Colin Kaepernick will win a Super Bowl one day.
He’s got the team, the personal, the coaching, and above all, he’s got the “it” factor that so many general managers in professional football long for in a quarterback.
In two years of playing time, Kaepernick has been in more big games than most QBs could ever dream of. Kaepernick set an NFL Playoff record for yards rushing by a quarterback with 181 against Green Bay in last year’s Divisional playoffs. In the NFC title game on the road in Atlanta against Matt Ryan and the Falcons, Kaepernick rallied the 49ers back from 17 points down to advance to their first Super Bowl since the 1994 season.
In the Super Bowl, Kaepernick led a furious comeback from 22 points down against the Baltimore Ravens that fell 5-yards shy from taking the lead with under two minutes left in the game.
This year, despite playing three-fourths of the season without his No. 1 wide receiver, Michael Crabtree, Kaepernick held his own and kept San Francisco in contention. With Crabtree back by Week 13, the 49ers finished the season, including the playoffs with a 7-1 record.
In the 2013 playoffs, Kaepernick twice rallied the 49ers from behind on the road for wins at Green Bay and Carolina.
Against Seattle in the NFC Title Game, Kaepernick had his best individual performance in three games at CenturyLink Field and gave his team an opportunity to win, but a pass intended for Michael Crabtree was deflected and intercepted, ending the 49ers 2013 season and a shot at their second straight Super Bowl appearance.
If the pass were six inches farther, the 49ers would have been up 24-23 with less than 30 seconds left to play.
But that’s the nature of the beast in the NFL. One season ended with a pass too far, the next ended with a pass too short, and sadly, there may never be another chance, but don’t tell that to Kaepernick, who two days after the loss was already at 49er headquarters working towards the 2014 season.
Colin Kaepernick will win a Super Bowl one day, hopefully with this group of players who have appeared in three straight NFC Title games.
With another offseason, the 49ers will regroup, rebuild, and rearm for another title run, and with No. 7 under center, San Francisco will be competitive, and one of these years, Kaepernick’s passes won’t be too short, or too far, but just right, and that’s the year he will finally raise the Lombardi Trophy.