There's a lot of bluster swirling around on the message boards, Twitter and Facebook about Jim Harbaugh's call to stick with Colin Kaepernick as the San Francisco 49ers quarterback versus the St. Louis Rams.
That #Niners loss is 100% on Jim Harbaugh. Alex Smith should be the starter, and Kaepernick cost them the game. Colin should start in 2013.— Geoff Crawley (@PhillyFansVoice) December 2, 2012
You guys can chill out, Kaepernick has this.
The kid made a few mistakes against the Rams. So let's really take a look at them.
First, he took a safety on an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone.
As you can tell from the video, that's an incredible call. The ball was thrown pretty close to the line of scrimmage and let's not forget he was fighting off defenders trying to drag him down.
At least he had the presence of mind to get outside of the pocket and throw it away. We all know the worst move he could have made would be throwing into the field of play inside his own 20.
Not to mention, a pretty well-established quarterback made a somewhat similar mistake in the Super Bowl if I recall correctly.
Next, there was the errant toss on an awkward pitch to Ted Ginn Jr.
Some of the blame, as Harbaugh explained, has to be put on the coaching staff. They got too cute and it cost them.
Yes, Kaepernick could have executed the toss better. But let's focus on how he responded to his only turnover of the day.
Smith is a decent athlete. However, he isn't nearly as explosive as Kap.
In addition, that run demonstrated that he could shrug off a mistake and make the next play. That's the mark of a solid quarterback.
Smith is a decent choice going forward. He's posted a 104 quarterback rating this season and has handled all kinds of adversity.
He just isn't the best choice.
Kaepernick adds a different element to the offense and is posting his own better than 100 rating (102.3). He's the better option today and tomorrow.
And he's only going to get better.