It’s great that the San Francisco 49ers have more bandwagon fans than Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Fitting, too, considering that cinnamon choked, much like Colin Kaepernick in the Super Bowl and last week against the Seattle Seahawks.
If the Joe Montana acolytes were to be believed, the 49ers would have won the last two Super Bowls and be looking to three-peat this year. Sorry, Kaepernick cheerleaders, the dynasty is over before it even started.
In case you haven’t figured it out, the Kansas City Chiefs are 2-0 with that guy named Alex Smith, the guy who coach Jim Harbaugh benched because he’s only good at throwing the ball, not running the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds. The 49ers are 1-1, and could only muster three points in their last game.
It’s still early, of course, but it’s unlikely that the 49ers are going be able to top the last two seasons — one that they choked in when it counted.
Kaepernick is sort of the John Cena of the NFL. He looks the part, has ripped abs and sells a lot of merchandise. And also like Cena, Kaepernick’s been shoved down our throats with more propaganda than a late-night infomercial. Kaepernick has potential, but give the guy a few seasons as a starter before you put the title on him and expect him to beat Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania.
Adversity builds character, and so far the biggest adversity Kaepernick has had to deal with is deciding whether to pose for the Esquire, ESPN or Sports Illustrated magazine cover. There was the fact that he is the only 49ers quarterback in history to throw an interception in the Super Bowl, but everyone kind of overlooks that because it doesn’t fit with the Kaepernick-as-Superman storyline.
Kaepernick, Harbaugh and the 49ers have been elevated so high, so quickly that there’s only one way for them to go at this point. It’s hard to get better when everyone around you tells you constantly that you are already really, really good.
The 49ers are going to win the Super Bowl this year, right? That’s what everyone says. It would be a fitting, storybook ending for the 49ers to win the Super Bowl in the last year they play at Candlestick Park before moving to Santa Clara.
But asking the 49ers to put together a third consecutive big season and a back-to-back Super Bowl appearance behind a coach who can’t manage the clock or figure out how to use challenge flags, and a green quarterback who has yet to consistently prove himself in the NFL, is a lot to ask, no matter how many Super Bowl rings Joe Montana accumulated last century.