Craig: Long preseason run against Vikings started Kaepernick's rise

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 30, 2013 - 6:59 PM

When Colin Kaepernick rode the read option for a preseason TD run, few knew a star was born.

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bruisedupJan. 30, 13 7:10 AM

While in college during his 4 years for the University of Nevada Colin Kaepernick threw the ball 1271 times with 740 completions for a 58.2% completion rate. Joe Webb spent 2 years at Alabama-Birmingham throwing the ball 624 times with 370 passes completed for a 59.3 percentage rate. Their yards per completion were about the same also. Kaepernick ran the ball 600 times for 4112 yards and 59 touchdowns during his 4 years while Webb ran the ball 425 times for 2448 yards and 22 touchdowns during his two years. They are both big, strong, and fast. Physically for a quarterback however you look for big hands and Webb has that with 11 inch hands for how they are measured. Kaepernicks hands are even smaller than Alex Smiths hands which measure 9.375 inches. Large hands enable the QB to throw the ball rather than float it. Large hands also enable shorter QBs like Drew Brees and Russell Wilson to throw the ball with accuracy. Wilson also shows a nice overhand release. My point is that I see no reason why Webb can not be doing the same thing that Kaepernick is doing if you put Webb in a read-option offense. I wanted the Vikings to draft Kaepernick coming out of college but I believe the reason they avoided that is because they already had a Kaepernick in Joe Webb. The Vikings limited use of Webb at quarterback is something I do not understand especially when you had Ponder struggling earlier in the year last year.

timolsonJan. 30, 13 7:17 AM

Since the NFL is a copycat league, here's hoping the Vikings take notice of the read option and at least try Webb at that. Maybe this time they will get it right. He is not a drop back type quarterback, but I visualize him doing what Kaepernick does.

bengravedJan. 30, 13 8:56 AM

The reason Kaepernick got 180 yds against the Packers and made it to the SB, is quite simple. The week before San Francisco played the Packers, the Vikes played the Packers, and San Fransisco had film, of Joe Webb, exploiting the Packer defense, for 66 Yds. rushing, most of the yardage coming in the first quarter. However, Musgrave abandoned, the QB run option after the first quarter, and we all know the results, which was a Packer victory.

xbud99Jan. 30, 13 9:03 AM

Wow back to back days of how the Vikings are either like the 49ers, or how the Vikings helped the 49ers. My gosh if I didn't know any better, I'd think the 49ers were just the Vikings west and Minnesota had already won the Super Bowl. Enough already, I know the Twin Cities media always tries to find a tie-in to whatever happens in the world no matter how insignificant. This example is just another way the media tries to force feed us something to make it "one of our own".

paulkramer54Jan. 30, 13 9:20 AM

If you watch all the NFL record setting statistics you will always find the Vikings there. The problem is, they're always on the other side of the record.

philpyramJan. 30, 13 9:35 AM

My kingdom for an offensive coordinator the caliber of Greg Roman!

dmogckJan. 30, 1311:46 AM

I just don't see how people can say Webb compares to Kaepernick - Webb CAN'T THROW THE BALL!!! Did anyone see the Vikings playoff game? Kaepernick throws accurately and with velocity. I see none of that from Webb. Please quit the comparisons.

siouxchampJan. 30, 1312:14 PM

Funny how we drafted Ponder because experts thought of him, as PRO READY and great intangibles. Kaepernick's draft grade was only a C. Colin was listed as a great athlete, but awkard throwing motion and not Pro Ready. Funny isn't it? Kaepernik tore it up this year, starting only 6 games and now in the Superbowl while Vikings fans keep saying, Ponder needs 3 years to look like a viable starter. mmmmmm

bruisedupJan. 30, 1312:49 PM

I know Webb looked real bad at times during the Packers game but right or wrong I blame the coaching staff for that and not Webb. Webb still lacks game experience and he didn't get any all year. The playoffs is not the best place to get razor sharp. A QB needs to be at his best stepping into a situation like that. Webb wasn't ready and we shouldn't have expected him to be. He needed a game or two with some reps to shake off some rust. We've seen him play a lot better and bengraved your observation was spot on.

thatissomebsJan. 30, 13 4:41 PM

I also blame the coaches for Webb throwing the ball into the ground. He's not a quarterback. So maybe I should blame the coaches for having him in the game.

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