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With 16 regular-season starts, Kaepernick isn’t where some thought he’d be

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Last year, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick cemented his grip on the starting job with a 31-21 win over the Saints, six days after shocking the Bears as a Monday night fill-in for a concussed Alex Smith.

This week, Kaepernick returns to New Orleans after a significantly less impressive showing in the preceding game.  And he’ll face a significantly more impressive Saints defense than the one he saw last season.

In Sunday’s loss to the Panthers, Kaepernick started his 16th regular-season game, which gives him a full year on the job.  Entering 2013 as the man Ron Jaworski of ESPN declared on track to be one of the all-time greats, Kaepernick completed 11 of 22 passes for 91 yards and an interception, for a sluggish 42.0 rating.  He added only 16 yards rushing.

All-time greats never have games like that one.

Through nine starts this season, Kaepernick has only nine touchdown passes against six interceptions.  In his seven regular-season starts last year, Kaepernick threw for 10 touchdowns with only three picks.

Setting aside a Week One air-raid against the Packers, who were bracing for a run-heavy game plan from the man who set a single-game quarterback rushing record against Green Bay in the playoffs, Kaepernick is averaging only 157.8 passing yards per game, and he has thrown six touchdowns and six picks.  He also has been sacked 19 times in those eight games.

During the offseason, we constantly heard that defensive coordinators had become obsessed with shutting down the league’s young, mobile quarterbacks.  The talk prompted the 49ers to hire former NFL head coach and defensive coordinator Eric Mangini to serve as an offensive consultant, helping coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman anticipate what defenses will do and plan accordingly.

While the 49ers have won six and lost only three this year, Kaepernick has become more like Alex Smith than Joe Montana, an efficient caretaker who complements a running game led by Frank Gore and a stout defense.  The easy explanation is that Kaepernick hasn’t had Michael Crabtree available all year, but truly great quarterbacks adapt and adjust, especially when guys like Vernon Davis and Anquan Boldin are available.

There’s still plenty of football to be played, and Kaepernick could still shatter the ceiling under which he now finds himself.  But the ceiling is definitely there, and his performance puts him a long way away from living up to the very high expectations that Jaworski foisted upon him.

Kaepernick’s current predicament could become even more obvious on Sunday, if/when his second career game against the Saints goes not quite as smoothly as last year’s did.

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  1. jimmyt says: Nov 13, 2013 9:15 AM

    Flash in the pan gimmick QB. (better than Jaworski ever dreamt of being though, which isn’t saying much).

  2. reasonisthereason says: Nov 13, 2013 9:15 AM

    Ron Jaworski is flabbergasted.

  3. calibear831 says: Nov 13, 2013 9:18 AM

    I bet John jaworski feels pretty dumb right about now

  4. sjciske says: Nov 13, 2013 9:18 AM

    Tape. Once you get tape on a hot young QB and an offseason to study it, you see tendancies and weaknesses. They did it with RGIII, Cam Newton and now Colin K.

  5. 12brichandfamous says: Nov 13, 2013 9:19 AM

    He’s winning! There are no style points so the Russian judge can’t award the win to the team with less points.

    The only question is “is he improving?” He’s not throwing picks, and that is the major problem for most young QBs. His stats will come around.

  6. isphet71 says: Nov 13, 2013 9:19 AM

    I wonder what Ron Jaworski thinks of Kaepernick’s mechanics?!?!?

  7. niners816 says: Nov 13, 2013 9:20 AM

    As a Niners fan I like Kaep but he needs to lay off the swag and the fame and get back to being a qb. I dont want to hear ppl say he has no one to throw to. Peyton Manning seems to do it, Brady, Rodgers and a few others figure it out. Not saying hes in the same category as those qbs but he has a few weapons, he’s simply just not playing that well. Hope he can turn it around or we are in big trouble.

  8. ufools says: Nov 13, 2013 9:20 AM

    During my fantasy draft, people were astounded when I left this guy on the board saying that I wasn’t sold on him yet…..this is why. He’s just not that good.

  9. joaonmatz says: Nov 13, 2013 9:20 AM

    Oh noes… Nobody expected this!!!!

    And wait till Russel (and Cam too) cool off. They will fall in the same category.

    Don’t get me wrong, they are good QBs, but no where near what everyone hopes/says they are

  10. gallopinggilmore says: Nov 13, 2013 9:22 AM

    Being a QB is difficult. Guys like Brady, Rodgers and Manning won’t necessarily show up every decade. We need to stop overreacting to them. In the age of Fantasy Football and the new Offensive friendly NFL, I think we expect all QB’s to be statistical powerhouses every week. Guys who sometimes win dirty and are a bit inconsistent; guys like Kaepernick, Dalton and Newton are still really good players even if its become fashionable to bash them for a bad week here in there. Back in the days before DVR’s, Redzone, Fantasy Football when most fans didn’t see what QBs did every game. Today you would be surprised how average guys like Troy Aikman and Steve Young were most weeks.

  11. bennyb82 says: Nov 13, 2013 9:24 AM

    Karma for Harbaugh…as Alex Smith keeps winning

  12. waitingguilty says: Nov 13, 2013 9:24 AM

    All time greats never have games like that?

    Is this a serious statement?

  13. blizzard01 says: Nov 13, 2013 9:25 AM

    One more bad game and he has to give back the extra “e”.

  14. largent80 says: Nov 13, 2013 9:25 AM

    “Kaepernick completed 11 of 22 passes for 91 yards and an interception, for a sluggish 42.0 rating. He added only 16 yards rushing.

    All-time greats never have games like that one.”

    . . .

    ok, here’s one for you. Let’s go back 19 years, to October 2, 1994. Final score: Philadelpha 40, San Francisco 8. Here’s Steve Young’s box score as the Niners’ QB:

    11 for 23 passing, 99 yards, no TDs, 2 INTs. He added 5 yards rushing on 3 carries.

    So not only do all-time greats sometimes have games like that, but even Niners’ all-time greats sometimes do this. By the way, this happened in ’94, the last Niners championship.

  15. bigbrad184 says: Nov 13, 2013 9:25 AM

    Just as it was foolish to push Kap up too high last year after however many starts, it is equally as foolish to push him down too low this year. 16 starts is a small sample size. There are lot of great QB’s who took their lumps in their first 16 starts. The question now is how much can Kap grow with another 16 starts?

  16. humbleminded85 says: Nov 13, 2013 9:26 AM

    Is it safe to finally say that Mike Tomlin was right in the offseason when he said that the option-read was the “Flavor of the month”? I hate the Steelers but when a life long defensive minded guy like Tomlin say’s something like that it really speaks volumes.

  17. fezzy1 says: Nov 13, 2013 9:26 AM

    Russell Wilson is 20-6 as a starter. Needs to win 3 out the 6 games remaining to break the NFL for wins in their first 2 seasons.

  18. gohawks89 says: Nov 13, 2013 9:27 AM

    kap is a P.O.S.
    he don’t hustle like Russell
    GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!

  19. thesteelskirt says: Nov 13, 2013 9:28 AM

    He needs to kiss his bicep more often, it is letting him down.

  20. steelerfanjo says: Nov 13, 2013 9:29 AM

    He is over-rated. The NFL loves the Harg-ball brothers.

  21. magnusthe1st says: Nov 13, 2013 9:29 AM

    Once again going to show that Jaworski is forced to eat his words because he makes blanket statements about a shiny new quarterback who made his money against some crappy defenses before there was enough tape on him to establish an effective game plan. Now that we’ve got plenty of playing time to judge, we see he’s just a tall, muscle-kissing, self-absorbed tool that is nothing more than a one-trick pony.

    I’m enjoying this fall from the top for both of these guys.

  22. vikingapologist says: Nov 13, 2013 9:30 AM

    In every draft , they take the athletic guy who succeeded in college, in the pros, it’s the pocket passer. This year, it’s Carr, even Teddy B, all the other hocus pocus gets u nowhere

  23. joetoronto says: Nov 13, 2013 9:31 AM

    calibear831 says:
    Nov 13, 2013 9:18 AM
    I bet John jaworski feels pretty dumb right about now.
    ***************************************************
    Some people shouldn’t be allowed to use the word “dumb.”

  24. conceptsbykjr says: Nov 13, 2013 9:32 AM

    This is dumb. Your expectations for the guy were sky high and he didn’t meet them. Your problem, not his. Not saying he doesn’t need to improve, because he does, but anybody with half a brain would’ve realized that the media hype was creating unfair expectations.

  25. killitandeatit says: Nov 13, 2013 9:32 AM

    I think it is kind of funny how C.K. has turned into Alex Smith,in some ways. I believe it is the run first and second down and then pass game plan by Jim Harbaugh. The wrinkle of having C.K. run was dropped,to some degree,plus he lost his blankey :Michael Crabtree. The Panthers were on Colin most plays before he could check down. Three things have to happen :
    #1 : More screens and short pass routes with a 3 step drop,ball is out.
    #2 : Better game plan and open up the play book . The 49ers go up against a high scoring,N.O. ,with this opponent ,so the old school run ,run ,pass ,grind it out for a one point win won’t cut it.
    #3: C.K. gets all of his receivers back and time to gel and you will see improvement.

  26. honkeyt says: Nov 13, 2013 9:32 AM

    “I would take this guy on my team any day”

    -John Gruden-

  27. fezzy1 says: Nov 13, 2013 9:33 AM

    He’s 6-3 without his top target. Manningham has played half a game this season. Only Vernon has played well. Tom Brady is 7-2 without a legit wide out all year.

    My point is, he’s doing fine. Wait til he gets some weapons then we should judge. There are 15 franchises wishing they were 6-3 right now.

    “Go Hawks!”- R Wilson

  28. rap49er says: Nov 13, 2013 9:33 AM

    It’s that damn Dolphins hat!

  29. coltzfan166 says: Nov 13, 2013 9:36 AM

    Yeah, looks like San Fran is doing so much better without Alex Smith.

  30. raiderlyfe510 says: Nov 13, 2013 9:38 AM

    He was the face of the NFL several months ago now that dude just sucks. Fool is like Mike Vick but with out the running. He’s like a pocket passing Mike Vick. No touch on his passes, poor accuracy, blind as a bat field vision.

  31. leftlaneisforpassingonly says: Nov 13, 2013 9:41 AM

    Perhaps he’s just bummed by everything happening to his favorite team in Miami.

  32. lks311 says: Nov 13, 2013 9:43 AM

    Everyone keeps talking about how good these young guns (Kap, Wilson, Newton, Luck, etc.) are or aren’t and, all the while, 25 year old Matthew Stafford keeps moving along under the radar.

    Handle your business, young man, and finish turning that sad-sack franchise around.

  33. goniners18 says: Nov 13, 2013 9:44 AM

    “All-time greats never have games like that one.”

    Tom Brady on 12/16/2002 (his second year): 14/29 for 134 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT

    Joe Montana on 9/3/1983 (FIFTH year in the league): 10/20 for 118 yards and 0 TDs and 1 INT

    Peyton Manning on 10/4/1998: 12/23 for 137 yards 1 TD and 1 INT

    Dan Marino on 11/13/1983: 14/37 for 141 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT

    John Elway on 12/27/1987 (Fourth year): 7/20 for 98 yards, 0 TDS, 1 INT

    Found all of that perusing Football Reference for a few minutes. Before you write further ignorant statements, it would be great if you could do a modicum of research. In fact, ALL of the greats have had games “like that” early in their careers. Give the guy a little bit of a break, as you said he’s played 16 regular season games, basically just finishing his rookie year.

  34. blkmanwtan says: Nov 13, 2013 9:44 AM

    Ok, a second to third year qb struggles, it happens. People act like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady were as great when they first entered the league. They made their mistakes and got better by seasons. These young qb’s need to focus on getting better, instead of trying to please these unrealistic expectations.

  35. souldogdave says: Nov 13, 2013 9:44 AM

    Meanwhile, Alex Smith is undefeated is running the last undefeated team?

  36. zerole00 says: Nov 13, 2013 9:45 AM

    During the offseason, we constantly heard that defensive coordinators had become obsessed with shutting down the league’s young, mobile quarterbacks. The talk prompted the 49ers to hire former NFL head coach and defensive coordinator Eric Mangini to serve as an offensive consultant, helping coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman anticipate what defenses will do and plan accordingly.

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    Plan to throw the ball, and throw it well. Where’s my bag of money?

    Anyhow, I don’t know you can consider Kaepernick an “efficient” QB like Smith. Smith was efficient by throwing few yards, but still scoring touchdowns and throwing VERY LITTLE interceptions. The only part of that Kaepernick is doing is throwing few yards.

  37. natepalmer1 says: Nov 13, 2013 9:50 AM

    Jaws gets paid big money to over hype the flavor of the day…Just so happens that Kaeperdink was the flavor of the off season. I’m sure the Frisco Flakes are more than pissed for letting Alex Smith slip away, but even KC has yet to prove they are who we think they might be…No, Jaworski is an over grown teenage cheerleader stuck in the 70’s…He needs to grow up…
    GO SEAHAWKS!

  38. gloomysmitty says: Nov 13, 2013 9:52 AM

    I wonder in the offseason would they trade him for foles I wonder

  39. richiebburg says: Nov 13, 2013 9:55 AM

    Don’t expect him to break out of the slump this week. Expect Gore to get 25-30 carries against the Saints. Saints-21 49ers-24

  40. jsavage58 says: Nov 13, 2013 9:56 AM

    Love Jaws, but I wanted to vomit when I heard him say that. Over reaction much?

  41. gojags says: Nov 13, 2013 9:58 AM

    Jaworski seem to use the word “All time greats” too early and when he gets excited. I think he was mentioning the same for Vick while he was playing for the Falcons. We all know how that turned out.

  42. dirtydrew says: Nov 13, 2013 9:59 AM

    He has not developed as well as Wilson has. I think the offseason hype and some of his own arrogance has hurt him. He has very few weapons though.

  43. bordner says: Nov 13, 2013 10:00 AM

    …Kaepernick isn’t where some thought he’d be

    “some” =

    1. ALL of the local media
    2. Most of the national media
    3. ALL of the fairweather, bandwagon-jumping 49er fans that have appeared out of nowhere over the past two years
    4. Most of the long-term 49er fans who were desperate to latch onto and blindly hero-worship someone that they hoped could return them to glory (see also – Jim Harbaugh)

    All I heard during the offseason is how unstoppable Kaepernick is. “He’ll beat you with his feet! He’ll beat you with his arm! He’s an elusive running quarterback that can also throw the ball!” I even heard/saw some MVP predictions.

    He still may turn out to be a great QB, but I think what we’re seeing is someone who was in the right place at the right time, caught everyone by surprise and is struggling now that things have been figured out.

  44. athwartships says: Nov 13, 2013 10:00 AM

    One only needs to look at the game with Seattle. That game was super hyped with an emphasis on the two young QBs….and in the end it was a massacre.

    I point to that game as the end of the honeymoon between fans and Kaep.

  45. osiris33 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:02 AM

    In other news, Russell Wilson is 10 times better than Kaepernick will ever be.

  46. raiderlyfe510 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:03 AM

    49ers offensive line is notorious for tipping plays. Watching that team you can tell whether it’s run or pass 90% of the time. Plus the coaches don’t apply pressure to defenses formation wise. It’s not all Kaepernick’s fault. I don’t think He’s that good of a QB without the threat of him running though.

    What the 49ers need to do is go snatch up Ricardo Lockette from the Seahawks’ practice squad just to have the threat of a vertical passing game.

  47. goldrush36 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:03 AM

    Not gonna bother with the Kap debate. I just gotta say hasn’t Peyton Manning had a few 5 & 6 interception games? Pretty foolish to say all time greats never have those type of games. IJS

  48. wny49er says: Nov 13, 2013 10:04 AM

    Karma has a way of biting you in the ass. The treatment of Alex Smith last year was horrible and now the chickens have come home to roost.

  49. osiris33 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:05 AM

    niners816 says:
    “…he’s simply just not playing that well. Hope he can turn it around or we are in big trouble.”

    Guess what? You’re in big trouble.

  50. osiris33 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:09 AM

    “humbleminded85 says:

    Is it safe to finally say that Mike Tomlin was right in the offseason when he said that the option-read was the “Flavor of the month”? I hate the Steelers but when a life long defensive minded guy like Tomlin say’s something like that it really speaks volumes.”

    Gee that’s funny. The Seahawks seem to be running it just fine with Russell Wilson, and Tomlin’s Stealers have won 3 games.

  51. mavix27 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:11 AM

    He’s too absorbed with his fame and his endorsements. He should stick to being a QB and focus, not focus on his tattoos, muscles and swag.

    If he doesn’t, he’ll be just another average QB.

  52. cfeeley52 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:11 AM

    Lump him with RGMe as the biggest flash in the pan quarterbacks this league has ever seen. In ten years we can look back on these past two seasons as the time the read option almost, almost made a comeback…

  53. doubleogator says: Nov 13, 2013 10:12 AM

    Russel Wilson is 20-6 as a starter….why do people always make reference to starting QB’s record as a starter? Seattle is doing it mostly with defense, and a very good running back. This is not major league baseball, and QB’s don’t control a game like a starting pitcher…

  54. donnymacjack says: Nov 13, 2013 10:13 AM

    Plain and simple, the guy is still learning how to block out the noise on the field when he’s a visitor and how to capitalize on opportunities presented to him at home. In other words, he’s still young and still growing. Give him time…

  55. zam0854 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:15 AM

    Colin Kaep – 19 tds 9 ints 3524 passing 700 rushing 11-5 as starter (w/ top defense)

    Nick Foles(10 starts) – 22 tds 5 ints 3000 passing 120 rushing(LOL) 4-6 as starter (w/ bad defense)

  56. shoeflypie says: Nov 13, 2013 10:16 AM

    “Love Jaws, but I wanted to vomit when I heard him say that. Over reaction much?”

    Yeah, you may want to work on your technique for keeping food down.

  57. tramonisland says: Nov 13, 2013 10:16 AM

    Shouldn’t have cut Tolzien!

  58. jbaxt says: Nov 13, 2013 10:20 AM

    I think it’s safe to say 90% of people would still make the Alex Smith trade. Two 2nd rounders for a guy with a relatively low ceiling in Smith. Kap played lights out and justified the trade in my eyes. Now, he’s not seemingly as good as he was last year but neither is RG3. Smith was going to give you 3-4 years at best. Noes he’s with my Chiefs and while careful he can’t hit a guy in stride. I bet the Chiefs have missed out on 9-10 TD’s this year because of his lack of accuracy downfield. Smiths not worthy of two 2nd rounders, but 9-0 sure makes it look like he is. And I think all people would trade every draft pick, every year, if their team can start 9-0.

    Kap will be fine and the 49’ers are likely better with the extra picks and the younger QB with the higher ceiling.

  59. 4512dawg4512 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:22 AM

    Hate to say I told you so but… actually I dont. When everybody was loving all over Kaepernick last year I was saying just wait a minute, I’m telling you give it time, we’ll see. And right now we’re seeing

  60. cunninghampeetemcnabbvick says: Nov 13, 2013 10:22 AM

    I don’t buy the notion that after a year teams now have enough tape to stop him. Truth is after 3 or 4 weeks there is enough tape.

    I think the problem is these young players start buying into their own hype a little too much. You see the same thing with RG3 and I think the same thing happened to Newton (though I think he’s past that now). They spend more time at celebrity events and functions and less time putting the work in.

    He just needs to get back to work. I know it’s lame but practice makes perfect.

  61. paythevig says: Nov 13, 2013 10:24 AM

    Wow, so easy to throw the kid under the bus when he’s obviously hit a rough patch, albeit at 6-3. Over the span of 16 games, not including the playoffs, Kaep has 27 total TD’s (19 passing, 8 Rushing) and 9 Ints; 3489 yards passing and 725 yards rushing. Not too shabby for a first season’s worth of experience. Add in the 2-1 post season stats of 798 yards passing with 4TD’s and 2 INTs, and 264 yards Rushing with 3 TD’s – and it’s even more impressive. He led the niners to the Super Bowl after 9 regular season starts. Something that Alex Smith could not do since being drafted – so i strongly doubt Harbaugh regrets his decision about the QB switch.

    Thumbs down for the sake of it, but any football fan would appreciate the stats and success that Kaep has shown in his short tenure up to this point.

    All of those saying how great QB’s adjust to their WR’s, even when lacking talent fail to realize that the Elite QB’s referenced didnt fair much better than the stats i’ve posted above in their first 16 games. Sure, Manning can do that today – but not back in 1998. Same for Rodgers, Brees and the rest of the bunch. Kaep is still developing – and yes there’s a lot of work to do but to write this guy off after an impressive start to a career is crazy. He needs to get better at sensing blitzes, making better reads and not locking in on one target. 100% agree.

    Lastly – keep in mind that the niners are – and have been for a long time – a RUNNING team relying on Defense and ST more than the pass. While we’re ranked dead last in the pass – this team is Ranked #1 (at least coming into last week’s game) at Running the ball. The offense is built to run, and that plays a huge part in the stats at the end of the day. People need to understand what they are so quick to criticize. The arrow is still pointing up on this kid, and as it stands – the niners are the defending NFC champs. There is a lot of football left and until this season is over – we’re still defending the NFC title until another team earns it.

  62. jredshoes says: Nov 13, 2013 10:27 AM

    This is like dumping that girlfriend for a hotter one. A year later you see the the ex and she’s hot, and you wonder what you did. Ck may be who you thought you wanted but your ex is 9-0

  63. puntonfirstdown says: Nov 13, 2013 10:27 AM

    2015’s most commonly asked question: “Whatever happened to Kaepernick?”

  64. tremoluxman says: Nov 13, 2013 10:32 AM

    Gee, maybe Ponder ain’t so bad after all.

  65. pillowporkers says: Nov 13, 2013 10:33 AM

    How come no one ever admits that Colin Kaepernick is the same as Christian Ponder?

    They literally are the exact same player. I’ve watched them both. It’s the first read, and if the first read isn’t open, they tuck and run.

    Christian Ponder is battered, and Kaep is praised by people like Jaws for being top 10. When in reality they play the game very similarily and are both below average but not terrible QBs. Honestly, don’t see the difference in how they play outside of that Kaep is faster and has a stronger arm. Christian is more accurate though.

  66. theysone says: Nov 13, 2013 10:33 AM

    The only problem is that he ISN’T an efficient care taker of the ball. He’s horribly inaccurate and is prone to fumbling-he has 14 through 16 games, and has been fortunate that he’s only lost 6. At times, he looks completely lost and confused on the field, as he did last week against the Panthers.

    You’re right, he’s not where I expected him to be. I expected him to be around the middle of the bottom third QBs in the league. I was wrong. He’s dead last.

    The 49ers went from having the most efficient, lowest turnover QB in the league at the time of his injury (look it up) to a mediocre (at best) QB in efficiency who’s close to the bottom of the league in turnovers. Not only that, Alex Smith was clutch. The last full year of him starting, he broke Joe Montana’s record for 4th quarter comebacks in a season.

    The 49ers need to get Kaepernick back to doing what he does best…running the ball. He’s a fast Tim Tebow. I honestly don’t think he’s accurate enough or intelligent enough to be a “good” quarterback in this league. Yet many of the clueless 49ers fans and the media loves him, for some reason.

  67. deadontoilet says: Nov 13, 2013 10:37 AM

    doubleogator: Wilson has 7 4th quarter comeback wins and 2 game winning drives in 26 starts. Aaron Rodgers has 9 total comebacks/gwd in 86 starts.

    Wilson tied Payton Manning for most TD passes by a rookie QB. He shows more poise in the pocket than any other young QB in the league, and isn’t merely a cog in a read-option attack. He’s got nearly ideal physical and mechanical tools with the exception of his height; the impact of which is highly overstated. Quarterbacks throw in lanes, not over 6′ 6″ linemen.

    Yes, the Seahawks do it running the ball and playing great defense first. But RW brings it all together and drives the team.

  68. boiler72 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:38 AM

    Just wait until the whole story about him being James Lofton’s kid gets the lid blown off of it. Google it. He’s an extramarital affair product of the woeful 1986 Packers, which culminated in Lofton getting busted in an elevator shaft with some chic not named Mrs. Beverly Lofton and then subsequently getting shipped off to the Raiders. Troubled Times in TitleTown, indeed.

  69. bengalsfan20 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:44 AM

    People criticize Dalton when there are many qb’s out there playing worse right now.

  70. thegrigga49 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:45 AM

    Since when was it about stats? I’m pretty sure the NFL is a bottom line business and Kap is getting those Ws.

  71. blackfootkiller says: Nov 13, 2013 10:45 AM

    Maybe he could attach a Flat Bill to his helmet, and put some rhinestones on that glove…
    Then everyone would see his ‘swag’, and be so dazzled by it, that they would look past his ineptness.

  72. seahawks12thman says: Nov 13, 2013 10:45 AM

    Duh! He’s just an athelete who can throw a spiral. Hardly a quarterback. Go Hawks.

  73. daubs17 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:45 AM

    Niner fans mentioning Kaepernick and the phrase “all time greats” in the same sentence…then comparing stats. Lol. Need i say more?

  74. friscokid49 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:49 AM

    mangini as offensive consultant? dont you need to know something about the subject you are going to consult about?

  75. ott2win says: Nov 13, 2013 10:54 AM

    joaonmatz says:

    “Oh noes… Nobody expected this!!!!
    And wait till Russel (and Cam too) cool off. They will fall in the same category.
    Don’t get me wrong, they are good QBs, but no where near what everyone hopes/says they are”

    Are you serious? Russell Wilson has more games under his belt already…he’s undefeated at home…20-6 as a starter…and is getting better, progressing, growing as a quarterback. There is no cooling off when you’re developing each week. Kaepernick is regressing! “No where near what everyone hopes/says they are” – are you kidding me, Russell Wilson was 3rd round pick who beat out two vets, in his second season with a 9-1 record…He is every bit as good as “everyone hopes/says” he is…he has exceeded so many expectations its ridiculous…oh and btw, hes humble and is driven. Cam went through this last year and came out of it at the end of the season…If Kaepernick is going to be as good as “everyone hopes/says” he is, he will need to prove it in the next 6 games and New Orleans is the first stop.

    Come on Joaon…put some substance in your post!

  76. catman72 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:55 AM

    That’s because he’s a true one-dimensional one read and run QB… so as the Panthers demonstrated in spectacular fashion when you take that one read away and play disciplined defense he’s screwed.

  77. jmorand47 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:56 AM

    Mike, all time greats do have games like that. See Tom Brady vs the Bengals this year or go back to the past and see Brett Favre’s stat line from the 2002 playoff game against the Rams. He threw 6 INTs. Six!! Or how about Joe Montana’s stat line from the 1988 playoff game against Minnesota 12 for 26 for 109 yards and 1 INT. So the greats DO have games like that, but let’s be honest with ourselves Colin is no Brady, Favre or Montana.

  78. mmsierra says: Nov 13, 2013 10:59 AM

    It seems like Kaep is only accurate on his First Read
    That’s why Crabbs and Vernone Davis got so many receptions
    If the first read isn’t there, it’s over
    He’s got to learn to scan the field a little more

    Go 9ers

  79. jvibottomline says: Nov 13, 2013 10:59 AM

    Hey dummies, he’s already been to one Super Bowl, the 3 games he’s lost this year NO CRABTREE, NO VERNON DAVIS for large portions of all three games, see you in New York in February.

  80. jvibottomline says: Nov 13, 2013 11:01 AM

    What does Kaepernick not have in common with Wilson, Newton, RGIII? Multiple playoff game wins and Super Bowl appearance.

  81. seattlelibtard says: Nov 13, 2013 11:02 AM

    He’s only played 16 games. It’s far too early to rule him out. He still has a lot of maturing to do.

    Also, Russell Wilson is better. Better passer, better runner, better work ethic.

  82. dowhatifeellike says: Nov 13, 2013 11:03 AM

    He came in off the bench last year and had a few pretty good games, so everyone set the bar really high for him.

    Even the “all-time greats” (and I’m not saying this kid will be) can have a rocky first season. See: Manning, Peyton

    Kaepernick’s career stats so far: 60%, 19 passing TD, 8 rushing TD, 9 INT. He needs to stop fumbling but, overall, not too shabby. He’s not going to throw a ton of TDs playing for Harbaugh, the team is definitely invested in running the ball.

  83. snowlock2013 says: Nov 13, 2013 11:06 AM

    Why do owners keep handing the reins of their billion dollar franchises to these running QB’s? It never fails… They can’t read defenses, they have no pocket presence, their leadership sucks, they don’t audible or check down. All it takes is one DC to figure it out, the rest copycat it and the guy is done. If the team around him is good enough to withstand adequate to poor QB play, fine. But if they’re looking for a **franchise**, after all of the failures at the position with this prototype, why do they keep going back to it? Mariotta, another one all queued up. They all bust and fail. Every one of them.

  84. 11inthebox says: Nov 13, 2013 11:09 AM

    gallopinggilmore says: Nov 13, 2013 9:22 AM

    Being a QB is difficult. Guys like Brady, Rodgers and Manning won’t necessarily show up every decade. We need to stop overreacting to them. In the age of Fantasy Football and the new Offensive friendly NFL, I think we expect all QB’s to be statistical powerhouses every week. Guys who sometimes win dirty and are a bit inconsistent; guys like Kaepernick, Dalton and Newton are still really good players even if its become fashionable to bash them for a bad week here in there. Back in the days before DVR’s, Redzone, Fantasy Football when most fans didn’t see what QBs did every game. Today you would be surprised how average guys like Troy Aikman and Steve Young were most weeks.
    ————————————–
    Amen!

  85. pootytang66 says: Nov 13, 2013 11:09 AM

    Yeah. Well that’s what happens everyone and their mother starts crowning CK the next “Quarterback Messiah” of the NFL after having only played 10 games.

  86. justintuckrule says: Nov 13, 2013 11:10 AM

    Twitter folk always looking for instant gratification. He’s only had ONE full year people. Superstar qbs from day 1 isn’t the norm. 90% of them don’t hit their strides until year 4, year 5. For every Andrew luck, who came out of college as a once in a generation qb, there are 20 Eli mannings who needed to learn the position.

    The 9ers are going through the growing pains. This giant fan knows them all too well. Our patience was rewarded with 2 rings.

  87. gbfb88 says: Nov 13, 2013 11:10 AM

    The novelty has worn off. Teams have adjusted coverages and schemes to defend against the few strengths he has (“escapability”, moderately strong arm). He doesn’t appear to be too terribly smart (see: Dolphins hat), so there’s really no fear of him making the needed adjustments at the line. He’s been exactly what I’ve expected – underwhelming over the long term. Trends like this (run first QBs) always fizzle.

  88. TheDPR says: Nov 13, 2013 11:14 AM

    He was simply anointed way too soon.

    He might turn out to be a great QB and he might not.

    Right now, he’s an ok QB with some ups and downs. Nothing really wrong with that after 16 games. The problem is with the prognosticators.

    Anyone look at Andrew Luck lately? He’s falling to earth, as well. It’s normal. I don’t think the 49ers need to panic or anything.

  89. shlort says: Nov 13, 2013 11:15 AM

    I realize that some people always want to see good in a player, even if that player is not that good. People think the same way about Ponder, Vick, Fitzpatrick and Vince Young.

    Kaepernick is regressing. It has happened to lots of QBs over the years. I have seen dozens of QBs have a good, or even great seasons, only to come back the following year and not be great any longer. I’d name names, but I forgot who they are already. Kaepernick will be forgotten in a few years as well.

    I think his problem is that Harbaugh traded away the guy who could take his place if he floundered. There is no sense of urgency to do well or face losing the job. Why play hard when you know the guy behind you on the depth chart can’t carry your jock strap to the dirty laundry?

    But the 9ers are winning, right? Well, they are not winning because of Kaepernick. They are winning even though Kaepernick is not performing well. They’d be better if Kaepernick were better or if they had Alex Smith in there instead.

    Kaepernick can’t read defenses before the snap. This limits his abilit to make plays throwing the football. He has one read and a checkdown to Vernon. If Vernon is covered, he runs. If Vernon is out with injury, it gets bad for Kaep. Pretty simple way to beat Kaepernick and the blueprint is set.

    Justify it all you like, folks. When Kapernick’s numbers show he has gotten worse from week one to week 10, it is not a fluke. It means teams have his number. Teams must beat good teams to be good.

    Moral of the story. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

  90. kuranda84 says: Nov 13, 2013 11:16 AM

    thegrigga49 says:

    Since when was it about stats? I’m pretty sure the NFL is a bottom line business and Kap is getting those Ws.

    ___________________________________

    So then why did you get rid of Alex?

  91. assuredmutualdestruction says: Nov 13, 2013 11:17 AM

    Harbaugh is trying to save him for the post season, and he’s just trying to keep him from taking too many hits…imo

    I expect Harbs to unleash the read option against the Saints this week. Kaep will be running like he stole something.

  92. dprouse says: Nov 13, 2013 11:21 AM

    My two Fantasy QBs this year? Kaepernick and Flacco. Every Sunday night, I have to fight this overwhelming urge to drink bleach…

  93. nyjetsfan08 says: Nov 13, 2013 11:21 AM

    “Back in the days before DVR’s, Redzone, Fantasy Football when most fans didn’t see what QBs did every game. Today you would be surprised how average guys like Troy Aikman and Steve Young were most weeks.”

    ——————–

    OK, Aikman I can understand saying he was average. In the pass-happy era (’78-Present), his career numbers are not at all impressive for a modern era HOF QB. But Steve Young? The guy lead the league SIX times with the highest passer rating. Nobody else has done that. Bart Starr did it five times. Rodger Dodger did it four times. Peyton Manning: Four times. Sammy Baugh and Sid Luckman: Three times. Otto Graham: Twice. Montana: Twice. Unitas: Twice. Brady: Twice. Rodgers: Twice. Marino: Once. Brees: Once.

    Do you realize how insane that sounds for you to say he was average most weeks?

  94. rex1979 says: Nov 13, 2013 11:36 AM

    I just can’t believe a vet analyst like Jaws made such a stupid prediction based off of a guy who had not played more then 7-8 games at the time and was obviously reaping the benefits of running an offense (read-option) that took the league by storm and of course has since been slowed down.

    Embarrassing.

  95. dstep24 says: Nov 13, 2013 11:46 AM

    Okay people… It’s “tell the truth” time…

    We’re getting awfully close to not being able to include guys like Kaepernick and RG in the same discussion as Wilson, and Luck. Wilson and Luck aren’t defined or established by their running. Wilson and Luck can make reads from the pocket, move through progressions, and hit their 2nd or 3rd option with consistency. And I think we all know that. Kaep and RG are first-read QBs only, and have shown zero growth or indication to the contrary.

    And PLEASE stop mentioning Manning, Rodgers, Brees and Brady, in reference to guys like Kaep. They aren’t in the same galaxy.

  96. hawkforlife says: Nov 13, 2013 11:47 AM

    @gohawks89

    Please don’t represent the Hawks with POS remarks. What’s he done to earn that?

    As a Hawk fan I’m for letting it play out, may the better team and QB win.

  97. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 13, 2013 11:48 AM

    Kaepernick completed 11 of 22 passes for 91 yards and an interception, for a sluggish 42.0 rating. He added only 16 yards rushing.

    All-time greats never have games like that one.
    _________

    September 3, 1983. In a 22-17 loss to Philadelphia. Joe Montana completed 10 of 20 passes for 118 yards and an interception, for a sluggish 47.5 rating. He added only 10 yards rushing.

  98. gohawks7 says: Nov 13, 2013 11:50 AM

    Last year SF feasted on teams with bad defenses. The games they lost were against teams with average or better defenses. In the playoffs, Atlanta and Green Bay had horrible defenses.

    This year, look at the 3 games they’ve lost, those teams are ranked 2, 3, and 9 in points allowed…all good defenses. The 6 games they’ve won ranked, those teams are ranked 10, 12, 16, 17, 32 in points allowed.

    No surprise that the 3 games they’ve lost were to the 3 highest ranked teams in points allowed.

    As Seattle as proven twice, the SF offense folds when under pressure.

  99. harperquinn says: Nov 13, 2013 11:50 AM

    Some of you are too quick to throw players away. After last season, did anyone think that Cam Newton would show the kind of improvement we’ve seen in him? QBs are going to be up and down in their first few seasons as they learn how to play in the NFL. It’s no coincidence that the two who look the best out of the recent classes, Luck and Wilson, also happen to be the ones who ran pro-style offenses in college. And any non-Seahawk homer will admit that Wilson has had quite a few moments this season where he didn’t look so great. Kaepernick has the physical ability and he is smart. He will get his game up.

  100. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 13, 2013 11:53 AM

    Here’s some more:

    September 29, 1985. In a 20-17 loss to New Orleans, Montana completed 12 of 26 for 120 yards and two interceptions, 27.7 rating.

    October 20, 1985. In a 23-21 loss to Detroit, Montana completed 15 of 26 for 97 yards and an interception, 49.7 rating.

    I could do this all day. It’s preposterous to say than all-time greats never have bad games.

  101. sb44champs says: Nov 13, 2013 11:53 AM

    gallopinggilmore says:
    Nov 13, 2013 9:22 AM
    Being a QB is difficult. Guys like Brady, Rodgers and Manning won’t necessarily show up every decade.
    niners816 says:
    Nov 13, 2013 9:20 AM
    I dont want to hear ppl say he has no one to throw to. Peyton Manning seems to do it, Brady, Rodgers and a few others figure it out.”
    ================================
    Funny how people always/conveniently leave Brees out of the convo when he holds more NFL records than just about every QB that ever played the game…. I guess he’s too ‘short’, lol

  102. gloomysmitty says: Nov 13, 2013 11:57 AM

    Even trade kapernick for nick foles win-Win for both teams I love foles for the eagles but I don’t think chip loves him

  103. mythaimyke says: Nov 13, 2013 12:01 PM

    How do you spell BUST! K-A-E-P-E-R-N-I-C-K!

  104. jvibottomline says: Nov 13, 2013 12:02 PM

    Throw in Giants at 49ers regular season game last season and that will tell you all you need to know about Alex Smith ability to win consistently against elite opponents.

  105. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 13, 2013 12:06 PM

    Again, this is the reason why you need a highly intelligent and cerebral HC that knows how to work with QBs and get the most out of them. Harbaugh has done a TON of things to stunt Kaep’s growth, and he needs to be taken out of the equation and given good QB influences that can help him grow and develop. I keep saying it cause it continues to stay obvious, bu the 49ers will never figure this out.

  106. spicymudbugs says: Nov 13, 2013 12:06 PM

    Wasn’t it Jaws who ranked Flacco ahead of Brees this year?
    That’s even more ridiculous than his wacky assessment of Kaepernick

  107. FinFan68 says: Nov 13, 2013 12:07 PM

    thegrigga49 says:
    Nov 13, 2013 10:45 AM
    Since when was it about stats? I’m pretty sure the NFL is a bottom line business and Kap is getting those Ws.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I would say in this case the answer to your question is when the 49ers decided to bench the most efficient and winningest QB in the NFL (past 20ish games) for the unknown athletic kid. Since 2011 (reg season) Smith’s is 28-5-1 and the tie was his last game played as a 49er when he got the concussion early.

  108. walkinginthewasteland says: Nov 13, 2013 12:09 PM

    Entering 2013 as the man Ron Jaworski of ESPN declared on track to be one of the all-time greats,

    ________

    Well you have to consider the source. Since the days of NFL-Matchup, Jaws has shown himself to be trending towards an all-time morons category.

  109. chiadam says: Nov 13, 2013 12:15 PM

    “Call me crazy, but I’m really excited to see Tyler Palko!”

    – Ron Jaworski

    so, there’s that..

  110. lionsdraftguy says: Nov 13, 2013 12:19 PM

    What can I say, Kaepernick is a loser. Just like the rest of that team.

  111. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Nov 13, 2013 12:28 PM

    All-time greats never have games like that one

    _________________________________

    I guess its settled… Florio thinks Peyton Manning is NOT an all time great.

    Peyton Manning on 1/04/2004: 14/31 for 137 yards 0 TD and 2 INT QB rating 31.2

    #openmouthinsertfoot

  112. Uncle Charlie says: Nov 13, 2013 12:39 PM

    That Copernicus kid is totally overrated, but I quit reading after …”All-time greats never have games like that one.”

  113. ctiggs says: Nov 13, 2013 12:41 PM

    You trolls need to be quite Kap will return to form, people were killing brady early on in the year #besttandem #besttightend #topthreeQB #goNINERS

  114. beakersf says: Nov 13, 2013 12:51 PM

    Is there really a difference between Kap and Pryor at this point, besides the teams around them?

  115. jakafett says: Nov 13, 2013 12:51 PM

    How quick we are to elevate, how quick we are to cast away. Quarterbacks used to get time to learn, a bit of a leash. Rodgers sat for a couple of years, Montana Sat for a year and change, young sat, geez we could go on. Point is he should have never been in all these commercials, should have never been expected to be a phenom every game. Cam is settling in a bit…oh look it’s his third year. Kap is in year two starting. Wilson is benefiting from a good team, he is playing ok but he is inconsistent from the pocket. Brees is another example. San Diego gave up on him, think they are regretting that. Things happen in due time, if kap stinks in another year then let’s talk about dumping him…for now let’s see if the young man responds.

  116. chargerdillon says: Nov 13, 2013 12:58 PM

    I don’t think anybody would have a problem with Kaep if he didn’t kiss his bicep and generally act like an immature ass, you know…..completely opposite the way you expect YOUR LEADER to act.

    The biggest red flag anybody could ask for is this idiot actually wearing a Miami Dolphins hat in the offseason and then basically telling his fanbase to kick rocks when they were mad about it.

    Perfect exampled of the million dollar body and 10 cent brain. Guys like that only last as long as their body holds up.

  117. kaeptovernon says: Nov 13, 2013 1:17 PM

    coltzfan166 says:
    Nov 13, 2013 9:36 AM
    “Yeah, looks like San Fran is doing so much better without Alex Smith”

    Colin Kaepernick trips to the SB – 1
    Alex Smith Trips to the SB – 0

  118. 64post says: Nov 13, 2013 1:23 PM

    lionsdraftguy says:
    Nov 13, 2013 12:19 PM
    What can I say, Kaepernick is a loser. Just like the rest of that team.
    And the Lions are not? Wait until your team actually gets into the playoffs to make a statement about being a loser…The Lions have been a doormat for that division forever, the Pack, Bears and Vikings been beating on the Lions for years and likely will continue to do so.

  119. horsepedlr says: Nov 13, 2013 1:54 PM

    he’s where i thought he would be

  120. formyministy says: Nov 13, 2013 2:04 PM

    largent80 says:
    Nov 13, 2013 9:25 AM
    “Kaepernick completed 11 of 22 passes for 91 yards and an interception, for a sluggish 42.0 rating. He added only 16 yards rushing.

    All-time greats never have games like that one.”

    . . .

    ok, here’s one for you. Let’s go back 19 years, to October 2, 1994. Final score: Philadelpha 40, San Francisco 8. Here’s Steve Young’s box score as the Niners’ QB:

    11 for 23 passing, 99 yards, no TDs, 2 INTs. He added 5 yards rushing on 3 carries.

    So not only do all-time greats sometimes have games like that, but even Niners’ all-time greats sometimes do this. By the way, this happened in ’94, the last Niners championship.

    …..

    Research Fail. Young didn’t play the whole game. He was benched for Elvis Grbac. how come harbaugh doesn’t have the guts to bench kaep? when an all-time great was benched for similiar numbers FOR AN INCOMPLETE GAME?

  121. ilovefoolsball says: Nov 13, 2013 2:04 PM

    Running quarterbacks are so 1995

  122. napavalleyshaun says: Nov 13, 2013 2:10 PM

    If he has no opportunities to kiss his bicep as he limps along this season, his forlorn bicep will leave him for a more successful qb.

  123. coachkilla6 says: Nov 13, 2013 2:28 PM

    kaeptovernon says:
    Nov 13, 2013 1:17 PM
    coltzfan166 says:
    Nov 13, 2013 9:36 AM
    “Yeah, looks like San Fran is doing so much better without Alex Smith”

    Colin Kaepernick trips to the SB – 1
    Alex Smith Trips to the SB – 0*
    ———————————————
    * They were teammates on the same SB team. They’ve both had 1 forgettable trip to the SB.

  124. zachameen says: Nov 13, 2013 2:45 PM

    Both Roman and Kaepernick suck big time. 49ers two major mistakes this year. 1: letting go of Alex Smith too soon and getting rid of BJ daniels who is a natural QB. Now you are stuck with Kaepernick and backups are not worthy of QB position. Sorry to say that 49ers in doomed. ecause of wrong decisions of Baalke.

  125. robman91 says: Nov 13, 2013 2:50 PM

    ” Kaep and RG are first-read QBs only, and have shown zero growth or indication to the contrary”

    this is incorrect. i cant speak for kaep because i havent seen him play much this year, but i have seen a lot rg3 this year and he is NOT a one read qb. when he actually has time in the pocket, he calmly goes through his reads and makes the correct play. and he has been getting better as the weeks go on. in the san diego game, he completed 72% of his passes for 290 yards. and i watched him look from receiver to receiver and find the open man. he has been getting better as the season progresses. his problem has been that, when no one is open, he tends to try to force some passes, which leads to mistakes, but he hasn’t even been doing that as much recently.

  126. mubbcsoc says: Nov 13, 2013 2:51 PM

    The reason RW is performing better is because of game tape. Wilson doesn’t do anything ridiculously flashy so there isn’t anything flashy to stop. Kaepernick was flashy, teams caught on, now he isn’t and he doesn’t seem to have that level of efficient functionality to resort to now that his flash is gone.

  127. Paul M. says: Nov 13, 2013 2:59 PM

    pillowporkers says: Nov 13, 2013 10:33 AM

    Honestly, don’t see the difference in how they play outside of that Kaep is faster and has a stronger arm. Christian is more accurate though
    ——————————————–
    Sam is that you?

    11 of 22 passes for 91 yards and an interception with a 42.0 rating would be an above average game for Ponder.

    But congrats for using “Ponder” and “accurate” in the same sentence. That may be a first.

  128. louhudson23 says: Nov 13, 2013 3:00 PM

    Expectations are created out of the illusion created by the current set of rules which produce offense by sheer inertia. Throw in an unseen quantity and off we go. While he can’t be called anything but an idiot for putting on a Dolphins hat,he didn’t make people say the silly things about him that they did. We have not seen enough of him to know one way or the other…was way too soon to call him good and now way too soon to call him bad…as for great,it is always best to allow someone to become great first….8 games is meaningless,16 games just slightly less so……how he reacts to this bit of adversity will dictate his future success. Facing up to his shortcomings and working to overcome them and understanding his gear has the SF on it…. that realization alone may do him wonders in dealing with the reality of his situation and not the fantasy of it…..

  129. jiminauburn says: Nov 13, 2013 3:01 PM

    Wilson has looked fine this season. Problem is the offensive line. If they are actually protecting him, he does great. When the defense gets to him the same time the ball does, he is usually running for his life. Not an issue of his play, but play of the line. You could take any of the greats and put them behind that line and they will have the same issue.

  130. NJ49er says: Nov 13, 2013 3:04 PM

    Alex Smith hit the ceiling in SF.
    Getting rid of his Contract for a younger, stronger, faster QB plus, 2 2nd Rd Picks was a no brainer.

    Kaep is dealing with a League that has found ways to confuse him.
    He’s doing as well as can be expected for a having only played 16 games.

    He’s also gotten a taste of playing on the big stage, which hasn’t scared him.

    After 8+ years of crap records and a revolving door of Coaches, having Harbaugh there to teach him the position now is all about being patient, and, seeing if he can get past the ceiling that Alex couldn’t in his 5 years of trying.

  131. dirtysouthniner says: Nov 13, 2013 3:07 PM

    Blah blah blah blah blah blah!!!! Kaep by the way is undefeated when Vernon Davis finishes a game. Our offense is built on the power run game. Right now we have have one quality receiver! One! Our team is beat up right now (us and the ravens played the most games the last 3 years). Glad we have kaep, he will improve, but he’s also 11-5 in his FIRST 16 GAMES! and 2-1 in the playoffs.

  132. babyteal1 says: Nov 13, 2013 3:51 PM

    Maybe Kap needs to put his Dolphins hat back on….hahahahaha…..playa

  133. wjoinfo says: Nov 13, 2013 4:52 PM

    Where is the idiot who put all these young QB’s in the 10 best quarterbacks article? It was either here or in Bleacher Report. Everyone told that guy he was an idiot, I guess he needed proof, well here it is….. Maybe KC will take two first round picks in a trade for Alex Smith, yuck, yuck, yuck…………

  134. footballnut85 says: Nov 13, 2013 5:42 PM

    Should have kept Tolzien, Harball!!

  135. dukeearl says: Nov 13, 2013 7:56 PM

    I do understand that Harbaugh was a QB, that doesn’t necessarily translate into having the ability to develop another QB.
    I don’t think Harbaugh is the right person for Kap to be training under.

  136. realitycheckbaby says: Nov 13, 2013 8:04 PM

    Give Kaep a break.

    Hard to worry about football and matching his outfits at the same time.

    Quit hating or he’s going to tweet you away.

    I FORMATION! I FORMATION!

  137. bert1913 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:24 PM

    “During the offseason, we constantly heard that defensive coordinators had become obsessed with shutting down the league’s young, mobile quarterbacks” russell wilson is like a great chess player. he saw this coming a mile away….your move

  138. boisestatewhodat says: Nov 14, 2013 12:43 PM

    Saints win by at least 10! Payton won’t be denied this time…

  139. backdapack4evr says: Nov 14, 2013 7:20 PM

    He is who we thought he is!!

  140. somekat says: Nov 15, 2013 3:33 AM

    Glad we have kaep, he will improve, but he’s also 11-5 in his FIRST 16 GAMES! and 2-1 in the playoffs.

    _______________

    Not saying that it’s not a good record, but come on. That record is more a reflection of the team than Kap. It’s not like he took over a 5-4 team, they caught fire, and he carried them to the playoffs.

    He took over an 8-1 team, that compiled that record with Alex Smith (at best above average), so it’s not like he is the main reason they are 11-5. The reason is the D plain and simple, just like it was the reason they were 8-1 when he took over

  141. axespray says: Nov 15, 2013 11:36 PM

    largent80 says:
    Nov 13, 2013 9:25 AM
    “ok, here’s one for you. Let’s go back 19 years, to October 2, 1994. Final score: Philadelpha 40, San Francisco 8. Here’s Steve Young’s box score as the Niners’ QB:

    11 for 23 passing, 99 yards, no TDs, 2 INTs. He added 5 yards rushing on 3 carries.

    So not only do all-time greats sometimes have games like that, but even Niners’ all-time greats sometimes do this. By the way, this happened in ’94, the last Niners championship.”
    ———————————–
    That was back when defenses were allowed to hit QBs thou….Ka-duRrrh!?

  142. pistolpete0903 says: Nov 16, 2013 8:10 AM

    I am shocked!! (sarcasm).

    Coaches have a whole lot resources at their disposal (technology, human); it isn’t a surprise that many of these young mobile QB’s are figured out once enough tape is got. Also, the athletic skill at the NFL level is just too good to be not chased down.
    QB’s should be mobile JUST ENOUGH to keep defenses honest (someone like a Rodgers or occasionally Brady). Or if you are a strictly pocket passer (Manning, Brees), you make good reads and throws.
    Arguably the best mobile traditional QB (Steve Young) ran only sparingly.

    If he (or SF) wants to have more success, they would design more pocket plays for him. Would be good for him and the team in the long run.

  143. Kaz says: Nov 20, 2013 8:51 AM

    Not much better after another week.

  144. Dogsweat says: Nov 20, 2013 1:40 PM

    Colin Tebow will do well against the Braveskins.

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