Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Why Kaepernick is Better Than Robert Griffin III

Monday Night’s matchup will pit the San Francisco 49ers against the Washington Redskins. Each team will be starting a quarterback that took the league by storm last year, running and throwing their individual ways to multiple victories and playoff births. Both quarterbacks are struggling this year, as well. The 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick has barely averaged 150 yards per game passing since his field day against the Green Bay Packers. Robert Griffin III has been beleaguered by his recovery from an ACL tear last season, as well as his attention-grabbing antics. Which quarterback, however, is more valuable to their team—both in the short term and the long term?

Taking into account each team’s backup quarterbacks—Colt McCoy in San Francisco and Kirk Cousins for the Redskins, there is no question Kaepernick is the more valuable commodity. The drop-off from Kap to McCoy is much further than from RGIII to Cousins. Cousins, in fact, played pretty well down the stretch last season.

Backup quarterbacks aside; Kaepernick has still made his case for being considered the better and more valuable quarterback. Yes, he has had a down year, but he also has shown potential for winning games with his arm—just look at the Green Bay game to start the season and the Falcons game in the playoffs. He may be having a down year, but he should bounce back.

Griffin, on the other hand, has yet to show elite passing in games. His talent is undeniable, but he has yet to put it all together. Furthermore, he consistently places his body in harm’s way—something Kaepernick has always been good at avoiding. As neither offense has been able to maintain the read-option attack, it is imperative that Griffin learns how to stay healthy.

Lastly, Kaepernick is much better with the media. Even if he looks like a high schooler most of the time, with his beats headphones and look of boredom, I’d take that any day over my quarterback getting a documentary made about himself and constantly, if unintentionally, pointing the finger away from him. Kaepernick is not afraid to take responsibility for his mistakes. With his work ethic, I’d bet his mistakes will become fewer and fewer as time progresses.

Next 49ers Game View full schedule »
Sunday, Sep 77 Sep3:25at Dallas CowboysBuy Tickets
Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: 49ers 49ers 2013 Colin Kaepernick RGIII Robert Griffin III San Francisco 49ers

  • 22deeboi

    colin never played the saints in the playoffs…but on a side note, i feel that people need to stop blaming Greg Roman for our offensive struggles. we have had the same coaching staff since 2011 and since then, with greg roman as our OC, we have made the playoffs. the blame needs to be put on colin now, he hasn’t shown much progress from last year and its quite maddening seeing him regress like this. I called it before the season started that the niners will either make the wildcard or miss the playoffs all together, and its looking more and more that we may not get in. reason why i thought this was i also predicted a sophomore slump for colin. told many of my buddies don’t crown the niners yet, cause the league finally has tape on colin and he wont be doing the same things he did last year. what do you know, my words have come to fruition. the niners have stayed away from the read option in fear of colin getting hurt, so colin has to do more damage in the pocket and he has shown so far that he is not comfortable there either.

    the blame is solely on colin now, no excuses

    • Charles Gean

      But roman needs to mix it up and throw in some surprises this year he has been too predictable to the point that me and my bro can almost call every play they make and if we can do that the defensive coordinates can do better