By Ed Baylor: With the San Francisco 49ers’ second straight lopsided loss last Sunday, 49ers fans are overwhelming saying they want quarterback Alex Smith back and Colin Kaepernick gone. The Niners traded Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs during the off season for a 2nd round in the 2013 NFL draft, and a conditional pick in the 2014 pick.
At first it was thought that the Niners got great a deal, not now that Kaepernick is looking so poor in game after game, the Niners might end getting the raw end of the deal. Kaepernick has looked lost in the Niners’ last 2 games, and his confidence appears to be totally shot.
It started in the 49ers 29-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks 2 weeks ago in a game where Kaepernick completed only 13 of 28 passes for 127 yards with 3 interceptions. Kaepernick’s poor play continued into last Sunday in the 49ers 27-7 defeat against the Indianapolis Colts. Kaepernick completed just 13 of 27 passes for 150 yards with 1 interception and 1 fumble.
Matt Maiocco said to csnbayarea.com “Kaepernick did not exactly give off the vibe that he’s full of self-confidence after the game. Of course, his press conferences are always short and awkward. But his head was down and his body language was not impressive. But it’s difficult to make sweeping judgments based on that. He does not seem to handle failure very well.”
Kaepernick definitely doesn’t handle failure well nor pressure. If there was a hole where he could stick his head like an ostrich, I wouldn’t be surprised in the least to see Kaeperpick nick rooting around with his head buried under the dirt.
It’s more than Kaepernick’s lack of confidence that has brought about his back to back poor performances with the team. Kaepernick has been exposed as a player that only looks at one receiver on pass plays; Anquan Boldin, and if he’s covered, Kaepernick ends up firing incomplete passes or he runs the football.
Last season Kaepernick was able to burn a lot of the teams in the NFL that didn’t know how to handle the read option, but this season the teams are keeping a spy on both sides of the field to keep Kaepernick from being able to run around the ends. When he tries to run to the sidelines now, he’s being stopped I his tracks each time.