Chris Ault talks Kaepernick and the Pistol in the NFL
Posted by: Josh Kendall on January 22, 2013
Former Nevada coach Chris Ault has been a popular guy these days, and it's not going to get any slower in the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl.
Not only did Ault recruit and coach San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but he also is credited with developing the Pistol offense that is showing up in 49ers playbook and several others places in the NFL. Ault spoke with Tim Brando about developing Kaepernick from an athlete to a quarterback.
"He threw sidearm. He had that baseball release," Ault said. "It took us two years to get him out of that habit. He gets better every game. Kaep is probably one of the most humble, unselfish players I have coached. He never takes credit. He's the guy you want to represent you to a sports nation."
Ault also was on the NFL Network talking about Kaepernick and his Pistol offense.
"I think defenses will catch up (with the Pistol), but here's the beauty of the pistol: I know we saw Kaep run for 181 yards against Green Bay, but what you saw last week is what I believe our Pistol brings to the table: Kaep didn't run it. He read it and handed it off because Atlanta was taking away Kaep on the outside," he said. "The beauty of what we've done in the pistol and what I've seen the 49ers and the Redskins doing, is, it's not just the read play itself. It's also the play-action pass off of it. I don't think the NFL quarterbacks are all going to start running the ball 15 times a game. But if you've got the read in your offense, it is a threat, it's something you've got to be concerned about, and of course if you've got a guy like Kaep who can run like a gazelle, you've got to be more than concerned with it. You've got to put one and a half people on him."
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org