I'm tired of certain people (whom I shall not name) judging Colin Kaepernick based on 1 game (or maybe 2 if you count last year's game in Seattle). So here is my (extremely opposite) take on Kaepernick, the read-option, and the 49ers in general.
(1) Colin Kaepernick has played great in 10 of his 12 starts to this point. That is more than 80% of the games that he has started. He has not won all of them, but every game has been close with the exceptions of the two games that he has played in Seattle. Here are some obvious things to remember:
(a) Seattle's stadium is LOUD, exceptionally, incredibly, record-breaking-level loud. If Kaepernick cannot communicate with his teammates, how can he be expected to play successfully? How many games do you think Seattle will lose at home this year? Any chance the Rams will beat them there (wink wink)?
(b) However you look at it, there were a lot of uncalled penalties on the Seahawks during that game. Some of the holding was legal, and some of the pass defense was stellar, but some of it was just plain cheating. I have not seen a team that doesn't cheat beat Kaepernick yet (and yes, that includes last year's SB, but I won't get into that).
(c) The defense threw the game away in the second half with stupid penalties. I understand that some of it was retaliation because the Seahawk's players were cheating, but some plays (e.g. Personal Foul on Aldon Smith and Facemask on Ahmad Brooks) kept Seahawk's drives alive and gave them points. If it weren't for those stupid penalties, Kaepernick would not have had to go into desperation mode and the game would have been a lot closer. THAT WAS NOT KAEPERNICK'S FAULT.
(2) Did I really read somebody saying that it is time to start Colt McCoy? Did you WATCH the preseason?
(3) Do you really think that Greg Roman was going to reveal his entire gameplan to the Seahawks, a potential playoff foe, in week 2 of the regular season? If that game was a preview of a playoff game, do you really think that Roman will go in with the same gameplan?
(4) The read-option is a facet of the 49ers offense only because Kaepernick runs it so well. Anyone who says that he cannot be a pocket passer was not paying attention to the Packer's game last week.
(5) It is week 3 FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!
I'm tired of hearing people who are down on Kaepernick and I'm tired of hearing that the season is over and I'm tired of losing in Seattle. I realize that most true 49ers' fans are not down on Kaepernick, don't think that the season is over, and are just as tired of Seattle as I am. However, perhaps out of a lack of self-control, I could not BEAR to listen to any more doomsdayers and their cynical prognostications designed simply to provoke overreaction. Well, there it is, you provoked my overreaction.
OK, now I feel better. :)
Please post reasons why you think that Captain Kaep will be the greatest QB of all time in the comments. That would really help me to make it through the day. :)