It’s easy to forget that Colin Kaepernick is an NFL pup.
The San Francisco 49ers quarterback's sublime performance against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday was just his 11th career start. I know, I know, Kaepernick certainly plays like he has at least a full season as an NFL starter under his belt.
He already owns an NFL quarterback single-game rushing record and was a play away from winning a Super Bowl.
But, the 25-year-old is still learning. San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Roman saw strides Sunday as Kaepernick threw for a career-high 412 yards.
“He’s really coming into his own as a leader, a quarterback and a player,” Roman said. “We weren’t operating on all cylinders as an offense last week, but to be able to have the kind of day he had, to lead us to a victory at the end speaks volumes, 400-plus yards passing, no picks, three touchdowns, pretty good start for the season. And it’s just something that we've got to continue to improve on, and he’s the kind of guy that’s going to do that every day.”
Was Roman worried when Kaepernick was brought down, MMA-style, by Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews in the second quarter? No.
“He’s a big, strong, strapping, young man,” Roman said of his quarterback.
And he’s just getting started.