On Wednesday, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh informed members of the media n attendance following the team’s practice that Colin Kaepernick would receive the start at quarterback over Alex Smith in their upcoming match up versus the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
This week’s decision was made much earlier than last week’s. Now Kaepernick can have a few days to process the fact that he is indeed making the start for his team instead of being informed just hours before the game like he was last week. The second-year signal caller out of Nevada has been brilliant in his two starts along with relief work for Smith this season. So far this season, he has passed for 680 yards, three touchdowns and just one interception while completing 48 of his 74 pass attempts for a 64.8 percent completion percentage.
The last time that the Niners played the Rams, the two teams ended the game in a 24-24 tie. It was also the last time that Smith saw any game action as he left that contest due to a concussion that led to this current quarterback controversy by the bay.
The Niners are currently 8-2-1 and could put themselves in a very comfortable driver’s seat in the NFC West. This could be why Harbaugh decided to stay with the “hot hand,” as he described Kaepernick during a press conference prior to the Niners’ 31-21 victory over the New Orleans Saints last week. The team’s QB controversy has definitely been given legs with this latest decision. Until Harbaugh comes straight out and states that Kaepernick is his starting quarterback for the remainder of the season, this will continue to be a story.