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Jim Harbaugh Refuses to Name San Francisco 49ers' Starting QB vs. Rams

Tim KeeneyContributor INovember 26, 2012

I guess Colin Kaepernick hasn't quite convinced everyone

Despite winning over just about every San Franciscan and fantasy football player over the past two weeks in Alex Smith's stead, the second-year quarterback still hasn't reportedly earned the QB1 blessing of head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Harbaugh announced on Monday that he had yet to decide who would start this week under center against the St. Louis Rams (via the AP's Janie McCauley):

Harbaugh won't name #49ers Sunday QB vs #Rams. Says: "Alex Smith is our starting quarterback. He hasn't done anything to lose that job."

— Janie McCauley (@JanieMcCAP) November 26, 2012

However, Harbaugh did state that he would likely make his decision on Wednesday (via the San Francisco Chronicle's Ron Kroichick):

Harbaugh, in his weekly Monday news conference, said he probably will announce Sunday’s starter against St. Louis on Wednesday — because he doesn’t want his players to field a barrage of “Who’s the QB?” questions all week, as they did last week.

Let the First Take debates yelling begin.

When the incumbent Smith suffered a concussion a few weeks ago, he was unable to start against the stout Chicago Bears, leaving an opening for the youngster on Monday Night Football.

All Kaepernick did in his first career start was complete 16-of-23 passes for 243 yards (an absurd 10.57 yards per attempt) for two touchdowns and zero interceptions. He led a demolition of a solid Bears team—albeit without Jay Cutler—32-7.

Despite Smith being activated for Sunday's game against the Saints, Kaepernick once again drew the start. He was similarly effective, throwing for 231 yards (9.24 yards per attempt), a touchdown and a pick. Although the defense played a big part, the Niners knocked off New Orleans, 31-21, running the QB's record to 2-0. 

It's hard to imagine sending someone like Kaepernick to the bench, but it's not like Alex Smith is Blaine Gabbert.

The veteran QB has completed a ridiculous 70 percent of his passes this season for 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. He may not have Kaepernick's running skills, but he's quietly athletic and has shown the ability to run for first downs.

On the season, Smith has led the Niners to a 6-2 record (6-2-1 if you count the concussion game in which he played just two quarters). 

Harbaugh has two legitimate options to choose from, but it would be smart to avoid this type of situation every week as the Niners are preparing for what is expected to be a deep playoff run. 

It's time to pick a starting quarterback and stick with him. 

 

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