There is no such thing as stupid NFL quarterbacks. Just NFL quarterbacks who do stupid things.
This is why 49ers owner Jed York, general manager Trent Baalke and coach Jim Tomsula must be concerned about quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick, like every quarterback, has made mistakes on the field. He abandons the pocket too soon, he doesn’t check-off his receivers and it doesn’t take much chirping from a linebacker for him to lose his composure. But it’s his athletic presence, his ability to throw a ball a mile on a rope and to outrun an entire defense that keeps 49ers faithful on the edge of its seat.
Kaepernick’s teammates say he is the hardest-working player, the first to arrive and last to leave. His work ethic is that of a team leader.
Unfortunately, he hasn’t shown the character of a leader off the field. Last week’s Twitter post during the deadly storms in Texas and Oklahoma that killed 23 people – with some still missing – was his latest public-relations sack. Along with a picture of abandoned cars in a flood, Kaepernick posted: “I warned you the #7tormsComing !!! #Houston”
Kaepernick removed the post and apologized. But the damage was done. Insensitive. Immature. Embarrassing.
At least this offseason’s incident didn’t feature a Miami police investigation involving Kaepernick, two other players, a hotel room, marijuana and a woman claiming to be sexually assaulted after the quarterback left. There were no charges, but plenty of raised eyebrows.
You don’t hear Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or Tom Brady apologizing for immaturity or bad judgment; but these quarterbacks were always polished and professional.
Kaepernick has a long way to go, in many ways, to reach the status of those players. If his shortcomings continue on and off the field, how much longer will the 49ers keep investing in his future? The team’s future?
The storm, indeed, may be coming.
Victor Contreras, (916) 326-5527, @sacbeevictor
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