Colin Kaepernick's rise to stardom was meteoric. He replaced a concussed Alex Smith and never looked back, leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012. For all intents and purposes, his future seemed assured.
Fast forward to 2015. The 49ers are coming out of their bye with a 3-6 record, little real hope of a playoff berth...and Blaine Gabbert under center.
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With $14 million due to him next season and a contract that essentially allows the team to cut ties with him in the offseason...the question merits asking: will Colin Kaepernick be a 49er in 2016?
Here's our take:
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Comment: Time to move on from Kaepernick. They say the kid from Cal, Goff I think his name is, is pretty good. I wouldn't mind having Matthew Stafford. Time to turn to someone who can read defenses and knows how to run through his progressions, something I don't Kaepernick will ever be able to do. It was exciting when in the first year he would take off like an elk, but the problem with all of the gimmick type offenses is that defensive coordinators learned a couple years how to defend the spread offense
Date: November 21, 2015 at 1:06 AM
Comment: Kaep will be back depends on Gabbert playing in seattle and arizona. If he loses in seattle this weekend, Kaep will definitely come back next year but may get traded or released if he continues to lose. This organization doesn't understand that every QB needs to be surrounded by good players especially a strong o-line and management. Look at what happened to Aaron Rodgers. His o-line is having a hard time holding up against good defenses causing pressures on the QB. I don't think this 49ers organization give a damn with what's going on with other teams in the league. All it matters to them is money and winning. How can you win if you just fired a great coach and now about to let go of a QB that took us to the superbowl and championships. He is capable of doing comeback wins during 2nd half and beating other teams with his legs and arms. All he needed is a strong o-line that will allow him to have room to take off running. There's no daniel kilgore. Mike Liupati went to arizona and anthony davis retired. Those guys were one of the reasons that made Kaepernick successful. Mike liupati got hurt in arizona. After that Carson Palmer was getting sacked and throwing terribly.
By: Dallas Fan
Date: November 19, 2015 at 9:41 AM
Comment: Hey AJ,
While were on the subject. What ever happened to Jeff Kaplin?
Date: November 19, 2015 at 7:08 AM
Comment: of course he won't be here. i think he has a major salty increase at the beginning of the year. if anything has shown the colors of the yorks its that money is more important than fans nfl pride football etc... they did it with bottled water and the post mooch disaster. they don't care , why do people listen to people who are incapable of telling the truth?(ps Tomsula will be back because he coaches for peanuts and they don't care what trash is on the field.)
Date: November 19, 2015 at 5:48 AM
Comment: Kaeps done in sf, so is balke and Ron tomsula. I'd like us to look into mannion from the Rams. If we keep running this offense then it makes sence due to the familiarity from his collage offense . Plus I think the kid was the sleeper of last years class
By: Aint Cohn
Date: November 18, 2015 at 11:03 PM
Comment: Um yea....fire the best coach since Walsh for no reason other than you are winning too much and are getting to much leverage so ill have to pay you like a winning coach should be paid. New cheaper coach wanted but need not apply unless u can lick JED DORKS ASS clean. Winning not required. What sucks is Dorks don't shoot strait with fans. Hard to have have hope for the future when you feel like you cant trust the owners.
Date: November 18, 2015 at 3:32 PM
Comment: Here's what I fear will happen: we will let Kaep go and we will return to football purgatory. We have a QB that took us to the NFCCG twice and the Superbowl! Some will say "it was the defense" but that defense was surrendering 27 points a game in the 2012 playoffs so we know it wasn't them. We fans have a QB that removed us from that 20 year purgatory and now we want him gone?? We get caught up on stats and how the QB 'looks' vs what matters and the only thing that matters is WINS. we laud guys like Luck but the truth of the matter is he's been AWFUL yet fans here would love him because of stats that don't matter when the only one that does is his below. 500 record against OOC opponents. Meanwhile Kaep is 4-2 in the playoffs and 3-1 on the road. Yes we had good teams but what winning QB doesn't have a good team around him?? We will lose Kaep and we will SUCK for the next 5-10 years because he doesn't look the part. You can say all you want about guys with his skill set but one of them is 9-0 and the other has been to TWO Superbowls and both of them have good teams around them.
Date: November 18, 2015 at 1:23 PM
Comment: I see a QB about 20 miles away. Kevin Hogan. Proven WINNER, can read defenses and can scramble. Plays a pro style offense.
Date: November 18, 2015 at 1:04 PM
Comment: Never liked Kaepernick, he was a one trick pony and the league figured out his trick by the second season. What is Jeff Garcia doing these days?
Date: November 18, 2015 at 12:42 PM
Comment: AJ I, don't think there are any elite QB's in the draft. Do we have the staff to groom a young QB? They haven't done that well with Kap. Let's see what we have in Gabbert, NFL history is full of QB's that came alive with a second chance. I think we will see soon enough.
Date: November 18, 2015 at 12:32 PM
Comment: What did you do with Diego?
Date: November 18, 2015 at 11:22 AM
Comment: I'm one of the few 49ers fans that disliked #7 from the start. And seeing him get benched, I chuckled to myself and said karma I'd a ..... just thinking how the whole Alex Smith situation went down. I hope trade him away before April so we don't have to pay home that 14 mill. I rather stick with Blaine for one more year and draft a rookie. And please let's hope it's not Trent Baalke picking our next QB. But that's another topic in its self. But I'm with you on that kaep it's GONE.
Date: November 18, 2015 at 10:22 AM
Comment: How old are you? Turn your hat around you slob. You're basically on TV, representing 49er fans. I'm sick of all you idiots. Give me the days when the douchebags were on the OTHER side of the bay.
Date: November 18, 2015 at 9:56 AM
Comment: It's time for the 49ers to re-build, but not around Kaep. He is not a franchise QB, and he's not likely to take a pay cut. They have to cut him loose to move on.
Date: November 18, 2015 at 9:47 AM
Comment: Man!! I hope the hell not coming back!!! Talks signals in the huddle very loudly but can't make a play!! I think his arms are too big and can't get accurate throws...is that it?? Or does he just suck? Fkn.mngmnt. don't have a clue...Eddie come back please!!!!
Date: November 18, 2015 at 9:37 AM
Comment: Thanks AJ, I have to agree with you. The WebZone has many long time fans that know what a QB looks like, especially the elite ones. As much as I wanted Kap to join the great 49er QB's of the past, it's not going to happen. Charley Casserly said it best, he's an athlete playing QB. I think he would fit in a Chip Kelly scheme and be productive. Kap's days in SF are over and there are 14 million reasons why.
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