COMMENTARY | Less than two weeks after their heartbreaking NFC Championship game loss, the San Francisco 49ers are now preparing fully for what promises to be a busy offseason at 4949 Centennial BLVD in Santa Clara.
Before quarterback Colin Kaepernick really starts to get the offseason program going in Miami with Frank Gore and others next week, the young quarterback took to radio row in New Jersey on Thursday to publicly call out Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.
In responding to Sherman's post-game rant after breaking up a would be Michael Crabtree touchdown in the NFC Championship game, Kaepernick had the following to say (via Bart Hubbuch, New York Post).
"Did that make you feel better about yourself? Then go ahead. Because I'm not worried about you."
Kaepernick later continued.
"As my dad has always told me, if you have to tell people how good you are, then how good are you really? If you have to go on national TV and try to say you're the best cornerback in the league, then you've got your own insecurities."
Kaepernick also said that Sherman was afraid of 49ers receivers and that was something he was looking forward to exploiting next year.
First off, someone might want to mention to Kaepernick that Sherman made the game-ending play that sent Seattle to the Super Bowl and the 49ers home for the season. If Sherman was afraid of San Francisco's receivers, I am pretty sure that Kaepernick would have attempted to exploit that in the championship game, not wait until the 2014 regular season.
See, Kaepernick is the type of individual that has been placed under a microscope. When he doesn't have much to say to the media, the media chastises him. Now when he's outspoken, articles like this one are written.
As most of my long-time readers know, whether it has been on here or another media outlet, I have been a major Kaepernick supporter through the years. His little tirade against Sherman doesn't change this.
With that said, Kaepernick needs to understand that he is now the face of one of the most successful franchises in the National Football League. Acting the part of a sore loser in front of the national media isn't going to do him any favors. Doing so less than two weeks after he threw the game-ending interception in the NFC Championship game really doesn't help matter out a whole lot.
I have had Hubbuch, who Kaepernick vented to, on my radio show before. He is the type that will go out there and look to get the best quotes in order to stir something up. It's a type of journalism that seems to work, at least for page clicks. Kaepernick should have fully understood this.
The quarterback continued...
'I don't care who's out there. I had Crabtree one-one-one with half of the field to himself, and I'm going to take that every single time. He made a good play on the ball, but if I throw it a foot farther, it's a touchdown and now you're the goat, Richard Sherman."
Kaepernick is 100 percent correct. If the ball is thrown one foot further, San Francisco is currently a couple days away from playing in Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos. It wasn't. Instead, Sherman made a great play on the ball and sent Seattle to New Jersey.
"It's a game of inches...The inches were in (Sherman's) favor in that case, but this game will humble you very quickly."
This quote by Kaepernick leads me to a very important question. Was he humbled by the loss in the NFC Championship game or did he view it as nothing more than luck? After all, if Kaepernick doesn't turn the ball over three times in the final 10 minutes of the game, San Francisco is preparing for Denver and I am writing a completely different article.
The idea here is to understand that Seattle beat you fair and square. It made the plays when it counted the most, and you didn't. It really is that simple.
Even if Kaepernick was put off by Sherman's post-game antics, and many were, there was absolutely no reason for him to stoop down to that level. While it's great to see Kaepernick come out of his shell, he could have chosen a better time with better words to do so.
Choosing that venue at that precise time to come out with guns blazing showed a lack of real maturity on Kaepernick's part. He acted like a sore loser who hasn't been there before. The issue with this is that Kaepernick has been there before and will likely be back at some point in the not-so-distant future.
Let's now hope that Kaepernick has put this all behind him in New Jersey. Him and the 49ers have a lot of work to do this offseason in order to retake the NFC from the Seattle Seahawks. It's not an impossible task by any stretch of the imagination, but that's where the focus needs to be. Not on the past, and most definitely not on a public spat with an outspoken division rival.
Vincent Frank has been covering the National Football League for three years. He started out writing for Bleacher Report and is currently the head editor at eDraft and a columnist at Pro Football Focus. Vincent co-hosts a weekly radio show called "Football Debate Central" with former NFL player Ryan Riddle and has seen his work featured on CNN, BR and Los Angeles Times, among many other outlets.
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