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No Timeline for Jim Harbaugh For Naming QB Starter; Aldon Smith Wins NFC Defensive Player of Week

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If Jim Harbaugh had no doubt who would be the starting QB for the San Francisco 49ers against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, he would come out and say it, right?  That would be the logic action to take for the sanity of Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick and the rest of the 49ers players.  One reason why he may not be saying anything one way or the other is to mess with the Saints so they have to prepare for two QB’s with different playing styles.

I believe Harbaugh is leaning towards one quarterback, but he is waiting to see if Smith is medically cleared first so he doesn’t have to show his hand.  My guess on Harbaugh’s thinking is Kaepernick deserves to start, but the starting job is Smith’s.  From this point forward, if Smith is named the starter, Harbaugh will have a very short leash on him.

To me, it’s the opposite of a controversy. A controversy is an argument from opposing points of view. This is coming at it from a team aspect. Jim Harbaugh

Smith was back at practice on Wednesday wearing a non-contact black jersey.  However, he is still waiting to be cleared to play on Sunday.

Aldon Smith Win’s NFC Defensive Player of the Week Award

While one Smith on the 49ers is a question mark for Sunday’s game, Drew Brees and the Saints offense is hoping another Smith, Aldon, will miss the game for any reason.  Especially after Aldon recorded 5.5 sacks against the Bears and was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.  Smith posted a career-high in sacks last Monday and also added four tackles as he menaced Jason Campbell and the Bears terrible offensive line.  Quite simply, Aldon Smith is a beast.

After his performance on Monday Night Football, Smith now leads the NFL in sacks with 15.  He is on pace to have 22 sacks this season.  This is the second time a Niners player won the NFC Defensive Player of the Week award this season.  Patrick Willis won the award in week 4 after recording 10 tackles and two passes defended against the Jets.

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