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Cool, Gray City of Football: Week Five

Sure the 49ers won, but what's up with Kaepernick?

The 49ers are back on track, thanks in large part to the pathetic excuse for a quarterback that the Texans’ Matt Schaub has become this season. He threw three interceptions (two to Tramaine Brock, one of those returned for a touchdown), including one to a dude with a hyphenated name that no Niners fan had ever heard of before.

To give credit where credit is due, Vernon Davis, Frank Gore, and the entire Niners defense had monster games this weekend, eventually finishing up a 34-3 walloping that put San Francisco back over .500.

With the Seahawks losing to the Indianapolis Colts, 49ers fans had a perfect Sunday. Well, unless you watched Colin Kaepernick attempt to throw the football. He looked better than in weeks past, which is actually an incredible insult to weeks past. Our young quarterback can at times throw the ball hard enough to break through a brick wall. But yesterday, he contented himself with constantly lobbing up rainbows, trying to place the ball perfectly in the path of a receiver. It rarely worked.

Kaepernick’s real game, at least through the air, should be based on pinpoint bullets. Yesterday, I'd have been happy if he threw the ball normally—I don't care if the team's receivers have to nurse broken hands and bruises afterward—so the passes could get caught. When Kap wasn't throwing rainbows, he was putting up wobbly passes that looked like dead ducks. Heck, they weren't even dead ducks. They were decapitated pigeons.

One can only imagine that a healthy, dominant Colin Kaepernick re-inserts the 49ers back into the discussion for best team in football. But as of now, despite the big win, we’re still seeing a taller, more muscular, slightly more bro-tacular version of Alex Smith.

Who, by the way, now leads a Chiefs team that is 5-0. Figure it out, Colin. You don’t want to get shipped to Kansas City, do you?

 

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