Why Colin Kaepernick Should, Would or Could Get 100 Snaps for 49ers in 2012

Matthew YazoContributor IApril 11, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO - AUGUST 27: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers drops back to pass against the Houston Texans during an NFL pre-season football game at Candlestick Park August 27, 2011 in San Francisco, California. The Texans won the game 30-7.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Where would we be as San Francisco 49ers fan without an old-fashioned quarterback controversy.

However, at the present moment there really isn't so much a quarterback controversy in the classic sense of the phrase, but rather a single controversy: Is Alex Smith your guy, the Niners' guy or neither?

This debate has reached Marx Brothers status over the years, and after another unstable offseason for Smith, it has shot through the atmosphere of earth into the cosmic realm of never-ending football debates.

With that in mind, please indulge the wormhole that is Colin Kaepernick for a moment.

Should, would, could Colin Kaepernick get 100 snaps in the 2012 regular season?



Kaepernick should get 100 snaps if he deserves it.  

If Kaepernick happens to outshine Smith in the preseason or during practice, then Kaepernick should get the reps.  

Such a feat would be different than the "would" scenario.  It would mean that in Kaepernick's second year, he takes such a quantum leap that the coaching staff has no choice but to start him over Smith.



Kaepernick would get 100 snaps if Smith simply starts blowing games.  

Let's say Smith has a bad game one week and is benched. Kaepernick comes in, cleans house, gets the start the next week and maybe the week after, then flounders himself, allowing Smith to reenter the game and suddenly, it's Smith who excels and then takes over officially as the starter again.  

Don't believe it could happen?  

Check your 1987 season history books regarding Joe Montana and Steve Young.



The "could" in this scenario is simple: Smith gets injured.  

And seeing as though he likes to hold the ball for way too long even when there's an open receiver, this could happen.  He was sacked more than 40 times in 2011.  He shook every one of them off—including the "bounty hits" against the Saints.  

Could he do it again in 2012?  

Or would that infamous law of averages rear its ugly scowl and knock Smith out for a few games, opening the door to Kaepernick?


Probably more interesting is this question: Out of the three scenarios, which one is more likely to happen in 2012?

Should: Kaepernick just outworks and outplays Smith in the offseason.

Would: Smith flounders during the season, opening the door for Kaepernick.

Could:  Smith gets injured and Kaepernick takes over for a couple of games.

Feel free to discuss, debate and tear into this one because it's mid-April and what else are you going to do?  Scout Division II sleeper linemen?