The San Francisco 49ers named Kyle Shanahan their new Head Coach on Monday following Sundays historic Super Bowl. With no time to mourn over the biggest upset in Super Bowl history, in Santa Clara awaits his team with a lot of holes that needs filling. One of the biggest holes is obviously the quarterback position.
Recently, Colin Kaepernick opted out his contract where he was guaranteed $14.5 million in 2017. Rumors are that this was a move to save himself from embarrassment as it is assumed he would have been cut by the 49ers.
However, what if I told you Colin Kaepernick should be the 49ers target?
What if I told you that out of all the possible quarterbacks available he would be the best overall option?
Let's make a case for Colin.
Drafted by Jim Harbaugh in 2011, Kaepernick quickly became one of the most dynamic quarterbacks the league has ever seen. With his 6'4 230 pound frame and rocket arm to match, Colin took the 49ers to 2 straight NFC championships games and a super bowl.
Some would argue that it was the running game and defense that led the 49ers to that success. I argue that the San Francisco 49ers were a stable franchise. Just 6 years into his career (5 years if we're talking playing time) Kaepernick has had three Head Coaches, three offensive coordinators and three quarterback coaches. How can we expect a player playing that position to be consistent when the franchise isn't?
Just take Alex Smith for example. Smith had seen so many coaches and coordinator during his time in San Francisco which led to his inconsistent play, which then helped him build a bust label. Not until Harbaugh (a stable staff) came into the picture did Smith begin to remove that bust label. Now in Kansas City he looks like someone who could lead a team on a deep playoff run.
Quarterback success is about stability. Stability ensures durability and enhances ability. Just imagine Colin Kaepernick on the 49ers at a much cheaper tag than $14.5m and at his best with Kyle Shanahan running the show. With an improved receiving core, healthy running backs and a franchise committed to bringing the 49ers winning "culture" back, Kaepernick could not only be a quality quarterback but actually live up to his potential. I'm not ready to give up on Colin Kaepernick just yet and neither should Niners Nation!