49ers QB-ing poses ??s, but only good ones; first-place Warriors
Well, that was an interesting game if only for the purpose of adding fuel to the quarterback questioning that’s the hot subject in the Bay Area after the San Francisco 49ers and their young, exciting and future-for-a-long-time QB Colin Kaepernick, who, by his own account, enabled St. Louis to pull out a 16-13 overtime win.
That’s right, Kaepernick and the offensive Niners could muster only 13 points, though you could say it was actually 20 points after he muffed a college-style pitch that he’s easily made hundreds of times, when he was in college, inside their own 10-yard-line late in the fourth-quarter and the Rams turned it into a touchdown which changed the tide of the game.
That wasn’t the only problem with the offense, because San Francisco’s offense was the problem.
While their defense was excellent, the 49ers and Kaepernick were befuddled by St. Louis’ defense, which was engineered by excellent head coach Jeff Fisher, who outcoached San Francisco’s head man Jim Harbaugh for the second time. Just recently, the 49ers had to rally to catch the Rams in an NFC West game that ended in a tie.
While Harbaugh took responsibility for making the bad call on the botched play that led to the loss, there’s still the question of rushing the greatness of Kaepernick, who looks like he possibly could be a great QB, at the expense of the 49ers incumbent QB, Alex Smith, who Harbaugh says is still his starter, but he, again, won’t start Sunday against Miami.
Harbaugh did leave an opening for himself to switch back to Smith, who has a 20-win, 5-loss, 1-tie record over the past two seasons, and this is the perfect time for him to do it.
I’m not saying that the loss to the Rams was all Kaepernick’s fault and he should be instantly demoted. I’m saying that Kaepernick could benefit from a break in this “who’s starting?” drama, and Smith could get a break and be who he’s supposed to be, San Francisco’s starter.
It’s obvious Smith’s reign as the 49ers starting QB going into the future won’t get past this year because Kaepernick’s too talented and effective to keep on the sidelines, and his future as the man might be now.
But give Smith his just due by letting him be the starter as long as he’s capable of leading the 49ers’ offense – their top-rated defense is set for a long time – surely into the playoffs, and hopefully into the Super Bowl.
The 49ers have what it takes to get to the Super Bowl, which is two standout QBs. Doesn’t sound like a bad scenario to have.
As for basketball in the Bay Area, the Golden State Warriors are in first place in their division. Shall I say anything more? Not right now, because I’m savoring the moment, and I feel like the playoffs will be a reality this year.