As is typical for a Super Bowl runner-up and is not living up to expectations, 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick has come under fire this week.
The Niners are is 6-3 currently which normally wouldn’t be cause for concern, except the Seahawks are 9-1 and pulling away. The 49ers had a golden opportunity at home to stay within a game and a half, but they dropped a 10-9 decision to the emerging Carolina Panthers.
It’s not always a fair comparison, but with Russell Wilson managing to keep his team on pace even through an injury ridden offensive line and without arguably their top play maker on the field, the vs. tree is bound to take shape. Kaepernick went 11-21 for only 91 yards and rushed 4 times for 16 yards in the loss to Carolina last week. Looking back to week one, Russell Wilson went 25-33 for 320 yards and a td. You can see where the criticisms are going to pop up.
At any rate Trent Dilfer (as is his job) put his thoughts together about Kaepernick’s progression and the conversation came back to… you guessed it progressions. Specifically the pass play progressions, pointing out a dead drop in the offense when the first read is made but not open (Dilfer used “remedial” as the descriptive verb for Kaepernick’s passing ability in that instance).
The 49er’s quarterback responded, “he’s not in the building with us, so what he’s saying really doesn’t affect me at all. I’m worried about what this team thinks, and what I’m doing in here with my teammates.”
He went on to say “I think you should ask him if he knows what my progression is first before he says that”.
The Niners are themselves still trying to get healthy and are still in Playoff position No. 6, which holds a Wildcard berth with it. They should make the post-season with a somewhat manageable final stretch outside of New Orleans and Seattle in the last seven games. They haven’t really peaked yet at any point this season so they are still very dangerous and let us not forget that teams that are contenders seem to do a lot of damage in the Playoffs, even if they barely squeeze in.