The NFL is not a place for running quarterbacks. It never has been and never will be. Like the Wildcat offense, the pistol at the pro level is a fad and will also soon pass. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick won’t be a running quarterback for long, but he is now and that’s why his team came up short in the Super Bowl. A running quarterback has never won a Super Bowl and never will. The sooner everyone accepts that, the less injuries and disappointments like this there will be.
Kaepernick has arguably the strongest arm in the NFL and he knows how to use it. However, he takes off when he gets flustered, which is a major flaw in his game that 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh will help him to eliminate very quickly. It’s no knock against Kaepernick or Harbaugh this season, but it’s proof that a pocket passer can beat a scrambler any day of the week. Who was the MVP of the Super Bowl again? That’s right, it was Joe Flacco, and Lord knows he can’t run. Case closed.
With a full off-season to work as the starter in San Francisco, Kaepernick will be a polished signal-caller who can make difficult throws while taking a beating in the pocket, but he’s not there yet, and you can’t blame him. The kid had single-digit starts before the Big Game, so the fact his nerves got the better of him and he took off a little too quick was only natural. He’ll be back and he’ll win multiple rings as long as his defense and running game stay solid. Kaepernick isn’t there yet, but he will be when running in only a complement to his game and not the gist of it.