Being the number two quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers doesn’t bother Colin Kaepernick.
According to Pro Football Talk he mentioned that it worked out swimmingly for him in the past.
“I have to wait my time, and work,” Kaepernick said via Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News. “I’ve been in this position before. Last time I was in this position, I ended up in the Super Bowl. So I continue to work and prepare for when that next opportunity comes.”
This is true, he was the backup in 2012 when Alex Smith got injured and Kaepernick exploded onto the scene. The 49ers playoff run took them to the Super Bowl where they were outlasted by the Baltimore Ravens.
Times are obviously different, most importantly the 49ers do not have enough talent on their roster to compete for a championship. However, there is a good chance Kaepernick will have an opportunity to start this season.
Blaine Gabbert has been a middling NFL quarterback for his entire career. He doesn’t have near the resume of Kaepernick, but did earn the right to begin the season as the 49ers’ starter.
They’re going to lose and new head coach Chip Kelly will have probably have to throw Kaepernick back out there. Maybe Kelly’s offense is perfect for him, maybe it doesn’t matter. Again, no matter which quarterback starts the 49ers lost most of their key contributors before last season.
They still have a long way to go to climb back atop the NFC West.