After his first game against the Chicago Bears, Colin Kaepernick not only took Alex Smith’s job, he also became a Bay Area star. He was thrust into the national spotlight after one sensational Monday Night Football performance, and as the 2012-13 season progressed, Kap lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl. Despite the loss, he led the Niners back to the NFC championship game the following season, only to fall just short against the eventual champion Seattle Seahawks.
This season, however, has not been one of Colin’s best outings. In fact, it’s been a regression. Despite signing a six year extension worth up to $126 million, San Francisco’s signal caller has been far from spectacular. His arm strength and running ability are unquestioned, but his decision making can leave most scratching their heads. Kaepernick has been sacked 34 times this season and is on pace to break his career high for interceptions in a season of 8, as he has 6 through 11 games.
The sacks haven’t been entirely on Kap, as the offensive line has struggled mightily at times, but Kaepernick has held the ball and taken a sack far too often when a throw away was the obvious choice. He also seems unable to progress through his first read, a problem that should’ve been corrected by this point. If he’s unable to correct these issues, the 49ers are going to have a tough time making the postseason.
That’s the bad. But it isn’t all bad. He was perfect on the game-winning drive against Washington yesterday, and he threw the game-saving bomb against New Orleans which led to an overtime win on the road. He’s also a winner, with an overall record of 24-10 in the regular season.
While Greg Roman’s play calling can be questioned from sunrise to sunset, Kaepernick has to improve to give this team a shot at their sixth Super Bowl title. He isn’t a bad quarterback, by any means, but he is NOT elite, not to this point. However, if he fixes his mistakes, there is no question the sky is the limit for Colin Kaepernick.
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