Making the Case for Colin Kaepernick as Permanent Starter over Alex Smith

Thomas GaliciaContributor IINovember 19, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 19:  Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers drops back to pass in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at Candlestick Park on November 19, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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No one can make a better case for Colin Kaepernick becoming the San Francisco 49ers than Colin Kaepernick himself.

This was a case, and a statement that he made on Monday Night Football, thanks to a game that saw him throw 16-of-23 for 243 yards with two touchdowns, no turnovers and 11 yards on three carries.

Is this all on Kaepernick? Or is this a product of brilliant game-planning by the 49ers coaching staff?

Either way, it's very impressive to watch as it's happening.

San Francisco dominated the Chicago Bears on both sides of the ball. Their offensive line was able to hold back one of the best defenses in the NFL, and Kaepernick seemed to make the right decision every time.

Once again, I should reiterate how good this Bears' defense is; very, very good. Ask Bleacher Report's NFL Draft expert:

Reminder: The #Bears were the NFL's No. 2 ranked defense before tonight.

— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) November 20, 2012


Now here comes the big question: Would Alex Smith have similar success?

Smith hasn't exactly done well against some of the best defenses in the league. His performances earlier this season against the New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks were abhorrent and both of those games came in San Francisco.

At his best, Smith is a model of efficiency who allows the playmakers on the team to do the heavy lifting.

Against Chicago, however, it was Kaepernick carrying the offense.  Both with his arm and his legs (his running ability being a dimension to the 49ers offense that Smith doesn't have). Kaepernick was much more elusive than Smith and even threw the ball better (if you're looking at how good the ball looks cosmetically).

One actually gets the sense that Kaepernick adds more to the offense than Smith, while Smith merely sets the table.

You can win by being conservative and having a "game-managing" quarterback, but the all-time greatest teams have a quarterbacks that add something more.

Kaepernick can certainly add something more to the 49ers and he proved that to the NFL on Monday Night.