10. Colin Kaepernick
When Alex Smith was replaced because of an injury after leading the 49ers to a 6-2 record with a 104 passer rating by Colin Kaepnernick, no one thought it was going to be permanent. But then coach Jim Harbaugh continued starting Kaepernick who led his team to a Super Bowl, only to lose to the Baltimore Ravens. Alex Smith was then dealt to the Kansas City Chiefs and Kaepernick remains the starter in San Francisco to this day.
Whether or not this was a good decision on the part of Harbaugh remains to be seen. Since leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl, Kaepnick has put up impressive numbers, (8,415 yards, 50 touchdowns, 21 interceptions) but they did miss the playoffs last year, going 8-8 in the NFC West division.
The biggest issue with Kaepernick has always been consistency. One game, he will go out there and throw for 200+ yards, and no turnovers. Then the next week he will turn the ball over three times and not eclipse 150 passing yards. This obviously leads to all sorts of problems for the 49ers coaching staff. How do you game plan around a quarterback who changes what type of player he is going to be each week?
But if the young quarterback can continue developing, and the 49ers keep getting better at every position, there is no reason to think that Kaepernick won’t be in the Super Bowl once again. Even though they do play in one of the toughest divisions in the NFL, Kaepernick is a good enough athlete to push the 49ers past the Seahawks and Cardinals and finally win that Super Bowl.
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