Jim Harbaugh tells NFL teams Colin Kaepernick can be great

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The coach who went to a Super Bowl with Colin Kaepernick thinks another team could get to the Super Bowl with Kaepernick, if he gets the chance.

Jim Harbaugh said on PFT Live that Kaepernick, whom he coached in San Francisco, still has all the tools he displayed when he took the league by storm in his first year as a starter. Harbaugh said NFL teams have reached out to ask his opinion of Kaepernick, and Harbaugh tells them they should sign him.

“I’ll tell you the same thing I tell them: I think he’s an outstanding player and I think he’s a great competitor who has proven it in games and has the ability to be not only an NFL starter but a great NFL player,” Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh said he thinks NFL teams aren’t as patient as they need to be in developing quarterbacks, and he thinks a smart team will take the time to work with Kaepernick to make the most of his physical tools. That team, Harbaugh believes, will win multiple Super Bowls.

“He’ll have a great career and be a great quarterback, win championships,” Harbaugh said.

Now the question is whether any team will give Kaepernick that chance.

90 responses to “Jim Harbaugh tells NFL teams Colin Kaepernick can be great

  1. can be great and will be great are totally different.

    there are a TON of other players in the NFL right now that can be great, too.

  2. There’s a pretty good distance between Jim Harbaugh and the second best coach in the world. He doesn’t understand failure, and he doesn’t understand weakness. I don’t expect that from everybody, but I certainly do respect Harbaugh’s abilities. I’ve never seen a guy take over dumpster fires time and time again, and quickly turn them into big time winners. Every situation has been different, yet the results were always the same. He doesn’t understand why everyone doesn’t have the same passion for winning as he does, so it doesn’t always work out. Harbaugh is probably easy for guys like Bill Belichick to relate to, but difficult for most others.

  3. This is why Jed York ran Harbaugh out, he’s not a championship caliber coach, big game bedwetter.

  4. Harbaugh’s “hot hand” Kaep in 2012 = 98.3, compared to “game manager” Alex Smith in 2012 = 104.1

    The decision to go with Kaep was wrong. Kaep initially did as well as he did in 2012 simply because (like Tebow) teams had yet to figure out his ways. Had Harbaugh kept Smith (who won them a playoff game in 2011 and was doing even better in 2012), I still say 9ers would have won the SB, possibly 2, and still been relevant. That benching was when things went wrong, not later.

  5. All of the people claiming they know he’s horrible can’t tell me how any QB would have survived what York and Baalke with his years of bad draft picks did to that team. Last time he had competent coaching, he was consistently winning games. They pop up with their lazy “he can’t read defenses” take, despite the fact that if you couldn’t read defenses, you wouldn’t last 2 minutes in the league, let alone 7 years in it , nor would John Elway have been all about acquiring you as the QB to go forward with as long as he could get you at the right price. I’d say him and Harbaugh, actual former NFL QBs, know a little bit about if he could read defenses and wouldn’t be vouching for somebody that couldn’t. Give me one thing that’s happened in SF the last 2 years that’s his fault. I’ll wait.

  6. Kap’s line last year 2,200/16/4 with a rating of 90.7. Whether you like the guy or not, that’s good enough he should be getting a look from teams. EJ Manuel has career numbers of 3500/19/15 with a 77 rating and he has a job.

  7. Kaep being blackballed to discourage other current and future players from speaking their minds and/or standing up for social justice issues.

    I hope karma bites the teams who took lesser QBs (like the Jets, Browns) this off-season, whether because their owners are grade A a-holes or the personnel departments make frequent errors in talent evaluation. (Both true IMO.)

  8. .
    If the Patriots were to deal Jimmy Garopollo, they would be in the market for a veteran backup. Kaepernick would be a good candidate for the position.
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  9. No Jimbo! You cannot sell him! He made his bed and he was not good enough to be making statements against this country!! He should never, ever again work in the NFL! Difference is real Americans don’t forget!! TRAITORS!!

  10. He quit kneeling because it hurt his chances of getting signed by a new team. See he is not that dedicated to his beliefs after all. He just wanted attention and it back fired on him.

  11. Of course Harbaugh would say that.

    He picked CK over Alex Smith – – – and every decision Harbaugh makes is the right one.

  12. The rise and fall of Colin Kaepernick should serve as ample warning to Cowboys fans. A young dynamic QB taking the league by storm, lighting it up, showing poise and raising expectations. Kaep’s pink cloud lasted about a year and a half. Thirs year was also good but it ended with that pick in Seattle in the NFCCG.

    You’re not home free with Dak Cowboys. Not by a long shot

  13. Great? Not so much. Good for one year, sure.

    OK, he has some physical talent and had a good year when they made it to a SB. That does not necessarily translate into long term success. At QB you need more than physical gifts. Just ask Culpepper, Vick, Griffin etc. Sure, you can catch lightning in a bottle now and then but true greatness can only be claimed after a history of success. Then again, the whole anthem thing will make it hard for him to get along with some teammates. Not everyone is down with self promotion by virtue of trendy acts.

  14. Maybe he should go play for Harbaugh – another few years in college might help his perspectives and maturity.

  15. The operative word is “can”. But, “will” he be great? Who takes Jim Harbaugh serious anyway? There has been scuttlebutt that all that the kneeling business and the effect it created has resulted in him being blackballed by the owners. It all comes done to money, sponsors, and any other fallout that the owners don’t want to deal with. There was that one GM that wanted him, but the deal fell all of a sudden. Was the owner not thrilled about the fallout that would be created if he was signed. Remember what happened after Peterson was allowed to play at the beginning of that one season. All h____ broke loose and they put him on the exempt list.

  16. I love the sales pitch from the people who aren’t involved with NFL football (Spike Lee) or are currently out of the league (Harbaugh). Kapernick can be great as long as the line gives him 5 missisippis before they rush him or the league eliminates the forward pass.

  17. I applaud Kaepernick”s stance on the National Anthem. How can anyone feel patriotic these days when Trump is embarrassing the country day after day by throwing temper tantrums in the WH and acting like a 5 year old baby? Like most sane Americans who aren’t brainwashed by FOX, I’m embarrassed and ashamed to be an American these days

  18. bondlake ,
    he wasn’t wrong. How many Super Bowls has Alex Smith been to with KC fans realizing that even with a dominant defense just like he had in SF, he isn’t going to take a team anywhere?

  19. If only Jim Harbaugh had, let’s say, a brother who was an NFL Head Coach that could sign Kaepernick…

  20. Kaep compiled those stats in a no-huddle, simplified offense on a bad team in garbage time. It’s like what Bortles did 2 years ago when he had a great fantasy year but his team lost most of their games. Last year Bortles regressed and showed what he is, just as Kaep did after his great 1 1/2 year run and would do again after his misleading stats from last year. He’s also not well liked in the locker room by players of any color.
    He’s also a phony activist. He doesn’t vote and only started his sitting on the bench during the anthem when it wouldn’t cost him anything like a starting job because he was hurt or risk getting cut because he had a guaranteed contract. Now that he’s a free agent, he says he’ll stand for the anthem when previously said that he would only stand when the situation of blacks being targeted by cops had improved…. Well, HAS IT?!?!? Hmmmm…

    Given the above, most teams have rightly figured out that his play ain’t worth the headache. If he was a Pro Bowl QB still, he’d be signed already. But he’s not, he’s a marginal backup, and those guys get less rope. The juice ain’t worth the squeeze in this case.

  21. streetyson says:
    Mar 21, 2017 9:09 AM

    Had Harbaugh kept Smith (who won them a playoff game in 2011 and was doing even better in 2012), I still say 9ers would have won the SB, possibly 2, and still been relevant. That benching was when things went wrong, not later.
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    No way, they don’t even make it to the SB with Smith. The same Alex Smith who has almost a good a team with the Chiefs now, and still can’t get to the AFC Championship game. Same Alex Smith who went 12 for 26 and under 200 yards and couldn’t beat the Giants.

    Kaepernick pretty much beat down the Packers by himself that year, Alex Smith would not have gotten past GB or Atlanta those years.

  22. Alex does not take chances, alex can not throw deep, alex can not come from behind and win a game by himself, alex has still not won as many playoff games as kap despite have 7 more years experience on him. Alex does not fill seats. I can go on put you get my drift. #GoNiners #Noonehasitbetter

  23. Kaep being blackballed to discourage other current and future players from speaking their minds and/or standing up for social justice issues.

    No Kaep is being blackballed because he chose to do it on company time. Had he chosen to take his stand in his off-time he would still be employed. When you are wearing your bosses uniform you toe the company line or you will soon be in the unemployment line.

    The 1st amendment guarantees freedom of speech not freedom from consequences of your actions.

    BTW Kaep would also still be employed if he was good. Defenses figured him out and he never stepped his game up.

  24. Harbaugh has a vested interest to pump up kaepernick. That was his guy and he is loyal but it doesn’t make Harbaugh right.

  25. I think Kaepernick would be a good fit with the Jaguars. He could come in as a back up to Bortles and he will either push Bortles to get better or take over his job, if Bortles doesn’t get better.

  26. ricko1112 says:
    Mar 21, 2017 10:44 AM

    SF would have won the SB if Alex Smith had played.
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    SF prob would not have even made the SB if Alex Smith played, they would not have gotten past the Packers, or beat the Falcons in Atlanta. Alex Smith has never taken over a game like Kaep has. Kaep had more highlights in that 1 2012-13 postseason than Smith has his whole career.

  27. purplepyramidascension says:
    Mar 21, 2017 9:21 AM
    Kaep being blackballed to discourage other current and future players from speaking their minds and/or standing up for social justice issues.
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    Social justice issues?? What a joke! Kaepernick is a guy who idolizes Che Guevara whose brand of “social justice” is delivered from the barrel of a gun.

  28. Sorry Jim, but if I’m an NFL owner when it comes to Kaperneck no matter how bad I may need a QB I’ll just take a knee!

  29. For all you trump haters that “stand”for injustice,those muslim countries that you stood up for desperately need your tourist money and need foreign exchange students.Do not be hypocrites,stand up and vacation there or send your kids…STAND for what you believe in………didn’t think so…..hypocrites.

  30. Vince McMahon could always offer him a gig as a “heal” in the WWE, bring back the Nation of Domination.

  31. metitometin says:
    Mar 21, 2017 10:01 AM

    I applaud Kaepernick”s stance on the National Anthem. How can anyone feel patriotic these days when Trump is embarrassing the country day after day by throwing temper tantrums in the WH and acting like a 5 year old baby? Like most sane Americans ….
    ____________
    Haven’t you heard? CK was kneeling because of the racism and division caused by Obama. He said he stopped kneeling now because TRUMP fixed it just as he is fixing the stagnant Obama economy. Trump bless.

  32. The reasons Kap was descent in 2012-2013
    1. Best o-line in football
    2. Great TEs and Receiving corps
    3. Great RB and FB
    4. Catching defenses on it’s heels since the league was anti-run option at the time .
    5 Great coach and defense that put him in good field position, and still couldn’t pick up 6

  33. What does Jim Haurbagh know about winning championships? What he should be teaching Kaep is how to tuck tail and run out of the NFL as soon as things get difficult.

  34. charliecharger says:
    Mar 21, 2017 9:08 AM

    There’s a pretty good distance between Jim Harbaugh and the second best coach in the world.
    ———————————————————–
    Belichick is better than Harbaugh.

  35. “metitometin says:
    Mar 21, 2017 10:01 AM
    I applaud Kaepernick”s stance on the National Anthem. How can anyone feel patriotic these days when Trump is embarrassing the country day after day by throwing temper tantrums in the WH and acting like a 5 year old baby? Like most sane Americans who aren’t brainwashed by FOX, I’m embarrassed and ashamed to be an American these days.”

    Hear, hear. I’m totally with you. Traitor Trump is a disgrace to the nation and the human race. The Fox-watching fools who voted for him and other republican fascists are going to be very sorry when Trump’s policies start hurting their wallets–and it’s coming soon, boys and girls. Prices of good will be going up due to that stupid wall. Seniors are going to start losing Medicaid and Social Security. Colin Kaepernick is looking smarter and more patriotic every day.

  36. This clown has as much integrity as a used sock! He knelt because he believed in a cause, then he didn’t vote in the election, and now he will be standing for the Anthem again. Right!!!! He is too much of trouble maker for any team to hire. On top of that, he is a hypocrite! LOSER!

  37. What happened to the BLM movement? Did Soros stop funding it? Matter of fact, all the leftist protests have fizzled out.

  38. v2787 says:
    Mar 21, 2017 11:56 AM
    “metitometin says:
    Mar 21, 2017 10:01 AM
    I applaud Kaepernick”s stance on the National Anthem. How can anyone feel patriotic these days when Trump is embarrassing the country day after day by throwing temper tantrums in the WH and acting like a 5 year old baby? Like most sane Americans who aren’t brainwashed by FOX, I’m embarrassed and ashamed to be an American these days.”

    Hear, hear. I’m totally with you. Traitor Trump is a disgrace to the nation and the human race. The Fox-watching fools who voted for him and other republican fascists are going to be very sorry when Trump’s policies start hurting their wallets–and it’s coming soon, boys and girls. Prices of good will be going up due to that stupid wall. Seniors are going to start losing Medicaid and Social Security. Colin Kaepernick is looking smarter and more patriotic every day.
    ______________
    Do you even know what it means to be fascist? Being Nationalist will be as close as you will get. Which group is involved with anti-everything riots, violence, burning cars, damaging property, trying to force their warped ideology on everyone else? I thought the Liberals/Progressives were supposed to be tolerant, everyone’s opinion is to be respected, right? I guess if someone has an opinion in opposition to yours- it’s okay to FORCE your ideology on them, right? Who’s being Fascist?

    I guess the MSM is a bit disappointed you didn’t throw the words Nazi, xenophobe or racist into your brain-num rant. Now get back to your TV immediately and tune into CNN or Rachel Maddow so “they” can continue your programming, you’re not quite there yet.

  39. I question his intelligence and ability to develop in an offensive scheme. He was blazing hot in the beginning but defenses caught up. Reminds me a bit of Vince Young. I don’t really believe he is being blackballed for the politics. But using the NFL podium is not going to fly with the bosses. Another misguided youth who thinks they are activists for the betterment of society, yet without a clue. After his first notable protest against what he called the “systematic oppression” of minorities in the United States, and saying he wants “freedom for all people,” he wore a T-shirt that featured a supportive image of one of the 20th century’s most enduring oppressors, Fidel Castro. Malcom X was also on it so that made it alright to him. So how he can protest oppression then ignorantly don a T-shirt featuring an oppressor?

  40. realfootballfan says:
    Mar 21, 2017 9:14 AM
    All of the people claiming they know he’s horrible………They pop up with their lazy “he can’t read defenses” take, despite the fact that if you couldn’t read defenses, you wouldn’t last 2 minutes in the league,

    ———————
    I dont know why you say its lazy other than you want to denigrade it for not fitting a narrative your prefer. He really canr read defenses. I have seen coaches over and over get him turned around by throwing different looks. Then he gets in decisive and mistake prone. Its been right there on TV over and over. When its garbage time and they are just running plain vanilla ‘give a little and let the clock roll’ type defenses you see him make a play or two but any qb in the nfl start or backup can get off a few good looking plays under those circumstances. But when the heat is on he is way too easy to scheme against.

    The guys that want him out of football just because of his protest are certainly not focused on the right thing. But in the same reasoning, the guys that want to deny he stinks just because they liked his protest are just as out of line.

    The only thing that matters is whether he would be an effective qb on a consistent basis and he has had more than adequate time to show that if it was there to be shown. Instead there is a large sample size now proving he is not good and never will be, even declining as time goes by.

  41. keep kneeling! I am enjoying this moment. in fact, I’ve been waiting for a while, colin. now you can lay at home during the National Anthem. hahaha

  42. Being a 9ers fan. This is a tough one for me. I actually think Kap CAN return to old form. However, someone has gotten in his ear (his gf) to the point that football no longer comes first. I can not believe this guy is done after torching Green Bay in the playoffs in a way NO QB has ever done. That is still one of the most athletically mis-matched games I have ever seen…He dismantled them. Killed them. And many others that year. And now he’s just done? Probably if he does not get back to grinding football again from OTA’s through the Super Bowl. Nothing else. 12 hour days-7 days a week. Period. Then and only then can this dude be great again.

  43. Part of it is also that he lost so much weight with his new diet. So, you’d be hoping he gets back into top shape PLUS making strides with reading defenses, etc. He’d be a project now even for somebody who he played well for in the past.

  44. Kaperneck here. Why do so many people hate me??? All I basically did after all was to spit on the American flag, American veterans past and present, my teammates and something that represents why more than anything else America is a free democracy so that guys like me can make an arse out themselves.

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