Many teams in the NFL have already found out that stopping San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is far easier said than done, and the Baltimore Ravens will be the next team to find that out.
Baltimore is no stranger to facing quarterbacks with the type of athleticism that Kaepernick possesses. In fact, they faced two similar quarterbacks this season and lost both games.
In that game, Vick scorched the Ravens for 371 yards through the air and a score, as well as another 34 yards on the ground and a touchdown. I think we can all agree Vick doesn't even compare to Kaepernick in regards to throwing the ball, yet he had major success anyway.
Baltimore's next test was against Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins in Week 14, and the Ravens lost that game as well. RG3 threw for 242 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for another 34, though he failed to get into the end zone with his legs.
Of course, Kirk Cousins was needed to finish the game near the end of the fourth quarter and into overtime, but the Ravens lost nonetheless.
During these playoffs—when the Ravens have been playing at their best as a team this season—Baltimore hasn't seen a quarterback with Kaepernick's abilities.
On their road to the Super Bowl, the Ravens have played against Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, none of whom possess the ability to move outside of the pocket like the 49ers' signal-caller can. Luck can move, but he's not nearly as explosive as Kaep.
Kaepernick should prove to be quite the change of pace for Ray Lewis and company.
Coach John Harbaugh can scheme all he wants, but the bottom line is that there is no concrete way to stop Kaepernick and the Niners offense—especially with the read-option at its disposal.
Even if the Ravens get adequate pressure on Kaepernick, the young quarterback can easily move out of the pocket where he is even more dangerous. With his ability to throw, the Ravens will have to play a guessing game when Kaepernick is on the run.
To make matters worse, if the Ravens can't get pressure, Kaepernick will have no problem picking apart their questionable secondary, which led to the Ravens having the No. 17-ranked pass defense in the NFL this season.
Sure, they can use a spy, but Kaepernick's ridiculous speed ensures there isn't a single linebacker on the field who can catch up to him.
All of that and I haven't even mentioned how elite the 49ers' offensive line is or the fact that Frank Gore will be lining up behind center to take the pressure off Kaepernick.
To say the Ravens' defense will have to wing it out there this coming Sunday is a huge understatement. There is simply no way of knowing how San Francisco will come out on the offensive end in Super Bowl XLVII, and that is bad news for Baltimore's chances of emerging victorious.