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Lowell Cohn: Kaepernick's complications

  • Colin Kaepernick sprints for a 58-yard run in the 2nd quarter to set up a 49ers touchdown. The Seahawks beat the 49ers, 23-27, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Sunday, January 19, 2014.
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SEATTLE -#8211; Colin Kaepernick deserves praise. Really, he does. He lost the game to the Seahawks 23-17, well not all by himself. But if you were assigning blame, you'd call him the goat.

Sure, he deserves some praise. The only reason the 49ers were in the game, the only reason they were close enough to break your heart, is because of Kaepernick. Go figure him out.

He is so complicated. He defies all normal coaching parameters. One moment you are cursing him and in your next breath you are worshipping him for his improvisational skills and his unreal ability to play outside the boundaries of conventional quarterback play.

What a talent.

What a heartbreaker.

He is virtually the entire 49ers' offense, ran for 130 yards.

Relevant questions: Where is the 49ers' offense? What we saw, is that what it amounts to?

Back to Kaepernick -#8211; Good Colin. In the second quarter, he set up a touchdown with a 58-yard run, ran through a bunch of Seahawks, bouncing around like a pinball. Untouchable.

But he lost the game with bad play at the end -#8211; three turnovers in the second half. Good grief. Before we talk about the turnovers, let's walk into the postgame 49ers' locker room, into that room of ghosts. Let's get the feel.

Kaepernick wandered out of the shower. Looking dazed. He wore a green towel around his waist. No journalist went near him. Niners' public relations said he would talk in the interview room, and people left him alone knowing he would speak presently. Left him alone out of politeness.

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