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Kaepernick’s Rollout Throws Impress Harbaugh

Posted Dec 19, 2013

Colin Kaepernick is the best in the universe at throwing to his left, according to Jim Harbaugh.

When right-handed 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick rolls to his left and rifles a football pass, it’s the best example out there.

Jim Harbaugh said his third-year signal-caller handles the challenging throw better than anyone.

“This will be a rare time where you start comparing people to other players, but I’ve never seen anybody throw to the left better on the run than Colin does,” Harbaugh said on Thursday. “I know I’ve said that before.”

So who was Harbaugh going to compare Kaepernick’s rare skillset to?

“To everybody else,” the 49ers coach explained. “I’ve never seen anybody do it better. I’m comparing him to the universe of quarterbacks.

“It’s a rare comparison.”

Rollout throws have been a staple of Kaepernick’s football career.

“I was taught to throw on the run when I was 9-years-old,” Kaepernick said. “Doing it for so long, it’s natural to me.”

Kaepernick is comfortable throwing on the move in either direction. During last week’s win over Tampa Bay, San Francisco’s quarterback escaped a Buccaneers blitz to roll out of the pocket and complete a 14-yard pass to Michael Crabtree on a 3rd-and-12 play. The first down allowed the 49ers milk even more clock on a 10:27 drive that helped put the game away.

“They had one more than we could pick up, so I ran away from it and ‘Crab’ made a great play,” said Kaepernick of the play before noting that both of his starting receivers are able to get open when plays break down.

“I think him and Anquan (Boldin) both have a great feel as far as where openings are on defenses and finding them.”

As for Kaepernick’s improvisational talents, Harbaugh said his quarterback has been comfortable on the run throughout his NFL career. The 49ers head coach went on to commend Kaepernick’s all-around talents, both on and off the field.

“He’s been fabulous all year, on the field, off the field, leadership in the locker room, obligations in the community, fulfilling all his obligations to the media,” Harbaugh said. “He’s just been A-plus across the board.”

After Harbaugh's comparison comments were put out for public consumption, Kaepernick’s ability to fire passes from the pocket or on the run will be examined this Monday night when the 49ers host the Atlanta Falcons in the finale regular season game at Candlestick Park.

Kaepernick, a self-described Packers fan in his childhood, wants to send out the iconic Bay Area stadium with a victory.

“I think for us, we want to leave Candlestick with a win,” Kaepernick said. “That’s what we’re worried about.”

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Kaepernick and his beloved Green Bay team were on the losing end of the famous Wild Card matchup between the 49ers and Packers on Jan. 3, 1999. Terrell Owens’ game-winning touchdown catch still is fresh in Kaepernick’s mind, too.

“That haunted me for a lot of years,” Kaepernick said with a grin.

The 49ers quarterback grew up as a fan of Brett Favre more than 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young.

“I loved his game,” Kaepernick said of Favre. “He played with great passion... You could tell he loved the game and that was something I always admired.”

Kaepernick plays with passion for the 49ers and wants to do whatever it takes to get his team a fifth-straight win.

“I feel like we’ve put some wins together and we feel good about what we’re doing and that’s what we want going into the playoffs,” Kaepernick said.



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