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