Provided the 49ers (9-3-1) fall to the Patriots (10-3), San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh should admit his mistake and permanently replace the 25-year-old Kaepernick with the proven Alex Smith as the team’s starting signal-caller.
The 6-foot-5, 230 pound Kaepernick, who the 49ers (8-2-1) took out of the University of Nevada with the 36th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, has tossed three scores, in comparison to 1 interception, for 1,073 yards in 129 attempts since Harbaugh robbed Smith of his job due to being concussed last month.
Additionally, Kaepernick has used his speed to rush for 351 yards and five scores.
Meanwhile, the 6-foot-4, 217 pound Smith, whose inconsistencies and numerous shoulder injuries long made him a widely disrespected athlete throughout the Bay Area, finally flourished last autumn in “The Paris of the West” and guided the 49ers to a 13-3 record.
Prior to getting wrongly shelved, the 28-year-old Smith, who was chosen by the 49ers out of the University of Utah with the first pick in the 2005 Draft, threw 13 touchdowns, in contrast to five interceptions, for 1,731 yards in a little more than eight games.
There is no question that Kaepernick’s legs offer the 49ers with a unique dimension that they don’t get with Smith under center.
Nevertheless, the former Ute, who inked a three-year contract worth roughly $24 million with San Francisco in March, is simply a better winner and field general than Kaepernick is at this point.
Hence, Jim Harbaugh, the 2011 AP NFL Coach of the Year, has an obligation to do what’s best for the organization and reinsert Alex Smith with the playoffs rapidly nearing.by