When a team like the San Francisco 49ers has a quarterback controversy the media turns out in troves for press conferences waiting to hear who will start. That was certainly the case on Wednesday for Jim Harbaugh’s press conference after practice. Harbaugh declared Colin Kaepernick the starter for Week 13 against the St. Louis Rams.
Soon after Harbaugh named who will start under center, the media swarmed into the 49ers locker room to get players reactions on Kaepernick starting. Below are some highlight quotes from yesterday.
Alex is healthy now and that’s what I was talking about. He didn’t do anything wrong, not to start. That’s basically what I was saying. (Walker said he would be surprised if Alex Smith was not starting this week.)
I’m a little surprised, but I’m confident in Jim Harbaugh, and whatever he decided I’m happy with it. I’m confident in Jim Harbaugh making that decision.
In his league, I’m not surprised by nothing. I just go out there and play my position. Whoever the quarterback is, I’m just trying to go out there and make plays. With Colin Kaepernick, you have to keep your eye on the ball. Last game, I dropped a pass that I could’ve dropped for a first down. It was kind of low, but the guy can throw the ball real fast. It’s hard, too. So you got to concentrate.
I just feel like we have two good quarterbacks who can help us win. That’s a plus for this team. Alex has been through a lot of tough things. I think he’ll be fine. I know the guy loves the games. Alex loves to play football. That’s tough. But coach made the decision and we know that’s what we got to go with.
We got two quarterbacks, and looking around the league a lot of teams can’t say that. Alex won a lot of games. Kap has won the last two games. Went down to New Orleans and won in a tough environment. You just going to be behind whoever coach says is the starting quarterback.