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Morning Tailgate: Jan. 14

Posted by Alex Espinoza on January 14, 2013 – 11:48 AM

For several minutes on Sunday afternoon, it looked like the 49ers would be hosting the Seattle Seahawks for the NFC Championship game.

Following Marshawn Lynch’s 2-yard touchdown run with 31 seconds left in the Divisional Round matchup against top-seeded Atlanta, the NFC West foes looked destined for a third tilt of the season. But two quick passes from Matt Ryan and a last-second field goal by Matt Bryant gave the Falcons a 30-28 victory, meaning the 49ers will pack their bags and head to the Georgia Dome for Sunday’s NFC title game.

The 49ers fell short in last year’s NFC Championship with a 20-17 overtime loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants. After the 45-31 win over the Packers on Saturday, players spoke about overcoming last year’s mistakes and reaching Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. Peter King of Sports Illustrated took a look ahead to the NFC title game between the 49ers and Falcons and the AFC title game between the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots.

“Now the storyline the world will be bludgeoned with this week is how Atlanta will defend (Colin) Kaepernick, who appeared indefensible against Green Bay behind the best offensive line in the league,” King wrote. “At least if Kaepernick were playing at Candlestick in January, there’d be a chance he’d be slowed by a muddy field. But on the indoor FieldTurf carpet at the Georgia Dome? Look out.”

The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate looks ahead to the NFC Championship as the 49ers will try to reach their sixth Super Bowl in franchise history.

Tim Kawakami of the Bay Area News Group looked at the remaining hurdles for the 49ers in their Quest for Six.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle previewed the Kaepernick-Falcons matchup.

Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group gave his take on San Francisco vs. Atlanta.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com broke down the 49ers-Falcons.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee noted how Atlanta has fared against mobile quarterbacks.

NFL.com gives you the opportunity to name Kaepernick’s 56-yard TD run against Green Bay.

Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle examined the 49ers as they prepare for another road playoff game.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com compared Kaepernick and Falcons QB Matt Ryan.

Lowell Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat wrote that the Falcons will have their hands full trying to defend Kaepernick.

Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea.com said Jim Harbaugh is forging a special career in his second season as an NFL coach.

Sando listed five matchups to note between the 49ers and Falcons.

Maiocco wrote that Michael Crabtree has a lot to prove in the postseason.

Jay Adams of AtlantaFalcons.com shared comments from Atlanta’s players about hosting the 49ers.

NFL.com put together a photo essay of Kaepernick’s record performance against the Packers.

Gary Peterson of the Bay Area News Group passed along the story of a special 49ers fan who was on hand to watch the win over the Packers.

Katie Dowd of the San Francisco Chronicle captured the latest round of #Kaepernicking on social media.

49ers Faithful can print out 49ers-themed paper cubes of players like Frank Gore and Vernon Davis.

Young YouTube Hip Hop sensation Sarah Redden has released another 49ers rap song called “Niner Nation.”

49ers.com’s coverage of the Green Bay game included a recap of the game, Kaepernick’s big day, Crabtree’s two-touchdown game, the dominant second-half defense and a photo gallery. Scott Kegley and Taylor Price broke down the Divisional Round win in the latest Cover 2 presented by AAA and we also had Press Passes from Harbaugh, Kaepernick, Crabtree and Willis.

TV49’s CLIP OF THE DAY


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45 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Jan. 14”

  1. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    I will get the days posts started by saying,,,,,,,IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST,,,,

  2. By Buzz Clifford?arthur.clifford29@yahoo.com on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    TONY GONZALES FROM MATT RYAN TONY 6FT5 GONZALES Michael (good hands Turner 5ft10 244 pounds naked. Julio Jones (strong 220 Julio 6ft3 220

    6ft5 260 pounds tight end super hughe target, Matt Bryant kicker gettem Aldon, Matt Ryan 6ft4 and strong and elusive and very smart and confident and poised under pressure., Asante Samuel (Hall of Famer)!!!!!!!!!!

    We should utilize our big tight ends Celek, Walker and great catch last weekk Vernon Davis speedster!

  3. By chris on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    This is the year of the “9er”! We shall go all the way and take number”6″!

  4. By 9erdog on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    “AND IT WASNT HIS LEG HE BROKE HIS ANKLE AND TORE THE ANKLE LIGAMENTS,”

    “ATLANTA (AP) — San Francisco’s Garrison Hearst, the NFC’s second-leading rusher, broke a bone in his left leg on the first play from scrimmage during Saturday’s divisional playoff game against Atlanta. Heart broke the left fibula — a bone in the lower leg between the knee and ankle.”

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/1998/playoffs/news/1999/01/09/hearst_injured/

  5. By Buzz Clifford?arthur.clifford29@yahoo.com on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    I HAVE NEPHEW WHO HAS SEASON TICKETS FRONT ROW TO PATRIOTS EVERY SEASON. I think the greatest Super Bowl Patriots vs. Niners in the big dance.

    Win this one and we are in the big dance.

  6. By SamoanGuy on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Where the 49er fan from Tonga at? I told him last season when we was not even in the playoffs how much Alex Smith sucked. I wonder if he’s sipping on that Kaepernick ava right now. LoL Let’s go 49ers!

  7. By Buzz Clifford?arthur.clifford29@yahoo.com on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    OH YEAH HARBAUGH HAS BEEN AROUND FOOTBALL ALL HIS LIFE.

    4 an intense man he is pretty well thought and wily!!!!!

    Deon ” Buzz Clifford ” to: Deon Sanders “I believe in Harbaugh.

    We have nice depth Dixon if Gore goes down, Milller if Dixn goes down. Delanie he is so versatile he can play fullback.

    Jim use some fumble rooskies. Jenkins single reverse with great blocking upfront.

  8. By Buzz Clifford?arthur.clifford29@yahoo.com on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    on second thought smash mouth football usually gives us our best results. Justin get heat and ice therapy and zylocaine. Put that big black brace on and get help next to you. Let’s go to the big dance and give tricep rest. Then a year to rest tricep!!!!!!!!

  9. By Jerry Melrose on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    James Harbaugh!

    a Most-Deserving Winner

    of this Century’s much-coveted

    Don Shula “Stroke of Genius” Award…

    Congratulations, Coach!!

  10. By tony hallerman on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    as a die hard 49er fan let’s get another 6 title go 9ers

  11. By hmrhead1 on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Phatal,
    This is not a bashing post. Even though I was strongly in favor of the QB switch, I can still understand why someone would feel strong loyalty for Alex. Although I dont agree with your views, I’m curious to hear your response on a few questions.

    1. You stated “Colin bounced back strongly from one of the worst post-season starts I’ve ever seen from a 49ers quarterback.” This was Colin’s first post-season start, so are you referring to Alex’s performance in last year’s Conf Championship?

    2. Based on Colin’s performance this weekend, do you still believe that Alex gives us a better chance to win a championship?

    3. What would you like to see Colin and/or the rest of the offense be able to accomplish before you’ll say he’s the right choice for the position?

  12. By temper11 on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    test

  13. By temper11 on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Hello? Is this thing on?

  14. By temper11 on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    HIllarious, what makes it through and what doesn’t. Wish someone could explain that to me. Save me alot of time.

  15. By temper11 on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Will try again tomorrow… congrats all!

  16. By tanglung on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    I’VE GOT THE FEVER, SAN FRANCISCO FORTY NINERS FEVER.

  17. By tanglung on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Can everyone STOP with the Alex/Colin stuff, KAEP has proven he is the MAN. Go 49ERS……….

  18. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    that was an atlanta newspaper report 9erdog liar, you should try checking the LOCAL newspaper reports concerning garrison hearsts injury,,,but keep up the good work liar

  19. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    9ERDOG,,,you also said he did it in the 1997nfc championship game, 9erdog, you posted in august that you lived in greenbay you can even go look at aug 30 morningtailgate blog and rjdniner even comments on your friends with you in green bay, then you told tailgate king aug 28 morningtailgate blog that you live in seattle and then you told my wife you were norn and live in san francisco,,all of these facts are research-able, YOUR A PROVEN LIAR,,,YOU POST WITH 3-4 DIFFERENT SCREEN NAMES,,,ANOTHER PROVFEN FACT, STOP TRYING TO SAVE FACE WITH YOUR LIES,,,

  20. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    9ERDOG, A.K.A RJDNINER, A.K.A BASIL,A.K.A CRABBER59,A.K.A ALL THE OTHER SCREEN NAMES HE USES, IS A PROVEN LIAR,,,DONT BELIEVE ANYTHING HE SAYS, HE HAS HIS LIES IN WRITTING ON MORNING TAILGATE AUG 3OTH,AUG 28TH, AND ALL PRE-SEASON, IM NOT MAKING THIS UP ,,THE PROOF IS IN THE TAILGATE BLOG. I HATE PEOPLE LIKE HIM WHO FILL UP THE BLOG SPACE WITH NOTHING BUT A BUNCH OF LIES,,,AND FOR WHY? TO TRY AND SOUND SMART? OR TO BE LIKED? MUST HAVE A VERY LONELY LIFE TO USE 3-4-5 DIFFERENT SCREEN NAMES TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH HIMSELF…..PATHETIC

  21. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY AT THE PHOTO ATTACHED TO THE LINK YOU CAN SEE WHERE THE BREAK HAPPENED, THAT REPORT WAS GIVEN FROM THE LOCKER DURING THE POST GAME REPORT, AFTER THE TEAM RETURNED TO SF THE 49ER TEAM DOCTORS CONFIRMED HIS ANKLE WAS BROKEN AND HE TORE LIGAMENTS IN THE ANKLE,,SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWSPAPER REPORT,,,,GO SPREAD YOUR LIES SOMEWHERE ELSE 9ERDOG LIAR,,,,I LIVE IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA 30 MINS FROM THE STICK,,94541,,,YOU LIE ABOUT EVERY FRICKEN THING YOU POST,,WHEN YOU SAID YOU LIVED IN SEATTLE THAT YOU DIDNT HAVE DIRECT TV SO YOU DIDNT HAVE NFL SUNDAY TICKET, YET YOU STILL CLAIM TO HAVE WATCHED EVERY 49ER GAME THIS YEAR,,,,HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE WHEN THE SEATTLE AREA WOULD ONLY SHOW THE LOCAL TEAM,,,THAT BEING THE SEA-KAWKS,,,,,YOUR A PROVEN LIAR AND NOTHING YOU SAY WILL BE ABLE TO CHANGE THAT FACT,,,,,,

  22. By dave g. on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    NINERS!

  23. By dave g. on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    He has been doing it all season…oh but the Packers had no idea someone says? HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

  24. By dave g. on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    He has been doing it all season…oh but the Packers had no idea someone says? HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

  25. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    it all started in the pre-season game against the vikings dave, if I knew how to link things I would post his 70yrd td run, the very 1st td of kaps 49er career, even if it was in the pre-season,,,,but the game tape of kap was given at the start of the pre season and has continued all the way to sat nights game,,,phatalblahblahblah = stupid

  26. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    if I knew how to post links I would also link every single lie the 9erdog liar has posted, but all one has to do is use the archive links on the right side of the page at the top and research them,,,,and yetm he still trys to gloss over the facts,,,9ERDOG THE MORNING TALIGATE HABITUAL LIAR

  27. By dave g. on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Unstoppable!

  28. By dave g. on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    http://www.ibtimes.com/sportsnet/san-francisco-49ers-news-colin-kaepernick-runs-quarterback-position-new-dimension-1014342

  29. By hott doggy dogg on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Whats up 9ers???? This the hott doggy dogg representing the 49ers nation down in the dirty south of Ga. Yes sir, we will be in full force and showing our support for the REAL AMERICUS TEAM when they come to our side the U.S.
    We like to say that was a splendid job from the very top person all the way down to the lowest man on the practice squad in OUR organization. MOST OF ALL, I LIKE TO THANK PEYTON MANNING FOR CHOOSING DENVER(lol). Once again family, 49ers have a VERY BIG FAN BASE down in south Ga. and we will be there with you. LETS GO NINERS BOOM, BOOM, BOOM BOOM BOOM LETS GO NINERS BOOM,BOOM, BOOM BOOM BOOM.

  30. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    YEAH THATS IT DAVE,,,I have been watching all those preseason games on my dvr checking out how kap did during the preseason. I was not convinced early in the season that kap was ready, many local media reports had stated that kap was having trouble making the reads and seeing his progressions, and so like you,I backed up alex, and when coach harbaugh made the switch, we knew that kap had potential, didnt know what would we get. like I have said all year, and its been repeated by many,,,IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST,,,,

  31. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    the falcons have had trouble with mobile running qb’s all year, there is a good article on that very subject on bleacher report dot com,.kap should have a big day throwing to crab’s asante samuel cant tackle worth a $hit, the falcons lb’s & safteys will have trouble with vernon and delanie, and all of that will open up running lanes for gore and james, atlanta’s d-line is a smaller athletic type and we should bve able to maul those guys. just about every media outlet agrees that we have the best o-line in the nfl, I happen to believe that atlantas o-line is pretty good. the key to victory I think belongs to the defense. the falcons have 2 very big physical wr’s, and we have had some trouble defending the deep ball in the last 3 gmes,,we keep those monsters limited and get pressure on matt ryan,,,we will be booking a flight to new orleans for sure, I know I am, I got the travel agent on my favorites list and am just waiting for the 49ers to clinch the trip to new orleans and im there baby,,,IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST,,

  32. By DMT on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Call me crazy, but I’m excited about the team having to win the conference title on the road!

  33. By DYENNY on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    I AGREE WITH HOTT DOGG AND DMT . I LOVE THE REAL 49ER FAN . TELL THE TRUTH IM SORRY I CALLED A 17 POINT WIN AND I FORGIVE YOU FAKE FANS LOL. IM FROM SOUTH CAROLINA AND CAN ONLY SEE 49ERS WHEN THEY ARE IN ATLANTA AND CHARLOTTE. BUT THESE TICKETS ARE OUT OF RANGE. SO TO THE REAL NINER FANS THAT HAVE TICKETS WEAR YOUR GEAR AND SCREAM FOR ME. I WILL STILL HOPE THAT EVERYONE WONT HATE ME WHEN I SAY WE WILL WIN BY 11 OR MORE THIS WEEK ALSO

  34. By DYENNY on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    WOW ITS AMAZING TO THINK THAT KAP SET A RECORD FOR THE HISTORY OF N.F.L.. / JUST THINK I LOVE THE FALCON HOME FIELD AND KICKOFF TIME BECAUSE ITS US AGAINST THE WORLD . WE WILL WIN !

  35. By DYENNY on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    I SAID WE WOULD HAVE 200 YARDS RUSHING BUT KAP HAD THAT ON HIS ON. IF WE CAN GET 149 OUT OF GORE AND JAMES WE WILL WIN. FOR SURE GO BACK AND LOOK AT THE STATS . BUT I DONT HAVE TO TELL TRUE STAT AND NUMBER FANS LIKE REAL FANS . LETS ALL MAKE AN AGREEMENT THAT NO ARGUING THIS WEEK ON TAILGATE LETS THROW FACTS AND CELEBRATE ONE GAME AWAY.

  36. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    FROM THE SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS JAN 14 2013, IN THE ONLY PLAYOFF GAME BETWEEN THE 49ERS AND ATLANTA FALOCNS, THE 49ERS LOST THE 1998 DIVISIONAL ROUND IN ATLANTA20-18 49ERS RB GARRISON HEARST WAS HURT ON THE FIRST PLAY OF THE GAME WITH WHAT WAS FIRST REPORTED AS A BROKEN LEG FROM THE LOCKER ROOM XRAYS, BUT WHEN EXAMINED BY TEAM DOCTORS AFTER THE TEAM ARRIVED IN SANTA CLARA IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT HEARST HAD BRIKEN HIS ANKLE AND HAD SUSTAINED SUFFCIENT LIGAMENT DAMAGE. ,,,,NOW WHAT 9ERDOG/BASIL/RJDNINER/CRABBER59 LIAR??

  37. By mfkram64 on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    here we go…off to atlanta…need a good week of prep…and have g-ro and coach dial up another solid game plan….to me it comes down to the usual limit to’s and move the chains..keep ryan on side lines like rogers was sat. night….need to score around 30+ pts..i said in my early post u need to score pts. in the playoffs..last week all 4 games lowestt pts was 28 so i like 34-27 niners sunday!!!! run gore and james and use middle of field with t/e’s…play a pysical game punish them on off. with that awesome front line…on d hit jones early and get him off his game..like this matchup…by the way how can someone post stuff to put the team down aka blahblah..think about it they r in the champ. game…should be all postive vibes going..not well blahblah and blahblah kap. this and that…..POSITIVE!

  38. By krlosmontez on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    It will be cool if the Harbaugh brothers play against each other for the Superbowl! or Brady plays his childhood favroite team and losses…. Go Niners!!!! Let’s do this….

  39. By phatalerror on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    “Phatal,
    This is not a bashing post. Even though I was strongly in favor of the QB switch, I can still understand why someone would feel strong loyalty for Alex. Although I dont agree with your views, I’m curious to hear your response on a few questions.

    1. You stated “Colin bounced back strongly from one of the worst post-season starts I’ve ever seen from a 49ers quarterback.” This was Colin’s first post-season start, so are you referring to Alex’s performance in last year’s Conf Championship?

    2. Based on Colin’s performance this weekend, do you still believe that Alex gives us a better chance to win a championship?

    3. What would you like to see Colin and/or the rest of the offense be able to accomplish before you’ll say he’s the right choice for the position?”

    I’ve been busy for the last couple days, and would love to discuss this more, but here are my direct answers:

    1) I was referring to Kaepernick’s starting off the game with a pick-six, not making a comparison from a start in a previous game to Kaepernick’s start this past weekend. Kaepernick gets commendation for not falling completely apart after making such a terrible decision. (He should have taken the sack, or if outside the tackles, thrown it away.)

    2) I do believe Alex is the better quarterback. More is explained in answering question three.

    3) Colin continues to stare down primary receivers on a given play, and this in turn leads to him not being able to make plays elsewhere when the opportunity exists. Games where the defense allowed him to get outside of the pocket where the secondary was soft masked this fundamental flaw. The Packers failed to contain Kaepernick, and much of that was the responsibility of Dom Capers (I’m strongly expecting his firing after his defense failed against opposing offenses in three out of the last four playoff seasons). My chief worry is that if a defense keeps Kaepernick contained in the pocket and successfully masks coverage, Kaepernick will be forced to do what he is not good at: Quarterbacking. In no instance have his throwing-based performances been consistently outstanding.

    More later.

  40. By 11yearswithalex on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    and that being said ….colin is by far allready past alex as far as nfl QBing ….alex will go 3 and out with dump offs all game if that is what the D gives him and has no problem with that …….that to me is not a winner …..a guy who wants to win and tries at every down to do so is a winner and strives to get better is a winner not a guy who’s only purpose on the field is to not turn the ball over ….i mean mioght as well run wildcat with alex since he will not throw down field anyways ….will be nice to see if he even gets picked up and who will take on the tebow 2 project

  41. By 11yearswithalex on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    and or what coach will want to destroy his carreer by useing alex …..coach saw that he was going down the rabbit hole with alex as all the other coaches did and saw his carreer going down with alex and made the move to help the team and keep his job …….alex go retire you are ruining peoples lives with your lousy QBing

  42. By tanglung on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    phatablahblah and 11yearswithyouwishyouhadabrain, you two are a piece of work. Get a life why don’t you. Just enjoy where the 49ERS are and get off the Alex Smith deal. You two are soooooooo boring. excuse my language but SHUT the F**** UP allready.

  43. By hmrhead1 on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Tanglung, that’s on me. I did ask the questions, so Phatal was just responding to my query.

    I’m not going to tout myself as an expert. I’m an armchair coach just like everybody else on this site. However, I have been watching football for over 30 years and that counts for at least qualifying as capable of performing the eye test.

    When I look at Colin vs Alex, I just dont think they are even close in the impact they bring to the game. I will agree with Phatal in that Alex is better at checking the ball down to the backs. Colin does need to improve on check downs, however that’s a lot easier to teach than transforming a conservative QB into a playmaker.

    When Alex was demoted, he was dead last in the NFL in completions beyond 10 yards. He was behind the likes of Brandon Weeden, Blaine Gabbert, and Mark Sanchez. That’s terrible! Teams smothered our vertical game and if Frank did not have a big day, our offense suffered.

    Colin finished the season tied with Peyton Manning for the highest net average per throwing play. Our WRs became a part of our offense and Crabtree went from bust to boom over night. Our offensive impact is significantly trending up. The only change you can attribute that to is Colin being put into the starting lineup.

    On top of all of that, in less than half a season, Colin finished #5 in the league in QB rushing yards. Using rushing yards per game, Colin would have been a 1000 yd rusher had he played the whole season. This quality has helped improve our 3rd down efficiency which has always been a problem for Alex.

    I’m not going to try and convert you into a Colin fan. I truly could care less. The guy I want at the helm has the job, so no skin off my back. However, I just dont see how a knowledgeable fan can compare these two players and think we have a better opportunity to win a championship with Alex.

    Jaws said it best. Alex was great at not making mistakes, but Colin is great at making plays.

    I’ll take a playmaker any day.

  44. By phatalerror on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    “However, I just dont see how a knowledgeable fan can compare these two players and think we have a better opportunity to win a championship with Alex.”

    I am of course answering your question understanding that you are speaking about the short-term. My hope is that whoever quarterbacks for the 49ers next year will be a better quarterback than they were this year.

    My take on this is really simple. It sounds philosophical at first, but I can make a statistical case quite easily: I choose a ‘traditional’ pocket quarterback over a dual-threat quarterback in any case where the dual-threat quarterback is revealed to be a no-threat quarterback once defenses learn to contain them within the pocket.

    Many 49ers fans have already christened Colin Kaepernick as the 49ers’ new franchise quarterback over the 49ers’ playoff win this past weekend, citing his record-breaking rushing performance. But whose records did he break? Michael Vick. A week after Michael Vick of the Atlanta Falcons set the playoff single-game rushing record back in the 2004 season, the Eagles contained him, he was unable to scramble, his completion percentage was less than 50%, and he didn’t account for a single TD. Today, Michael Vick isn’t wanted in Philadelphia any more by many Eagles fans, because in their perception, he cannot quarterback. And while I consider him a better quarterback than most give him credit for, he is not a top league quarterback. His style of play has gotten him injured to an excess, and he hasn’t proven to be a true dual-threat on a consistent basis.

    This is the future for Colin Kaepernick if he can’t build on his current skill set when it comes to throwing from the pocket. He excels in a couple specific [throwing] categories that are typically linked to scramble-prone quarterbacks, but he is hardly a top league quarterback when you exclude his rushing numbers and evaluate his [throwing] ability as a whole.

    Of course, many will balk at me even suggesting that you should look at him without his rushing numbers, but you need to remember that some defensive coordinators excel at building defensive schemes that neuter the ground threat mobile quarterbacks present. What is Colin Kaepernick going to do in those games? I haven’t seen him manifest the traits of a highly effective pocket quarterback.

    And while many will argue that Colin Kaepernick’s numbers compare favorably against Alex Smith’s, the drop-off in performance of every player on the team except Michael Crabtree during that same period makes it very clear that whereas Alex Smith elevated the play of his teammates as a whole, Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have that effect on the team.

    Therefore, I haven’t believed and continue to not believe that Colin Kaepernick is the best quarterback on the 49ers’ roster.

  45. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT PHATALBLAHBLAHBLAH

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