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Kap should go bananzas against the Colts’ defense.

by Mikey Hlebasko

In the Niners’ first two games, we haven’t seen much of Colin Kaepernick: Read Option God. Now, after he ran wild on the Packers in last year’s playoffs, the read-option was overblown as Kaepernick’s main weapon. He was always going to look to be a more traditional quarterback and mix the read option in.  We saw this against Green Bay in Week 1, and it ‘s tough to judge Week 2 because the Niners really couldn’t do anything. That being said, against certain opponents it makes sense to unleash Kaepernick’s prodigious running ability.

The Colts are one of those teams. Terrelle Pryor dominated, and almost beat, the Colts in Indianapolis largely with his feet. And, with all due respect to Terrelle Pryor who is likely better than anyone gave him credit for before the season, he is not as good as Colin Kaepernick in any phase of the game. The 49ers surely feel they have a lot to prove at Candlestick this weekend, Kaepernick most of all. The Colts do not have a particularly good run defense, and complicating that is the possible absence of last year’s leading tackler Pat Angerer and safety Laron Landry. The Niners should be looking to get their mojo back in the run game this weekend. That usually means primarily Frank Gore, but he is on the wrong side of 30 and may or may not still be himself. We know that Kaepernick can still do game-changing damage with his legs (he has already created 6 first downs with his legs this season). While we don’t want to risk Kaepernick turning into a primarily running quarterback and taking too many hits or failing to continue his rapid development in the pocket, the Niners could really use a statement win this weekend. Unleashing Kaepernick in the read option and on roll-out plays should allow them to not just win, but blow the Colts out.

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