Aug 17, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) meets with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) after the Broncos defeated the 49ers 34-0 at Levi
Colin Kaepernick is one of the most well known quarterbacks in the league. He has the ability to beat opposing defenses not only through the air but also can get the much needed yards on the ground as well. In the past couple seasons, the Denver Broncos seem to have a difficult time stopping mobile quarterbacks.
Last year, we saw Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson run at will if they needed. Both quarterbacks were able to do that in the rematches in 2014. However, Wilson was more successful than Luck was. Colin Kaepernick has the abilities to turn the tables on just one run. We saw that in the divisional round a few years back against the Green Bay Packers.
So, how should the Broncos game plan against another mobile quarterback? No matter what, they can not let Colin Kaepernick have a lane to scramble for yards. If the running game is locked down, Colin Kaepernick will be forced to throw the ball. While he did that well on Monday Night against the St. Louis Rams, he is not exactly the most accurate passer despite all the weapons he has in the passing game.
In fact, Colin Kaepernick is posting only a 64.3 completed percentage of passes this season. And with an improved secondary in the Denver Broncos, Colin Kaepernick could have trouble passing the football at times, especially if he cannot get the running game going.
It will be interesting to see if the Broncos will be able to contain another mobile quarterback. They have yet to face Colin Kaepernick in the regular season, but they should look at film from the two times the teams squared off in the preseason to get a good idea.
I expect a good game in primetime. If the Broncos plan to add another game in the win column, then it all starts with keeping an eye on Colin Kaepernick.