Another Seattle fan chiming in on this one.
This is a really crazy, and interesting debate. I can't recall a similar situation where two teams could have a debate where each fan base is 100% behind their teams QB and wouldn't trade for the other teams under any circumstance. Perhaps New England & Indy with Manning vs. Brady for all those years? We also have a similar debate with our coaching staffs, which makes this even more interesting.
As for the QB debate, SF fans want to talk about Kaepernicks athletic ability and potential. Seattle fans want to talk about Wilsons elusiveness, work ethic, and intangibles.
SF fans want to compare Kaepernicks 1st 10 games to Wilsons 1st 10 games. Seattle fans want to point out Kaepernick had over a year to learn the offense, and got playing time prior to taking over as a starter.
SF fans seem to think Wilson will "come back to earth next year." Seattle fans seem to think Kaepernick will "come back to earth next year."
I personally think everyone is correct. I am in Wilsons camp though. I suspect if I were a SF fan (
) I'd be in Kaepernicks camp. This obviously isn't an argument that can be won or lost on here though.
My perspective, and what put me in Wilsons camp eventually, is why I am so high on him now and looking down the road. I think you have to compare how they both came to their teams, and what they've done since getting there. Kaepernick was drafted in the 2nd round I believe?? With the talk, as I recall, of him becoming the eventual starter. I don't recall how he played in pre-season as a rookie, I just seem to remember Harbaugh giving Smith a vote of confidence, and didn't really hear much from Kaepernick until he started getting some snaps throughout this last season, then eventually taking over after Smith was injured. This obviously isn't meant as a slight to Kaepernick, players are drafted where they're drafted, and they do with what they can with the opportunities they're given. He was given an opportunity when the starter got hurt, and he didn't give it back up. To the point that the team was willing to trade away the previous starter.
Wilson was drafted in the 3rd round, was viewed as a potential solid back up, and a change of pace guy by just about everyone, "that may some day become a starter in this league," but was viewed by most teams to be too short to have any true success. I personally was pretty high on Flynn, and hoped they would name him the starter out of training camp. I thought he played well enough in the pre season to win the job. I was impressed with Wilson in the pre season, but thought it was a huge mistake when they named him the starter. By week 2 or 3, I was screaming that they had to go to Flynn or this season would be a loss. However, watching Wilson over the course of the season, watching interviews, his demeanor, and reading about how he conducted himself and played as the QB, regardless of being a rookie, where he was drafted, or what the circumstances were in a game, I eventually completely did a 180 on him. I have been a die hard fan, bordering on obsessive, since this teams inception. I have watched a lot of bad football, and a little good football. Seattle has never had a player like Wilson. He has what Joe Montana, and Michael Jordan had. They had, and he has an inate ability to win. Period. For a player to come in and win the starting job as a rookie, win over his teamates, and win in this league, win on the road in the playoffs (almost back to back), and mount the comebacks he did throughout the season is nothing short of remarkable.
To me that's what it comes down to. Perhaps Kaepernick has it too, but what I did see is Kaepernick look rattled in Seattle, and he seemed to struggle making adjustments at the line resulting in TO's or a lot of delay penalties. Maybe I'm overblowing it, but I never saw Wilson rattled. Ever. Not down by 14 on the road at Washington in the playoffs, and not down by 20 on the road at Atlanta in the playoffs. He is freaky calm. And wierd/good things happen when he has the ball in his hands. I couldn't be more thrilled to have him as my teams QB, or more impressed with the scouting/coaching staff seeing it in him and having the huevos to start him and ride it out with him.
As I said, this is my view as a Seattle fan. I thinks it is pretty freakin awesome that our teams are continuing to build on a pretty fun rivalry. We had a little rivalry with the Rams when we were on our run in the early 2000's, but it's nice to develop some hate for another team in the division too.