TIER 4 (5 QBs TOTAL)
Avg. rating: 3.83 | Change in rating: -30.3% | 2015 rank: T-18
Kaepernick was a dynamic dual-threat QB when the 49ers had a dominating defense, dominating offensive line, two outstanding tight ends and an all-star coaching staff. Without those things, Kaepernick is scrambling to beat out Blaine Gabbert for the starting job under his third head coach in three years. See how that works?
“They have proved you can win with him,” a QB coach said, “but he is a guy you really have to cater to because he really struggled with some of the pro-style stuff from a protection standpoint, and obviously his accuracy has hindered him.”
Voters saw Kaepernick’s performance at Arizona early last season as a giant red flag. Kaepernick wasn’t just bad while throwing four picks during a Week 3 defeat, he appeared lost. Voters have gone from evaluating technical aspects of Kaepernick’s game — a throwing motion that hinders getting the ball up and down the seam, as one offensive coordinator put it — to asking more existential questions.
“There is something missing with him,” another offensive coordinator said. “I don’t know what it is. Maybe it is the desire to play. That is the feeling that I get from watching him and when he talks about football and all you hear. For a guy who has talent like that to be so inconsistent, if he doesn’t love it, he is never going to be that great.”
And how has the team done since his last good season?
||San Francisco 49ers|
|Year||Record||Finish (Regular / Post Season)||Coach|
|2016||2-14-0||4th — NFC West||—||Chip Kelly||Roster / Stats|
|2015||5-11-0||4th — NFC West||—||Jim Tomsula||Roster / Stats|
|2014||8-8-0||3rd — NFC West||—||Jim Harbaugh||Roster / Stats|
|2013||12-4-0||2nd — NFC West||2-1 – Lost Conference Championship|
His personal stats have been dropping for the past 3 years:
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||12||331||196||59.2||27.6||2,241||6.8||186.8||16||4.8||4||1.2||65T||25||5||36||207||90.7|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||9||244||144||59.0||27.1||1,615||6.6||179.4||6||2.5||5||2.0||76T||19||7||28||166||78.5|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||16||478||289||60.5||29.9||3,369||7.0||210.6||19||4.0||10||2.1||80T||48||5||52||344||86.4|
At his age, his performance is bound to get worse if he were to play again. NFL owners are whores and they would sign Jack the Ripper if they thought he would help them win. Sure Kaepernick is hated for kneeling for the National Anthem, but ask yourself this, if he never took a knee would he be playing in the NFL this year? Of course not.