It wasn't too long ago that Colin Kaepernick was being lauded he could be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

All that changed in 2014. Kaepernick's inconsistencies reflected the 49ers 8-8 record. He registered career highs in interceptions (10), fumbles lost (5) and sacks (52).

Despite his struggles, 49ers offensive coordinator, Geep Chryst, believes his signal caller's struggles weren't entirely his fault.

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"There was more change within the offensive line than he had experienced the last couple of years," Chryst told MercuryNews.com. "How does that affect your production as a quarterback? You're behind more often in games. How does that affect your production as a quarterback? I cite the fact that we had six touchdowns nullified by penalty. You plug that back into his formula, he really wasn't ... he didn't regress off his line as much as perceived."

Heading into 2015, the 49ers offense - and defense - will look much different. Running back Frank Gore is in Indianapolis, guard Mike Iupati is in Arizona and Patrick Willis, Chris Borland, Justin Smith and Anthony Davis all retired.

The 49ers faithful will find out soon enough whether Kaepernick will be able to bounce back from an underwhelming 2014 campaign and prove his inconsistent play was just an aberration.

(h/t CBS Sports)