Steve Young has a very different take on Colin Kaepernick’s ongoing free agency than Joe Montana.
The 49ers legend talked about Kaepernick with KNBR’s Murph & Mac while attending the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe. Unlike Montana, Young doesn’t believe Kaepernick remains unsigned because of his skill level.
“I’m surprised, even with the situation last year with the kneel-down during the national anthem, that people can’t see through that and see, here’s a good player that wants to play and is not toxic in the locker room,” Young said of the former 49ers quarterback. “But he’s got to fit too. He’s the kind of guy who’s going to come off a play fake, see a guy, throw it. If you want him to read through, you want him to find the fourth receiver, the outlet — that’s probably not his game. So he’s got to find the right spot for himself.”
Part of finding that sweet spot is knowing where Kaepernick is at mentally, which Young would do first.
“I’d have to sit down with him, look him in the eye, see what he really wants to do, see how much work he has in him,” Young said. “Because if he wants to work — the guy can play. So if he wants to do the work and he wants to get better, which I can’t imagine him not (wanting to do that).”
Young also touched on the topic of 49ers general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan — a.k.a. the new regime in San Francisco.
“We have a history, maybe top four organizations with a history like this in the league. and we are now going to try to use all of those to inspire the guys on the field today,” Young said. “That’s a smart thing to do. Those guys are cousins to the original 20 years. John understands that because he was in Denver, Kyle understands it (too)… They know what it’s supposed to feel like, they know what it’s supposed to look like, and I think they’ve completely embraced it. John especially has just said, ‘The first thing these players are going to hear about is what we used to be like, what the standard is.’”
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