Back-Ups jobs are to fill in, nothing more

Written by Site Blogger Thomas Brunt: 

Collin Kaeprnick has been handed a second opportunity by the San Francisco 49ers.    — There’s no question he’s played good, the question here though should be does he really deserve this?

—After tearing apart  what was coming into the game an impressive Chicago Bears defense,  you may just be saying yes.    — I should probably be saying yes, as well.

— But I’m not here to praise what was an impressive game by an inexperienced quarterback filling in for the starter, because that’d be a problem.    Collin Kaeprnick isn’t in the Bay Area to make friends, rather to fill in the empty shoes  of   Alex Smith.     — That’s something a lot of back-ups fail to realize.   While making an impression is always important,  if  you’ve already made one, and someone-else made a better one, guess what?

They get the better feedback.     — Let that be the case for this.   Kapernick has to realize that fact.  That he’s already made his first impression during the mini-camps before the season.    — He’s only a backup, and nothing more.     Don’t tell Byron Leftwhich of the Pittsburgh Steelers  the same though, who last Sunday was in for an injured Ben Rothlisberger.      Now  don’t  get  me wrong here, I’m not saying that the back-up (who-ever it may be) isn’t to make a good start when or if they do get the chance, but  just keep in mind that this is Pro Football, and a lot of  decisions in the league are set in stone.   Other wise known as:  “If I don’t make this decision, I’m fired”.      It’s nothing personal, it’s only business.    Sure, I can easily say that, as I don’t know what it’s like to be in that situation, but If  I’m the GM, or the head-coach, rather  I know I have to do what’s right for the team, in long-term success.

(The Peyton Manning vs. Andrew Luck deal is different).      With the exception of that,  I’d be forced to make tough business decisions.    Now, back to the back-up, if you feel like you have more talent than that of  the team is presenting you with, discuss that stuff with your agent.  — Don’t become a cancer to the team, or to the locker-room,  like a once talented wide-receiver in Terrell Owens once became.      — The bottom line I think I’m trying to make here is that once someone else is handed the keys to becoming the starter, don’t try to take what’s rightfully there’s.

Thomas Brunt is the sports-editor for his high school paper: “The Hawk” as well as inside sports-reporter for his school.    You can follow his personal Twitter feed here: @SPORTSDUDE350, email him:



Author: Thomas Brunt

TCC Student. Aspiring Leader. Christ Follower.

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