Vernon Davis Believes Alex Smith, Not Colin Kaepernick, Is Still 49ers' QB

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 26, 2012

November 19, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (85) is congratulated by quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) and guard Alex Boone (75) after catching a touchdown pass against the Chicago Bears in the first quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE
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Despite the success the San Francisco 49ers and their backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick have experienced over the last two weeks, star tight end Vernon Davis still believes that veteran Alex Smith is the team's No. 1 option under center. 

Davis told reporters the following after Sunday's win over the New Orleans Saints (per's Kevin Patra):

It's difficult, but I think Alex is still the man. In my heart I strongly believe that and you'll know next week. I'm sure Harbaugh will make a nice decision who he wants to go with but right now we have two outstanding playmakers. I'm sure Alex is still our guy.

Although the 49ers are in the midst of a two-game winning streak and leading comfortably in the NFC West division through the season's first 12 weeks, head coach Jim Harbaugh has inadvertently created a quarterback controversy.

Smith started the first nine games at quarterback for San Francisco this season, but he went down in Week 10 with a concussion, thus opening the door for Kaepernick to showcase his talent in a starting role.

Kaepernick's strong play against the Chicago Bears in Week 11 on Monday Night Football certainly gave Harbaugh the confidence to believe he can keep it up.

Kaepernick, who's in his second NFL season out of Nevada, has completed 32 of his 48 passes for 474 yards, three touchdowns and an interception over his first two career regular-season starts. He also has 10 rushes for 37 yards and a touchdown since the start of Week 11.

Davis has six receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown since Kaepernick took over. He failed to record a single catch in Week 12 vs. New Orleans.


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