San Francisco 49ers star quarterback Colin Kaepernick isn’t appreciated as much as he should be, because he is an absolutely phenomenal talent at the quarterback position. He has to face off against incredibly tough defenses in the NFC West, and he had just two competent pass-catchers to aid him last season in Vernon Davis and Anquan Boldin. Both of those guys were great, but it’s no coincidence that the offense didn’t start clicking until his favorite target, Michael Crabtree, returned. With Stevie Johnson, Bruce Ellington, Brandon Lloyd, and an improving Quinton Patton now in the fold, Kaepernick could put together a season as praiseworthy as his 2012 campaign.
According to the San Jose Mercury News’s Cam Inman, an opposing defensive coordinator gave some high praise to Kaepernick, who probably strikes fear in the hearts of most defenses due to his cannon of an arm and long, speedy legs. The defensive coordinator said, “This guy’s a bad-ass. This guy’s going to battle you to the end.”
He’s really just praising Kaepernick as a player, and there’s no doubt in my mind that Kaep is a very tough guy. I mean, he played through a severe foot injury last season, and we didn’t learn about the ailment until mid-August. Now that he and Crabtree will be fully healthy for, hopefully, the full season, we’ll see what Kaep can do. The 49ers could have an explosive offense, and that will more than make up for some tough losses on defense.