Jimmy Johnson Says 49ers Should Dump Colin Kaepernick: Here’s Why No One Should Listen To Him
Jimmy Johnson has his god points, one supposes: he did coach two Super Bowl-winning teams, have a successful college career, and look more at home in a Hawaiian shirt than any man has a right to, including Don Ho and Tom Selleck. But when it comes to evaluating pro football in general he's rather weak, and quarterbacks in particular he's terrible.
On Sunday's Fox post-game show following the afternoon games, Johnson was asked what he thought the 49ers should do with Colin Kaepernick. The 49ers had just lost to the Packers 17-3, and Kaepernick was 13-of-25 for 160 yards with 1 interception. Johnson:
“I’d find a new quarterback. You look at Kaepernick, and he is a talented individual, but it looks like he’s playing sandlot football. Sometimes he runs the ball, sometimes he throws it and it's not accurate, it really is sandlot football. So the other ten guys out there, they don’t know what to do.”
Terry Bradshaw disagreed, saying that Kaepernick is the perfect West Coast offense guy, but is being used incorrectly.
Here's why Johnson is the worst person to evaluate a quarterback in Kaepernick's unique predicament. In his nine-year NFL career, Johnson coached two starting quarterbacks -- Troy Aikman with Dallas and Dan Marino with Miami. You talk about your blessings from heaven. Someone who was gifted two of the great, classic, conventional quarterbacks of all time has no idea what it takes to make an unconventional talent like Kaepernick successful.
And because the Cowboys sucked during Johnson's first two seasons, he was able to build a great team around Aikman through the draft. The 49ers lost everybody this past offseason, and without a great supporting cast, no quarterback is going to look good.
People tend to remember his Super Bowl wins, but when Jimmy Johnson criticizes and player or coach I always remember his final NFL game -- Miami's 62–7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the divisional round of the 1999 playoffs. It was the second-worst playoff loss in NFL history, in which Marino, one of the greatest QBs in history, was 11-of-25 for 95 yards.
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