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Let’s not outthink the room here; Colin Kaepernick is the main reason to be excited about the 49ers present and in the future.
It’s fairly insane to think this time last year Kaepernick wasn’t even on the national radar, now you can’t turn left without seeing him partially clothed on a magazine cover.
Any fanbase would be juiced to have someone as dynamic as Kaepernick under center, but his emergence is particularly sweet for those of us weaned on the glory years of Montana, Young and even Garcia, then forced to quit exciting quarterbacking cold turkey.
At his best, Alex Smith was steady, consistent and efficient, but I can count on one hand the number of plays he made that were worth rewinding on the DVR. And three of those came in that playoff game vs. the Saints.
Kaepernick on the other hand is a supernova, the kind of explosive talent you’d watch tying his shoes.
Of all the aspects of Kaepernick’s game worth watching this season, I’m most excited to see his pacing. Will he be in command enough to mimic the up-tempo offense being unleashed by Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and the rest of the league’s elite QBs?
Unlike those guys, Kaepernick can use the quick calls to set up the passing game but also the power running game and the zone-read, both of which will be even more deadly when going against a tired defense.
There is still a solid chance Kaepernick will be swallowed by too many expectations and not enough receivers, but it’s going to be fun to watch.