Alex Smith vs. Colin Kaepernick: Who Is Best For 49ers vs. Cincinnati?

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Alex Smith vs. Colin Kaepernick: Who Is Best For 49ers vs. Cincinnati?
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Some San Francisco 49er fans feel they’re missing out. Examining the box scores from Week 2 reveals that rookie quarterbacks and second-year QBs are doing just fine in the NFL, thank you. So much for this so-called unwritten rule that rookies should sit and listen and learn, lest those big and mean NFL defenses take away their lunches.

In two starts, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers has thrown for more than 800 yards. Andy Dalton started his first game for the Bengals and racked up more than 332 yards. Sam Bradford of the Rams started his 18th game in his second year and also broke the 300-yard mark in a losing effort against the Giants.

Then, there are the 49ers.

In two games, Alex Smith has totaled just over 303 yards. He’s thrown two TDs and one interception, which happened to lead to a touchdown by Dallas in Sunday’s 27-24 overtime loss.

Smith is in his seventh year; many fans are frustrated.

On the bench is a tall, fast, second-round draft pick out of Nevada named Colin Kaepernick, who has a gun. It’s only natural to wonder what he could do if given the chance. And in light of the success of Newton and Dalton—both of whom, like Kaepernick, ran various versions of the popular spread offense—it seems that the transition to the NFL isn’t that tough.

But don’t be fooled. Alex Smith is doing what needs to be done to put the 49ers in position to win. Here are five reasons why he should continue to start in Week 3 against Cincinnati.

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