Since their Week 1 victory, life has been rough on Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers.
I don’t know about anyone else, but Week 3 in the National Football League has left me scratching my head. The reason the Giants and Steelers are sitting at 0-3 is due to a lack of an effective running game — leaving their brittle signal callers at the mercy of five and six man rushes. Someone should tell the Broncos and Patriots the Chiefs and Dolphins aren’t going away.
Lay off Colin Kaepernick, he’ll be fine.
1. Are the Giants and Tom Coughlin finished?
Tom Coughlin’s feet have been held to the fire more than once during his decade in the Meadowlands. When the chips were stacked, The General was always to trigger something in his players. This season the chips are stacked early and he doesn’t have the same bunch he counted on to win Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. I don’t know if Coughlin has been tuned out just yet, but there are some leadership issues in that group. The only saving grace is the NFC East is anyone’s race with Dallas sure to hit a lull and Philly and Washington still trying to gain their footing.
2. Why all the shade towards Colin Kaepernick?
Sixteen starts into his NFL career and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is being given the Vince Young treatment. Kaepernick was probably the most celebrated player in the league this off-season. Photo shoots with ESPN The Magazine, GQ and a night at the ESPYS can strengthen the lens on the microscope. Kap and the Niners offense has struggled, scoring only ten points since defeating the Green Bay Packers 34-28 in Week 1. Coach Jim Harbaugh needs to continue to play to Kap’s strengths. I don’t see the same player as last season.
3. What’s on Von Miller’s mind?
Von Miller may look studious in his black rimmed glasses, but the Denver Broncos defensive standout has been anything but after hearing about his recent attempt to doctor a league-mandated drug test. Two seasons ago, Miller was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and an All-Pro. I don’t know if the Broncos brass will be willing to put all of their trust in a player who was and still could be on the fast track to a Hall of Fame career. Von Miller’s only roadblock is the face he sees in the mirror.
4. Were the 49ers wrong for playing Aldon Smith on Sunday and allowing him to enter rehab on Monday?
The Niners organization can dress this up all they want,but they were wrong for allowing Smith to play on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Two days earlier, Smith was arrested for DUI. Nothing is more important than the player — not wins, not statistics, not ticket sales. The Niners thought Smith in the lineup would better their chances against the Colts at home. In the end, the Niners ended up looking bad on and off the field.