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A Long Journey Ahead

January 31st 2013 20:11
The road to the Super Bowl for San Fran QB Colin Kaepernick could possibly be one of the most impressive of all time. The road back to the Super Bowl next year… might be even more of a story for Kaepernick.
It took him only nine games to reach this point, which was an impressive feat, but now next season, the pressure will mount more and more with each game.

Many fans were calling for Alex Smith’s head shortly after his lack luster first few seasons in San Fran. After a couple of games with good stats and a string of good wins, things quickly changed. And then things quickly changed once again when Smith went back to his old ways.

Prior to a concussion this season, Smith was putting up career numbers including an amazing night on Monday Night Football. Smith went 18-19 for 232 yards and three touchdowns. Even after this performance, people were still excited to see Smith moved to back up after a concussion he sustained in St. Louis.

Kaepernick now faces a dilemma; win the Super Bowl in his 10th start as a QB or lose and let a lot of SF fans down. It’s not fair for him but that’s how it been with teams with a history of success. The main problem is how stacked the odds are against Kaepernick.

The style of play Kaepernick isn’t something that’s rare in the NFL. We’ve seen it with Tim Tebow (not comparing the two…just their styles) we’ve seen it when the Miami Dolphins ran the wildcat and now we’re seeing it in Kaepernick.

Teams quickly adjust to college style players and offenses, especially with film and YouTube usage. An advantage to Kaepernick’s success this season was that many teams didn’t get to make a real assessment of his style.

Kaepernick played seven and a half regular season games in 2012; one of which was against an Arizona Cardinals team in the last week of the season, a team that packed it in earlier in the year. His late replacement essentially led to teams not getting to make a good assessment of Kaepernick’s game.

Next season, teams will have plenty to review and his style of play will be understood by teams. Fans will see how he adjusts to teams scouting him.
If Kaepernick earns a victory at Super Bowl XLVII, the same is going to be expected of him next season. San Fran fans may give him the Alex Smith treatment if he does not manage.


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