With Super Bowl XLVII just a few days away, talk is beginning to heat up about what to expect from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick considering the NFL hasn’t seen a running quarterback win the big game. However, when taking a closer look at the Niners quarterback, the argument can be made that he’s not that type of player at all.
Sure, Kaepernick has proven to be effective with his legs when needed and set an NFL record a few weeks ago for a quarterback in the Divisional Round against the Green Bay Packers when he rushed for 181 yards to go along with two touchdowns on the ground. There’s no question the Baltimore Ravens need to be extra cautious when it comes to stopping Kaepernick and leaving holes open for him to break loose through, but keep in mind he also only rushed the ball twice against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship.
With this in mind, is it really fair to place Kaepernick in the category of a running quarterback?
It’s beneficial for any team to have a quarterback that can be just as dangerous on the ground as through the air, but there’s no reason to say the 49ers can’t win a Super Bowl with a running quarterback. If anything, San Francisco has an advantage by having Kaepernick under center considering the different ways he can be used in the offense–which could make things difficult for the Ravens’ defense each time he snaps the ball on offense.