Colin Kaepernick is on the brink of quarterbacking the San Francisco 49ers to a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance. But the greatest winner in the franchise's history is only so impressed.

Joe Montana thinks Kaepernick comes up short as a pocket passer.

"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."

As the 49ers prepare for Sunday's NFC title game at Seattle against their most heated rival, the Seahawks, criticism of Kaepernick from Montana might be construed as bulletin-board material coming from an unlikely source. Montana is the 49ers' greatest legend after all, leading the franchise to four Super Bowl victories during the 1980s and is the only player to win three Super Bowl MVP awards.