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Has Colin Kaepernick regressed this season?

Has Colin Kaepernick regressed this season?

Colin Kaepernick was supposed to be the next great quarterback in San Francisco 49ers history.  All the experts said he was on his way to becoming one of the best quarterbacks in the game.  He was on every magazine cover and television commercial as the new media darling of the NFL.


Kaepernick started the season with a bang, making all the experts pat themselves on the back.  He put up staggering numbers in week 1 against the Green Bay Packers, throwing for over 400 yards and three touchdowns, making the 49ers look unstoppable, destined for the Super Bowl.  But after that elite performance, we haven’t seen that Colin Kaepernick all season.


He played poorly in the next two weeks against playoff-caliber teams, Seattle and Indianapolis, both losses.  It looked like he turned his season around when the 49ers won their next five games, never putting up elite numbers but there was no need to panic because of the success of the team.  Last Sunday, he had his worst game as a pro, throwing for only 91 yards, sacked 6 times and throwing a crucial interception that sealed a 10-9 loss to the surging Carolina Panthers, another playoff-caliber team.


Many have said Kaepernick is not having a great year because of his weapons in his receiving corps but 91 yards for any quarterback is an utter disgrace and so has the 49ers’ passing game as a whole.  The 49ers are last in the NFL in passing yards this season and with Vernon Davis suffering a concussion in the loss on Sunday and Michael Crabtree not coming back in the near future, it doesn't appear to be improving anytime soon.

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1914 translation by H.

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Section 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum", written by Cicero in 45 BC

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"On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain. These cases are perfectly simple and easy to distinguish. In a free hour, when our power of choice is untrammelled and when nothing prevents our being able to do what we like best, every pleasure is to be welcomed and every pain avoided. But in certain circumstances and owing to the claims of duty or the obligations of business it will frequently occur that pleasures have to be repudiated and annoyances accepted. The wise man therefore always holds in these matters to this principle of selection: he rejects pleasures to secure other greater pleasures, or else he endures pains to avoid worse pains."

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Michael Shultz is a writer for baysportsreport.com and is a huge A's, 49ers and Warriors fan. He is currently a 49ers contributor and looking to become a sports writer in the future. You can follow him on Twitter @shultzreport and comments are appreciated.


  1. The 49ers has a serious problem at the quarte-back position, all the preparation and practices colin says he has been doing, I haven’t seen the improvement. Colin has shown signs of degressing and not knowing where he
    wants to throw the ball, hesitant about when to run, and just down right bafffled. I will venture to say that our season is over and Coach needs to start looking for solutiion to his newly promoted problem. Colin cannot
    handle the publicity that goes along with being considered a superstar. He thinks saying to the media, I am working hard everyweek and saying that, he is trying to get better and each week, he’s getting worst. To
    be a leader you must look like one. You cannot hold the position of a man and act like a boy. You cannot dres like a high school or a college althete and be an NFL quarter. It is some many things about colin that is effecting his talent to manifest itself and the coaches have been perblind to it all. If it was forseeable,coach would have not trade Alex Smith, because Colin is playing less than Alex when he was a forty-niner. I could go on about the mask-man, we have for quarterback. We will be blown away this week, if coach doesn’t talk seriously with his quarterback. That young man can’t see the city for the lights.

  2. He’s slightly overrated and appears to be gun-shy when running this season. He seems to have a chip on his shoulder against the media and the fans for no apparent reason, and he exhibits immature behavior as well. Maybe he needs to get his act together and go to the school of professionalism that Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, Steve Young, and current players such as Andrew Luck, and Russell Wilson went to.

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