Jim Harbaugh took a risk by turning his team over to Colin Kaepernick well into the 2012 NFL season.
It’s a risk that has already panned out as the San Francisco 49ers have returned to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1994-95 NFL season.
Kaepernick is going to reward his trusting coach even further by adding a sixth Lombardi Trophy to the franchises record books.
With a win, he would join Joe Montana (Super Bowls XVI, XIX, XXIII and XXIV) and Steve Young (Super Bowl XXIX) as the only quarterbacks to lead the franchise to that level of success.
In turn, Harbaugh will reap the benefits as well and will be given unlimited praise and leeway to continue to build this team in his image.
Here’s why Kaepernick is going to take care of business and pay back his coach with a Super Bowl victory.
Maturity and Composure
The sophomore QB has started just nine times in his young professional career and already has the look of a seasoned veteran. Early mistakes, loud crowds and big deficits have proved to be no match for the composure of Kaepernick.
That is probably the biggest surprise about the young signal-caller. He isn’t just an athletic freak with a strong arm. The youngster also grasps the game at a very deep level and seemingly has ice in his veins when the pressure gets to its highest degree.
His pre-snap reads and ability to change out of bad plays gives him the presence of a seasoned veteran behind center.
Enough can’t be said about the decisiveness and talent that Kaepernick has that makes him a true dual-threat quarterback. He isn’t a run-first quarterback, as seen in his performance against the Atlanta Falcons, but can take off and scramble at any time.
The biggest positive here is that teams must respect his running ability after his record-setting 181-yard rushing performance against the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round.
A quarterback needs to be able to get some oomph in his throws in order to fit them into some of the tight windows that will be available to them at the NFL level. Kaepernick, a former baseball pitching prospect, has shown he has the ability to do just that.
He looks like he’s throwing from a mound at times, hurling the pigskin at warp speed to his intended target. If the Baltimore Ravens play up against the run, they will give him the opportunity to beat them down the field with his velocity and excellent precision.
It’s a no-win situation for his opponents.