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Colin Kaepernick and Greatness

I want to call attention to one quotation from the recent Gregg Rosenthal article on Colin Kaepernick.

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So, it's part of the slow part of the offseason, which means when a guy like Gregg Rosenthal writes a piece about the Top 10 QBs under the age of 25, we are going to scavenge that article like buzzards. Ugh! Something interesting, right?

But, the fact of the matter is that I love to write about Kaepernick. He is such a fun player to write about, and sometimes I have to stop from writing posts about our QB every week. I never really understood why I had this impulse. I mean, I never felt that way about Alex Smith. I really like him and rooted for him, but I never wanted to write non-stop about him. Well now that Mr. Rosenthal has kindly given me an excuse, I will right about Kaepernick.

But, Rosenthal has given me more than an excuse. He has given me an explanation.

In his article, Rosenthal wrote, "The common reaction when the 49ers didn't take the lead late in the Super Bowl: surprise. We already expect greatness from Kaepernick." And how true is that? I mean, it's spot on. Kaepernick has impressed us time and time again. From his first start, to his postseason performances, Kaepernick has looked the part and he has played the part.

Are there problems with our QB? Of course. Rosenthal does a good job of pointing out a few. I would add, in fact, that Kaep has had a hard time starting games. Is this anecdotal evidence built out of a small sample size'd observation? Yes, indeed. But it's still annoying. It will likely go away.

But, at the end of the day, Colin Kaepernick already assumes the mantle of greatness. I fear the arrogance of this assumption as a fan. Kaepernick still needs to develop. And, defenses will adjust.

But, those throws, man. Those throws are great...