After a stunning debut last week against the Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick showed the NFL world what he is capable of doing on the field. After the game, head coach Jim Harbaugh was asked by reporters if the starting quarterback position would be given back to Alex Smith when he was medically cleared after suffering a concussion. Harbaugh responded by simply stating that the team would go with the hot hand, and that the team currently has two hot hands at the position. Maybe Harbaugh could think about a career in politics when his coaching gig is finished.
Harbaugh has not officially named a starter for the Niners this week although many reports swirling in the media suggest Kaepernick will get his second career start.
Again on Saturday, Harbaugh declined to name a starter. From the Niners website, “We feel like there’s no competitive advantage for us to release that information for our organization and our team. Like any position, we don’t get into what the roles going to be and how we’re going to use it.”
Smith is officially listed as questionable and must still be cleared medically in order to return to the field this Sunday. Kaepernick is clearly the future for the Niners and after his stellar performance last week, San Francisco should give him the start this week against the New Orleans Saints and if he is successful once again, keep him the starter for the remainder of the season.
Smith’s career has been resurrected under Harbaugh’s leadership, but Kaepernick give the Niners an added dimension to their offense.