San Francisco 49ers: Will Colin Kaepernick Takeover After the Niners Clinch?

Ryan The Broker@@ryanthebrokerAnalyst INovember 3, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 09:  Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers in action against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Candlestick Park on October 9, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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San Francisco messiah, coach Jim Harbaugh, was recently asked about considering the big picture and the playoff implications that go along with the 49ers success. 

He was also asked about what that could mean for him and his strategies moving forward.

His response may have been a "tell" on things to come.

"As a time-line, December. We’ll get to December and see how many wins we have, see how many we need as it relates to the season," Harbaugh said.

Shocked by the rare insight, he was asked again.

And again, he responded and clarified, "you asked me specifically about when do you start looking at the record. And my specific answer to that was, when we get to December, we’ll look and see how many wins we have and how many we need."

When I first heard this, I thought, did he just say how many do we need? We need them all. Come on Harbaugh, this isn't like you. 

But, then I calmed and realized that the only wins we really need, are those that get us to the playoffs and into the Super Bowl.

So what does this mean? Is Harbaugh going to sit his starters? Will Colin Kaepernick get the elusive playing time that he needs? 

I think it's highly likely that he will.

As a Kaepernick enthusiast, I am looking forward to him possibly getting some experience under his belt. If something was to happen to Smith, the 49ers will need Kaepernick to be ready.

But my concern is in regards to chemistry. My hope is that if Harbaugh does sit the starters, that he let's them play a quarter or so, in order to stay in sync. 

So, I am not sure if I am a supporter of the "sit the starters" theory or not.

And then beyond that, what If CK plays very well, what do you do then?

Just some things to think about. 


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