"That puts a lot of stress on your defense to prepare for that week in and week out," Gailey said on a conference call with the Bay Area media this morning. "He’s done a good job of running what they’ve put in and they’ve done a good job of keeping it varied, so it’s not just the same all the time."
Prior to Week 4 against the Jets, Colin Kaepernick had seen one snap of action. Against the Packers he made the most of his opportunity, setting the 49ers up for what would be a 63-yard field goal. In Weeks 2 and 3, the 49ers did not use Kaepernick.
However, Week 4 saw the most extensive use of Kaepernick in a non-blowout situation. He got some time against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers late in that blowout, but his performance against the Jets came primarily in critical game situations.
Against the Jets, Kaepernick ended up rushing five times for 50 yards and almost completing a deep touchdown pass to Randy Moss. Whatever you think of Kaepernick's long-term potential, he showed that he can at least be a viable change of pace weapon to Alex Smith.
The question now is, how frequently will we see Kaepernick in the coming weeks? It is highly unlikely to be the same from week to week, but we will be seeing him. Was there anything about the Jets that in hindsight gave away the decision to work more Kaepernick into the game plan? I suppose the Jets piss-poor tackling might have factored into the situation, but did anything else factor in? Can we look at matchups each week and have any chance at predicting when we might expect to see Colin Kaepernick?