San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is getting too much credit for his passing statistics in the season opener. Kaepernick completed 27 of his 39 passes for 412 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions in the team’s victory against the Green Bay Packers.
The third-year quarterback got rave reviews about his performance. If the numbers and how they came about are examined, Kaepernick’s performance was good, but not overly impressive.
The new no. 1 wide receiver for the 49ers Anquan Boldin caught 13 passes for 208 yards and one touchdown. A good amount of those yards were attained after the catch, which gets added on the quarterback’s passing yards total. Kaepernick still made his strong arm throws with not a lot of touch on the ball. It is also important to note that most of Boldin’s catches were made while he was wide open in zone coverage holes.
So, more than half of the running quarterback’s passes were because of just one receiver. Veteran tight end Vernon Davis also had a very productive day with six receptions for 98 yards and two touchdowns. For some of his catches, it was the same story as Boldin’s: wide open in zone coverage holes and plenty of yards after the catch.
Adding Boldin’s numbers with Davis’, over two-thirds of the air attack were because of two players, and they made Kaepernick look like an elite quarterback.
There are a couple of other important notes about his performance. The Packers’ defense barely got any pressure on Kaepernick, allowing his receivers to get open. Plus, the 49ers were plus-two in the turnover margin. While the game was entertaining given the crowd noise and the signal-caller’s 400-yard performance “wowed” some, the fact remains that he has a supporting cast that is the best in the league.