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And much of that is tied to Kaepernick's talent level, the offense's reliance on him, and his recent slide.
If the 49ers can't beat Washington when the 49ers need a victory, it's hard to imagine the 49ers doing anything significant this season.
So I asked fullback Bruce Miller what Kaepernick's demeanor has been like lately.
Still, this game against Washington is as close to imperative as any late season matchup in the Harbaugh tenure.
Yes, Kaepernick begins this nationally televised game in Washington as a fuzzy quarterbacking question mark, just as he did almost exactly a year ago at Candlestick Park in another Monday night appearance.
And there is no spotlight like a Monday night game when observers are criticizing a QB's performance.
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And by the end of it, Kaepernick had transformed himself from intriguing enigma to the probable future of the entire franchise.
But 53 weeks after that earthshaking debut, Kaepernick has, for various reasons, drifted back into enigmatic territory and the 49ers Omega Seamaster Used offense has bogged down with him.
"I didn't know if I was going to play," Kaepernick recalled recently, referring to the uncertainty about Alex Smith's status before the 49ers lined up against Chicago on Nov. 19 of last year.
He won't talk about possible injury limitations (he has shown up several times on the 49ers' injury report, including this week involving his back), receiver limitations or discuss why he believes he's not running or throwing as well as he did last Omega Speedmaster Hesalite Vs Sapphire
"What's most important is what we see. I'm puzzled to why you or anybody else thinks that."
But by last Wednesday, Kaepernick was back in no explanation mode, saying only that all the offensive players have a lot of mental responsibilities.
"I was just trying to prepare myself like I was going to."
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things that have gone on, if they are or are not his fault .
Kaepernick, also no surprise, has chosen not to elaborate on anything.
This is not at all how Colin Kaepernick's career was supposed to go, but here he is, in some ways very close to where he started.
these types of situations," Roman said, "battle his way out and learn from them, because to play quarterback in this league it is a tall task."
And knowing the way Kaepernick motivates himself and how personally he takes all of it, this is probably again one of the biggest moments of his career.
And now to another Monday night, with all the doubts and wondering back again.
With that momentum, Kaepernick helped take the 49ers to the Super Bowl and within 5 yards of winning it, the 49ers traded Smith, and then Kaepernick was onto magazine covers, commercial shoots and theoretically bigger and better football achievements.
This is not quite a 49ers full circle experience, though the prime time circumstances and emotions are more than a little familiar.
"It's expected of us," Kaepernick said.
Colin Kaepernick revisits Monday Night Football
After last Sunday's loss in New Orleans, Kaepernick made an elliptical reference to there being a lot on his plate, which might be slowing down his ability to call the play and get the snap off.
Colin Kaepernick. (Mercury News File Photo)
Coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman have responded to Kaepernick's statistical decline by heaping more and more praise upon him, straining some bonds of logic along the way.
Fair enough: Kaepernick didn't elaborate much last season when he was the NFL's Next Wave star, and he won't now that the 49ers are 6 4, last in many passing stats, and in some playoff jeopardy.
"I think he's doing a heck of a job," Harbaugh said last week of his QB. "I guess I'd be puzzled to why people would think that (Kaepernick is not doing well).
Fifty three weeks ago, Kaepernick put himself under the spotlight and has clearly enjoyed his time under it (when it didn't include answering reporters' questions).
Of course, Kaepernick started the game and was fantastic immediately, completing 8 of 9 passes in the first quarter, including two laser strikes deep down field in the 49ers' eventual 32 7 victory.
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