Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
Colin Kaepernick has not had the same success he had in 2012.
It's tough to be too hard on the team or any players when you win a game 34-3. However, in order to be the best player one can be, each individual must strive for perfection. The same goes for the team as a whole.
With that being said, the biggest area the 49ers have for growth and improvement is with their quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.
After a tremendous game to open the season, Kaepernick has not been anywhere near as effective. Against the Packers, Kaepernick completed 27 of 39 pass attempts for a career-high of 412 yards and three touchdowns. Kaepernick also ran seven times for 22 yards.
The 49ers were off to a great start with their opening day win against Green Bay, but then struggled over the next two games, losing to the Seahawks and Colts.
Although the 49ers have gotten back on track with wins against the Rams and Texans, it has been the defense and the running game that have led the way. Kaepernick's performances have been somewhere between mediocre and poor in the past four contests.
In the 49ers' two losses, Kaepernick went a combined 26-55 for 277 yards, no touchdowns and four interceptions.
Against the Rams, Kaepernick fared a little better, completing 15 of 23 attempts for 167 yards and two touchdowns. The 49ers were powered by Frank Gore and his 153 yards on the ground.
The Houston Texans' defense posed a big challenge for the 49ers. They have an outstanding defense led by J.J. Watt, who led the league with 20.5 sacks last year.
The 49ers won the game 34-3, but it was the defense who scored a touchdown and set up another 17 points by generating turnovers.
Kaepernick completed only six of his 15 pass attempts for 113 yards and one touchdown. If you take away a 64-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis, when the Texans completely blew the coverage, Kaepernick's numbers would have been even worse.
Kaepernick has been very inconsistent and seems to have lost some of his confidence and swagger. He seems to be throwing off his back foot on several pass attempts and that also causes him to be erratic.
Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman must get Kaepernick back on track if the 49ers are going to make any noise in the postseason. This coming week against Arizona will be a good starting point.