Colin Kaepernick Named Starting QB for Week 14 Matchup vs. Dolphins

Tim KeeneyContributor IDecember 3, 2012

The Colin Kaepernick era will in fact last longer than three starts.

After being named the starter for the third straight game last week, the San Francisco 49ers' second-year quarterback answered the call with a less-than-inspiring effort in an overtime loss to the St. Louis Rams

Nevertheless, head coach Jim Harbaugh is sticking with the young gun (via the 49ers' official Twitter account):

Harbaugh confirmed Colin Kaepernick will start Sunday against the Dolphins.

— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) December 3, 2012

This will undoubtedly be met with mixed reactions, as the 49ers' QB situation has been one of the hottest topics of debate over the past month.

On the one hand, the team can go with the veteran Alex Smith, who lost his job in the first place because of a concussion but is now recovered and available to return to action. 

The former No. 1 overall pick was seen as a bust up until last year, when he completed 61.3 percent of his passes for 17 touchdowns and a minuscule five interceptions.

Before suffering the concussion, he had continued his rise up the quarterback ranks this season to the tune of a 70-percent completion rate and increases in yards per attempt, touchdown rate and QB rating. 

But on the other hand, Kaepernick brings an entire new element to this offense. 

He has the ability to escape the pocket with his legs and either run for the first down or throw on the move with surprising precision. He has a rocket for an arm. Possibly most importantly, he hasn't looked like a guy who has started just three games in his career. 

While this is a good problem to have, Jim Harbaugh and company don't want to make a habit out of creating a quarterback controversy week in and week out.