So we're all a little on edge after that maddening Panthers game, and understandably Colin Kaepernick's frustrating season has become a focal point both in the media and for a number of fans. But let's get a little perspective on just how disappointing he's really been:
Quarterback A: 57.1 completion%, 6.64 yards/att, 3.8 TD%, 82.7 QB Rtg, 56.9 QBR
Quarterback B: 58.8 completion%, 7.07 yards/att, 4.5 TD%, 87.5 QB Rtg, 65 QBR
Quarterback C: 56.4 completion %, 7.61 yards/att, 4.1 TD%, 83.1 QB Rtg, 64.8 QBR
Well, Quarterback C is Kap; far from what a lot of people expected overall this season.
The other two? Tom Brady (A) and Andrew Luck (B). Funny how similar Kaepernick's numbers are to the new NFL golden boy in Luck. And this year they're better than Brady and I don't think anyone is questioning his ability to go through progressions. Even Hall of Fame quarterbacks will struggle when they don't have the weapons around him and after watching Delanie Walker go off for 10 catches, 90 yards and a TD on TNF, it's a reminder of just how much Kap has lost this season. He's only had Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis as credible receivers, and it's worth noting VD has missed all or part of all three of their losses this year.
I'm not saying none of it is on Kaepernick, or that he hasn't struggled. He absolutely has and we'd all like to see him showing more outward signs of improvement. But I'm not going to just accept the narrative that he's somehow been a woefully ineffective Single-read quarterback either. He certainly needs to get better, and given he has just finished his first year as a starter, almost to the day, and (hopefully) will be getting some of his weapons back I have no reason to doubt that he will. But he also hasn't been nearly as bad as it feels for some people.