There's no way Jim Harbaugh turns this team over to the youngster while Alex Smith is still playing as well as he is. After all, Smith does rank No. 3 in the NFL with a 104.1 passer rating and was on a near-legendary streak of excellence before getting knocked out in Week 11.
Counting the game against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 8 and the first quarter of the team's game against the St. Louis Rams in Week 10, Smith completed 25-of-27 passes for 304 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions—good for a passer rating of 153.2.
Saying all that, there's no way the 49ers can keep Kaepernick on the bench all game, right?
He's clearly a player who must be utilized, as he can do things with the football that Smith couldn't do on his best day.
With that in mind, let's take a look at a few ways the 49ers can use Kaepernick when Smith returns.