It is now the end of the third quarter and if nothing else is clear, this is: San Francisco 49ers‘ quarterback Colin Kaepernick can still throw the ball. Even if the Washington Redskins played poorly on defense — and they did not play incredibly well, that is for sure — Kaepernick showed that he still has lots of talent and he can still place the ball right where it needs to be. He made a couple of beautiful throws, especially to Anquan Boldin, who made some terrific catches with balls placed where only he could catch them.
Aside from strictly throwing the ball, Jon Gruden put it best when he said “[Kaepernick] is managing a very difficult offense.” The sets, formations, motions, pass routes, and, especially, run and blocking schemes are all highly complex. Kap has shown propensity for managing it throughout his time in the red and gold, but this game showed that the Kaepernick we saw last year — and had been missing so far this year — still exists. He may still be trying to find who he is as a quarterback, especially as he has had to adjust as defenses have adjusted to him, but he will get there. He is the quarterback of the future in San Francisco, and we will sink or swim with him.