San Francisco 49ers
Colin Kaepernick: Week 2, at Seattle.
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The Seahawks secondary played as close to a perfect game Sunday Night as you will ever see and Kaepernick’s stat line was the main victim of their play. Certainly, Kaepernick deserves a good chunk of the blame in at least three of the four turnovers he committed – he misread the coverage on his first interception in the end zone in the first quarter, he failed to adequately protect the ball when Cliff Avril sacked him in the second and his final interception sailed high and behind Anquan Boldin and into the arms of Kam Chancellor. Somehow, though, I came away from reviewing the film today thinking how much worse things would have been for the 49ers if Kaepernick hadn’t been their quarterback. The bad overthrow on his final interception was one of only two inaccurate passes I charted on the game and his occasional big runs on scrambles were really the only offensive sparks the 49ers had all night. And remember: last week, Kaepernick threw for over 400 yards against a defense that was one of the ten best against the pass last season.
There just wasn’t anybody open last night. Ever. Any time a window seemed to appear for Kaepernick to throw the ball, a Seahawk defender came in to slam it shut immediately. Honestly, it felt sometimes like they had 13 or 14 players out there on defense. Since Buddy Ryan isn’t their defensive coordinator, however, we know for sure that wasn’t the case and can thus attribute their success to simple superlative play. It definitely helped that the Niners don’t currently have a receiver other than Vernon Davis who can consistently beat average man coverage, anyway, and it also helped that Frank Gore had a second straight terrible game in a row. But that’s the extent of the “Yeah, but…”‘s against the Seahawks defensive performance last night. They were nothing short of awesome. Kaepernick should be fine going forward. As long as he doesn’t have to play at CenturyLink Field any time soon, anyway.
Russell Wilson: Week 2, vs. San Francisco.
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Wilson had a horrible start, completing one of his first nine passes (with four of his incompletions directly attributable to his inaccuracy) and an interception. He also got sacked four times on only 23 dropbacks, but that had more to do with Russell Okung’s injury and the Seahawks having to put a backup guard at left tackle across from Aldon Smith. You tell me how you think that’s going to work out most of the time. Things to keep in mind going forward, though: Wilson rebounded well in the second half, there were an additional 62 yards in penalties on his throws that don’t get accounted for in his passing stats and the 49ers looked really good on pass defense, if not reaching their counterparts’ level of dominance.