San Francisco 49ers: What's Wrong With Your Team?

By Taylor Sturm
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers don’t have much wrong with them. They have great receivers, defense, running backs, tight ends and offensive line. They went to the Super Bowl last year after ditching their starting quarterback, Alex Smith, for an unproven second-year man in Colin Kaepernick, and that is where their biggest flaw lies.

I love San Francisco to go back to the Super Bowl in 2013, but getting rid of Smith for Kaepernick could have been the biggest mistake in 49ers history and will ultimately cost them any chance at a consecutive Super Bowl appearance.

We get it; Smith never threw up any spectacular numbers. However, he was a game manager. The 49ers got to where they were on hard, tough defense and a hard, tough running game. Smith was expected to show up in third down situations and for play-action passes, not to carry the team on his back.

The reason Kaepernick had such a great 2013 was because all year teams had schemed for a San Francisco team with Smith at quarterback, not Kaepernick. Opposing teams will not make that mistake again.

Kaepernick wants to be flashy; he wants to be the star of the show. Don’t get me wrong, he has all the physical tools to succeed. However, how has that worked for Cam Newton, Michael Vick, Vince Young, Robert Griffin III, etc? They put up great numbers and are fun to watch, but they either try to carry the team on their back and fail or get injured.

Without Kaepernick having a season like he did last year, the 49ers will not make it back to the Super Bowl. Ever heard the saying, “never put all your eggs in one basket?” Well that’s exactly what the 49ers are doing, and Kaepernick is a pretty fragile basket in a very hard hitting NFC.

Taylor Sturm is an SEC Basketball Writer for Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS or add him to your network on Google

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