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Gee, I wonder what ol' Jim will be asked about this week?
Perhaps this is a layman point of view, but it sure looks as though the biggest adjustment the coaching staff made in light of Colin Kaepernick having to start for Alex Smith was in not making an adjustment at all.
The plays looked like the same stuff Alex Smith had been executing well in past weeks, the formations and personnel packages looked the same and Jim Harbaugh and his coaches simply trusted Kaepernick to execute like a veteran.
To Kaepernick's credit, he did and then some.
Harbaugh and his staff pride themselves in doing the unexpected and zigging when others think they'll zag, so it was perfectly according to form for them to come out passing with Kaepernick making his first career start when the conventional wisdom had them coming out conservatively and letting the youngster settle into flow of the game first.
There really weren't many plays out of the shotgun spread or Kaepernick's favored "pistol" formation early on, when the outcome was in doubt, and if anything the coaches took advantage of Chicago's game plan of wanting to keep Kaepernick in the pocket. The Bears dared Kaepernick to beat them conventionally and the 49ers coaches were happy to embrace that challenge.
It was obvious that Kaepernick was well-prepared for this moment, well drilled against the Bears' scheme and the coaches deserve kudos for getting this performance out of him.
It also helps, of course, to just flat out have more talent on both sides of the ball, and the 49ers have dominated the line of scrimmage and have taken advantage of every mismatch, exploiting the Bears' horrid offensive line with stud Aldon Smith on defense and calling Vernon Davis' number frequently on offense.
If you don't double those guys, it's doom, and somehow the Bears coaching staff can't seem to figure it out. Talk about a mismatch.
The only thing to nitpick, and it really took a long time to find it, was that the coaches still had NaVorro Bowman and Dashon Goldson on the punt team with a 25 point lead in the fourth quarter.
In fact, I have no idea why the starting defense was even out there late in the game. Why expose them to injury risk?