San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh made it official following the team’s 32-7 shellacking of the Chicago Bears at The Stick on Monday night.
There is a quarterback controversy in San Francisco.
After the game when asked which quarterback would be the starter moving forward, Harbaugh opened Pandora’s Box with his comments and responded by saying the Niners would go with whichever signal caller had the “hot hand.” He’s fairly direct in his dealings with the media, and he didn’t mince words when he said that they would have to give the situation further evaluation.
That’s because backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick made one of the most feared defenses in the NFL look like they didn’t know what they were doing on a football field on Monday Night Football. They were routinely embarrassed in all facets of the game, and it was the second-year man out of Nevada that orchestrated all of it. Moreover, they didn’t commit one turnover, despite going into the contest leading the league in that mark with 30 forced giveaways.
To understand the magnitude of this situation as only a San Francisco fan can, one has to understand just how much Alex Smith has overcome to this point in his career. Seven different offensive coordinators in seven years, a myriad of injuries and enduring the fact that his team courted another quarterback to take his job after his best season were all issues that came about with respect to No. 11.
Smith handled it by doing what he does best — going out and doing his job quietly. Things are about to get a lot more hectic in the Bay Area, and Harbaugh certainly didn’t help in that aspect with his words, but Smith will handle it the only way he knows how.
The right way.
If you’re a fan, you have to appreciate that this problem is a good one to have. At the very least, Kaepernick is not playing for another team. This game was played on a national stage, and there are several teams in need of a quarterback that took notice as to what he brings to the table. We’re a ways off from needing to choose one from the other, but with two quarterbacks with proven ability, there will be teams speaking with the Niners’ front office.
For now, it’s time to sit back and watch whatever drama that’s coming play out. Make no mistake, there will be drama, especially after Harbaugh’s comments.
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