Jim Harbaugh: Colin Kaepernick will flourish

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Around this time three years ago, Colin Kaepernick was getting ready to start at quarterback for the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.

Kaepernick would throw for 302 yards in a loss to the Ravens in that game and then helped the 49ers to the NFC championship game the next season. Kaepernick signed a contract extension before the 2014 season, but the results haven’t been as good for him or the team over the last two seasons.

That’s led to questions about the quarterback’s future with the 49ers and his suitability as a long-term starter, but the man who installed Kaepernick as a starter midway through his second season with the Niners is still a believer.

“He’ll flourish,” Jim Harbaugh said, via CSNBayArea.com. “He’s a great talent and one of the ultimate competitors, so he’ll flourish.”

While Kaepernick’s play slipped before Harbaugh and the 49ers parted ways, he still looked much better with Harbaugh than he did without him last year. A reunion isn’t possible with Harbaugh back in the college ranks at Michigan, which means someone else will need to have the same belief in Kaepernick’s future for his career to get back on track.

24 responses to “Jim Harbaugh: Colin Kaepernick will flourish

  1. You fired a world class coach and hired one of the mario brothers…what did you think was going to happen?

    I hope you never win a SB again for sacking Harbaugh. I doubt Steve Young and Joe Montana would have rather played for a nice coach then win SB’s…

  2. He’s right. Kaep will flourish with the Niners. He isn’t going anywhere. Perfect offense for Kaep and I think Chip will use him right. After 2 down years, it’s time for the Niners to rise. Go Niners!

  3. Harbaugh is obligated to support Kaepernick because he chose him over an Alex Smith who has played very well for the Chiefs. Doesn’t mean he’s wrong, but he’s not disinterested, either.

  4. Sure sounds familiar…

    “A.J. Jenkins was an outstanding football player when he got here. His progress has been very, very good and exceeded expectations. For those scribes, pundits, so-called experts, who have gone as far to say that he is going to be a bust, should just stop.”

    Jim Harbaugh

  5. I would love him in Charger Blue sitting behind PR for a couple of years maybe three. He would then be mentally mature and still physically fresh and his contract is team friendly I am sure.

    From Kap’s POV it would be the opportunity to learn from one of the most cerebral QBs in the league, a proverbial win-win

  6. Ha! good one. I almost believed it for a second then remembered who we were talking about.

    Just give Kap some coloring books to play with on the sidelines as a backup QB and shop a starter.

  7. Kaepernick has always choked when it was really on the line…

    Doesn’t look like is really going to ‘flourish’, but being there are so few actual franchise QBs these days (like maybe 7 out of 32), he will certainly get another chance to be mediocre…

  8. Reminds me of Kurt Warner’s career. Warner came out of the blocks red hot. Won the super bowl his first year. Had some injuries that hurt his ability to grip the football, and he could no longer rely on his strength, which was pinpoint accuracy. He bounced around a little bit. Re-surfaced in Arizona in good health, and led them to another super bowl. Kaepernick came out of the blocks red hot. Led his team to the super bowl after only one half season as starter. Farther than that team had gone in well over a decade. Led them back to the NFC championship game his second season as starter. Now he’s where Warner was before he went to Arizona and led them to the super bowl.

  9. People act like Kaepernick was flourishing when Harbaugh left. He took 52 sacks, franchise record. Dude had 2 300 plus yard passing games over his last 30 with Jim, dude averaged a tick over 215 per game, IN A PASSING LEAGUE. He’s a remedial pea brained player dating exes of teammates on the low, etc. Not up to snuff mentally.

  10. The 52 sacks were in Harbaugh ‘s final year. Dude will never as much as criticize or correct Kaepernick. He was his pick so it’s not necessarily as much Kaepernick as it is Harbaugh’s huge ego to want to be right and not admit the obviously. Kaepernick doesn’t even study, Crabtree hinted as much yesterday as SB radio row.

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