49ers QB coach Chryst says Kaepernick not likely to take huge hit

January 30, 2013 | WNST Staff

QUARTERBACKS COACH GEEP CHRYST

 

(on the read option) “It’s unique in the sense that you’re requiring the quarterback to be an element in the run game. The NFL, everyone has big boy pads. Everyone is going to hit. Everyone is going to try to hit. What we’ve found over the last decade with running backs is you like to have more than one running back because of the physical nature of tackling, the physical nature of running the ball. Fortunately for us – I don’t think I can make a sweeping statement – (Colin Kaepernick) Kaep has done a great job of knowing where his lanes are to run the ball and also avoiding those blowup shots. We saw what happened in Washington. We don’t want people hurt at the back end of a long run of a gainer.”

 

(on how to avoid big hits as a quarterback) “Just the innate feel for, ‘Where is my first down?’ It’s great to get a first down. Where is the out of bounds? When is the appropriate time to slide? Again, these playoff games, you’re going to do whatever you can to win, but it’s during the course of a long 16-week season. What are you going to do to protect yourself and protect the ball and also score points?”

 

(on the amount of information going through Colin Kaepernick’s head during a game) “First off, he did a great job at Nevada, so I think we benefitted. He’s been doing this for more than just the last 10 games. The decision-making process that goes into a split seconds is really as attribute that he has. Kaep does it well. You see other people do it well. If it spreads, you have to find the right kid to do that. They have to have the right speed and athletic ability to have that quick mind to make the read and then capitalize on that. I’m sure you can find others, but how deep is that talent pool.”

 

(on how you find a good running quarterback) “When teams were coming out with the wildcat look, there was a quarterback that Miami drafted, Pat White from West Virginia. There are other people who are on rosters, Tyler Thigpen from Coastal Carolina, a quarterback that has that run ability. You have to understand the evaluation in college because teams are moving the ball in college doing it that way. Can it convert into the NFL? I think that will be an interesting thing to follow, especially with Chip Kelly with the Eagles and see where this goes. I don’t know if we know right now because we’re just at the entry point of this. I don’t know where this is going to take us.”

 

(on running quarterbacks being great athletes) “I think that their athletic ability is really great. Andrew Luck is a great athlete. Kaep is a great athlete. (Ryan) Tannehill is a great athlete. He played two years at wide receiver. But again, can they kind of package that, their athletic ability? And their teammates around them, do they have good teammates then when the appropriate choice is to give it to a teammate that they can make hay as well? I think the learning curve is shorter. I think the college game continues to evolve and is well taught at the college level. Also how the league is, there is an expectation that these guys do come in and play and not just park them on the bench and sit around. I think that’s all comes together to create the situation we’re in right now. It’s really exciting actually because you’ve got so much young talent.”

 

(on the his brother, Paul Chryst) “Like any family, he’s three-and-a-half years younger than me, so we don’t always listen to the same music. We probably wouldn’t chose to drive the same car, but a lot of ways we’re a lot the same. Paul is great because he’s so low key. He thought it was great that he could go to a Steelers game because the Rooney’s invited him and he put on a Mike Webster jersey, go to brunch and then go to the game and feel perfectly at home. He loves the city of Pittsburgh because I think that’s his personality. He doesn’t want to try to impress people in any way, shape or form, but he’s a really great guy and really loves football. I really think the good thing that happened is he has a lot of good guys around him on his staff. You get to know the staffs and they’re all different. They’re shoulder to shoulder. They’ll find good players, and players will get it. You bring them in for a recruiting weekend and there is a certain vibe that you get, a certain feel. I think it’s very consistent with how the city of Pittsburgh sees itself. I really do. He was thrilled because the Penguin coaches kept coming over. He was like, ‘Can you believe this? This is great.’ Because they felt at home. That’s the overriding feel. He said, ‘This is great. You wouldn’t believe how nice the people are to me. It’s been a great fit.’ I know he’s excited, not just about the recruiting for this year, but down the pipe that the team will continue to improve. I know that for a fact.”

 

(on switching from Alex Smith to Colin Kaepernick) “First of all, Jim has such a great feel for the position, as you would expect, not just on gameday or not just during the week with the quarterbacks doing drills, but getting the right guy in the room. He came in the door, we evaluated a large crop of quarterbacks, and we had a really good feel for him and that he was a guy that would fit our culture. As a result, we’ve got the right guys in the room the begin with, ultra-competitive but not in a scorch the earth policy that if things aren’t going their way they’re pouting. The team is still the most important thing, but they’re allowed to compete within that and then go shoulder to should on gameday. That’s a credit to Jim. Once the guys are in there, I know we have to work really hard with the game plan and preparation. Our schemes are as creative as you can find. It’s important to run the ball. There is a lot of throwing offenses, but that’s hard to do week in and week out when every team is trying to stop you from running. That opens up your play action and you’re able to drop back element as well. The room is busy.”

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