Coach Jay Gruden first told reporters after Monday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles that McCoy's injury would likely be season-ending. "So he's been talked about and discussed, but we'll probably go a different direction".
Kaepernick has not been able to join an National Football League team's roster, despite a 49ers resume that includes leading the team to a Super Bowl appearance in the 2012 season. "Not that Colin can't do some of the things that I'm talking about, but somebody with a little bit of familiarity".
Gruden's excuse is that Kaepernick wouldn't have time to get accustomed to a new system, although the same can be said for any quarterback on the market. McCoy had replaced Alex Smith as the starting quarterback after Smith broke his right leg last month.More news: Wisconsin Legislature OKs weakening governor, AG
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However, there is more concern beyond that with their quarterback situation with backup Colt McCoy now being out for the season with a broken leg. When you're talking about a back-up quarterback this late in the game, you want someone with a similar skill-set to the quarterback you have.
Of course. the 'Skins lost Alex Smith to a gruesome injury back on November 18 - but passed on signing Kaepernick the following week in favor of adding Mark Sanchez. Sanchez is 37-35 over the course of his eight-year career with 86 touchdowns and 87 interceptions.