Will Kaepernick and Harbaugh Be the Next Brady and Belichick?

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2012

Dec 9, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh talks with quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) during the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Since Colin Kaepernick outplayed Tom Brady at Gillette Stadium on Sunday Night Football, 49ers fans across Northern California have been daydreaming about another dynasty, but let's not put the cart before the horse. 

Kaepernick and Jim Harbaugh have a long ways to go before they can even be uttered in the same breath as Tom Brady and Bill Belichick

How about we let them just get into one Super Bowl before we crown them?

Harbaugh and Kaepernick both have the necessary talent to craft a dynasty. That's not even in question, here.

  • Harbaugh is a noted quarterback guru who has forged excellent young quarterbacks wherever he's coached—from the college level up into the pros. Just take a look at what he did to turn Alex Smith around.
  • Kaepernick has so much athletic potential that it's impossible to correctly gauge how high his ceiling may be, and his poise under pressure is something that can't be taught. 

And sure, the comparison is apt, since both head coaches turned to young quarterbacks while keeping a proven veteran in their back pocket.

Still, there is a lot that must be accomplished before we can begin to compare these two burgeoning stars to the legend that is Belichick and Brady.

And as much as I love what I'm seeing from the 49ers young quarterback, it's not all that rare for athletic young quarterbacks to break out for their first handful of games.

We've seen enough second-year quarterbacks struggle mightily to know that his success might be short-lived (though I'm highly skeptical that will happen in this case, thanks to Harbaugh's ability to teach young quarterbacks). 

Long-term success is rare in the NFL—especially for a team. 

One of the reasons Belichick and Brady have made such a successful run—five Super Bowl appearances and three Lombardi Trophies—is that Belichick has been able to consistently put together a solid complement of players around Brady. It may not always be perfect, but the franchise has a proven track record of keeping the roster loaded for a long time. 

So far, it looks like Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke are doing it the right way, and Lord knows the 49ers have one of the most loaded rosters in the entire NFL. But loading a roster for more than a decade is an art form, and one we don't yet know how this franchise will handle. 

Can Kaepernick and Harbaugh become the next Brady and Belichick? 


Will they? 

That remains to be seen. 

I know one thing for certain, though. I'll enjoy watching them try. 


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