Steve Young Discusses Timing of 49ers Announcing Colin Kaepernick as Starting QB

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2016

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01:  San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (L) and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young attend the 3rd Annual NFL Honors at Radio City Music Hall on February 1, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco 49ers' 1-4 start has prompted changes under center, as the team decided to bench starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert in favor of Colin Kaepernick on Tuesday.

On Thursday, Niners legend and NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young said the move came too late, per KNBR's Kevin Jones:

It's a little unnerving. The whole we didn't want him to play until we could get this thing wrapped up. Like, we're in the middle of the season, we're trying to make things different. Change it. Get people back on track. And we can't play a guy who we think we probably should've played some, if not more already, but we don't want to because if he gets hurt then we have to pay him. And I'm like, come on. Let's get this going. So they finally get this done and now he's playing. That just feels awkward. I don't necessarily like it.

A dismal start to the 2015 season forced Kaepernick, who led the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII, to the bench in favor of Gabbert in Week 9. Kaepernick threw for 1,615 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions as San Francisco started the season 2-6.

The 49ers didn't fare much better under Gabbert, finishing the campaign 5-11, which prompted the firing of head coach Jim Tomsula and the hiring of Chip Kelly.

Injuries worsened things for Kaepernick, who underwent surgery on his thumb and knee during the offseason as his future with the team came into question. However, he stayed in San Francisco and opened the season as the team's backup.

In 2016, Gabbert has struggled, completing just 58 percent of his passes for 890 yards and five touchdowns with six interceptions.

Now Kaepernick has a golden opportunity to turn things around not only for the 49ers but also for his career, as the Good Morning Football crew discussed:

The 49ers haven't had a winning season since 2013. By contrast, Young never experienced a losing campaign during his time as San Francisco's starter.

In eight years as the starting quarterback, the Super Bowl XXIX MVP's worst seasons were a pair of 10-6 campaigns in 1991 (though he was 5-5 as a starter) and 1993.

While Kaepernick is unlikely to lead San Francisco back to the Super Bowl this season, a little consistency under center could go a long way for the franchise.


Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com


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