Coach Jim Harbaugh has forgotten more about quarterback play than all of us know combined. I can’t blame a coach for sticking with a guy when he’s hot, but that flame isn’t burning as bright. What we saw Sunday from QB Colin Kaepernick is what we as fans fear the most, he will have setbacks and he will have some dumb turnovers. I’d rather it happen now than in the playoffs, but it does show the growing pains a young quarterback can have. Sure Colin might be the guy for the future, but if he was the guy right now he would have been the starter at the beginning of the season.
Kaepernick undoubtedly brings an energy to the offense that QB Alex Smithdoes not. The issue with Colin is he is more susceptible to lows, bad games, and head scratching plays. If Alex has shown us anything over the last 2 years, it’s the ability to protect the football and make the safe play. With how well this defense plays, that’s all we need for a shot at a title.
The biggest reason to make the switch now is Harbaugh can play it off as the “hot hand” of Kaepernick had played out and the true starting quarterback can reclaim his rightful spot. If the team goes with Colin next week, it shows Colin is the guy no matter what and that should mean Alex is gone in the offseason.
Ask yourself this question, which quarterback do you feel is the safer bet late in a game? The fact is the 49ers defense is good enough to win games, what we can’t do is allow teams to stick around by gifting the opposition points. The Niners as a team allowed 16 points to the Rams, but only 6 of those our truly on the defense. Fumbles taken in for touchdowns, intentional grounding penalties in the endzone on a play that originated from the 17 is not acceptable for a Superbowl caliber team. It’s not hating on Kaepernick, he has more upside than Smith, but this isn’t the year to try something or someone new at quarterback.
What I would like to see is bring Alex back in as the starter and maybe give Kaepernick a series or two in the game where he can bring his dimension. That’s close to what they were during pre injury and demotion except for it’s not just a play here or a play there. It will keep Kaepernick fresh and involved in the game more than a normal backup is, and it makes it where teams still have to game plan for both guys. I’ve never been a fan of bringing a guy in just for one play because he knows he is coming back out after the one play and normally tries to do too much.
At 8-3-1 the Niners are still in great position to get a bye as the number 2 seed. That’s the same spot they were in last season. As long as they can stay in that spot, they would most likely play a team they have already beaten (Packers, Bears, and Seahawks) for the right to get back to the NFC Championship. There they’d most likely meet up with either the Giants, Falcons or a previously mentioned team. The team to be feared the most would have to be the Giants. This seems to be their time or year and have proven they can beat the Niners.
This team is in a great spot no matter who is taking the snaps, but after how last year ended trying to change quarterbacks midway through a season is setting yourself up for disaster. How many chances are we going to get?