The Niners’ Colin Kaepernick problem

San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick earned the second-lowest grade of any QB in Week 3.

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(AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

(AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

The Niners’ Colin Kaepernick problem


No word better sums up Colin Kaepernick right now than “inconsistent.” On Sunday against Arizona he earned the worst grade of his entire career, but it’s coming directly after one of the 10 best graded games of his career and the single-highest-graded passing performance he has ever had (in last week’s loss to Pittsburgh).

Against the Cardinals he looked completely lost, completing only nine of 16 pass attempts for 67 yards, which in itself would be horrendous, but he also tossed four interceptions to finish with a passer rating of 16.7 overall. On plays in which he was pressured his passer rating was just 2.8, and he completed as many passes to Cardinals players (two) as his own teammates.

All four of his interceptions came on the right side of the field outside of the numbers, throwing four picks in just six attempts targeting that area of the field.

Quarterbacks are going to have bad games in the NFL—defenses are too good for anything else to be true—but part of being a legit starter at this level is mitigating those bad days and not adding to the problems. Kaepernick just seemed to heave panicked passes into obvious coverage and dug the team even deeper with each error. This Colin Kaepernick has no business starting games at this level, but the issue for the 49ers is they have no idea which guy will turn up next week.

The 49ers have never been entirely sold on Kaepernick the quarterback, which is why they handed him the kind of contract they did—one with huge headline numbers, but which amounted to a pay-as-you-go deal for a quarterback who would be worth paying for as long as he was starting. The moment the 49ers decide they have moved on from him as a viable starter they can cut loose his contract with relatively little penalty (or none at all if they do it in the offseason).

Their issue is that he is neither one thing nor the other for any extended length of time.  You need to go back to the 2013 season to find a run of more than a couple of games where Kaepernick posted consistently good grades. Even that year there was ugly play at the beginning of the season, and he didn’t finish it as strongly as he had been playing, but his performance over the past 20 games since the beginning of the 2014 season has been completely up and down. He has three games in there that are All-Pro-caliber excellent, but four games that are “cut this guy right now” bad. Even the games between those two extremes are not consistently one thing or the other.

The only thing you can be sure about Colin Kaepernick right now is you have no idea what level of performance he will produce from one week to the next. At some point that in itself is all you need to know about his ability to start long-term and earn the bigger sums in that headline contract. The 49ers can chase the good Kaepernick for a while, and try to work out what produces those excellent games, but eventually you need to find a guy who may not have that ceiling, but whose floor doesn’t extend several levels below the basement.

| Senior Analyst

Sam is a Senior Analyst at Pro Football Focus, as well as a contributor to ESPN.

  • DiHard49

    “…eventually you need to find a guy who may not have that ceiling, but whose floor doesn’t extend several levels below the basement.”

    The 49ers had that guy. His name is Alex Smith. He went to KC with a knife in his back.

    • jr

      KC had the #1 scoring defense last year. With Alex Smith on the team. How did that work out for them?

      • Evan Bornmann

        Well they also have Andy Reid. Let’s be fair here.

      • Ben Tucson

        They also had a stick of gum and a ham sandwich for receivers. I’d say it worked out pretty well for them, considering they’re actually competitive after being in the toilet for 20 years.

        Half the teams in the NFL would give their OC’s left nut for Alex Smith right now.

        • Twinkie defense

          Alex Smith on most teams (teams without stellar defenses and running backs) means 4-12. This is a QB-driven League, and Alex Smith is driving a golf cart.

          • Steve

            From 2013 on Smith and Kaepernicks regular season won-loss record to date is nearly identical…

            Kaepernick 21-14
            Smith 22-14

            So the obvious difference maker in the 9ers run in the post season 2012 and 2013 wasn’t Kaep.. it was was the 9er D…

            Crabtree leaves because, quote: “I needed a quarterback that can deliver the ball, and that was hungry like I was.”

            …and he’s not talking about Alex Smith..

          • Twinkie defense

            Kap and Smith both suck, in different ways.

        • Daniners

          How does our below-average Krapperpants lead you to an average-yet-unremarkable Alice Smith? He did next to nothing for us, and probably less for the Chiefs. A team last year, that, in reality, when you include our injuries and suspensions, was no worse. Yep, 49er fans love to forget the fantastic six years Alice took to even reach the “average-yet-unremarkable” level.

          Yes, as bad as Krapperpants is, he at least has a number of solid performances in big games. Alice has one against New Orleans, followed up by a big fat egg against the Giants (at home, mind you).

          If you you really want to criticize this organization for something, something unforgivable, how about picking Alice over one of the greatest QB’s in history, Aaron Rodgers. Leaving us stranded with NO real franchise QB the past 10 years. Ironically, we may once again be choosing between a Cal QB (Goff) who displays everything you want in a QB, and another (Hackenberg) who has tons of potential, but little else. My money is on Baalke taking the guy with all the potential and little else.

      • DiHard49

        Agree 100% with Ben. Where are the WR’s that started for KC last year? On the street or on the Browns. I don’t know which one is worse. The point I was making is that Smith fits the description that Kawakami was making. Most fans wanted Alex gone. Now he is. How’s Kaep working out for you jr?

        • Twinkie defense

          That’s a false choice… Alex Smith was never going to bring the Niners anywhere. He’s had a great defense in KC and one of the most explosive backs in the game, and still KC has never won a playoff game with Alex Smith under center. In order to have success you’re going to have to throw the ball more than 3 yards from time to time. Moving on from Alex Smith did not prevent Balke from bringing in some competition for Kap though.

          • DiHard49

            It’s not a false choice at all. And I didn’t know you could see the future. How can you say he wouldn’t have taken them anywhere?! Alex took them to the NFC Championship game in Harbaugh’s first season as coach with a strike shortened offseason. Did you forget his game against the Saints as well? He threw ZERO picks against the Giants and 2 TD’s with his ARM in poor conditions. With KC he lost to the Colts in the playoffs because of a complete defensive collapse not to mention losing J. Charles on the first play! Alex Smith is 1-2 in the playoffs but if you blame him for either loss then you’re not being honest. Know the facts man. 49ers made a HUGE mistake.

          • Twinkie defense

            Checkdown King.

          • dulcetpine

            Keeps the chains moving and the defense fresh. Checkdowns are very important.

            I’d take Alex over Kap in a heartbeat.

          • Reason

            ^^ Checkdowns are a QBs best friend. See Brady, Payton, Brees for examples.

          • Twinkie defense

            Oh yeah those checkdowns are looking great! http://football.realgm.com/wiretap/35513/Alex-Smith-Throwing-3rd-Down-Passes-78-Yards-Short-Of-Marker

            PS In case it is not clear, I never said Kap was a great quarterback, just that Alex Smith will never lead a team to success.

          • DiHard49

            And there is just no way you can know that. That’s your opinion which you are entitled to, but it doesn’t make you right.

          • Twinkie defense

            You did not just compare Alex Smith with Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Peyton Manning! Oh no you did not.

          • DiHard49

            He was pointing out that good QB’s throw check downs too! It’s like you can’t even understand the points that people are making but you want to have a discussion with the grown ups. He wasn’t saying that Smith was as good or as successful as those other QB’s, he was saying that check downs are a part of taking what the defense gives you and allowing your teammates to make plays. Jeez I have to spell everything out for this guy because he just doesn’t get it!

          • Twinkie defense

            “Alex Smith Throwing 3rd Down Passes 7.8 Yards Short Of Marker” Oops!
            http://football.realgm.com/wiretap/35513/Alex-Smith-Throwing-3rd-Down-Passes-78-Yards-Short-Of-Marker

            Chiefs are also in last place in the AFC West and Alex Smith is on track to set an NFL record for getting sacked – you think with those one-yard checkdowns he might avoid getting sacked!

          • DiHard49

            Have you watched that o-line? He HAS to check it down to give his team any chance at all. Think the sacks might have anything to do with the o-line? No? All Smith’s fault? Of course it is. SMH.

          • Raul Fender

            A quote from you: “Alex Smith will win a Superbowl with KC.” I didn’t know you could see the future.

          • DiHard49

            Mine is a prediction of something that COULD happen. Yours is a statement of fact about something that is unknowable. Get a clue bud. Hating on Alex Smith isn’t going to make Kaep better. You lose.

          • DiHard49

            Mine is a prediction of something that COULD happen. Yours is a statement of fact about something that is unknowable. Get a clue bud. Hating on Alex Smith isn’t going to make Kaep better. You lose.

          • Raul Fender

            A quote from you: “Alex Smith will win a Superbowl with KC.” I didn’t know you could see the future.

          • LCD

            Look the point is that we were done with alex as in lost hope. When you lose hope with kap then it’s over too. I would have switched to kap all over again because he was more exciting.

            As for a knife in his back, lol, dude underwhelmed for years and got paid out the butt, hardly feel sorry for him.

            Kap struggling is an issue but blowing up the team and coaching staff is the seed that started this whole mess. And that is a FACT.

          • DiHard49

            To dismiss the horrible “talent” and “coaching” on the team during the Nolan era is to be willfully blind. Alex’s struggles during that time cannot be fairly attributed to him if you’re being honest. It’s a moot point to discuss Alex vs Colin. The choice was made and it’s working out brilliantly right? Blowing up the coaching staff was a colossal blunder no doubt, but if you’re not going to give that excuse to Alex, then you’re being hypocritical to apply it to Colin. That is a fact.

          • LCD

            It’s essentially the same team that Harbaugh took over bro. I won’t argue that alex thrived under harbs but so much so that he couldn’t keep kap from talking his job?? Come on.

          • DiHard49

            Did Kap take his job? If Alex doesn’t get hurt, Kap doesn’t see the field in my opinion. Also, Kap blew it up against Chicago and was pretty electric early on. If Kap was still playing like THAT, then we’re not even having this discussion. I seriously questioned the decision to promote him to the starter based on such a small sample size. Alex is what he is, but at this point I think we see that Kap isn’t that QB that lit up Chicago. He’s steadily regressed to an almost unstartable level. As the article stated, the 49ers could use a QB with a higher floor. Maybe there are more close games, but fewer games where the QB takes you out of it in the first quarter.

          • LCD

            I’m sorry did Alex go to the superbowl? I missed that season.

            Here is the bottom line, it’s very possible neither qb is the right answer but to have stayed with alex and not have experimented with kap was not something that was going to happen

          • Steve

            Blaming Smith for enduring 4 HC’s and 5 OC’s in 5 hears is stupid.. that kind of situation is simply not gonna breed a very good QB.. even Rogers would have suffered. Put Kaep in that situation and see how well he deals with it… wait.. its likely he is now….

            From 2013 on Smith and Kaepernicks regular season won-loss record to date is nearly identical…

            Kaepernick 21-14
            Smith 22-14

            So the obvious difference maker in the 9ers run in the post season 2012 and 2013 wasn’t Kaep.. it was was the 9er D…

            Yer right.. blowing up the team started it, and it started when Smith got benched. That’s when the rest of the team started looking at Harbaugh as a coach they couldn’t trust. Its a known fact that the locker room was divided until Smith told them they had to support Kaep.

            Crabtree leaves because, quote: “I needed a quarterback that can deliver the ball, and that was hungry like I was.”

            …and he’s not talking about Alex Smith..

      • Jared Wolfhope

        It was the #2 scoring defense with a little help from a ball control offense keeping them off the field or not defending a short field.
        And they were a game from the playoffs with some of the worst linemen and WRs in the NFL because they still scored more points than 16 teams.

    • Daniners

      How does our below-average Krapperpants lead you to an average-yet-unremarkable Alice Smith? He did next to nothing for us, and probably less for the Chiefs. A team last year, that, in reality, when you include our injuries and suspensions, was no worse. Yep, 49er fans love to forget the fantastic six years Alice took to even reach the “average-yet-unremarkable” level.

      Yes, as bad as Krapperpants is, he at least has a number of solid performances in big games. Alice has one against New Orleans, followed up by a big fat egg against the Giants (at home, mind you).

      If you you really want to criticize this organization for something, something unforgivable, how about picking Alice over one of the greatest QB’s in history, Aaron Rodgers. Leaving us stranded with NO real franchise QB the past 10 years. Ironically, we may once again be choosing between a Cal QB (Goff) who displays everything you want in a QB, and another (Hackenberg) who has tons of potential, but little else. My money is on Baalke taking the guy with all the potential and little else.

      • DiHard49

        How old are you? With the name calling I seriously hope you’re not over 14. I don’t forget the terrible teams and coaches that made up the 49ers for Smith’s first years. I saw improvement every year despite a revolving door of players and coaches. As for big games, you must have your eyes wide shut. Alex played well against the Giants for the most part. Who were his receivers that game? A slow Crabtree, BRETT SWAIN and don’t forget the awesome Kyle Williams. And EVEN with that pathetic group it took TWO Williams fumbles to lose. No, Alex was the QB that the 49ers needed. Some of us realized it then and are happy to point it out today. History will be the judge. Alex Smith will win a Superbowl with KC.

        • Raul Fender

          You are a moron. Smith can’t throw over 10 yards. Smith will never be the starting QB in Superbowl unless the starter gets hurt. Smith had a weak arm at Utah and still does. KC doesn’t need WRs because he can’t get it to them.

          • DiHard49

            Name calling. Real mature. I guess when you can’t come up with a fact based argument you resort to that kind of thing.

          • DiHard49

            Name calling. Real mature. I guess when you can’t come up with a fact based argument you resort to that kind of thing.

          • dulcetpine

            Smith’s stats have been better than Kaps since the day Kap took over. Fact.

          • Twinkie defense

            It’s not about Smith vs. Kap, they can both suck and that doesn’t mean the Niners shouldn’t have dumped Smith – in fact I was astounded they were able to get two 2nd round picks for the guy.

          • Steve

            When Smith got hurt his QBR was 104…. Kaep takes over and finishes the season with a 93 QBR…

            funny thing is.. when one removes the 2012 season Smith and Kaepernicks won-loss record to date is nearly identical…

            Kaepernick 21-14

            Smith 22-14

          • Travis Morris

            The only problem with comparing Kap to Smith, is that Kap plays In the NFC West where he must encounter the best defenses in the NFL 6 times a year, whereas Smith gets 6 games against the Chargers, Raiders and Broncos defenses! It is CPT Checkdown vs Refuse to Checkdown!

          • DiHard49

            If you’re going to compare divisions, you should compare entire schedules. The Chiefs beat the Patriots and the Seahawks last year. Both of those teams were in the Super Bowl. Peyton Manning and the Broncos aren’t exactly an easy team to beat regardless of how tough their defense is.

          • Twinkie defense
          • DiHard49

            Jeremy Maclin is averaging 99 yards receiving per game so…

          • Kamren Zinzow

            Smith can easily throw over 10 yards, he chooses not too because that’s what a smart QB does… you pick apart the defense that way. It’s better to have a shorter more accurate throw, instead of a long one. Go take a look at that passer rating.

        • Raul Fender

          You are a moron. Smith can’t throw over 10 yards. Smith will never be the starting QB in Superbowl unless the starter gets hurt. Smith had a weak arm at Utah and still does. KC doesn’t need WRs because he can’t get it to them.

        • Twinkie defense

          I’ve never been a big Crabtree fan but he seems to be doing pretty well for my Raiders.

          PS Chiefs look more likely to win the #1 overall pick in the 2016 draft these days than they do to win a Championship. I don’t think Smith has won even a single playoff game for the Chiefs so I’m not sure where you got those rosy glasses.

          • DiHard49

            This isn’t a comparison of the 49ers and Chiefs, it’s a comparison of Smith and Kap. Smith has played better than Kap this year by a mile. He threw for almost 400 yards AT Cincinnati. Kap’s last road game? 2 pick 6’s. To your point about the playoff games, they played at Indy two years ago and as I stated in a previous post Smith played very well. They lost because of injuries during the game and a complete defensive collapse. These are facts…as inconvenient as they may be for your opinions. You can hate on Smith all you want, we’ll see who’s out of the league first and who’s wearing rose colored glasses then.

          • Twinkie defense

            It’s not a comparison of the 49ers and Chiefs, nor is it a comparison between Smith and Kap. It is a question of whether Alex Smith is a QB that can get you anywhere in this League and whether it was right for the Niners to trade him. The answer to those questions seems unequivocal to me – Alex Smith won’t get you anywhere (as he has been showing in KC), and the Niners were right to dump him (getting two second round picks for him was a coup). Now that doesn’t mean that the Niners shouldn’t have used one or more of their many recent draft picks on a developmental QB, and it doesn’t mean they should have fired Harbaugh et al. and left Kap’s development to a defensive line coach and some washed up assistant coaches. It just means Alex Smith is a mediocre QB at best.

            As a Raiders fan I couldn’t be happier to see Alex Smith land in KC.

          • DiHard49

            The fact that you’re saying Smith can’t take you anywhere is just flat out ignoring fact. He took the 49ers to an NFC Championship game and within 2 Kyle Williams fumbles of a Superbowl. He also took KC to the playoffs in his first season with the team. He played well in that loss (they had a huge lead) to the Colts and if you dispute that, again you’re not being honest. Then again what do I expect from a Raider fan.

          • Twinkie defense

            Alex Smith didn’t take them, that’s plain ignorant. Harbaugh, a stellar defense, o-line, and running game took them. They won games despite Alex Smith, not because of Alex Smith. And here Alex Smith is again with a stellar defense, stud RB, and they can’t even get to the playoffs except once, where they lost a wild card game. Again, as a Raiders fan I’m very happy to see Alex Smith suit up for KC.

          • DiHard49

            No dude, you’re ignorant. KC’s D is stout, but they’ve had no WR’s or O-line just like his early years with the 49ers. Alex got his teams to the playoffs by limiting turnovers and playing smart football and letting that stellar defense and running game do their job! When they needed him to throw against the Saints he did! He also tossed two TD’s against a strong Giants D with BRETT SWAIN as one of his starting WR’s in terrible weather. He lit up the Colts for 378 yards 4 TD’s (With AJ Jenkins as a WR) and 0 INTs and WITHOUT Jamal Charles. Losing that game wasn’t on Alex. In 2 playoff games with SF he had 5 TD’s and ZERO INTs. Know your facts, learn how to use Google or something. What the hell does a Raider fan know about good football? That team has been pathetic for decades. Alex Smith will rip you guys apart. Glad you’re happy about that fool.

          • Twinkie defense

            Raiders will beat Alex Smith again this season, and when they do you can tell me how his ass tastes.

          • DiHard49

            When KC stomps Oakland you’ll probably deny it happened or make excuses. You seem like the type.

          • Twinkie defense

            Raiders beat KC LAST season, and are a lot better this season, while KC is 1-3. You love that schlub, great, pick him up for your fantasy team.

            In the mean time look at the facts – Alex Smith has not won as much as a single playoff game in KC. That’s a fact – and not one that is going to chane this season.

            I can’t believe how you you defend the guy, are you related or something? You guys dating?

          • DiHard49

            Yeah, they beat KC once. In case you conveniently forgot, they played TWICE. KC stomped Oakland 31-13. Smith threw for 297 yards and 2 TD’s for a passer rating of 116. (See how I am giving you FACTS to deal with?) Probably would have passed for more if they weren’t ahead by so much, but that happens a lot to the Raiders I guess. I don’t defend Smith by the way, I point of factual errors that people make. It’s true that Alex Smith hasn’t won a playoff game with KC. This is only his 3rd season with the team. He’s been to the playoffs once and in that game they lost NOT because of Smith. I posted his numbers from that game which you again conveniently ignored. You’re more interested in your opinion than the truth. You claim to know what’s going to happen in the future with Alex Smith, but you can’t even accurately tell what happened in the past.

          • Twinkie defense

            Alex Smith was .500 last season against perhaps the worst team in Raiders history, congrats! Hopefully there was a trophy for that because that’s the ONLY trophy Alex Smith is going to get.

          • DiHard49

            Blah blah blah. Now you’re just talking smack because you have nothing left to argue.

          • Twinkie defense

            Instead of throwing a jump ball in the end zone FTW like a normal team, Chiefs try a ridiculous 66 yard FG attempt. Lol!

            I guess that’s what you do when your offense is playing with one arm tied behind its back.

          • Twinkie defense

            Alex Smith LAST in the NFL in QBR. LAST!

            http://espn.go.com/nfl/qbr

          • DiHard49

            Where did he end up? Crickets? That’s what I thought.

          • DiHard49

            Oh, yeah, and how did THAT prediction work out for you Nostradamus? LMFAO!

          • DiHard49

            How’d that work out for you hater?

          • DiHard49

            So…how you feeling about Alex Smith now? 8th in total QBR for the season. Ahead of Rodgers, Newton, Rivers, Brady, Manning etc. Oh, and he beat the Raiders TWICE. Won a playoff game with KC on the road. How ya feelin now Twinkie?

          • Twinkie defense

            That’s what, his second career playoff victory? Lol. And against the lowly Texans. I hope he took his special teams and defense out for dinner after that one!

          • DiHard49

            You have nothing. Your Raiders are sorry AF. Haters gon hate. That’s all you are. Have fun with that. Where are your comments about QBR all of a sudden? You got nothin but BS. Chiefs get Maclin, Charles, Thomas, draft and FA next year. Raiders should have gone to LA. Oakland sucks and they will be the Chiefs B!TCHES AGAIN next year. Get cozy in the AFC West cellar. LMFAO!

          • Twinkie defense

            Lol. IDK why you are so obsessed with Alex Smith, who is an average QB at best. Aren’t you a Niners fan? I like the Niners too but last time I checked Raiders were better than your Niners and definitely have a brighter future. I would way rather have Carr at QB than Alex Smith. I never said Chiefs didn’t have an excellent defense, plus maybe the best offensive player in the League in Jamal Charles… too bad all that talent is wasted cuz Chiefs will never be more than a wild card as long as check down king Alex Smith is at the helm

          • DiHard49

            You’ve proven to be wrong about just about everything you posted here. You know nothing. Stop making predictions, you just look foolish again and again.

          • Twinkie defense

            Alex Smith is not a good QB. That is my only point in this thread, and it is correct. Why do you even care about the guy? You harbor such wood for Alex you have to chase me down on the internet months later? How sad. Move on – you have a new coach, maybe the Niners won’t be so bad next season, try to enjoy it.

          • DiHard49

            I root for the underdog. I’m a fan of Alex Smith from his time with the 49ers. I put you on blast because of all of your obnoxious peacocking earlier in the season. Talking like you know something and being condescending to me when everything you predicted was wrong. Instead of being a man and admitting you were wrong, you double down with your BS. 8th in QBR this season. That’s a stat YOU quoted but somehow it makes no difference now. Raiders would beat the Chiefs this year. Oops! No playoff wins with the Chiefs. Uh, next subject. I just thought you might man up, but I guess not. Really I just wanted to rub it in how wrong you were.

          • Twinkie defense

            I’m not wrong – Alex Smith is a mediocre QB. Any success the Chiefs have is despite Alex Smith.

            PS wasn’t Alex Smith the #1 overall draft pick? Some underdog. #bust

          • DiHard49

            Said the guy who made all those bold predictions that turned out to be wrong. Go away little girl. I made my point and I’m done with you.

          • Twinkie defense

            I guess you gotta run! Alex Smith’s season is over so you gotta go polish his jock…

          • Twinkie defense

            You want to see what good QBs look like? Flip the channel to Cardinals/Packers – watch and learn

          • Twinkie defense
          • Twinkie defense

            I just turned on the game – how typical, Chiefs have 1st and goal, Alex throws some wild passes, delay of game, going backwards, FG kicker has to bail him out… SMH

      • Steve

        …lets see how supportive you are of Kaepernick after he has had 4 head coaches and 5 offensive coordinators in 5 years..

        ’cause that’s what Smith had to endure…

    • TonyKP

      Alex Smith has been a good, solid QB with the Chiefs. Kaep can’t say the same for the Niners. Last season this site graded Smith at +2.5 and Kaep at -10.1.

      • Twinkie defense

        What? Chiefs will never win anything with Alex Smith at the helm. I’m a Raiders fan and I’m looking DOWN at the KC Chiefs buddy, what does that say?

        • DiHard49

          That you have the IQ of a typical Raider fan…

  • crosseyedlemon

    This guys biggest problem is his name. You need a quarterback with a strong solid name like John Brody or Joe Montana. Colin Kaepernick is a name you give to some cyber geek who doesn’t engage in any sport more physical than thumb wrestling.

    • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

      lolol. how do you feel brock osweiller will do in the future then? mostly considering his name of course

      • crosseyedlemon

        Brock Osweiller is the kind of QB name you’d expect to find in the CFL.

        • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

          haha, truuuu

    • Daniners

      Like Jared Goff :)

    • Raul Fender

      Love Joe Montana but that is hardly a strong name. Also, John Brody is hardly a strong name. Kaepernick isn’t in there league but the name sounds stronger. QB with strong names tend to suck. Great QBs with non strong names: Montana, Young, Manning, Brady, Rodgers, Elway, etc…

    • Raul Fender

      Love Joe Montana but that is hardly a strong name. Also, John Brody is hardly a strong name. Kaepernick isn’t in there league but the name sounds stronger. QB with strong names tend to suck. Great QBs with non strong names: Montana, Young, Manning, Brady, Rodgers, Elway, etc…

  • Kevin Boulanger

    Kap..Has to go.He sucks year after year.If Tomsula wants to keep his job he best look at another qb.that is or would be cut or free agent.I would like to see Gabbert seeing he did great in camp.Hey he might win us a few games.plus he knows how to THROW the football and get this. HIT W R’s ..Anybody but kap..he’s done!! Smartin up tomsula!! NINERS BABY!!!Just my opinion..If we want to go at least 8–8

    • DiHard49

      Tomsula is not keeping his job

      • Twinkie defense

        Jimmy Tommy Sula has at least two seasons as HC in SF… no way do Jed and Trent Baalke admit their culpability in less time than that.

        • DiHard49

          Another phenomenal prediction. You are soooo smart. What else you got?

  • Zack23

    And now to ESPN:

    Karpernick could be the greatest of all time.

    Signed, Jaws

  • PetEng

    QBs currently rated below Kaepernick:

    Brees
    P. Manning
    Mallett
    Tannehill
    Clausen
    Winston
    Manziel
    Bradford
    Luck
    Stafford

    Kaep is a better option than Gabbert. Kaep is a better option than a free agent. Kaep is probably a better option than any draftable QB who isn’t a top 5 pick. So Kaep will remain the starter.

  • Heywood

    The best thing the forty-whiners could do is beg Carmen Policy

    to come back to the front office and run the team.

  • Heywood

    and of course bring Eddie D back. Yes, I called some of my fellows “whiners”. Lets all look in the mirror.
    How did the incompetent sister (who almost ran the penguins into the ground) end up with our beloved franchise? Even worse, her fair-haired child needs much more maturation before he is given the keys to this cherished franchise.

  • Vysehrad

    And that Niners bandwagon not the smooth ride it once was.