49ers name Colin Kaepernick starting QB

49ers name Kaepernick starter, Alex Smith benched for his 104.1 QB rating

11/28/12 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - 49ers name Colin Kaepernick starting QBPrecisely one month ago, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh dismissed questions about quarterback Alex Smith as "Just gobble, gobble, gobble turkey from jive turkey gobblers." Today, Harbaugh joined the jive turkey gobblers by benching Smith and naming his tattooed kid wonder back-up Colin Kaepernick as the 49ers starting quarterback. Alex Smith will ride the pine Sunday against the St. Louis Rams -- with a league-leading 70% completion rate and a fourth-in-the-NFC 104.1 quarterback rating.

Meanwhile, somewhere, Brandon Weeden prepares to start this Sunday with his sterling 70.9 rating and 13 interceptions.

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh announced today that Colin Kaepernick will start for the 49ers. Alex Smith, while having a career season, suffered a concussion in a Nov. 11 game, and Kaepernick has been quite Kaep-able in relief.

Blog Photo - 49ers name Colin Kaepernick starting QB"The rationale is that we have two quarterbacks that we feel great about as the starting quarterback, both have earned it, both deserve it," Harbaugh said, explaining his decision. "Alex over of a long period of time, Colin by virtue of the last few games. We believe Colin has the hot hand and we'll go with Colin."

Oh sure, Kaepernick has been sensational in the two games he started -- with a 111.9 QB rating and 3 touchdowns.

Remember, though, that Kaepernick could not win the game against these very same St. Louis Rams when he replaced the concussed Alex Smith three weeks ago. Frankly, Kaepernick sucked against the lowly Rams -- fumbling twice, getting sacked three times, and throwing for only 117 yards in four quarters (remember, he had an overtime period to work with). The game ended in a 24-24 tie.

If I were the Rams, I would definitely prefer to face Kaepernick. He is one of the few non-Cardinals quarterbacks in  the league who has been unable to beat the Rams this season.

One more point -- the NFC Pro Bowl team is decided by a vote including fans, coaches, and players. Could we see Alex Smith make the Pro Bowl from the bench? If he finishes the year benched with a 104.1 rating, it is technically quite possible.
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11/29/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Makes no sense to me. Sure, if you think Kaepernick is the future it is good to get him playing time. But why pivot in the midst of a great season. It can only go downhill, right? And if Kaepernick gets hurt, there is no chance Smith continues to play with the confidence he was playing with pre concussion.

11/28/12   |   Jess   |   35085 respect

As much as I get it, and I dislike Alex Smith, I can't help but wonder if this is just causing unnecessary drama in the locker room of a team that was doing just fine with Smith at the helm. I'm sure Harbaugh knows what he's doing, I just kinda hope this comes back to bite him. (Don't be mad, Niners fans, I hear it all the time from you guys about Pete.)