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Colin Kaepernick on mechanics: ‘I’m not huge on them’


Colin Kaepernick insists he’s neither concerned about his mechanics nor does he feel they are a source of any of his struggles.

“Mechanics are, I’m not huge on them,” Kaepernick said, via “You can look at [San Diego quarterback] Philip Rivers throw, you can look at [New England’s] Tom Brady throw. Looks completely different. They’re both great quarterbacks.

“It is something that I constantly work on, my mechanics, fundamentals, to make sure I’m out there throwing the ball the best way I can. Ultimately, whether the receiver catches the ball and the ball’s in the right position is the only thing that matters.”

The speculation that Kaepernick is reverting back to bad habits arose after his former college coach, Nevada’s Chris Ault, mused that poor mechanics are wreaking havoc on the quarterback’s play.

“Nobody knows Kap like I do, and really that started last year,” said Ault. “For some reason last year his technique throwing the ball . . . he let it go.”

Kaepernick, who worked with Kurt Warner in the offseason, defended his mechanics by pointing out that there are situational reasons why a quarterback must vary them.

“You have to be able to change arm angles, especially on underneath throws to throw around linemen, to throw into windows,” he said.

After two horrible games — including an atrocious four-interception outing against the Arizona Cardinals, Kaepernick actually posted some decent numbers in San Francisco’s 30-27 loss to the New York Giants, going 23-for-35 for 262 yards along with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

When asked about Ault’s assessment, Kaepernick said he doesn’t obsess over such details.

“I don’t look at film that closely about my mechanics of where’s my elbow at,” he said.

To suggest that Kaepernick’s struggles are strictly related to poor mechanics would be short-sighted, as there are a bevy of other issues — some beyond his control — that are causing not only his struggles but the entire 49ers offense. Further, to lay blame for San Francisco’s 1-4 record solely on Kaepernick — and his mechanics, faulty or not — oversimplifies the myriad issues that are plaguing the team.