San Francisco 49ers: Season-End Awards for 2015

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Biggest Drop-Off – Colin Kaepernick

It was not all his doing, but there can be little doubt the player who suffered the biggest drop-off in 2015 was quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Although his performances were disappointing, Kaepernick actually had a decent statistical year in 2014, finishing with a career-high 3,369 passing yards and also adding 19 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.

But he regressed significantly in 2015, following up a strong showing in a Week 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers with a disastrous four-interception performance as the Niners were demolished 47-7 by the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3 from which he never recovered.

There were ups, such as a good showing against the New York Giants and the win over the Baltimore Ravens, but overall it was a dreadful year for Kaepernick, who appeared scared to take risks after his meltdown in the desert and struggled to deal with pressure before eventually being benched for Blaine Gabbert ahead of Week 9 and then going on injured reserve.

Kaepernick is now rehabbing from shoulder, hand and knee surgeries and will hope that the arrival of Kelly will be the tonic that enables him to restore his reputation.

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