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Truth be told, both Colin Kaepernick and Taylor Martinez committed crucial mistakes throughout their 2012 campaigns that cost their teams dearly. But particularly in the passing game, Kaepernick’s mistakes were smarter Martinez's.
Despite the tremendous upside to Kaepernick’s quarterbacking abilities, the first-year starter was not without the typical growing pains expected from an inexperienced signal-caller. For every accurate throw he rifled down field or zone-read he pulled scampering for a large gain, he also had his share of overthrows and pick-sixes, just like Taylor Martinez.
Kaepernick’s mistakes, however, were primarily grounded in execution, as opposed to the lapses in judgment which frequent Martinez’s passing game (although these lapses have reduced dramatically as he has gained more experience).
Kaepernick’s mistakes were often receivers overthrown by his cannon of an arm or open players who eventually found coverage due to his hesitation. Martinez, on the other hand, has been prone to throw into double and triple coverage or blindly lob panicked passes into the secondary.
Taylor Martinez needs to firm up his decision-making and allow only his execution of throws to create the problems, which it almost certainly will anyway.