Aug 25, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) looks to pass the ball against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers: Will Brains over Brawn help Colin Kaepernick?


San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick claims he has a secret weapon that will destroy the Green Bay Packers – his brain!

According to the recent comments made by Kaepernick to the San Jose Mercury News, his mental preparation is his greatest asset in entering games.  That could be considered good news for the Packers.

If Kaepernick is back in the pocket using his big brain, he will be scrambling less. It is generally better for any defense to know where the quarterback is going to be. Now what remains is for the Packers’ defense to keep him in the pocket and then collapse it. There has been much written about the vaunted Wonderlic test. Kaepernick reportedly scored a 37 on the test back in 2011. However, history has shown that Wonderlic success does not always translate into NFL success.

Case in point, a look at the top 15 Wonderlic scores in NFL history revealed that only three quarterbacks have enjoyed significant success in the NFL (Matthew Stafford, Eli Manning and a current Packers quarterback who happened to be the 2011 NFL MVP).

So a big brain does not often equate success in the NFL. Also, remember that Kaepernick has only been a full time starter since Week 11 last season and lacks his favorite target in wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

Thus, unless Kaepernick plans on turning in a Peyton Manning-like performance against Green Bay tomorrow, I doubt it will be his big brain that results in success for him.

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