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Kaepernick not worried about 49ers' malaise

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Colin Kaepernick may have had a hard time finding a rhythm this preseason, but it’s not hard to locate the San Francisco 49ers quarterback in the ESPN.com NFL Nation top 100 players poll.

Kaepernick checks in at No. 33 among offensive players a year after being No. 42

“Since becoming the starting quarterback for the 49ers in Week 11 of 2012, Kaepernick has the third-highest Total QBR in the NFL (70),” according to ESPN Stats & Information.

This preseason, Kaepernick has played in seven series, and the 49ers have scored only two field goals with him leading the offense. It is unlikely he will see much time in the 49ers’ preseason finale Thursday at the Houston Texans.

“We have another chance to go out and work on our offense,” he said Tuesday.

Then is he a little worried at the relative lack of production by the first-string offense through three exhibition games? Kaepernick went full Alfred E. Neuman.

“I’ve never seen worrying help anyone’s problems, or help them get better,” he said. “So I don’t worry.”

Kaepernick has completed 12 of 22 passes in the preseason for 115 yards with no touchdown passes or interceptions and two carries for 13 yards and a lost fumble.

Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick on this week's <em>Sports Illustrated</em> cover

The NFC West is arguably the league’s best division, with three teams winning at least 10 games last season, including the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks and the NFC-runner up San Francisco 49ers

The division no doubt goes through these two teams, and the contrast between the quarterbacks could not be more different. 

The bright lights are now on Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, after leading Seattle to a 43-8 thrashing of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. 

Wilson is living a sort of charmed life these days. Whether it’s seeing his face in seemingly every other commercial, making the rounds at basketball games, or dealing with his name being in the spotlight, the 25-year-old is not about for settling for one Super Bowl title. And because that is not in his nature, Wilson won’t be resting on any sort of laurels. 

“I don’t have everything I wanted,” Wilson tells SI’s Greg Bishop. “I’m far from that. I keep searching. Is that sick? Is that weird? I don’t know. But I’m not satisfied with last year’s results.” 

Wilson’s counterpart down the West Coast, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, has his own goals. He wants to be the best player in the league and win Super Bowl titles; something that has eluded Kaepernick and his teammates in each of the past three seasons. 

“I feel like I’m a good dude, and I’m a cool person to be around, but I am not that damn cool, Kaepernick says. “As much as I’d like to think, This is great, everybody loves me, I just don’t buy that. It was never like that before.”

Kaepernick, 26, found out quickly this summer that perception is not exactly reality. A TMZ headline that read “Colin Kaepernick Investigated For Sexual Assault” had many around the league wondering about his future. But Kaepernick and two other NFL players were not charged with any crime after the alleged incident in a Miami hotel. 

The Niners had no problems putting their confidence in Kaepernick, giving him a six-year contract extension this offseason that could be worth up to $126 million. The deal includes $12.328 million in guaranteed money.

The 49ers have been to three straight NFC championship games and have one Super Bowl appearance, but no hardware to show for it. That said, Kaepernick is fully prepared to put the Niners on his shoulders and hoist the franchise’s first Lombardi trophy in 20 years.