NFL Commentary: 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick continues to impress.
Second year quarterback Colin Kaepernick is proving doubters wrong.
I'm one of those people that isn't afraid to admit I was wrong. Well I won't go that far, but I'll just say that I'm not in most cases. Awhile back, I wrote an article on the potential quarterback controversy that was seemingly coming to fruition within the San Francisco 49ers organization. Alex Smith, who was the 49ers starting quarterback headed into the 2012 NFL season, has now found himself on the bench in favor of second year quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick is steadily making the most out of the opportunity that has been presented to him.
I'll admit that I initially wasn't sold on Kaepernick leading the 49ers, who are considered to be one of the favorites in the NFC division. I'm in no way denying his talent whatsoever, he's proven that he has the talent to be a quarterback in the NFL. He totally embarrassed and made the stout Chicago Bears defense look like a college team on national television back in November, when he lead the 49ers to an impressive 32-7 victory over the Bears in his first NFL start. However, unlike Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh, I didn't think that one impressive game by Kaepernick was enough to keep Alex Smith, who was out due to a concussion on the bench. My thinking was that Smith would be the guy once he was cleared to play again. Boy was I wrong.
I was one of those people saying; okay Kaepernick done well against the Bears, but he has yet to prove he can perform in bigger games. I guess I have to eat my words again right? Since claiming the starting quarterback spot from Smith, Kaepernick has led the 49ers to wins in 3 out of 4 games, including a 41-31 victory over the New England Patriots this past Sunday. Kaepernick completed 14 out of 25 pass attempts for 216 yards and 4 touchdowns. He put up these numbers in less than ideal playing conditions, as there were both chilly and rainy conditions at Gillette Stadium. Say what you want, but there is no denying that the victory over the AFC division favorite was big. The victory over the Patriots improved the Niners record to 10-3-1, and clinched them a spot in the playoffs with two regular season games left.
Being a sports fan in general, I always enjoy seeing the underdog players rise up from the bottom and shine. I haven't followed Kaepernick's football career until recently, but I must say that I'm impressed with what he's been able to accomplish in this small window frame of time. Kaepernick has a strong throwing arm, and isn't shy about taking shots down the field. Alex Smith is more of a check down and intermediate passing quarterback. Kaepernick is a lot more accurate with his passes than I imagined as well. His ability to run the ball allows the 49ers offense to run all different types of formations to confuse opposing defenses. Basically, Kaepernick brings a dimension to the 49ers offense that Smith is unable to.
Anyone who is a sports fan can't help but feel somewhat bad for Alex Smith though. I mean this guy almost led the 49ers to the Super Bowl last year, and resigned with the team in the off season after becoming a free agent. However, coach Harbaugh is sticking with the hot hand, and that's Kaepernick right now. So I will admit that I initially felt like Kaepernick didn't give the Niners the best chance at winning. However, I've changed my tune of thought on the issue. I indeed believe that Kaepernick as the potential to do well in the playoffs. Having a defense like the 49ers doesn't hurt either in helping the young QB.
Again, this is still a young player who has yet to even start in a playoff game, and everyone knows that the mindset in the playoffs is different from that of the regular season. Since it can be one and done in the playoffs, there is more at stake. At any rate, Colin Kaepernick continues to impress, but I wouldn't get too comfortable on the bench if I were Alex Smith. The 49ers may indeed need Smith in the playoffs.