, 2017 7:56 PM

    You shouldn’t be surprised, Steve.
    Kaepernick sucks and always will.

  10. denverscott says: Jul 14, 2017 8:14 PM

    Maybe you should’ve started wearing that bubble helmet a few years earlier Steve.

  11. tyelee says: Jul 14, 2017 8:30 PM

    He took a huge risk knowing he could be putting his career in jeopardy… It blew up in his face and now he is paying for it…

    He marked himself as a major financial-risk… And for what…

  12. bleedingfacemask says: Jul 14, 2017 8:33 PM

    Number of days since March 10 that PFT did not have an article about how Kaepernick still isn’t signed: 00.

  13. 24hoursinaday24beersinacase says: Jul 14, 2017 8:35 PM


  14. tyelee says: Jul 14, 2017 8:36 PM

    If the Rams, Browns, Buccaneers or Jets won’t sign you, you’re likely done in this league…

  15. arvinkp says: Jul 14, 2017 8:42 PM

    The only person that hasn’t weighed in on Colin Kaepernick’s job search is Colin Kaepernick… Funny that all these people stumping for CK, and he is not committed to having a job.

  16. concord148 says: Jul 14, 2017 8:44 PM

    Steve Young – do you remember the America Flag on Sundays when million are watching and do you remember the kneel down during the National Anthem – please reset your vcr and play it back.

  17. footballfan58 says: Jul 14, 2017 8:49 PM

    For a HOF QB, Steve Young has a bad eye for what he thinks is talent.

  18. whatjusthapped says: Jul 14, 2017 9:04 PM

    Kaep threw 16 TD passes, geez, the fans in Minnesota are ecstatic over Teddy’s 14 TD passes in each of his two seasons. You would think he would be an immediate upgrade over in Minnesota.

  19. saxguru says: Jul 14, 2017 9:05 PM

    This is coming from the guy who essentially disappears while football is being played to make deals for his investment firm??

  20. lewsblues says: Jul 14, 2017 11:29 PM

    Stevie Young should stick to pocket pool …

  21. charliecharger says: Jul 14, 2017 11:33 PM

    therealraider says:
    Jul 14, 2017 7:19 PM
    Considering the NFLs huge ratings dip that coincided with the Kaepernick protest. I’d say its not all that surprising in a bottom line business.

    It’s a bottom line business, and the NFL just shattered their all time revenue record last year. If Kaepernick had any affect on the bottom line, it must have been a very positive one. Yes, that’s right. The NFL brought in more money than ever last year. I don’t even know if the NFL is really a bottom line business. The teams are play toys for a lot of the owners. The franchises are worth so much more than what most owners paid for them. A lot of the owners are racist, just like the rest of us. I’m not afraid to tell the truth, but most of us think they’re fooling somebody.

  22. neelymessier says: Jul 15, 2017 12:21 AM

    He may not have much upside, but he is better than the three quarterbacks on the Jets.

  23. ramfanmatt says: Jul 15, 2017 6:18 AM

    If it were Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady, a team would look past the anthem distraction. Kaepernick is a back up quality QB who comes with massive baggage that would enrage a majority of a team’s fan base. It’s not worth the risk for the owners. It’s pretty simple.

  24. orndorf2 says: Jul 15, 2017 7:12 AM

    Steve Young must be surprised that Kap is a black man.

  25. youbelievethat says: Jul 15, 2017 7:17 AM

    I know this will be an unpopular opinion, but the “kneel down” is a media creation/proliferation. Yes he did it, but who really noticed? I’m a season ticket holder on the east coast, and the last thing I care about during the anthem, is watching the team. And TV broadcast generally don’t show it.

    Because I am east coast, I rarely see the Niners play, so I can’t speak to his abilities like Montana and Young. However, I find it hard to believe that if he was really good, a team without a reasonable QB would not take a chance. Owners, and their PR teams, could spin meister their way around it.

  26. crappygovernment says: Jul 15, 2017 9:48 AM

    Steve Young was always overrated. 1 sb win on a pre salary cap 49ers team loaded with free agent mercenaries. Without that he’d have been a perpetual bridesmaid like Donovan mcnabb or Danny white!

  27. petedutcher says: Jul 15, 2017 10:40 AM

    I am surprised Kaepernick is still being talked about.

    Look, I felt for him before he took a knee the first time. I felt he was capable of much more than his team was getting from him.

    BUT…he blew any grace when he chose to be lazy and take a knee during the anthem, then decided to ‘claim’ it was a protest and continue doing it.

    I understand protesting…but his actions did NOTHING to bring attention to the issue he was protesting. All it did was make him seem like he was protesting the USA.

    So he can play outside the USA in the CFL.

  28. dreadnok89 says: Jul 15, 2017 2:45 PM

    Also the guy wants starting money. He only shined against weak teams and garbage time.

  29. RegisHawk says: Jul 15, 2017 4:24 PM

    That’s why Young is a talking head on TV and not a coach.

  30. whoknowsnothing says: Jul 15, 2017 7:33 PM

    Of Kap was an accurate passer, he would have a job.
    That is why he remains a free agent, same could be said about Tebow.

  31. omeimontis says: Jul 16, 2017 8:07 AM

    Chip Kelly is mostly responsible for the team’s bad record, He did such an uncharacteristically lousy job coaching that the only job he could get is an ESPN analyst. No other NFL or NCAA team offered him a coaching job. He only got that job because ESPN laid off a lot of people. Jed York was right firing Chip Kelly.

    As for Kap, despite denial by Goodell, Kap is being blackballed because he is black and he had the balls to protest racial discrimination. Because of his protests, the racist in chief in the oval office is taking credit for Kap’s continued unemployment.

  32. omeimontis says: Jul 16, 2017 8:47 AM

    Montana had a weak arm, and that was before he hurt it near the end of his career. Montana’s skill set was so impressive that he sat on the bench while Steve DeBerg was given the starter’s job. So much on skill set. Montana was also pretty lucky, as he had Fred Solomon, Dwight Clark, Jerry Rice and John Taylor, 4 very talented WR. In contrast, even during the Super Bowl season, the Niners did not have a good receiving corp. Kap has more playoff road wins right now than Joe Montana had for his entire career. Joe has 4 Super Bowl rings, and that is true, but he had a terrific head coach who took full advantage of his skill set. Kap had a good coach for a couple of seasons in 2012 and 2013, and he went to 2 straight NFC CG. Therefore it is not skill set, but something else that separates Kap and Montana, such as how good a team you have around you and how good a coach you have.

  33. wny49er says: Jul 17, 2017 11:08 AM

    Young just called out Kaeps ability to run an NFL offense and his focus. “Has to find the right offense” ; yeah, one that has for two all-pro WR, TE, RB and OTs, C and OG. Kaep succeeded in SF because he had all that going for in 2012 and the fact teams (expect the Ravens) hadn’t figured him out. Tremendous drop offs in stats and wins the following four seasons after. I remember his last pass against the Hawks in 2013 NFC Championship; he had both Vernon Davis and Frank Gore wide open and he throws to a double coverage Crabtree. Sherman was right to call him an idiot when he was picked off so easily in the endzone.

  34. regaliaimagewear says: Jul 23, 2017 7:00 AM

    seems most of the teams in the NFL run play action and a little read option today. And for damn sure in the playoffs and SB!!!

    Problem is all those younger QB’s that aren’t really good with extending plays don’t do anything in the playoffs anyway. But yet, that is the so called preferred way for QB’s to play in the NFL it seems. Many of these regular season teams are missing a Kaepernick style player but they just don’t realize it yet. Doesnt matter what they believe, those teams will be at home watching the SB with the rest of us-maybe because they don’t have a Kaep at the QB spot.

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