Colin Kaepernick states the obvious, says 49ers are ‘having an average season’
Colin Kaepernick has given it some thought, perhaps even crunched some numbers and arrived at a conclusion arguably shared by pretty much everyone paying attention:
As far as the San Francisco 49ers are concerned, the team is playing average at best this season.
“I feel like we’re having an average season,” Kaepernick said, via ESPN.com. “We’re 4-4.”
The Niners signal-caller, in his fourth year in the NFL, is having his best season when measured with statistics.
While he has been incapable on his own of squeezing out a few more victories than losses, Kaepernick is own pace for a historic season at the quarterback position.
At the midway point of the 2014 NFL season, Kapernick has 1,956 passing yards, 274 yards rushing, 12 touchdowns and only five interceptions, meaning he is on pace for 3,912 passing yards, 552 rushing yards, 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. No quarterback is have ever surpassed those statistical benchmarks (3,500 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and 475 rushing yards with less than 15 interceptions) in NFL history, per SFGate.com.
Kaepernick appears to be improving in every statistical category, but that hasn’t translated to wins for the team, although that can hardly be placed solely on him. The offense appears to be a shadow of its former self, ranked 18th-overall in NFL in total offense.
The team is having an abysmal season in the red zone. After going 0-2 in the touchdown department when in prime gridiron real estate last week, the 49ers’ zone TD scoring rate is at 40 percent, worst in the league.
Meanwhile, the players on the other side of the ball are doing their job in part, ranked second-overall in total defense in yards allowed (291.9 yards/game). The 49ers are in top-third when it comes to points allowed as well, giving up only 178 points in eight games, good enough for a No. 10 ranking.
But most observers recognize that things just aren’t clicking for the team. A complete team performance in all three phases of the game has not occurred within the same game.
This usually will result in a 50-50 proposition when it comes to winning ballgames, even for a team with as much talent as the 49ers. With the team seemingly in strife and organizational dysfunction being the name of the game this season with all the Jim Harbaugh controversy and speculation, it’s surprising the team is sitting at .500 on the season.
With the team looking up at the 7-1 Arizona Cardinals and the 5-3 Seattle Seahawks, the 49ers better hope it snaps its two-game losing streak against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Lose any more ground in the NFC West and a Wild Card berth will be the team’s only hope, and that might be a long shot if things aren’t turned around quickly.
But Kaepernick sees brighter days ahead, and it all comes down to one thing: Commitment to the craft.
“We’re a hard-working team,” he said. “Same as we’ve always been. We just have to finish games.”
Better sooner rather than later.