However, Kaepernick got his opportunity this season when Smith was held out of a game mid-season due to a concussion and he made the absolute most of his unique skill set. But it wasn't a lock for him to remain the starter because Smith was playing very well and there was no reason to shake things up. Just ask Greg Roman, the 49ers offensive coordinator:
"You didn't know how he was gonna handle all the different situational stuff, you didn't know how he was gonna handle constant pressure, crowd noise, man coverage, zone coverage, this, that, the other. I mean, you just didn't know. It's something you work through. You coach through it."
You don't often see a team make a change at quarterback mid-season and not miss a beat, let alone make a run at the Super Bowl. Kaepernick is a special talent and his abilities inside and outside the pocket mesh very well and it has shown each week since Veteran's Day that Jim Harbaugh made the correct decision - a very tough one at that.