I'm for 49ers and Change

Jan 14, 2013 -- 9:59am


I’m rooting for San Francisco to win the Super Bowl.  I’m not a 49ers fan. I didn’t leave my heart in San Francisco.

I’m pulling for the Niners because I’m tired of hearing the NFL media say the only way to win in the NFL is with a dropback passer. The NFL media embrace change with the same gusto they would a stick in the eye.

If it was up to most of my NFL media colleagues pro football would still be using the fullhouse backfield and no wide receivers. The “shotgun formation” would be unheard of. The “West Coast Offense” would still be hidden in Bill Walsh’s diary.

Of the four remaining teams in the NFL playoff, only San Fran has a non-traditional quarterback. Colin Kaepernick can certainly throw the ball, but he loves to run and run. Go CK!

Even though the NFL – and all sports, for that matter – has changed drastically through the years, it always seems to fight change. It not only fights change, if often ridicules change. It is the epitome of the copycat league. Innovators are often looked down upon as clowns. That has never been truer in my lifetime than right now.

Listen, I understand an offense that includes a running quarterback puts its QB at more risk. Although pocket passers are injured every week, a running QB takes more of a pounding. The physical toll adds up. I get it.

How long can Kaepernick – or Robert Griffin III or Russell Wilson – last? Who knows? But for the here and now, they present defenses with all kinds of problems. Most of Kaepernick’s record 181 rushing yards in Saturday’s victory against Green Way was by design. It was beautiful to watch. It added incredible excitement to the game.

Now Kaepernick and the 49ers have to finish the deal. If Kaepernick can pass AND run the 49ers to the Super Bowl, then perhaps we’ll see some of this resistance to change fade. My NFL media colleagues will embrace the new style of offense. They’ll label 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh and genius and speak in awe of Kaepernick.

Of course, if the Patriots with Tom Brady or the Falcons with Matt Ryan or the Ravens with Joe Flacco win, then we’ll get a lot of “I-told-you-so” comments.

For the record, this rant has nothing – absolutely nothing – to do with Tim Tebow.

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