Colin Kaepernick’s old college coach might be worried about his mechanics, but Kapernick himself is not.
“Mechanics are, I’m not huge on them,” Kaepernick said, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “You can look at [San Diego quarterback] Philip Rivers throw, you can look at [New England’s] Tom Brady throw. Looks completely different. They’re both great quarterbacks.
“It is something that I constantly work on, my mechanics, fundamentals, to make sure I’m out there throwing the ball the best way I can. Ultimately, whether the receiver catches the ball and the ball’s in the right position is the only thing that matters.”
Of course, the things between Point A and Point B can certainly determine the effectiveness of getting the ball in the right position. The 49ers quarterback spent 10 weeks with a private coach this offseason in hopes of becoming better in the pocket, though he appeared to be reverting this year. When asked this week about specifics, he said: “I don’t look at film that closely about my mechanics of where’s my elbow at.”
Some of the problems might have been with his protection, but Kaepernick rebounded from a pair of awful games with a good outing against the Giants, completing 23 of 35 passes for 262 yards for two touchdowns and no interceptions. But while his completion percentage (62.9) is a career high, his passer rating is a career-low 76.8.