49ers vs. Bills: Quarterback Controversy?

Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

 

The 3-1 San Francisco 49ers will host the 2-2 Buffalo Bills in Candlestick Park, in what will be one of the more exciting matchups of the week.

There are several storylines to follow, including a potential quarterback controversy. If you thought I was talking about the Bills, think again.

Ryan Fitzpatrick has played solid football, but the Bills have no other option to replace the former Harvard player.

The same can’t be said for the 49ers.

While Alex Smith has shown to be manageable, the 49ers have an explosive option waiting in the wings in Colin Kaepernick.

Who is Colin Kaepernick?

Take a look at 49ers-Jets game that took place in Week 4. From there, you’ll then know why some are clamoring for Kaepernick to take over the quarterback reigns.

Many focused on the 49ers pounding of the Jets, and rightfully so, but it was the play of Kaepernick that really stood out.

At 6’4’’, Kaepernick has the height, speed, and arm strength to revolutionize the quarterback position.

Is he a bit raw? Absolutely, but he brims with such potential that the risk far outweighs the award.

At least, that’s what the Niners are telling themselves after taking Kaepernick early in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Against the Jets, we saw it all.

We saw the impressive arm strength when Kaepernick attempted a deep play action pass to none other than the great Randy Moss. The connection didn’t hit, but we saw potential big play ability.

Mobility? Kaepernick made several impressive runs, including a well-executed power sweep for a touchdown.

The only thing Kaepernick lacks is experience. And the only way he’ll get that is through playing time.

The real issue, however, is whether 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh is ready? The short answer: no.

Harbaugh is far too invested in Smith to give up now.

While the idea of Kaepernick at quarterback is intriguing, he understands the growing pains that may come with starting a young quarterback.

Alex Smith isn’t an elite quarterback, but he can win games. For Harbaugh, that’s good enough.

As Smith has shown, he is both steady and reliable. While Kaepernick is physically more gifted than Smith, he may not be the best option right now.

The 49ers have championship aspirations, and usually, young quarterbacks are not part of the solution for success.

There will be a time when Kaepernick is needed, however, for right now, Smith will lead the reigns in San Francisco.


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