Colin Kaepernick’s Career Crossroads

September 14, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It's all right if you're confused by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. It's perfectly normal if there's an overwhelming sense of bewilderment that washes over as you consider the difference between who he is as an athlete and who he's become as a passer.
As an athlete, he's still gifted and still blessed with a 6'4", 230-pound body that covers 40 yards in 4.53 seconds. He does it with bounding, gazelle-like strides that, when in full flight, generate a seemingly effortless burst. His speed is powerful, but oddly graceful too. There's a lot of mindless joy out there on the Internet's far-reaching tubes, but still there's no video of Kaepernick's running set to one of Beethoven's classics.
We would all gladly stop there in any assessment of Kaepernick if it were possible. We could look back fondly on his quarterback single-game-record 181 rushing yards during the 2013 playoffs or his 90-yard run in 2014, the second-longest by a quarterback in league history...

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