Found October 07, 2013 on SF Lunatic Fringe:
Yeah, I said it.  Maybe pretty much everyone was a little too eager to anoint Colin Kaepernick the next big thing… Look, I’m not a Kaepernick hater by any means.  He’s impressed me with his abilities, and I believe he can be a top NFL quarterback.  But it needs to be realized that, right now, he’s not one. Look at the stats.  Right now, he has just 856 passing yards on the season.  That’s 25th in the league.  He’s 24th in the league in completion percentage at just 58.1%  His 214 yards per game is, you got it, 25th in the league.  Sure, that’s not all of his game, but he’s only rushed for 140 yards in 4 games as well.  He had only one rush in Sunday’s game against Texas. At the end of the game, Kaepernick was 6 for 15, and had a stretch of 8 straight incompletions that spanned more than two quarters.  He had 113 yards total, and if the Texan safeties hadn’t blown their coverage, maybe you don’t have that 64-yard touchdown throw, cutting that total by more than half. Now, not all of this is on Kaepernick’s back.  Lets face it, the Niners are nearly a receiver-less team.  Anquan Boldin is good, even if he’s not a star receiver anymore.  Vernon Davis has been slowed a bit by injury.  Very telling is that last night, Kaepernick targeted only four different receivers all game, only two of whom were actually wide receivers. The 49ers are a running team, to be sure.  But Harbaugh’s offense also is about stretching out defenses.  Forget the wide receiver base that was made more shallow after Crabtree’s injury.  At Stanford, Harbaugh’s offense was TE heavy, and only five passes all season have been caught by tight ends not named Davis…and Davis didn’t play in one game already this season.  And the team lost so much versatility when Delanie Walker left in the offseason, as the FB/TE had over 20 yards a game for the 49ers last season and led the team with 16.4 yards a catch. All this aside, Kaepernick is supposed to be a much more dynamic player than this.  But, this season, he hasn’t been.  He’s disappeared at times, and the team has desperately relied on Frank Gore to make things happen.  However, good teams have figured that out, like Seattle and Indy.  And when that has happened, Kaepernick hasn’t taken over games. But he’s still being cheered like a superstar, while other quarterbacks get hated on no matter what they do.  Maybe Romo and Alex Smith can start a support group. Then again, Alex Smith has only 957 yards with the Chiefs this year. I don’t know.  What I do know is that, between injuries, behavioral issues like Aldon Smith, and some under-performing by so-called superstars…the 49ers do have some things to be worried about, even after big wins.

Colin Kaepernick leads the NFL in jersey sales

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick leads the NFL in jersey sales. Kaepernick’s No. 7 remained’s top-selling jersey in the period spanning from April 1 through Sept. 30. The biggest jersey mover was Peyton Manning, which moved up three spots since June and leapfrogged Russell Wilson into second place. It is pretty impressive, bit […]

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Colin Kaepernick leads NFL in jersey sales

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick’s No. 7 jersey remains the NFL shops top-selling jersey for the period spanning from April 1 through Sept. 30. Peyton Manning’s No. 18 holds the number two spot. Eight of the ten top selling jerseys below to QB’s, with only Adrian Peterson and JJ Watt being the only position players outside of quarterback to crack the list. Some would...

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Harbaugh: McDonald's MRI checks out fine

Defensive end Ray McDonald is not expected to be out of action an extended period of time after the 49ers received the results on his MRI examination. “We dodged a bullet there” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday morning on his KNBR radio show. “It looks like Ray might have walked one off." McDonald sustained a right biceps strain Sunday night in the third quarter...

Ray McDonald scheduled for MRI on biceps

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Michael Crabtree To Be “Game Ready” By Mid-To-Late November

San Francisco 49ers HC Jim Harbaugh told reporters that WR Michael Crabtree will be “game ready” by mid-to-late November, per Matt Barrows. On the PUP list recovering from an Achilles injury, Crabtree will be eligible for activation come Week 7. Though it is likely he won’t return until sometime later in the season. A return in Week 10 would sense considering that the 49ers...

Donte Whitner introduces himself as ‘Donte Hitner’ on Sunday Night Football (Video)

His name might still legally have a W in it, but do you really think that’s going to stop The Player Soon to Be Formerly Known as Whitner from proudly telling the whole world otherwise? When Sunday’s game concludes, (W)hitner will presumably go back to being an outspoken critic of the government shutdown. H/T Guyism

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