Young says Kaepernick needs to run less, learn progressions

Young says Kaepernick needs to run less, learn progressions
June 3, 2014, 2:45 pm
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Colin Kaepernick ran 92 times last season for 524 yards, topping Steve Young's career high of 76 attempts for 532 yards. (AP)

Steve Young is the most accomplished dual-threat quarterback in the history of the National Football League, having won a Super Bowl and two league MVP awards in his time with the 49ers. 

Two generations later, that same franchise happens to have one of the upstart dual-threats in the league today in Colin Kaepernick, whom Young publicly decided to share his expertise with on NFL Live.

“That’s going to be a very difficult thing for Colin to master," Young said, in regard to Kap's itch to leave the pocket.

"He’s going to have to tie his legs in training camp. Literally, he should tie his legs, physically, so he can’t do anything but throw from the pocket.”

[RELATED: Report: 49ers, Kaepernick's agent to resume contract talks]

Few others know what it's like to be that gifted as a runner and passer, and to effectively harness and optimize that ability with acute decision making.

Young defeated defenses by being a step ahead mentally, and remaining true to the quarterback position by delivering strikes from the pocket. Running was always secondary -- an ejector seat, if you will.  

But it took time to learn.  

Though Kaepernick is already a very good quarterback, in order to make the leap to greatness, Young feels he needs to sharpen his game behind the line of scrimmage. 

 

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