San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick Will Emerge as MVP Candidate

By Ronnie Hampston
Kelley L Cox- USA Today Sports
Kelley L Cox- USA Today Sports

QB Colin Kaepernick is entering his second full year as the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. It may seem a bit premature, but I feel that Kaepernick can emerge into a MVP candidate.

Kaepernick may only be entering his second full year as a starter, but he has played a lot of football. Under Kap, the 49ers have gone deep into the playoffs only losing on the final play in Super Bowl XLVII and losing the NFC Championship in the last seconds of the of the 2013 season.With a sour way to end in his last two seasons, I expect Kaepernick to be hungrier than ever. With him gaining another year under center, he has total command of the offense. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman can finally hand the keys to Kaepernick without any worries. Though he led the 49ers deep into the playoffs the past two seasons, there were times when Roman had to hold Kaepernick back a bit due to a few of his discrepancies as a passer. Despite the potential that he has flashed, the 49ers still relied heavily on the running game and defense. That strategy worked well, but now it’s time to unleash the beast.

During minicamp and OTAs, Kaepernick has taken everyone by storm, and is looking like he can be the next great San Franciso 49ers quarterback. That is a very tall task, but if anyone can rise to the occasion, it’s Kap.

Kaepernick will never have 50 passing touchdowns a la Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, but he is capable of producing some insane numbers. With the ability to dominate as a runner and passer, Kaepernick will have ample opportunities to take his game to a new level.

This is the first season where he has depth at every position on the offensive side of the ball. Even though the 49ers play in the brutal NFC West, it is still not a stretch to think that the 49ers could have the best offense in the NFL. It will be very tough to stop Michael Crabtree, Frank Gore, Stevie Johnson, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis (whenever he decides to show up). With players of that stature, it is impossible to just focus on one player, and that will make life easier on No. 7.

The 49ers haven’t had a legitimate MVP candidate since the glory days of Steve Young, Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, and perhaps Terrell Owens, but I believe that comes to an end this season. Kaepernick will look to prove that he is worth his hefty contract, and he will also use all of the past year’s failures as motivation.

It may be early to jump to the conclusion that Kaepernick will be an MVP candidate, but with the talent that the 49ers have, it will give Kap every opportunity to be the best player that he can be.

Ronnie Hampston is a San Francisco 49ers writer for, follow him on Twitter @Ron_Hamp, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

If Kaepernick can play at the type of level San Francisco believes he is capable of than watch out as the 49ers will be contending for the Vince Lombardi Trophy in 2014, so be sure to get your 49ers tickets today!

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