Perusing the aftermath of in Niners' latest loss, I was alarmed by how down people here on Colin Kaepernick. I mentioned at one point that last Sunday was only his 16th NFL start, to which someone replied, "What about Andrew Luck?" This is only somewhat fair, because everyone and their mother knew that Luck was a generational talent coming into the league while Kaepernick had obvious strengths and weaknesses. I wanted to say more about how he stacked up against all of his peers, but honestly, I don't have that kind of time.
And then Mike Tanier wrote this, and I felt compelled to share it with everyone.
Look, there's no doubt this team deserved to be seen as a preseason title contender, but we all knew about its flaws. Every team has flaws. Ours has gotten worse as the season has progressed and there's only so much the quarterback can do about it. That's more on the front office: AJ Jenkins didn't pan out, Manningham is oft-injured, Boldin's skill set is limited and Crabtree hasn't seen the field.
Read the article and take a deep breath. It may not be as sunny as last year, but Kaepernick is still worth building around and it is up to Harbaugh and Baalke to get him the help he need.