Posted November 22, 2013

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh ‘puzzled’ by Colin Kaepernick critics

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49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is second on the team with 335 rushing yards. (Michael Thomas/Getty Images)

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is second on the team with 335 rushing yards. (Michael Thomas/Getty Images)

The San Francisco 49ers have the league’s worst passing offense so far this season but still are in good shape for a playoff berth.

Despite that stat, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh says he can’t understand why critics around the league are so hard on third-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick. San Francisco is 6-4 and 3.5 games back of the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West.

Kaepernick has thrown for 1,802 yards with 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions and has an 81.8 quarterback rating through 10 games this season.

“I think he’s doing a heck of a job,” Harbaugh said, via 49ers.com. “I guess I’d be puzzled to why people would think that. What’s most important is what we see. I’m puzzled to why you or anybody else thinks that.”

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28 comments
mr6
mr6

I think you're puzzled by anybody who doesn't agree with your greatness.

achilton2
achilton2

He's not having a bad year at all, especially for it being his second year with substantial playing time. I'm not a 49ers fan by any means, but the guy has tons of talent and from all accounts a hell of a work ethic. He'll be fine. Defenses figured him out a little ... but he'll be close to his postseason form soon enough.

Clive
Clive

Coach Jimmy in full attack dog mode. This team has not been competitive against the elite teams. Coach Jimmy's record this year is built on beating up the skinny kids on the block.

Beginning with the SB this team has been consistently out-coached and now it's getting outplayed. Jimmy should shut his pie hole and concentrate on getting this fixed.

J57
J57

It's easy to fault Kaepernick for the season he's having. But I'm placing the blame directly on the shoulders of the offensive coordinator for not coming up with game plans that play to his strengths. Last week's touchdown to Vernon Davis was beautiful in that the entire Saints defense thought that Kaepernick was going to run with the ball around the right end. From running a LOT last year, to not running at all is idiocy at best. Hopefully now with Manningham and Crabtree back from injuries that will help. And with Boldin, the should be getting better and better. This year may be a wash, but if we can get better play calling, I think the Niners future looks just fine.

MickHayes
MickHayes

“I think he’s doing a heck of a job,” Harbaugh said,  Quick!  Somebody get the vaccine!! 

Harbaugh's contracted Jerry Jones disease!!!

Hawksfan1
Hawksfan1

Kaepernick is a one trick pony that opposing defenses have figured out.  He's a running back that can throw the ball on occasion.  He's a more athletic Tim Tebow...

Dino C
Dino C

Coming from a quarterback that was never better than average.

beekay31
beekay31

56% completion percentage, avg. 180 passing yards per game, and 11 TDs total?

I keep becoming more convinced Harbaugh is out of his mind.

JeffShields
JeffShields

Kaepernick would have many more critics if he didn't have the great year he had last season. I hope he  finds whatever he lost from last year.

fabio.fantone
fabio.fantone

When you struggle the way he's struggled this year (when compared to last year), there is nothing puzzling about the questioning, Jim.

JustaGuy2
JustaGuy2

@mr6 ...Is it me, or does Harbaugh ALWAYS seem to have befuddleface?

mr6
mr6

@Clive hard to disagree with that!

JustaGuy2
JustaGuy2

@J57...Yes, blame the OC.  Blame him for not coming up with an offensive scheme that can get Kaep's first read open all the time.

811rak
811rak

@J57 You might want to place the blame where it really belongs  --on fate.  I am anything but a Kaepernick fan, considering him to be vastly overrated last year, but who is he supposed to throw to? Watch the tape: Where is the separation by the wide receivers?  With the injuries to his receiving corps, it's easy to say the league has caught up with him, just as it's easy to say they've got up with RGIII.  Injuries are part of the game, and no excuse, but they do explain a lot.

anon76
anon76

@J57 

A wash?  You know the 49ers are in excellent position for a wildcard, right?  Seattle last year was about 40 seconds from riding a wild card ticket right into the NFC championship game, and Baltimore, NY Giants, and Green Bay all recently went from the wildcard round to Super Bowl Champs.

JustaGuy2
JustaGuy2

@MickHayes ... Jerry has an excuse, it's called dementia.  Harbaugh is just dumb.

JustaGuy2
JustaGuy2

@Hawksfan1 ...Tebow couldn't make it to his first read.  Kaep can't make it to his second.  One kneels and one kisses himself.  They both suck.

mr6
mr6

@Hawksfan1 .... and who likes to kiss his own arms more...

mr6
mr6

@Dino C I'd say he was definitely "better than average" last year (do you understand QB ratings at all?) and certainly is having a "better than average" year

mr6
mr6

@JeffShields Starting late in the season and not having opposing defenses know his skills?

RichieV
RichieV

@psychsports The problem is, for every Tom Brady there are a hundred Matt Leinarrts; so being a pocket passer doesn't automatically make you a good QB. 

In fact I would rather have Russel Wilson as my teams QB than say Tannehill, even though Tannehill is more of a traditional QB and Wilson is what people are saying is the "New Breed".

There have been thousands of Pocket passers throughout NFL history but only a few running qb's. So the chances of a QB with running ability winning a Superbowl is going to be very low. Just by percentage

Steve Young won a Superbowl and was known for his running ability and my guess is Wilson has a shot at a Superbowl. Both are Pass first QB's with and ability to run.

So if one out of a hundred QB's are "Great" QB's and you have a pool of a thousand traditional QB''s to draw from, then chances are there are going to be ten "Great" QB's 

but if you have a pool of 7 or 8 running QBs and one out of a hundred are going to be great QB's, then the problem isn't the style, it's just that the size of the pool to draw from is simplymuch smaller.

JustaGuy2
JustaGuy2

@mr6 @Dino C ...He was talking about Harbag dummy.  And no, Kaep was not better than average, his first read was able to get open last year.  This year?  Not so much.

mr6
mr6

@RichieV @psychsports I don't think you understand history vs. today and how things have changed.  Might change back, but your numbers are historical and not modern.