Colin Kaepernick catches a lot of flak for being a confident, young quarterback in the NFL. I hear a lot of people say that he ought to take a page out of Russell Wilson’s book. I guess some people would prefer Kaepernick be a little quieter on and off the field while taking care of business. That sounds all fine and dandy, except there are some differences in the make-up of the San Francisco 49ers team versus that of the Seattle Seahawks.
Look, I appreciate how Wilson handles himself in interviews and on the field. He just quietly goes about his job and acts like he has been there before (something my father always tried to instill in me). That works for Wilson and the Seahawks for that matter. Seattle is a lunch pail and hard hat kind of team with a hard-nosed, smash-mouth defense. Kaepernick, a similar style player to Wilson, goes about things with a little more swag. He’s the guy whose attitude tends to be the heartbeat of the 49ers team. San Francisco is also a blue collar football squad with an incredibly intimidating defense, and the way Kaep carries himself works for them.
Every team needs to have an edge, an identity and some bravado to be successful. Seattle doesn’t need that from their quarterback as they get plenty of that from their secondary, namely Richard Sherman. Sherman talks before, during and after the game and uses trash-talking along with his play to fluster opposing offenses. This is Seattle’s bravado. The 49ers, on the other hand, have a defense that operates like a quiet assassin. The Niners need that swagger from their quarterback. They got plenty of that from Kaepernick this past weekend as he did Cam Newton’s Superman celebration followed by his own antic of kissing his right bicep.
So in response to those who say Kaepernick should not be so brash, I say let him do his thing. I have respect for the guys that go about things like they have been there before like Wilson. In fact, if I had a child in sports I would raise them to be humble. In some cases, though, like the one with the 49ers. I think it is important to have someone show a little flare, and Kaep is just the guy for the job. No apologies necessary.