Colin Kaepernick has experienced lots of success early in his career. He took over for Alex Smith last season and the 49ers thrived under his leadership. He beat the Packers, Patriots, Saints and Falcons on the 49ers trek to the Super Bowl. Even though, the 49ers lost the Super Bowl to the Baltimore Ravens, Kaepernick proved he had arrived.
In the offseason, all you saw on television and in magazines was Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick posed for ESPN The Magazine: The Body Issue where he was the cover boy. He attended countless award shows, including the ESPYs, where he won breakout performer of the year. He has replaced Peyton Manning as the NFL poster boy appearing in more commercials than anybody. Everything was going Kaepernick’s way.
In week one, he dominated the Green Bay Packers defense, who were poised to stop Kaepernick’s run game but instead he beat them with his arm. He threw for over 400 yards and three touchdowns, making the Packers secondary look terrible. It looked as though the 49ers were a title contender and Kaepernick was on his way to becoming an elite quarterback.
In week 2, Kaepernick struggled against the Seattle secondary, a far cry from his performance against the Packers a week earlier. He looked uncomfortable in the pocket and was constantly scrambling to his left, looking for open receivers. The result was his worst game as a pro but most 49ers fans were not worried by his performance because the 49ers had struggled in Seattle in the past.
Week 3 was supposed to be an easy game for Kaepernick. The 49ers were favored by 11 points with the Colts coming off a home loss to the Miami Dolphins. He was facing a Colts defense that was in the lower third of the NFL in total defense but Kaepernick, once again, had an uninspiring performance. He threw for only 150 yards, fumbling once, throwing one interception and was sacked three times. It was his first loss at home and it was the first time the 49ers had lost consecutive games in the Harbaugh era.
The 49ers face the St. Louis Rams on Thursday and this will be the first time Kaepernick has faced any adversity in his young career. This is a must-win game for the 49ers if they want to have any chance of winning the NFC West and being a serious title contender. The Rams were the only team in the NFC West that the 49ers did not defeat, losing once and tying once.
Kaepernick must get back to the quarterback he was late last season and in week 1 in order for the 49ers to win on Thursday. I feel he will do exactly this because everyone is counting him out. He thrives off the negative energy of others, in his words, it “helps” him. I look for him to use this energy and lead the 49ers to victory on Thursday night.
Do you think Kaepernick will overcome this adversity and lead the 49ers to victory?
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