last year the 49ers played the Ravens with Alex Smith starting at QB and got shut down 16-6. Obviously the stakes are higher this go around, but I don't think you're doing justice to Colin's superior talent to say they're just as good as each other. It's going to be harder for the Ravens to sack Kaepernick 9 times like they did Smith, and so long as he can evade that rush and extend the play, the longer it's going to take for them to subdue the 49ers offense. That is unless Kaepernick just starts throwing picks everywhere and looks lost trying to find an open man, which I think is unlikely.
I still think Cam would look better than both of them if you throw him in that niners team, but unless either a: the Panthers' administration gets their act together quickly or b: Cam leaves this black hole called charlotte and moves to a franchise that knows how to build a football team, we might never see this materialize. But if it happens I'm totally throwing it in the face of everybody that spent years haranguing Cam for stupid bullshit like 1000 times over.
I don't think Kaepernick is anything like Smith in terms of skills set. I simply said the system they run makes quarterbacks look better than they might be in another system. That is a complement to Harbaugh that he has a quarterback friendly system. But I do think that the ravens will shut down Kaepernick and get in his head just like they did to Brady.
I am being optimistic I know (this is the time of year for it), but I think if Shula will bring in a more traditional NFl offense and will try to win games with it rather than audition for a head coaching job by installing a confusing complicated offense like Chud did, I think we can be very successful. That and working with Cam to be able to come back in the 4th quarter which is a skill he needs to work on. Going to a power run game complemented by a vertical power game should be very successful for us. Even the read option can work if we ran like San Fran or Washington rather than telegraphing like we in 2012. Plus not losing your starting center and having to shift everything on the fly every week with the offensive line,