Alex Boone

The 49ers ruined Colin Kaepernick

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The 49ers lost 17-3 to the Packers this afternoon, and Colin Kaepernick is currently a terrible quarterback. When Troy Aikman, as milquetoast as it gets, says the quarterback possibly “saw a ghost” while trying to explain a wobbling short pass at a receiver’s feet in the red zone, things are really bad.

What, we expected a great game? We already knew Kaepernick was the 49ers’ new fall guy, and his teammates and coaches all knew it too.

Not only is Kaepernick throwing interceptions, taking sacks and losing games, he’s losing his team. Alex Boone mouthed the word “quarterback” to Joe Staley when one of FOX’s cameras showed them on the bench during the fourth quarter — there’s no way the context could’ve been complimentary. Anquan Boldin looks like he’s ready to tear every bit of Levi’s sod up from the ground whenever Kaepernick overthrows one of his sideline routes. Torrey Smith misses Joe Flacco like the deserts miss the rain.

Kaepernick’s confidence is gone. Fans are looking for the 49ers to replace him with Blaine Gabbert.

Hmmm … this sounds familiar.

Candlestick faithful once chanted David Carr’s name when Alex Smith struggled, while a totally-over-his-head coach with frighteningly little experience named Mike Singletary stalked the sideline. Smith never played with anything approaching confidence until the 49ers put together one of the best offensive lines in the league and brought in Jim Harbaugh, who accentuated Smith’s strengths — intelligence, mobility and caution.

Harbaugh liked Kaepernick’s attributes — speed, arm strength and fearlessness — even more, and the two won a lot of games together in a short period. To think that the same quarterback who went sleeveless in Lambeau when the wind chill made it feel like -14 degrees and led the 49ers to a 23-20 win looks like this in 2015 … well, it would’ve been hard to fathom less than two years ago. But the 49ers, through a series of awful decisions, buried a rising star.

The front office let the world know that Harbaugh was not long for the job. Within weeks of losing the NFC Championship in Seattle (a game the 49ers would’ve lost by 10+ if Kaepernick didn’t play out of his mind in the second and third quarters, before his unfortunate decision to test Richard Sherman at the end), Harbaugh’s future was in question.

When employees feel like they’re walking the plank, they make different decisions than they would normally. Whether that’s why Harbaugh and Greg Roman tried to make Kaepernick into something he’s not, or they saw defenses adjusting to a single-read quarterback who really wanted to run more than anything else, who knows. However, here are the facts: Kaepernick played very well in 2012 and 2013 (with a QB rating of well over 90), and then he regressed in 2014 while his mentor dodged friendly fire.

Not one person has called Kaepernick lazy. Perhaps he spends more time on his physique than he should, considering his weaknesses. But who predicted he’d regress after 2013? Just about everyone thought he’d get better, because that’s what generally happens with healthy quarterbacks in their mid-20s.

Kaepernick was never a master quarterback in the way Steve Young describes the craft, but he also won four playoff games, three on the road. Now he has no idea what he’s doing, he’s running around in circles, and his passes are flying out of bounds. We can either question his mental acuity, say he never had “it” all along, or take a moment to wonder if ANY PROMINENT PLAYER on this roster has gotten markedly better over the last 20 games throughout all of this turmoil.

“It’s up to Kap to save us!”

The pro-49ers faction of the media said this with something approaching glee heading into this season, didn’t they?

With so many players fleeing, and a new (OK, kind of) coaching staff, the 49ers and their “young and talented roster” would go as far as Kaepernick took them this season. We heard that a thousand times. And Kaepernick, like Harbaugh a year ago, changed things up quite a bit heading into his make-or-break year. After working with Harbaugh during the season and some receivers during the offseason over the first four years of his career, Kaepernick sought the tutelage of Kurt Warner’s crew in Arizona, a decision championed by Trent Dilfer. Dilfer was the one who called Kaepernick’s quarterbacking “remedial” in 2013 (a shot at Harbaugh that ownership surely loved), then gushed with ridiculously effusive praise when Kaepernick played a very Dilfer-like game (without the interceptions) in the 49ers’ 20-3 win over the Vikings.

While Kaepernick was working with Warner’s people, the 49ers were still “looking” for an offensive coordinator. (I put that in quotes because I believe they wanted to bring Geep Chryst back at a team-friendly price all along.) Think about that. Kaepernick was in the process of remaking his mechanics and playing style, and he had no idea what offense he’d run in 2015. There’s no way Kaepernick felt secure about his future with this team, and that’s before we examine the trade rumors that turned into nothing.

The 49ers’ defense was horrendous in Glendale a week ago, but Ted Robinson told every single KNBR host he could that Kaepernick was the problem. Robinson referenced an event he attended this past week along with several “successful Silicon Valley executives,” and how one CEO compared himself to Kaepernick. The CEO told Robinson that when he walks into a boardroom, he needs to be respected as THE CEO. (You could probably cut the narcissism at that party with a spork.)

Robinson asked this question on multiple shows: Does Kaepernick have that kind of respect from his teammates? The writing was on the wall for Kaepernick before today’s game against the Packers (who were in full “let’s not show the rest of the NFL what we can really do” mode throughout) even started. The CEO story has Jed York written all over it, and Robinson is trying to keep his job after getting suspended by the 49ers last year. He knows exactly what the front office wants us to hear.

Trent Baalke wanted Andy Dalton. Kap was Harbaugh’s guy. Time to take out the trash.

The easy rebuttal: Kaepernick is playing terribly.

But how is this a surprise?

— Chryst should not be an offensive coordinator. He called for a Reggie Bush (golly, what an impact he made today) carry up the middle on 3rd-and-11 today … in the third quarter when the 49ers still had a chance.

— The 49ers knew their offensive line was going to be terrible, and they didn’t add one starting-caliber offensive lineman this offseason. Blame Anthony Davis all you want. They know better than anyone that he’s the kind of guy who might bail on the team at any moment. They drafted him. Intelligent teams plan for relative catastrophes like Davis’ retirement.

“I think somewhere in there, he said were going to run the football.” — Baalke (Jan. 15, 2015)

“But with Kap you got a guy in Geep Chryst who knows him better than anybody else,” York said. “You have a great guy in Steve Logan that’s coming in that’s going to work with him on fundamentals and to put a system that’s going to put Kap in the best position to make plays. How many quarterbacks in this league can run 90 yards for a touchdown? I can’t think of many, but you have to put Kap in position where he can make those plays and put Kap in position where we can run the ball. We can throw the ball in ways that allows him to be successful and let him be the absolute stud that he can be on the field, and that’s what you’re going to see from us next year. Defenses are not going to want to play against us because you’re not going to know where we’re going to hit you.” — York (Jan. 30, 2015)

“We’re not a drop-back team. We’re not built that way. We’re not built like other teams.” — Jim Tomsula Sept. 28, 2015)

So Kaepernick has an awful offensive line, only two of their five receivers would get snaps for at least 80% of NFL teams (and one of their top two wideouts is 35), and everyone from the owner to the head coach let the league know that Kaepernick will run constantly this year when he isn’t rolling to his right and throwing short passes. Wow, what a tough case to crack for opposing defensive coordinators.

Quarterbacking in the NFL is incredibly difficult. A sizable contingent of 49ers fans believe that Aaron Rodgers would’ve been a far worse player if the 49ers drafted him with the first overall pick for a reason. If a quarterback has very little support, either on or off the field, he has no chance.

Here’s what’s going to happen to Kaepernick. We already know he’s gone next year, and we’ll see how smart his representatives are this offseason. If they have his best interests at heart, he’ll sign with one of the top teams (Patriots, Packers, Broncos) as a backup and learn from actual coaches. After all, the one thing he has on his side, even now, is health. It’s not like there are a lot of great quarterbacks out there. Kaepernick’s career could last well into his 30s if he finds another winning situation or two. But if his people are all about A$AP money, he’ll sign with an awful team that promises a starting job and he’ll be out of the league within two or three seasons.

The 49ers are going to sink to the bottom of the NFL standings, and they’ll be in the market for a quarterback. But it’ll be tough not to pity any signal caller who has the misfortune of getting drafted by Baalke, a scout who prefers to focus on the defensive side, who along with York has built one of the worst coaching staffs in franchise history … since the staff that was there before they hired Harbaugh, at least.

Niners Notes

— The defense played pretty well today. At least with all of these problems and roster departures, the 49ers can still stop Adrian Peterson and contain Rodgers.

— How would this game have gone if Michael Wilhoite didn’t shove Randall Cobb (a stupid move since Wilhoite lined up more than five yards away from the line of scrimmage)? The 49ers still would’ve lost, but the second half might have been a bit more interesting.

— Jarryd Hayne has a lot of respect from opposing teams — the Packers went to great lengths to either pin him on the sideline or punt the ball out of bounds.

— Vance McDonald is awful. Bradley Pinion is a rookie, so the jury is still out, but he seems like another questionable draft pick by Baalke as well.

— Quinton Patton had his best game as a pro. He showed some impressive speed when he took off down the left sideline on the 49ers’ best play of the day. And no dumb penalties! Progress for Patton.

— Carlos Hyde rushed eight times for 20 yards against a team that came into this game allowing a league-worst 5.0 yards per carry. Everyone knows what the 49ers are doing — a sad story for the team that used to employ Bill Walsh.

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revelation 11
revelation 11

Assholes knbr oh boy chip Kelly! You will suck next year and next five years! All of scumbag knbr staff should be fired. Idiots still think kap over Smith was right choice!!! Pride of scumbags. Watch Alex destroy Brady and cheating unpatriotic pats.

revelation 11
revelation 11

Priest Holmes was at arrowhead yesterday performing last rights on the raiders, I told save the oil in the bottle for four more last rights ceremonies! Gooooooooo Alex!

revelation 11
revelation 11

I must admit I'm concerned he threw two interceptions and one was a pick 6, but to win ten in a row is amazing in nil. If that p.o.s. referee called fumble on a mad Bradshaw Smith would still be a niner and would have 8 rings. Alex Smith 500 yards rushing, is that not impressive.

AnthonyWCarrick
AnthonyWCarrick

revelation 11 8 of those wins have been against losing teams and the two others against a Broncos team with no Manning and a Pittsburgh team with no Ben. They barely dispatched the Browns at home. Not impressed.

revelation 11
revelation 11

4 starting next week! 10 in a row after 1 and 5 only Alex in 103 f!#= years!

AnthonyWCarrick
AnthonyWCarrick

revelation 11 Yeah, how many playoff wins has Smith had with the Chiefs. Hint: 0

revelation 11
revelation 11

All this hot air, and where are the truth tellers? Alex Smith, 312 passes without a pick, second all time, 108.3 postseason passer rating, highest all time,48 and 21 record. Does that sound like the inferior quarterback? F#== all you Alex Smith hating weasels. Go chiefs.

AnthonyWCarrick
AnthonyWCarrick

@revelation 11 8 of those wins have been against losing teams and the two others against a Broncos team with no Manning and a Pittsburgh team with no Ben. They barely dispatched the Browns at home. Not impressed. 

revelation 11
revelation 11

4 starting next week! 10 in a row after 1 and 5 only Alex in 103 f!#= years!

revelation 11
revelation 11

I must admit I'm concerned he threw two interceptions and one was a pick 6, but to win ten in a row is amazing in nil. If that p.o.s. referee called fumble on a mad Bradshaw Smith would still be a niner and would have 8 rings. Alex Smith 500 yards rushing, is that not impressive.

revelation 11
revelation 11

Priest Holmes was at arrowhead yesterday performing last rights on the raiders, I told save the oil in the bottle for four more last rights ceremonies! Gooooooooo Alex!

revelation 11
revelation 11

Assholes knbr oh boy chip Kelly! You will suck next year and next five years! All of scumbag knbr staff should be fired. Idiots still think kap over Smith was right choice!!! Pride of scumbags. Watch Alex destroy Brady and cheating unpatriotic pats.

revelation 11
revelation 11

All this hot air, and where are the truth tellers? Alex Smith, 312 passes without a pick, second all time, 108.3 postseason passer rating, highest all time,48 and 21 record. Does that sound like the inferior quarterback? F#== all you Alex Smith hating weasels. Go chiefs.

revelation 11
revelation 11

B.s. brilliant q.b. when defense's learned the pistol and read option he had nothing left. Pocket passer? Smart q.b haha, Smith is the smart w.b. in nfl. Watch Smith in playoffs. Ha f&_= ing ha.

revelation 11
revelation 11

No, no they fired Smith! That and only that is why the 9 ers are cursed. The Chicago cubs of football. Fire baalaki,Ted Robinson all Alex haters at p.o.s. k.n.b.r. Jed York you thought kap was better than Smith! As president Donald Trump would say your fired!

revelation 11
revelation 11

Good for you. These koolaide drinkers are drunk. When Smith did something wrong they always blamed him. When kap sucked idiots blame Greg Roman. You robbed Smith of what he hoped for all his life, to play in superbowl. Now Jim Jonesing to douse you suckers with kap koolaide destroyed niners. Go Alex!

revelation 11
revelation 11

B.s. kap ruined kap. Excuses, do you wipe kaps ass? Smith is better.

revelation 11
revelation 11

Fire p.o.s. baalki. I said day one Smith is way better than kap scumbag alex haters eat f#=/ ing crow. You will never be in playoffs again! Watch Alex in playoffs. Haha.

revelation 11
revelation 11

Fire p.o.s. baalki. I said day one Smith is way betterthanlap.scumbag alAlex haters eat f#=/ ing crow. You will never be in playoffs again! Watch Alex in playoffs. Haha.

iddenature
iddenature

Excellent information and facts. Only real difficulty I was basically receiving was viewing the pics. No idea exactly why.

iddenature
iddenature

Excellent information and facts. Only real difficulty I was basically receiving was viewing the pics. No idea exactly why.

dam_rams
dam_rams

love 'em when they're up...

kick 'em when they suck!!!

dam_rams
dam_rams

love 'em when they're up... kick 'em when they suck!!!

ssmassa22
ssmassa22

Anyone posting here could do better than spoon fed Jed

ssmassa22
ssmassa22

Anyone posting here could do better than spoon fed Jed

ssmassa22
ssmassa22

The location of the stadium is a disgrace as well. The looks of the stadium when you compare to Dallas or Indy etc is a disgrace. Poeple passing out from sun stroke because of its placement and design.

ssmassa22
ssmassa22

As long as idiot moron pee brain Baalke is in charge there will be no more winning seasons.

ssmassa22
ssmassa22

As long as idiot moron pee brain Baalke is in charge there will be no more winning seasons.

ssmassa22
ssmassa22

Baalke is an idiot. York is stupid for getting brainwashed by baalke. Baalke should have been fired many years ago after AJ Jenkins. Harbaugh took pre Baalke draft players to the NFC championship. After 4 years of Baalkes terrible drafts the 8-8 season caught up. Then rather than York seeing it for the idiot Baalke is. He lets Baalke the moron make him think it's Harbaughs fault. Like you said look at Michigan.

Flyguy29
Flyguy29

Management hired the right combination of coaches and players to ruin Kap

revelation 11
revelation 11

B.s. kap ruined kap. Excuses, do you wipe kaps ass? Smith is better.

Flyguy29
Flyguy29

Management hired the right combination of coaches and players to ruin Kap

MarkLopez2
MarkLopez2

MosesZD You forgot something important Moses. Harbaugh coached him up to a super bowl(you haters forget the facts, also 49-21 record), now these coaches have zero clue how to coach a QB, so he suffers with these coaches. To blame all of this on Harbaughs shows me how little u know about football. You notice how Michigan is doing and how the 49ers are doing. This is no coincidence. Harbaugh is a great coach and what we have now is a joke for a coach. You happy now Moses?????? Tomsula over Harbaugh, does that make you thrilled Moses, because you know so little about football, I am assuming you love what Tomsula is doing. I guess this 1-4 is Harbaughs fault too.

ran___sf
ran___sf

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TerranceJohnson
TerranceJohnson

Mark my words... the Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator, Hugh Jackson will be a good NFL coach. Look what he did with a no talent Oakland team as an intern a few years ago . look what he's doing right now with Andy Dalton. The question is, will our B.S. owner roll the dice. I think not

TerranceJohnson
TerranceJohnson

Mark my words... the Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator, Hugh Jackson will be a good NFL coach. Look what he did with a no talent Oakland team as an intern a few years ago . look what he's doing right now with Andy Dalton. The question is, will our B.S. owner roll the dice. I think not

dinn
dinn

craig99 rhart49 Because they needed a scapegoat for this season as a backup plan. everyone of yorks coaches have mysterious "inside sources" that are released prior to their last season labeling them as the teams scapegoat so that york can do what he wants while keeping his hands clean. thats whats happening now, 49ers will blow the rest of the season and blame it all on kaep. they will then be given a fresh chance next season with whatever QB they draft. most likely if they lose again tomsula will be the fall guy.

MosesZD
MosesZD

Oh bull.   Kaepernick is exactly who he was last year and is the QB Harbaugh drafted and created.   A QB who fails under pressure and, last year, took 29 of his 52 sacks after 3.6 seconds because he holds onto the ball too effing long because he can't read defenses to save his life and he's too stupid to throw the ball away like other QBs.


It's time to stop blaming everyone else for a QB who threw 21% of his passes off target, created half his sacks and has show that he's all athlete, no quarterback. He's ****ing Tim Tebow, only slightly more accurate.


In the end, Kaepernick is Harbaugh's failure and Harbaugh's failure alone.   The bottom-line is that Harbaugh fell in love with his athleticism and was so completely arrogant, well beyond York & Baalke, that he could turn that sow's ear into a silk purse and completely failed.  It would take miracle, along the order a truly great coach like Bill Walsh to MAYBE get some half-decent play out of Kaepernick and their ain't exactly a lot of them going around.  




MarkLopez2
MarkLopez2

@MosesZD You forgot something important Moses. Harbaugh coached him up to a super bowl(you haters forget the facts, also 49-21 record), now these coaches have zero clue how to coach a QB, so he suffers with these coaches. To blame all of this on Harbaughs shows me how little u know about football. You notice how Michigan is doing and how the 49ers are doing. This is no coincidence. Harbaugh is a great coach and what we have now is a joke for a coach. You happy now Moses?????? Tomsula over Harbaugh, does that make you thrilled Moses, because you know so little about football, I am assuming you love what Tomsula is doing. I guess this 1-4 is Harbaughs fault too. 

ssmassa22
ssmassa22

Baalke is an idiot. York is stupid for getting brainwashed by baalke. Baalke should have been fired many years ago after AJ Jenkins. Harbaugh took pre Baalke draft players to the NFC championship. After 4 years of Baalkes terrible drafts the 8-8 season caught up. Then rather than York seeing it for the idiot Baalke is. He lets Baalke the moron make him think it's Harbaughs fault. Like you said look at Michigan.

revelation 11
revelation 11

Good for you. These koolaide drinkers are drunk. When Smith did something wrong they always blamed him. When kap sucked idiots blame Greg Roman. You robbed Smith of what he hoped for all his life, to play in superbowl. Now Jim Jonesing to douse you suckers with kap koolaide destroyed niners. Go Alex!

MosesZD
MosesZD

Oh bull.   Kaepernick is exactly who he was last year and is the QB Harbaugh drafted and created.   A QB who fails under pressure and, last year, took 29 of his 52 sacks after 3.6 seconds because he holds onto the ball too effing long because he can't read defenses to save his life and he's too stupid to throw the ball away like other QBs. It's time to stop blaming everyone else for a QB who threw 21% of his passes off target, created half his sacks and has show that he's all athlete, no quarterback. He's ****ing Tim Tebow, only slightly more accurate. In the end, Kaepernick is Harbaugh's failure and Harbaugh's failure alone.   The bottom-line is that Harbaugh fell in love with his athleticism and was so completely arrogant, well beyond York & Baalke, that he could turn that sow's ear into a silk purse and completely failed.  It would take miracle, along the order a truly great coach like Bill Walsh to MAYBE get some half-decent play out of Kaepernick and their ain't exactly a lot of them going around.

craig99
craig99

rhart49  FYI I'm not defending Jed or Trent. I/m not saying Harbaugh deserved to be fired - I'm saying they fired Harbaugh and kept Kaepernick! How does that indicate a prejudice against Kaepernick?  (which was Berman's argument.) In fact they were stupid to fire Harbaugh and they were stupid to keep Kaepernick. They should have kept Harbaugh and looked for another QB!  Everyone could see last year that opposing teams had figured out Kap...Jed and Trent did the opposite of what they should have done.

phil fan
phil fan

This supposed -leaderless- team is going to need more than a few bandages to fix. The head has been chopped off and the body (the team) is dead.It’s a hot sad steaming mess in Ninerland and I can understand not wanting to face reality. But it won’t and hasn’t helped. Sure trade a few parts here and there no harm in trying.


But for the longer term pain will have to be inflicted on boy York for his foolish ways. Let me be the first to

 propose a BOYCOTT of all Niner home games by fans to express our disgust and outrage at the 

destruction of our team. Pain. Refuse to show up at the white elephant in Santa Clara to watch the Niners lose. (I realize this is not an option for me but if I was in the area I would refuse attending). 


This process is already happening but I want to encourage fans to simply not go to games. Pain. Embarrassment. A clear display of fan loathing at what the child and his minions have created. Pain.

BOYCOTT Niner home games. Pain!

ssmassa22
ssmassa22

The location of the stadium is a disgrace as well. The looks of the stadium when you compare to Dallas or Indy etc is a disgrace. Poeple passing out from sun stroke because of its placement and design.

phil fan
phil fan

This supposed -leaderless- team is going to need more than a few bandages to fix. The head has been chopped off and the body (the team) is dead.It’s a hot sad steaming mess in Ninerland and I can understand not wanting to face reality. But it won’t and hasn’t helped. Sure trade a few parts here and there no harm in trying. But for the longer term pain will have to be inflicted on boy York for his foolish ways. Let me be the first to  propose a BOYCOTT of all Niner home games by fans to express our disgust and outrage at the  destruction of our team. Pain. Refuse to show up at the white elephant in Santa Clara to watch the Niners lose. (I realize this is not an option for me but if I was in the area I would refuse attending).  This process is already happening but I want to encourage fans to simply not go to games. Pain. Embarrassment. A clear display of fan loathing at what the child and his minions have created. Pain. BOYCOTT Niner home games. Pain!

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