Colin Kaepernick: 49ers Must Stick with QB Against Rams

Jonathan IrwinContributor IINovember 27, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 25:  Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers looks to throw the ball against the New Orleans Saints at The Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 25, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The 49ers would be making a huge mistake this week if they did not use Colin Kaepernick at quarterback.

San Francisco's young quarterback now has two huge wins in the bag, both over top NFC teams. Kaepernick is averaging 237 yards passing per start with three touchdowns.

Since taking over for the 49ers midway through their Week 10 match against the Rams, he's completing 66 percent of his passes.

Kaepernick looked very good in San Francisco's latest 31-21 win, outplaying Drew Brees.

The Saints played tough defense for much of the game. Vernon Davis was completely shut out, and Frank Gore was a non-factor until the fourth quarter (he finished with just 83 yards rushing).

But Kaepernick stayed poised and kept San Francisco in the game.

He was very good with distributing the ball. Davis was shut out, so he got TE Delanie Walker involved (season-high 81 yards on three catches).

Michael Crabtree was also quiet, so Manningham became a huge target with his 69 yards.

Kaepernick finished his day completing 16 of 25 passes for 231 yards and one touchdown. He also had 28 yards rushing on six attempts, which helped make up for Gore's slow day.

At 8-2 and with one of the best defenses in the league, San Francisco is at the cusp of greatness. The only thing they need is that plug-and-chug offense to become more of a dynamic weapon.

Kaepernick looks like the man to make that happen. He's a dual-threat guy who continues to prove himself week after week.

So why not use him against St. Louis?

With their two week lull in competition, there's no better time to integrate a young QB fully into the system.

The 4-6 Rams aren't a tremendous threat, and their underrated secondary could push Kaepernick a bit. That could be a good thing to get him used to playing with adversity.

Then the Niners return home to face Miami and its 26th-ranked passing defense.

These are perfect chances for Kaepernick to learn and grow as a quarterback. It would have him primed and ready for a tough end stretch, in which San Francisco travels to both New England and Seattle.

If Colin Kaepernick is the future at QB for the 49ers, now is the time to use him. If he's to face the Pats and 'Hawks, now's the perfect time to fully integrate him into the offense.

When you put it like that, there's no reason for him to not start in Week 13.