49ers need Kaepernick to succeed
Sticking with second-year QB, letting him throw long are keys
The 49ers lost their first game with second-year QB Colin Kaepernick as their starter in Week 13, and three critical errors from the electrifying youngster played a part in that defeat.
Kaepernick was called for an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone (resulting in a Rams safety), threw an errant pitch near his own goal line (which St. Louis recovered for a touchdown), and failed to stay in bounds late in the game to force the Rams to take their final timeout.
But while those errors and the loss sting, the 49ers need to stick with Kaepernick as their quarterback going forward. They need him for their offense to reach its full potential, and they need to loosen the play-calling reins as well.
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