At this time last season Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick were both taking the NFL by storm. Not only were they performing at a high level as passers, but they were electrifying the league with their skills as runners also.
RGIII had the Redskins in the midst of a winning streak that would result in them becoming NFC East champions, and Colin Kaepernick led the 49ers to the Super Bowl. It seemed like the sky was the limit for both players, and it was expected that their dominant play would continue in 2013 as well. But so far that hasn’t been the case.
Robert Griffin III’s devastating knee injury put him behind the curve ball in terms of his development. Missing reps and practice time in the offseason in order to rehab his knee has affected his play this season. And as for Kaepernick, a reason for his drop off from last season isn’t quite as easy to explain.
One could point to him not having his favorite target and best receiver from last season in Michael Crabtree. Without Crabtree defenses have been able to concentrate more on stopping the 49ers running game. And in slowing down the run, the 49ers play action passing has been affected.
Also, Kaepernick came from out of now where last season, and I think he caught teams off guard. But now that defenses have had a chance to study his game, they’ve been able to close the gap some on Kaepernick. And both players dealt with controversy in the offseason as well.
RGIII was criticized for promoting himself above his team, and Kaepernick drew wide criticism for being seen in public wearing a Miami Dolphins hat. And both quarterback’s teams aren’t performing as well as last season either. With the Redskins all but out of playoff contention, and the 49ers are fighting for a wild card spot after winning the NFC West last year.
The two QB’s will face off against each other in week 12 on Monday Night Football. Both seem to thrive in the spotlight, and even thought their play has dropped off some from last season, neither one has been terrible. There have still been flashes of their brilliance this season, and both capable of having an explosive performance.
But which one will it be? The defenses may have a lot say about the answer to that question, as the 49ers is one of the best and the Redskins one of the worst. However, one thing is for certain and that’s with both their teams seasons on the line, they both will need to have good performances. So something’s got to give.