Coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers said today that Colin Kaepernick will start a 3rd consecutive game at quarterback for the team. The first start was attributed to Alex Smith's concussion. But you can't say the same for the last 2 games as Smith was cleared to play by the team and doctors. It was the coaches decision to stick in the sophomore on the road against the Saints where Kap played another solid game of football. Still, the head coach cannot definitively say that Kaepernick will be the starter from here on out! Listen coach, I have respect for you but just make the decision already! Stop telling us that Kaepernick is starting this week but Alex Smith is also your starting QB. It doesn't make sense, you can't have two starting quarterbacks so stop the nonsense. Do you just feel bad for Alex Smith? Now regarding his decision to let kid Kaepernick run the show for the Niners.....well. I don't agree at all. It's not that Kaepernick isn't as good or possibly better than Alex Smith even at this juncture in his career. It's the fact that Smith was playing really well and still showing signs of improvement. It's the old motto..."if it ain't broke, don't fix it." This is not a move that a Super Bowl contending team makes. You don't switch your starting quarterback in the last half of the season, especially when he's playing the best football of his career.Kaepernick shows tremendous upside with a big arm, speed and the potential to be a top tier quarterback given his vast array of skills. And as a 49ers fan I would love to see what Colin Kaepernick can do going forward leading this team to great things...next season. There are a variety of reasons why I feel this way but I'll just highlight a few.
The 49ers are going to the playoffs again, most likely winning their division with a high possibility for a bye in the first round. This is something that Alex Smith believe it or not is used to as he went through the motions last season and played great at times. His experience of winning and losing playoff games is extremely important when you consider the circumstances of Harbaugh's decision.Most rookies and sophomores hit some sort of wall or slump given their lack of experience. I don't want to see that happen to Kap at the worst time when the playoffs roll around. It's an advantage to have a player at the most important position in sports with some playoff experience. Again we have to consider the very important fact that not only was Alex Smith playing at a very high level being one of the top rated PASSERS in the NFL all season, but the man was leading his team to victory's. Before he got concussed against St. Louis, the Niners were (6-2) and rolling over inferior competition. Smith had 13 TD's and 5 INT's before his injury and went 18 for 19 pass attempts on the previous Monday Night game against Arizona. Don't forget, it's not the Cardinals defense that stinks, it's the offense. They have a tough D with very good corners and Smith lit them up.
You're not supposed to lose your job to injury. It's one of those unwritten rules that I hate but that's kinda the way it goes. You're especially not supposed to lose it when you were playing well before leaving the field. I'd understand the QB change if Smith were holding the Niners back and not performing to a sufficient level. But geez, the guy helped this team get to (13-3) last season with an NFC Championship game appearance and seemed on his way to leading them to a similar record again this year. I feel bad for Smith. I was never a big fan of his on the field but I have always been a fan of his work ethic, confidence and inability to quit. Then Smith really won me over not last season, but this year when he backed up his 2011 performance with a hot start to 2012. I know Kaepernick is Harbaugh's boy as the coach moved up in the draft to get him a couple years back. But again this is not the route that a legitimate Super Bowl contender takes. The only one bright spot about this decision is that if Kap screws up you do have Smith right there on the bench, hopefully ready to go.Listen to The Route 4 Sports Podcast LIVE tonight for more on this topic and other NFL hot topics. The show is from 6:00 - 8:00 pm EST tonight (Thursday, 11/29). Click Here for The Route 4 Sports Podcast