Its official, Colin Kaepernick is going to start at quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. At a press conference after practice on Wednesday, Jim Harbaugh announced Kaepernick would be under center saying,
The rationale is that we have two quarterbacks that we feel great about as the starting quarterback, both have earned it, both deserve it. 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.
Harbaugh’s declaration of Kaepernick being the starter for Sunday is something most Niners fans already expected after the way he played against the Bears and Saints. But Kaepernick is starting just for this weekend’s game, so we will go through all of this again next week. It’s a great problem for the 49ers to have, two quarterbacks who are playing hot and are capable starters, especially because of the amount of concussions suffered by QB’s in recent seasons. Harbaugh should really just name a starter moving forward so the team and fans don’t have to go through this every week.
Since the week before the Bears game, when Harbaugh was contemplating starting Alex Smith or Kaepernick, I believe he already knew Kap would be his starter. Not just for that game, but for the rest of the season. Harbaugh can continue saying he is going with the hotter hand, but let’s not forget the 49ers moved up to the second round to draft Kaepernick in 2011. Harbaugh did not draft Smith. So Smith is not his ‘guy’ but someone he inherited. Had Smith not played so brilliantly last season, Kap would have started at some point, ready or not, because that is the future at QB for Harbaugh and the 49ers. That future is already here. Simply put, Kaepernick is Harbaugh’s ‘guy’.
Still, even if Kap leads the 49ers to the playoffs, it is Super Bowl or bust for San Francisco. Because with Smith under center last season, he led the Niners to the NFC Championship and it was not his fault the team lost. If Kaepernick leads the 49ers to victory this Sunday, he will be the team’s first QB since the 1970 merger to win his first three starts, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.