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Person of Interest: 49ers' Colin Kaepernick

By Danny O'Neil

"Person of Interest" is a weekly feature in which we put the microscope on one player from the Seahawks' upcoming opponent. This week, it's San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick.

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Colin Kaepernick is 6-2 as a starter, one of his losses coming to Seattle. (AP)
Vitals

Position: Franchise quarterback
Height: 6-4
Weight: 230
Age: 25
Experience: Third season

The storyline

Kaepernick became San Francisco's starting quarterback a year ago, replacing Alex Smith, who had only led the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game the year before. Kaepernick is 6-2 as a starter in the regular season and got the 49ers not only to the playoffs but the Super Bowl last year. The Seahawk are one of three teams ever to beat Kaepernick, and his 52.8 passer rating against Seattle remains his lowest in any game he started.

And while no one can dispute Kaepernick's effectiveness as a starter, there's one Seahawks defensive player who sees a bright side in facing Kaepernick as opposed to Smith.

"I was really excited for Kaepernick," said Earl Thomas, Seattle's free safety. "I think Alex was a harder quarterback to go against as far as game manager. He didn't make as many mistakes. When you talk about Kaepernick, he likes to try to thread the needle in there. Sometimes, he even likes to throw it blind. That just creates opportunities for us to capitalize. But also, we have to understand he has a very strong arm and he can get it in tight windows."

The statement

Kaepernick is a quarterback whose legs are as worrisome as his arm, a factor that was muted given the fact Seattle jumped out to a double-digit lead a year ago. Kaepernick rushed seven times for 31 yards in the game he started against Seattle, which came in December on the road. What sort of factor did Kaepernick's mobility play in Seattle's game plan?

Linebacker K.J. Wright: "They didn't run the option stuff as much that first game, either, which was real surprising. He was back there being a pocket quarterback, and they didn't really run the option stuff too much."

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