The TEAM: Last night's win was evidence what the 49ers can do when they are properly motivated and focused - Man O' Man what a whoopin' they laid on the Bears. I must admit today I am feeling like Capt Renault from Casablanca... I am SHOCKED Colin Kaepernick could play the way he did. When I read Alex was out - I cringed a lil bit... sighed and hoped the D would pull out a win. I hoped Colin would manage the game and not eff up. I expected last week's Rams game - part 2.
WOW! My beautiful wife and I sat dumbstruck watching Kaepernick shred the Bears. When the girly girl wife is making comments like - "Who is the new QB? He's really good." you know something special is happening. The wife knows football - her clan are Alabama fans. She wasn't really an NFL fan until we met and she was forced to choose. We usually watch the games together while she does her girl stuff; intermittently watching the game. Last night she was all in. When Colin threw the pass that I'll bet broke Moss' finger I thought My God - he's throwing a lil hard - but what an arm! When he dropped the pass to Kyle (Effing ) Williams I was aghast - in disbelief. But he didn't stop. Pass, run, fake, juke and jive Colin was very impressive. There were few aspects of Kaepernick's play last night that didn't yield positive results. Most importantly, the Niner's QB future looks bright.
Admittedly, I'm an Alex guy because I admire men who don't whine and do their jobs as well as they can regardless. Blaming others is lame and weak. Alex never has. He has shown resilience and a willingness to overcome adversity. He has improved consistently since Harbaugh took over. BUT... Alex has a fatal flaw. That flaw was clearly displayed last night even though he did not play. Alex's flaw is reticence. He is afraid to pull the trigger. He hesitates. He won't play loose and only throws when he is certain. That approach has benefits in fewer turnovers. The other side is fewer points and relying upon the defense to win close games. Alex's flaw is owed to fear of failure and years of playing on a poor team where he was unfairly blamed for losses. He was expected to win games without a supporting cast. Alex was in a no win situation.
Alex has shown improvement this year, but compared to Kaepernick's performance last night, it's clear that Colin is not afraid to wing it. He has confidence in his arm and play. Unlike Alex, Colin is not damaged. Colin has not suffered as Alex has. Colin came into a team flush with stars. He has not experienced the consistent downside. His experience is not adulterated with failure - yet. That will come. In the NFL it always comes.
I'm stating that I want to see more Kaepernick. I want Alex to sit a while longer. I think, if Colin's play last night can be duplicated - on the road, in the loud and hostile NO stadium, there may be justification to use the better athlete for the rest of the season.