His team is 1-2, his passes are hitting nothing but grass and he just suffered a 20-point loss at home to the Indianapolis Colts.
In other words, Colin Kaepernick is struggling.
This isn't the team San Francisco 49ers fans remember going all the way to the Super Bowl last year, and doubters are already cropping up like weeds in the fanbase.
Indeed, we’re three games into the regular season and some “fans” are already calling for Kaepernick’s head.
Don’t believe me? Check the tweets in the “favorited” section on his Twitter account, and take in the powder keg of hatred waiting there.
Dan Hanzus of NFL.com was first to notice that the 25-year-old is making it a point to favorite the tweets of his doubters, who are calling him a flash in the pan and crying for the return of former 49ers quarterback, Alex Smith.
Here’s an example of some of the tweets Kaepernick has been favoriting.
@Kaepernick7 I hate you so much. I hope you fall off the face of the NFL planet and end up just another could've been, but never was QB— Dan Biertzer (@DBiertz17) September 25, 2013
@Kaepernick7 = one year wonder, the truth hurts bro..— Michael Yohannes (@mikeyohannes95) September 24, 2013
We Want Alex smith back!! @Kaepernick7— Ivan Rangel (@iVanR1288) September 23, 2013
The real question is—why is Kaepernick favoriting these things?
Is he using the hate as fuel, a la Kanye West? Is he trolling the haters with a wink, Johnny Manziel style? Or is he just keeping tabs on the people who doubt him, in order to remind himself who to laugh at when he turns it around in San Francisco?
Perhaps it’s a mixture of all of these things. Some people thrive on doubt and ugliness—it’s certainly a bigger motivator than sunshine and compliments.
Kaepernick and the 49ers will look to improve to .500 on the season Thursday night when they face off against the St. Louis Rams on Thursday Night Football. If they don’t win that one, Kaepernick might hurt his hand with all the favoriting he’ll have to do.
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