Nov 17, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) reacts following a failed third down conversion against the New Orleans Saints during the fourth quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The New Orleans Saints defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-20. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

49ers HC Jim Harbaugh defends quarterback Colin Kaepernick

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had a breakout year in 2012 that led to him becoming the full-time start and the team shipping off former No. 1 overall pick Alex Smith in the offseason, but Kaepernick has been underwhelming so far this season.

When you watch the 49ers on Sundays, it is clear that Kaepernick has taken a few steps back, but head coach Jim Harbaugh doesn’t seem to understand the criticism his quarterback is receiving and he set out to defend his starter.

I think he’s doing a heck of a job,” Harbaugh said of his first ever offensive draft selection. “I guess I’d be puzzled to why people would think that. What’s most important is what we see. I’m puzzled to why you or anybody else thinks that.

“He’s been consistently good. He’s been like that every week he’s been backup or a starter.”

This is exactly what you would expect to hear from a head coach, but no one will deny the 49ers need to step up their game. With the Seattle Seahawks well in the lead in the NFC West and a very tight NFC Wild Card race, the 49ers will need to step up their play and it all starts under center.

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