Can Colin Kaepernick avoid a sophomore slump?

We saw 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick take the NFL by storm last season. Will defenses catch up and make life difficult for him in 2013?

No. This basically is another one of those sophomore-slump questions. It assumes that a quarterback temporarily stops growing after his rookie year. That's an erroneous assumption.

What's more, Kaepernick hasn't even had a full freshman year. The kid's had all of 11 starts.

This technically will be Kaep's junior year, but he didn't start until last season so, all good. Teams have film on him and the team's tendencies. Smart coaches will have counter moves.

How do teams know what he's going to do and who he's going to be, if Kaepernick himself doesn't know what he's going to do and what kind of QB he's going to be?

There are scouting reports now. I love Kaep and I think he'll be great, but like how he was a surprise last season, teams will have some stuff for him. He'll be helped by a nice power run game.

Let's not overthink this. How is having the experience of an NFL season and a Super Bowl playoff run going to hurt him? You saw what he could do with Michael Crabtree and Frank Gore.

Now, he'll have an even fuller compliment of weapons with Vernon Davis, Kendall Hunter and a quarterback's best friend, especially in the playoffs: Anquan Boldin.

Don't forget the best offensive line in football. Kid also has an incredible work ethic. Even so, like so many before him, defenses won't just lay idle to get whipped.

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