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NFL Commentary: 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick continues to impress.

Updated on February 7, 2013

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.



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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      @madscientist12, Thank you very much for the kind words on my article. I'm a Cowboys fan, but I'll admit that your boyfriend has chosen a good franchise to root for, especially since I think they're going to be one of the top teams in the new few years. Like you, I felt like the Alex Smith benching was unfair, but that is how it is when it comes to sports unfortunately. I think it worked out in the end with Smith moving onto Kansas City, and Kaepernick leading the Niners to the Super Bowl. I think he done well overall also, and although he didn't play particularly well in the Super Bowl, he almost helped pull off the comeback. Thanks again for reading and leaving your feedback. I appreciate it.

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      Dani Alicia 4 years ago from Paterson, NJ

      awesome article! I'm not a huge football fan, but my bf is in love with the 49ers so I watched most of the season last year. I must say, I thought it was unfair that Smith was basically replaced also, but Kaepernick did a decent job. I think he kinda dropped the ball in the Superbowl a bit (no pun intended lol) but overall he did good. Great hub.

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      @Shawn Scarborough, Like you, I initially thought that Harbaugh going with Kaepernick over Smith was a mistake. In the end, it worked out for them, since they obviously went to the Super Bowl. I couldn't help but feel bad for Alex Smith though. He was playing well, and was a victim of bad circumstances. However, he handled the situation like a true professional, and I'm glad that he's getting a chance elsewhere. Thanks a lot for your reply. I'm assuming you're a Cowboys fan judging from the picture in your avatar. So am I.

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      Shawn Scarborough 5 years ago from The Lone Star State

      Harbaugh kept Kaepernick as his starting quarterback even after Alex Smith was ready to play. I thought this was the dumbest move I had ever seen a coach make. Alex Smith was playing well and I could see no reason to bench him. It turned out to be a brilliant move. I guess that is why I am a spectator and Harbaugh is the coach.

      It will be interesting to see how Kaepernick does in the upcoming season. Excellent hub.

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      Yes he definitely puts you in the mind of Randall Cunningham. Very dangerous quarterback, and the fact that he is such a young player makes it even scarier as to how well he can do. Thanks for reading.

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      Sinclair Miller III 5 years ago from Florida

      Jon Gruden said it best during the Monday Night broadcast when Kaepernick made his first start, he's like a young Randall Cunningham.

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      Hey there my friend. Thanks a lot for taking out the time to check out this hub. I'm not a 49ers fan, I'm a Cowboys fan, but I've been intrigued with the quarterback situation with the 49ers. That was an awesome game between the 49ers and the Patriots. I thought that New England would win the game easily, but it looks like we both were wrong. However, we can definitely agree that Kaepernick definitely has a gun in that arm of his. I'm very impressed with how he has performed so far, especially being that he is such a young player.

      Looking forward to watching the Seahawks and 49ers this weekend. Russell Wilson has been impressive as well. I'm thinking about writing a hub on him soon. Should be a good game though. Thanks again for stopping by, and for the always uplifting comments you leave. I really appreciate them, and I hope you and your family has a Happy Holidays as well. Best wishes sir!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hi, prospectboy!

      Because of the playoff implications--and the fact that I'm a die-hard Seahawks fan--I watched the New England-San Francisco game this past Sunday evening with greater than usual interest. I was certain (thank goodness I no longer gamble) that Tom Brady's Bunch was going to completely dismantle the boys from out west. Man alive, was I ever wrong! First thing that impressed me was the size of Kaepernick's guns! This guy could be starting linebacker on any pro team! LOL! What poise! What leadership skills!

      The table is nicely set for next Sunday night's game in the Emerald City when two rookie quarterbacks go head to head in a game with serious playoff consequences at stake.

      Thanks for sharing! Great job of writing, as usual! I'm proud to be a loyal follower! May you and yours have a wonderful and memorable holiday season! See you at kickoff!