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Harbaugh Praises ‘New Wave’ QBs

Posted Aug 23, 2013

Jim Harbaugh praised the new-age quarterbacks dominating today's NFL.



Jim Harbaugh is old-school in many ways with his approach to football.

The 49ers coach, however, is not at all opposed to the athletic style of quarterback play taking over the National Football League. In fact, the former NFL signal-caller spoke highly of the new-age quarterbacks dominating the game today.

The mobile quarterbacks can be found in all ages, too. A day after the 49ers signed 33-year-old mobile quarterback, Seneca Wallace, San Francisco’s head coach explained that the nine-year veteran will likely play in the team’s Sunday night preseason matchup with the Minnesota Vikings.

Harbaugh also said that Wallace as the mobility and arm strength to run San Francisco’s offense.

“We think he can hit the ground running,” Harbaugh said. “I think he’ll be able to get right out there and start playing.”

Harbaugh was later asked about team's gameplanning all offseason to defend starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Specifically, the 49ers coach was questioned on how he’ll devise new schemes to accentuate Kaepernick’s talents.

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Harbaugh wasn’t taking the bait. No scheme talk ever comes out of his mouth, especially how he’ll look to showcase his third-year quarterback, the one who has been wearing a black practice jersey this week to avoid injury.

“It’s always evolving,” Harbaugh said. “That’s one thing that seems like a constant in football. You must evolve. You have a plan – the opposition has a plan – those two plans meet.

“You have to adjust. That’s every game. That’s every season.”

Harbaugh went on to explain that Kaepernick is much like many of the emerging young quarterbacks in the NFL. There’s multiple ways they can beat you.

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Kaepernick finished 2012 with 2,229 total yards and 15 touchdowns while appearing in 13 regular season games (seven starts). The young quarterback demonstrated his ability to run multiple offensive schemes. Some were traditional West Coast concepts, others like the "Pistol" came from his college career.

“With the advent of a quarterback who can run, extremely athletic and fast and has the ability to throw the football at an NFL quarterback level – the NFL hasn’t seen that type of player in so much abundance as it does now,” said Harbaugh, who finished his own career with 561 rushing attempts, 2,787 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns.

“When you look at Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin (III), and Russell Wilson and there’s others, they’re fitting that mold. Ryan Tannehill… They’re big. They’re fast and they can throw the ball very effectively.”

Harbaugh is well aware of the new era of quarterbacks competing in the league in 2013. He’s also quite content with the one on his roster.

“There’s a new wave of quarterbacks, I don’t think it’s any revelation, but teams are studying how to defend these players,” Harbaugh said. “I think they’re finding out it’s a pretty good combination to be able to be really athletic and be able to throw the ball as well as these guys do.”

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