One of the most critiqued coaching decisions of the 2012 NFL season was that of San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh’s choice to retain Colin Kaepernick as the starting quarterback and to leave a healthy Alex Smith on the bench.
Kaepernick then proceeded to run with the opportunity, leading the 49ers to the playoffs and putting on one of the best playoff performances in recent memory.
He dominated the Green Bay Packers with his rushing ability and brought the Niners once again to the brink of the Super Bowl.
Now he will seek to do what Alex Smith could not do last year—lead this team to the title game. He will do it on the road, in a dome, against heavy opposition and the top seed in the NFC, the Atlanta Falcons.
After years of futility, the 49ers are back as one of the NFL’s elite. Much of that is due to second–year coach Jim Harbaugh and 49ers CEO Jed York, whom I felt the need to apologize to on behalf of 49ers fans everywhere.
In two days, the Colin vs. Alex debate will hopefully be settled once and for all.
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