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Despite injuries, Colin Kaepernick keeps 49ers afloat


The last time the San Francisco 49ers played the New Orleans Saints, Colin Kaepernick was making just his second career start in the NFL.

In that game, Kap finished 16 of 25 for 231 yards, one touchdown pass and added another 27 yards rushing and a touchdown on the ground while the defense returned two interceptions for touchdowns as the 49ers beat the Saints 31-21 in the Superdome.

This time around, both teams seem to be heading in very different directions.

The Saints have their Super Bowl winning head coach back and added weapons on offense with the likes of rookie deep threat Kenny Stills. For the 49ers, despite a 6-3 record, they seem to be reeling with injuries and poor play.

Colin Kaepernick has tossed nine touchdowns in nine games and added another three rushing, but his overall play has been suspect and subject to criticism from NFL analysts like ESPN’s Trent Dilfer.

What most of the analyst fail to mention is that Kaepernick has been playing with a very patchwork offense, specifically at wide receiver.

Already this season, the 49ers have traded away former 1st round pick A.J. Jenkins to Kansas City for Jon Baldwin, and released both Marlon Moore and Kyle Williams.

Rookie Quinton Patton is still injured with a broken foot and Michael Crabtree is out at least another week.

The Kap Attack has been asked to keep the “ship floating” until reinforcements arrive in the shape of Mario Mannigham, who is back and will start on Sunday, and Crabtree.

If on Sunday, San Francisco can knock off the favored Saints and head into Monday Night’s battle against Washington at 7-3, then the 49ers grand plan will have worked; keep the ship afloat long enough until reinforcements arrive.

Tags: 49ers Aj Jenkins Colin Kaepernick Jon Baldwin Kap Kap Attack Mario Manningham Michael Crabtree Quinton Patton

  • marty

    Don’t even start talking about injuries. Just excuses, this is NFL, ask other teams about injuries. Interesting part of this game will be coaching staffs. I give a big edge to the Saints. Are the 49ers players good enough to over come the Saints game plan.

    • Matthew Fura

      Exactly. We aren’t the only hurting at skill positions, but you don’t see other QB’s struggle the way Kap does. He’s part of the problem, not the solution. And I’m a huge Niners fan.

    • Orly Rios Jr.

      First of all, thank you for taking the time to read my article.

      Secondly, I understand what you guys are saying, but you also cannot deny that this team has gone through more at WR than any other team in the NFL, and most of this was prior to the start of the season.

      We essentially lost three receivers before the start of the season (Moss, Manningham and Crabtree) and never really addressed the issue outside of trading for Boldin, who I believe was added before Crabs got hurt. Patton has gotten hurt twice already, Williams, Moore and Jenkins were traded and/or released and Baldwin hasn’t done anything yet.

      San Francisco never panicked and instead just had this idea to “keep the ship upright until reinforcements come” so the one person who is affected the most is Kap.

  • Orly Jr.

    First of all, thank you for taking the time to read my article.

    Secondly, I understand what you guys are saying, but you also cannot deny that this team has gone through more at WR than any other team in the NFL, and most of this was prior to the start of the season.

    We essentially lost three receivers before the start of the season (Moss, Manningham and Crabtree) and never really addressed the issue outside of trading for Boldin, who I believe was added before Crabs got hurt. Patton has gotten hurt twice already, Williams, Moore and Jenkins were traded and/or released and Baldwin hasn’t done anything yet.

    San Francisco never panicked and instead just had this idea to “keep the ship upright until reinforcements come” so the one person who is affected the most is Kap.