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In 2012, Kaepernick is the real Wildcat quarterback

49ers Kaepernick runs for a first down past Jets' Bell during their NFL football game in East Rutherford Reuters

With all the talk (and, to date, that’s what it’s primarily been) about the Jets using the Wildcat formation, the 49ers quietly have outdone the Jets.

There was nothing quiet about the Niners’ use of Colin Kaepernick on Sunday, who rushed for 50 yards on five carries against New York, including a touchdown run.

That’s 12 more rushing yards that Tim Tebow has generated all season, and three more yards than Tebow has produced running and passing.

Other teams have done even more with the Wildcat this year, including most prominently the Bengals, who torched the Redskins nine days ago on a first-play bomb from rookie receiver Mohamed Sanu to receiver A.J. Green.  But when it comes to specialty quarterbacks, Kaepernick has been more special than Tebow.

The only good news for Tebow is that he may not be a specialty quarterback for much longer.

For more on this dynamic, here’s a chunk of Tuesday’s Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network.

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27 Responses to “In 2012, Kaepernick is the real Wildcat quarterback”
  1. dbellina says: Oct 2, 2012 9:45 PM

    I actually really wanted the Vikes to draft Colin. I’m more than happy with Ponder, but at the time during the draft, I was hoping to get Colin.

  2. true9erfan66 says: Oct 2, 2012 9:52 PM

    The Big thing is the 49ers did not use a second round on keapernick to be just a wildcat. The man has mad skills and can be everybit of a dominate. QB as he is a wildcat right now when we drafted him. We knew there was certain things he needs to get better at. But we knew he would contribute right away in this compacity I say we have just scratched the surface on keapernick people forget Rodgers sat for 4 years. So I would say just wait and Colin will have all kinds of these stories come his time as a starter.

  3. jetsareajoke says: Oct 2, 2012 9:54 PM

    The jests could take an all-Madden team and turn them into perennial losers. Poor Tebow. Being out-Tebowed right before his very eyes.

  4. cali49er707 says: Oct 2, 2012 9:55 PM

    Alex better step his game up because, those foot steps he hears behind him are Kaepernicks. This dude is for real!!! Youtube him vs the Chargers & look for yourself non believers. A faster Tebow with accuracy on his passing. Quietly this week his teammates have been asking for him to be more involved in the offense

  5. steelers4385 says: Oct 2, 2012 10:01 PM

    I dont care for either guy but tebow is the man at running that kind of offense. Hands down.

  6. richiesaurus310 says: Oct 2, 2012 10:02 PM

    As a niner fan Im really excited to see what this guy will be able to do as a full time qb maybe two years from now, just in time to open our new stadium.

  7. raiderinva says: Oct 2, 2012 10:10 PM

    BREAKING NEWS ……

    This just in….

    Tony Romo just threw another interception.

  8. donniedarko49ers says: Oct 2, 2012 10:11 PM

    IT’S NOT THE WILDCAT!!!

    That’s when the wr or rb lines up as qb and the qb goes out wide. Why is this so confusing?

  9. billb49 says: Oct 2, 2012 10:13 PM

    Kap is faster than Tebow.
    Kap is quicker than Tebow.
    Kap has a much better arm than Tebow.
    Kap is more accurate than Tebow.
    Kap is taller than Tebow.

    But, Tebow does have THE HYPE so lots of people are going to be sure Tebow is better no matter how many yards Kap hangs on them.

  10. markbul says: Oct 2, 2012 10:20 PM

    A triple option QB run is not the wildcat – not the wildcat! What is wrong with the sports media, that they keep having to call a QB option a wildcat play? in the wildcat, the RB takes a direct snap. Is Kaepernick a running back? Stop with this obsession with the word wildcat. Tebow does not run the ‘wildcat,’ and neither does Kaepernick.

  11. butkusditka says: Oct 2, 2012 10:29 PM

    The Big thing is the 49ers did not use a second round on keapernick to be just a wildcat. The man has mad skills and can be everybit of a dominate. QB as he is a wildcat right now when we drafted him. We knew there was certain things he needs to get better at. But we knew he would contribute right away in this compacity I say we have just scratched the surface on keapernick people forget Rodgers sat for 4 years. So I would say just wait and Colin will have all kinds of these stories come his time as a starter.

    “we”?

  12. thenightmancometh says: Oct 2, 2012 10:39 PM

    Sanu > Tebow

  13. tdrundmc says: Oct 2, 2012 10:53 PM

    Kaepernick has a noodle arm like Alice Smith

  14. eddardofthehousestark says: Oct 2, 2012 10:54 PM

    I’m as big of a Kaep supporter as they come but let’s not forget the guy threw the ball into triple coverage in the Jets game. He’s a great athlete, and a great running QB, but the guy needs work to be a starting QB. He doesn’t know the playbook like Alex does yet, but hopefully, some day, he will.

  15. goldrush36 says: Oct 2, 2012 10:56 PM

    Because throwin the ball into triple coverage with 3 other targets wide open is a sign of being for real. You mention the San Diego game, but leave out it was mostly against backups and he had huge windows on most of his passes. All of which were on rollouts, he was terrible from the pocket. Kinda like Russel Wilson.. you know the preseason QB of the year and future MVP. How is he doing now? CK has a very bright future, but he is nowhere near taking over the starting job yet. He has made strides and maybe next season or the year after but Harbaugh values Smith’s decision making and pre snap adjustments and the team has his back. IF any players are asking for more involvement it’s because the misdirection worked, not because you are looking at another Cam.

  16. captain1planet says: Oct 2, 2012 11:01 PM

    Was that a wildcat formation?
    There was a running back behind Kaep on two of those plays, more of a pistol formation.
    Did the 9ers run a play with Alex spread out as a receiver? I don’t think so.
    The wildcat isn’t just any formation where a non-traditional quarterback takes a direct snap, you know.

  17. illwillthemick says: Oct 2, 2012 11:02 PM

    vick is the real wildcat QB

  18. WestCoastVet says: Oct 2, 2012 11:02 PM

    Kaep is the future of this team, not Alex Smith. The sooner it happens the better.

  19. norcalmafia says: Oct 2, 2012 11:29 PM

    As a Die hard Niner fan I cant wait for Kap to takes Alexs job..Smith is to conservative and is the one weak link on the Niners.This guy is way faster and athletic than Teblow and has a cannon..Way better passer.

  20. thermalito says: Oct 3, 2012 3:15 AM

    Kaepernick should be the PERMANENT starter as he has one of the strongest throwing arm in all the NFL. Alex Smith is back to his awful self so I’m not sure how much longer it will be until Kap is the regular starter anyway. Finally, something about the 49er offense to get excited about. I think we’ve all seen enough of Alex’s balls in the dirt and laughable attempts at throwing a deep ball to last a lifetime.

  21. thermalito says: Oct 3, 2012 3:17 AM

    @goldrush36: Yea Alex’s presnap reads looked brilliant on sunday when he took back to back sacks that took the team out of field goal range on one series, and then tripped over himself trying to run the ball at the end of the half that killed any chance at a TD. Smith is an 8 year veteran who still plays like a rookie and the 49ers will never win a Superbowl with him.

  22. jtosports13 says: Oct 3, 2012 3:45 AM

    If the Jets would actually let Tebow get a chance and give him more then one or two plays a game to do his thing, he actually could become successful, the loss of holmes is huge but tebow is still gonna do better then sanchez!

  23. btwicey says: Oct 3, 2012 7:54 AM

    Lol so why are you comping kap to tebow? Because the jets are terrible and the niners are v legit? Weird.

  24. tlmoon2112 says: Oct 3, 2012 8:14 AM

    Tebow doesnt have the mauling offensive line that the Niners have so it stands to reason that Colin would be having a better season. All you have to do a comparison of rushing yards between the two teams to come to that conclusion.

  25. 49erstim says: Oct 3, 2012 8:44 AM

    Yeah….Kap plays QB so he doesn’t run the wildcat when he takes the snap from Center. Back in the old days that was called a QB sneak! lol

    I like Kap, but he isn’t ready to run this team yet. He doesn’t habe the ability to accurately read defenses and check out of bad plays yet. It isn’t quite time to unleash him…yet!

  26. goldrush36 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:21 AM

    @thermalito nice of you to chime in except akers shanked the kick. They weren’t out of range. Also pace just got a piece of smith’s foot as he jumped over staley. He didn’t just trip but hey no need for facts right?

  27. giftofgab24 says: Oct 3, 2012 12:00 PM

    The amount of people calling it the wildcat is getting ridiculous. SPREAD OPTION! and Kap is the future, no doubt about it. The Niners are going to have to release Alex Smith in order to use that money to sign Navarro Bowman to a long term deal. I’m ok with that, I feel like Alex Smith has peaked, and I don’t think putting Colin in would lessen their chances at winning ballgames. He can do everything Alex Smith can do, and better.

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