Joe Montana to Colin Kaepernick: ‘Be more accurate in the pocket’

Colin Kaepernick

San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana is still not impressed with Colin Kaepernick.

“I like his mobility and that he’s getting the ball downfield,” Montana told USA TODAY Sports in a wide-ranging interview. “But sometimes, he needs to be more accurate in the pocket with pressure.

“The game is changing. Nobody wants to throw with pressure anymore. But the guys who can win in this league are the ones who can make throws from the pocket.”

Last month Montana said the 49ers signal caller was “definitely talented,” but he won’t reach his full potential until he becomes more consistent from the pocket.

“Kaepernick still needs to get better at that,” said Montana, who led the franchise to four Super Bowl victories. “He’ll look and then he’s off and running. I still think the thing is the pocket and making those tight throws from the pocket.”

“He’ll make some,” Montana added, “but a lot of times guys are wide open, and he misses them.”

As for Sunday’s NFC title game against the Seattle Seahawks, Montana likes the 49ers chances.

“I think they’ve got a great opportunity to get back and even win it,” he said. “I like their chances with (wideout Michael) Crabtree back. Now they just need to feed the ball to (tailback Frank) Gore a little more — if he doesn’t take himself out of the game.”

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