Nov 17, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the 49ers 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Shanahan: 49ers’ QB Kaepernick has ‘bright future’

Colin Kaepernick’s struggles in recent weeks have been well documented.  The San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback has been limited to 91 yards and 127 yards in his previous two games.

San Francisco lost both of those games – 10-9 to the Carolina Panthers and 23-20 to the New Orleans Saints, respectively – and the jury has been out amongst fans and media-types alike.

This week the 49ers take on the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football, who have lost back-to-back games themselves, and ‘Skins head coach Mike Shanahan is all too familiar with the trappings of a young, multidimensional quarterback – Robert Griffin III.

Shanahan discussed Kaepernick’s struggles and his ability in a conference call with the Bay Area media, this excerpt via Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News:

“The quarterback position is just growth. You can see what a great arm he has, and what great speed he has,” Shanahan said of Kaepernick. “I don’t know him but he seems like a great guy and a natural leader.


“It just takes a while. Every year is a learning experience. Defenses will always catch up to a guy. But that repetition is going to get him more comfortable with different situations. You can see what a bright future he does have because of his arm strength, his ability to make plays with his legs.”

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