Congratulations Flacco and Kaepernick
You just earned yourself roughly $21 million a year for probably the next 7 years.
Unfortunately, Baltimore also will guarantee that they won't be a major contender for the next 7 years either.
I haven't seen a QB rely more on Wing-and-a-prayer passes more than this guy does. Flacco doesn't make reads. He lofts it up and hopes his WR and TE will make a play.
The only nice pass I'll concede to the guy is the TD pass to Boldin where he actually had some velocity on the ball and threaded the needle to his back shoulder. That was pretty nice.
However, I'm still not ranking Flacco above Eli Manning, Roethlisberger, Kaepernick, Luck, RG3, Peyton, Brees, Rodgers, or Brady.
I'd still take everyone of them.
Flacco can't even eclipse his RB. The key to Baltimore making it back next year still rests more with Rice's considerable skills more than Flacco's. There's no two ways about it.
Here's the craziest thing: When has a UFA NFL SB MVP not been resigned? Because I think Flacco will honestly be looking for $20+ million a year. And I don't think Ozzie Newsome will just shell that out. He's a pretty damned good GM.
Now as for Kaepernick:
Started 11 games and despite some young'un mistakes last night, he was still the most explosive and exciting player on the field.
I have NEVER seen an arm like that. Not even Elway had a cannon like this guy.
If his ability to read a defense further develops and he doesn't get injured, I think Kaepernick is on his way to being one of the top 3-5 QB's in the NFL by 2015.
Crabtree, Davis, James, and him are all relatively young, too. I still maintain that they have the best roster in the league from 1-53.
Just an incredible young QB to step into the Super Bowl in his 11th game and stage a comeback like that. If the Niners Defense actually shows up and prevents a single score in the first half, this game is the true coming out party for this guy. Not that it wasn't anyway.