Last season, every single football fan in the world was ready to sing the praises of quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Once he got his chance to start for the injured Alex Smith, the former Nevada standout became a breakout fantasy football star while leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl. However, just one year later, everyone is ready to judge him for a down season. So what actually does lie ahead for Kaepernick for the rest of his NFL career?
With Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III and other college-type, dual-threat quarterbacks struggling in 2013, many see this as a sign of that type of offense being more of a gimmick than anything. Teams have adjusted on the defensive end, and Kaepernick is simply not getting the chance to rack up fantasy football rushing yards like he was in the past.
Even though Kaepernick has lost his ability to run for a ton of yards, he still has 355 yards on the ground and three touchdowns in his name. What it has effected more than anything is his passing and decision-making. Simply put, he is not as confident in the pocket this season, and his completion rate has dropped from 62.4% last season to 56.7%. Seven interceptions also does not help fantasy football owners who were relying on him to be a starter every single week.
Despite his ups and downs, people do need to remember that he has still appeared in less than 30 games in his NFL career. People want instant gratification, but he is probably going to have to switch up and tweak his game a bit going into the 2014 season. The San Francisco 49ers still have a shot at the playoffs, and his strong showing against the Washington Redskins could be a sign of things to come. The 49ers are invested in Kaepernick, so the best thing to do is sit back and wait for him to iron out the kinks this season as defenses adjust to the play calling that made him successful in 2012.