Lights, camera, action! It’s been an off-season of “glits and glam” for quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Leading the San Francisco Forty-Niners to the Super Bowl last year proved that Jim Harbaugh’s decision to start him as quarterback over Alex Smith was a smart move.
However, as the 2013 season gets underway, it’s the former 49ers quarterback who is 6-0. After suffering a concussion against the St. Louis Rams last year, Kaepernick took over having only played 50 snaps coming into that game, mostly playing as a wildcat quarterback.
Kaepernick has the athletic ability to run the ball and throw deep, and he became a star immediately. The only problem was that he led an offense already intact and a defense that played without error under Smith.
Kaepernick took over a team that was already destined to make it to the Super Bowl. There was nothing he needed to do better other than to play his game.
After losing to the Baltimore Ravens, the current Super Bowl champs, the 49ers vowed to return back to the playoffs. As we head into week 6 of the NFL season, San Francisco has surprisingly started off to a 3-2 record.
Losing two huge games against the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts has been tough. Thus far, Kaepernick has thrown six touchdowns and four interceptions in five games. Not a bad start for a first-year starting quarterback.
But many believe he can be 10 times better. Kaepernick’s stats last year were very impressive. However, maybe the sudden success off field has taken a toll on the franchise player.
It appears many teams have figured his game out. That means he needs to continue to keep them guessing. Like most elite quarterbacks in the NFL, they continue to get better not worse.
So, what’s been the delay in Kaepernick picking up where he left off last season? His rushing yards are low and his passing average is not where it can be.
Yet, the 49ers have still found ways to win with their rushing game through veteran running back Frank Gore and newly acquired wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who has managed to outsmart most of his opponents in getting open.
Could it be that Kaepernick has lost his focus and got caught up in the “Hollywood’ life that usually empowers players. The attention, marketing and pressure to be perfect are maybe too much for someone who’s not ready to walk in the path most have coveted in becoming a super star in the NFL.
While social media has expressed their opinion on the quarterback’s performance thus far, he only had one comment.
“I’m not worried about what people are saying,” he explained. “If intimidation is your game plan, I hope you have a better one.”