In a short press conference on Wednesday afternoon San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Jim Harabugh named his starting quarterback for Sundays game against the St. Louis Rams. Colin Kaepernick will be the starting quarterback instead of opening day starter Alex Smith. Now, Kaepernick has taken the NFL by storm in these last two weeks including two wins against the Chicago Bears and the New Orleans Saints. In my mind, Alex Smith should be the starter for the 49ers. However, I have made my case and understand why Harabugh made this decision.
Furthermore, Kaepernick can become the first starter in 49ers franchise history to win his first three starts with the ball club. Oddly enough, if it weren’t for the St. Louis Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar giving Alex Smith a concussion. Kaepernick would still be on the sidelines. However, injury has always spurred opportunity. Kaepernick played well in week 10 when he got the chance against the Rams as he was 11-17 and threw for 117 yards. This time around the second year player out of Nevada will have much more leeway to sling it, as he has thrown for 474 yards in his last two contests.
With back to back road match ups against the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks in weeks 15 and 16 the Niners will definitely know who they have at the quarterback position by seasons end. Personally, I will be surprised if Kaepernick is the starter when the NFL playoffs begin in 2012. Who do you think gives a team with the best defense in the league and an offensive line for the ages the best shot at a Super Bowl in 2012? Jim Harabugh says Colin Kaepernick.