SF 49ers don't believe Kaepernick will suffer same fate as RGIII.
From Ebenezer Samuel's article in NY Daily News on January 11:
The Kaep Attack doesn’t utilize the read-option as frequently as the RG3-led Redskins have, but Kaepernick’s versatility has still thrown defenders off-balance, allowing San Francisco to score 25 points in six of his seven starts this season.
“He’s a strong athlete,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said of Kaepernick.
“Can do everything from the pocket, out of the pocket.”
But the Niners’ read-option package also places Kaepernick at risk every single time he scrambles from the pocket, or keeps the ball on a read-option play. And that risk hasn’t escaped coach Jim Harbaugh, who was reminded of that last Sunday.
“Does it make you think about (safety)? Sure, yeah,” Harbaugh said. “That’s something you think about, the health and safety of your quarterback.”
Nevertheless, Harbaugh didn’t indicate that the Niners would change their system, because San Fran believes its read-option maestro is more durable than RG3. While his lanky frame is hardly Tebow-esque, Kaepernick stands 6-4 and weighs 230 pounds, and safety Donte Whitner said he can deliver hits as well as he takes them.
On Saturday, Kaepernick ran for 181 yards on 16 carries. He ran for 20 and 56 yards on two plays.
Kaepernick topped Vick's mark with the 56-yard keeper on an option play in the third quarter. That gave Kaepernick 163 yards on 12 carries, also setting a 49ers franchise record for the postseason.
Kaepernick had 11 carries for 107 yards rushing by halftime.