Are NFL rumors going to be coming from the San Francisco 49ers in regards to their quarterback situation? Normally, there wouldn’t be an issue but head coach Jim Harbaugh threw some gas on the fire behind Colin Kaepernick during his postgame press conference after beating the Chicago Bears on “Monday Night Footballl.”
When he was asked about whether or not he would stick with Kaepernick, Harbaugh said, “We’ll see. Usually tend to go with the guy who’s got the hot hand and we’ve got two quarterback that have got a hot hand.”
Kaepernick was excellent in his first NFL start against a normally tough defense. He completed 16 of 23 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns. Last week, Kaepernick went 11-for-17 for 117 yards and added 66 yards rushing and a touchdown after filling in for Alex Smith who went out with a concussion.
This could be nothing more than a head coach not trying to deflate a young quarterback after such an emotional high. I highly doubt Harbaugh would hand over the starting job to Kaepernick after starter Smith was doing so well before suffering a concussion. Smith had been 25 of his last 27 for 304 yards and four touchdowns without throwing an interception.
Harbaugh, however, has been bringing Kaepernick in on certain snaps throughout the season, usually to augment the ground game because Kaepernick is a threat on the ground. Still, Harbaugh knows what Smith brings to the table and while it certainly is intriguing, I don’t see Harbaugh putting his playoff hopes in the hand of a second-year quarterback with one NFL start under his belt.
I think this is less controversy and more confidence booster for Kaepernick in case Smith’s concussion prevents him from playing or Harbaugh wants to go with Kaepernick as his starter next season.