After setting an NFL record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 181 against the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers has turned a lot of heads around the league with a potentially bright future ahead.
Once Kaepernick was named the starter earlier in the season due to Alex Smith’s concussion, the consensus was that head coach Jim Harbaugh was making a bold move that may ultimately cost him dearly with the 49ers potentially suffering from the change in the playoffs.
Following the win over the Packers, Harbaugh looks more like a genius for using the up-and-comer over the veteran Smith as the 49ers appear to be the clear favorites to advance to the Super Bowl with a win over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game this weekend.
Along with a lot of people jumping on the Kaepernick bandwagon as a result of the four-touchdown game against the Packers, former NFL quarterback and current analyst believes that the 49ers’ starter may be the most dynamic quarterback in the league today via Eric Branch of SFGate.com:
“He may be the most dynamic quarterback in the NFL,” Simms said. “His arm is not good, it’s special. If you watch the San Francisco 49ers ever since he became quarterback, you see these throws every single week. It’s not only the power. It’s the accuracy. That’s what has really startled me. He can throw it hard on a line, but his touch passes down the field have been spectacular … Forget the running, that arm alone is enough to make you a franchise quarterback.”
It’s hard to argue with Simms’ point of view here as Kaepernick truly proved his worth to the 49ers in the win over the Packers last Saturday night. Kaepernick not only set an NFL record with the 181 rushing yards, but also scored a total of four touchdowns with two rushing and two passing.
With the ability to be a multiple threat and winning the approval of his teammates, Kaepernick may become one of the top tier quarterbacks in the league if he continue winning football games and take San Francisco to the Super Bowl after Smith failed to do so last season against the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants.