Colin Kaepernick gets tackled once again
Quarterbacks get too much credit when their team wins and too much blame when their team loses, but after a performance like the one Colin Kaepernick turned in against Carolina, all the finger pointing must start with him. Kaepernick managed to lead the team to a net total of 46 passing yards, the lowest figure since Alex Smith's rookie season, and the third lowest since the 1970s.
At a certain point, all the finger pointing at the lack of weapons has to stop. Yes, Vernon Davis being forced to leave the game in the second quarter seriously limited Kaepernick's options in the pass game, and yes, he still misses Michael Crabtree. There are other warm bodies out there, however, and Kaepernick seems unable to make any connections. Only one of his 11 completions went more than ten yards past the line of scrimmage, with checkdown after checkdown falling short of the sticks. Kaepernick had only three passes for first downs all game. Two came on short passes to Frank Gore and Bruce Miller in the first quarter, which they turned upfield, and the third came late in the fourth quarter. He failed to complete any deep passes, despite four such attempts. It was an ugly, ugly game.
Is it fair to judge him while so many weapons are missing? It's tough not to; every team in the NFL has injuries and have to make do with the next players up. So far this season, the passing game, and Kaepernick in particular, have not lived up to that ideal.
You can't place the entire blame for the stalled passing game on Kaepernick's shoulders, but he had the most disappointing performance of the week.