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Is Colin Kaepernick’s 49ers Career Already Over?

Submitted by on November 3, 2015 – 8:59 amNo Comment

Just a few short years ago, many NFL fans—especially those living near San Francisco—thought Colin Kaepernick was going to be one of the best quarterbacks in the league for years to come. After getting a chance to play during the 2012-13 NFL season thanks to an injury to 49ers starter Alex Smith, Kaepernick helped lead San Francisco to Super Bowl XLVII and came thisclose to winning a title with the team. He eventually signed a gigantic contract with the 49ers as a result of his excellent play at the start of his career and seemed to be set up to do some big things in the Bay Area.

So much for that.

The year after the 49ers made a trip to the Super Bowl, Kaepernick once again looked like a star in the making. He threw for more than 3,000 yards and 21 touchdowns and led the 49ers to a 12-4 record. But last year, despite throwing for more than 3,000 yards again, the 49ers struggled mightily and regressed to fall back to 8-8. More importantly, Kaepernick didn’t look as effective as he had in the past as a running quarterback. The read-option offense that had looked like it was going to become a staple of NFL offenses suddenly stopped being as effective as it had been, and Kaepernick suffered as a result of it. The 49ers’ entire offense looked lost at times and, eventually, the team decided to part ways with head coach Jim Harbaugh, who had played such a key role in Kaepernick’s ascension in the league.

That proved to be disastrous for Kaepernick as, through the first eight games of the 2015-16 NFL season, he has looked like just a shell of his former self. He has thrown for 300 yards on just two occasions and, in five of his games, he has failed to pass for more than 200 yards. The 49ers are also 2-6 on the season, which has reportedly prompted first-year head coach Jim Tomsula to send Kaepernick to the bench this week. Instead of starting him, they will start Blaine Gabbert at QB and, in essence, give up any hope of having a successful season.

So where does Kaepernick go from here? The truth is that, barring some miraculous finish to the season, he probably won’t be back in San Francisco next year, which is incredible when you think about it. He also may not find himself in the starting lineup for another NFL team, unless a team like the Philadelphia Eagles wants to give him another shot. Either way, it’s amazing to think that, just a year or two ago, Kaepernick was viewed as the future of the league. And now? His best days might already be behind him.

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