ESPN is reporting today that Colin Kaepernick will get the start for the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. While it is hard to argue with the success Kaepernick has had in his first two NFL starts, you still have to feel a little bad for Alex Smith.
This guy has been the NFL’s version of Rodney Dangerfield the past two seasons and he could very well be on his way out the door in San Francisco despite all the success the 49ers have had with him behind center. But he’s also a professional and has gone through this before, so he’ll be the good soldier and hope for good things to happen to the 49ers whether he is the starter or the backup.
By now, there can be no denying that Kaepernick is the right guy to start for the 49ers. He has shown poise in the pocket, great accuracy down the field on deep balls and the ability to thread the needle on passes into small windows of space. Plus, he has used his feet wisely to get him out of trouble as well as secure first downs for the 49ers on designed run plays. He adds a new dimension to the 49ers’ already potent attack that it has been lacking and now gives them an even better chance to win each week. It’s almost unfair to rival defenses, really. Just ask the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints.
Kaepernick will also be looking to take care of some unfinished business against the Rams. Three weeks ago, after Smith got knocked out of his start against the Rams with a concussion, Kaepernick rallied the 49ers to a tie, though he certainly would have loved to have gotten the win there. Now that he has begun to warm up and feel more comfortable with the offense, Kaepernick should be raring to go and should perform well on Sunday.
Kaepernick, or “CK” as I like to call him, has already demonstrated that the future is now for the 49ers, and that future looks bright. Move over, Calvin Klein. Someone else is about to make your initials really stand out.