"Anybody that is out there on the football field, you want to see them produce and get results," left tackle Joe Staley said. "With Colin, his first couple of starts, you did not know what to expect because we had not seen him out there as a starting quarterback. He did amazing and he has all season, as well as the playoffs. I think it was one of those things where we saw him in practice and we just wanted to see how he was going to handle the situation in the games. He has done that."
Still, he's new to this environment and that hardly seems to faze Kaepernick.
"One thing I've always said about him from the start is he comes off as a guy that has a lot of confidence," said center Jonathan Goodwin, who won a Super Bowl snapping for Drew Brees and the Saints three years ago. "I'm not just saying that. You can feel it by the way he acts and talks."
Flacco has that air of certainty, too, but at least it's built on a more substantial foundation, including an 8-4 mark in the playoffs, with six road wins — the most for any quarterback, Montana and Young included. That goes for Baltimore's John Unitas, too.
Nobody is comparing Flacco to them just yet, except for the self-belief he brings to the job.
"There are a lot of different ways to lead, and the bottom line is it's about motivating your players to get the best out of them, and having belief that you can go do it in any situation," Flacco said last week.
"You've got to do it your own way. And I think, naturally, as you get more comfortable with people and people understand you more, and you become more confident in them, and they become more confident in you, you become more vocal as time goes on."
And you become a Super Bowl quarterback.
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