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Who Should Start Alex Smith or Colin Kaepernick?


Chris Folmsbee
CBS Las Vegas - Web Editor #alexsmith #49ers #StartAlexSmith

I'm all for starting the new guy and getting a "fresh start" if you need it, but the 49ers never needed one. Alex Smith is 20 - 6 under coach Harbaugh. Not to mention if it weren't for two costly fumbles by a basically unknown 49ers rookie in last years playoff game to go to the Super Bowl. Alex Smith would have more than likely handled business against Tom Brady and company and won their first Super Bowl title since the 90's.

Though it has taken a little longer for Smith to come out of his shell than most QB's drafted the same year (Aaron Rodgers) I predict he will pull a Drew Brees and leave the team that drafted him next season, only to win a championship for another.The only thing Alex Smith has really done "wrong" under Harbaugh was suffered a concussion. Sound familiar? Brees also got injured his last season playing for the Chargers who are now stuck with Phillip Rivers who has done nothing for the Chargers except lose major games.

I still feel the 49ers had the best shot with Alex Smith and although Colin Kaepernick is a great talent. He still needs to play the NFL games, mess up and go through the learning processes of an NFL QB. Guess we will find out in the long run if choosing Colin over Alex is a good idea. I'm not a prisoner of the moment so I still have to side with Alex Smith on this one.

Chad Forster
CBS Las Vegas - KXNT Over & Under #StarKaepernick #49ers

The clear choice in my mind for coach Harbaugh and the 49ers is to start Colin Kaepernick. Granted Alex Smith has had a pretty good year with 1731 yards passing, 13 touchdowns and a 70 percent completion percentage in nine starts but Smith hasn’t completely proven his ability to win the big one.

Kaepernick gives the 49ers a different dynamic with his elusiveness on the ground and his big arm. The fact of the matter is there’s a lot of throws Kaepernick can make that Smith can’t, which limits the 49ers play book. It’s like a mechanic that has 100 tools in his tool box but only knows how to use 15 of them.

There’s still a learning curve for Kaepernick to overcome but once he manages his way through it, the sky is the limit for him and the 49ers.


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