Originally posted by SofaKing:
Originally posted by Niners99:
What you need to remember is, Colin Kaepernick just made his 19th career start. Hes still a baby. The fact that he came out of the gate on fire is distracting everyone from realize that hes still learning, and theres nothing wrong with that.
Its all a matter of perspective. If Alex Smith had been let go before the 2012 season, and Kap was given the job in week 1 of last season and progressed like a rookie starter, nobody would be upset right now. Its only because he looked like a top 5 QB with nerves of steel while leading us to a SB that he now looks terrible by comparison.
This time last year, nobody even knew Kap was anything special. He was just a wildcat/read option QB who we used in trick plays. We had no idea if he could even play QB in the NFL. He was almost a flyer.
He came in with SUCH a bang, and exceeded expectations SO greatly, that we all ended up assuming he skipped rookie mistakes and growing pains.
Now hes showing signs of being a young QB, and everyone is freaking out that hes not the immediate HOFer we thought. Just think of how good he COULD be, or WILL be in the future with more seasons under his belt. More throws, more reps with Harbaugh and his offense, seeing NFL defenses more, etc. Hes a smart guy. He scored a 37 on his Wonderlic. He isnt Michael Vick. He understands how to read defenses, dissect coverages, and learn an NFL offense. He just needs the reps, thats all.
The vast majority of young QB take way, WAY longer to reach this point than 19 starts. He faced arguably the best front 7 in the NFC this week, and his OL didnt protect him. Its being extremely harsh to blame him for not having a good game. Especially when he lost VD in the 2nd. VD makes our offense work. Hes a fantastic blocker, a legit deep threat, a nightmare matchup, and he spreads the coverage out.
Kap is going to be fine, just have some patience.
Great take bud. Refreshing to see this in the middle of all the doom and gloom.
Its just common sense to me. Most of us have been watching football for long enough to know better. People used to say John Elway had all the talent in the world, but couldnt read defenses...
Not only are we forgetting what I just talked about, but also that we made the bold switch to a raw, young QB in the middle of our prime SB window, and we really havent been any worse off because of it. Usually when teams break in a brand new kid at QB, its during horrible rebuilding years. The fact that were contending WHILE were getting our QB reps is fantastic.
Were going to have the core of our team locked up for years to come, so its not like our window is closing. There will be plenty of years to come when Kap starts coming into his own that we will be big SB contenders. Weve been to the NFC Champ game 2 years in a row, so anyone complaining is really desperate to be bitter.
At this point I think we still make the playoffs, and if were playing well at the time, we have a chance. You just have to make it. Maybe somebody even upsets Seattle. You never know. Maybe Russell Wilson blows his knee out next week? Just take things one week at a time. Either way were going to be watching great, contending football for years to come. People need to be happy with that.