Colin Kaepernick, Week 3, 2015
From one extreme to the other, Kaepernick and the 49ers have been on both sides of a sound beating in 2015. Last week we saw Colin hand the ball off more than anything, only passing when necessary to keep Minnesota on their toes. This week, Colin was slinging it all over the field trying to keep up with Big Ben and the Steelers!
Kaepernick rifled 46 passes on Sunday and completed 33 of them for 335 yards and 2 touchdowns – and zero interceptions. Though it wasn’t enough to even compete with Pittsburgh (looking at you, 49er defense…), it was an impressive showing for Colin. The Steelers knew San Fran would throw, but couldn’t stop it. Colin spread the ball around terrifically, completing at least 1 pass to 9 different players and 2 passes to 7.
Top it all off with Kaepernick leading the team in rushing with 51 yards and you can conclude that he did everything he could to help San Francisco on Sunday. Unfortunately, the rest of the team didn’t show up and Pittsburgh throttled them. 2 weeks into the campaign and Kaepernick has racked up 500 yards through the air, completed over 69 percent of his passes, thrown for 2 scores and earned a quarterback rating of 98.1. Not too shabby, Colin, not too shabby. From a quarterback play perspective, it appears that the time Kaepernick spent with NFL Great Kurt Warner is showing some fruits of the labor. Most notable is Kaepernicks spreading of the ball which indicates that he is moving through his progressions quickly and easily and finding the receiver in the best position to be open instead of pre-determining where to throw the ball.
Colin and the 49ers will take on NFC West foe Arizona next Sunday and hopefully we’ll see more of the same out of Kaepernick and just plain more out of the rest of the niners.