49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has answered a lot more questions about his feelings regarding the national anthem in the last couple of weeks than anything having to do with football, but he fielded some on Wednesday when he spoke to reporters at the team’s facilities.
The questions had to do with how Kaepernick felt about being the backup to Blaine Gabbert when the season starts with a Monday night game against the Rams. He referenced his own past with the team in the answer.
“I have to wait my time, and work,” Kaepernick said, via Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News. “I’ve been in this position before. Last time I was in this position, I ended up in the Super Bowl. So I continue to work and prepare for when that next opportunity comes.”
It seems like much longer given all that’s happened with Kaepernick and the 49ers, but he’s referring to the 2012 season when Alex Smith opened the season as the starter before giving way to Kaepernick after suffering a concussion in the second half of the season. Kaepernick threw and ran the 49ers to the Super Bowl, which they lost to the Ravens 34-31, and looked like a budding star all the way.
Things have fallen off considerably from there and expecting that kind of run from Kaepernick again may be a stretch, although any extended rough patch or injury for Gabbert could bring the chance to see if lightning will strike twice.