After a dismal 11-for-22, 91-yard, one-interception passing display in the Niners’ loss Sunday to the upstart Panthers, Colin Kaepernick was the subject of some sharp criticism from ESPN talking head and former NFL quarterback guy Trent Dilfer, who said Kaepernick becomes a “remedial” quarterback whenever his first passing option isn’t open. Um, we don’t think “remedial” is the correct word to use there, but Dilfer’s point is not lost—Kaepernick struggles as a passer when he needs to find secondary receivers.
On Wednesday, Kaepernick, in breaking his traditional, the-more-words-I-say-the-more-puppies-God-kills form when speaking with the media, disputed Dilfer’s assessment. From CSNBA:
“I think you should ask him if he knows what my progression is first before he says that,” Kaepernick said. [...]
“I didn’t hear what he had to say, but he’s not in the building with us so what he’s saying really doesn’t affect me at all,” Kaepernick said of Dilfer. “I’m worried about what this team thinks and what I’m doing in here with my teammates.”
Kapernick has failed to meet the huge expectations surrounding him in his first full season as the Niners signal caller. If you take away a prolific opening game against the Packers, he has as many interceptions on the year as he does passing touchdowns (six). He still has an 83.1 passer rating—which is good enough to draw a response of “ehhh”—but is completing only 56 percent of his passes.
All told, though, Kaepnerick is still having a decent year for somebody who’s in his FIRST FULL SEASON as a starting quarterback in the NFL. But not every quarterback in his first full season as a starter took his team to the Super Bowl the year before.