In November of 2012, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith went down with a concussion. Coach Jim Harbaugh puts in backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick. It was later learned that Alex Smith would be out for two weeks. During those two weeks, Colin Kaepernick impressed us all. Colin Kaepernick made such an impression that Coach Harbaugh decided to name him the starter for the remainder of the season. Even after Alex Smith was cleared to play.
Alex was having a great year up until the concussion. He led the 49ers to a 6-2-1 record, threw for 1737 yards, threw 13 touchdown passes, 5 interceptions, completed 70.2% of his passes, had 132 yards rushing and a quarterback rating of 104.1. Those are excellent numbers. He was well on his way to having a career year. At the time, I publicly voiced my disagreement with Alex Smith’s benching (as if my opinion really mattered…) I simply just did not understand why Coach Harbaugh would bench a guy that was putting up those kind of numbers. Coach Harbaugh came to San Francisco and restored Alex Smith’s confidence and coached him back to success…and then benches him? I just couldn’t believe it.
Nevertheless, here comes Colin Kaepernick, a rookie only a year ago with very limited playing time. Evidently Coach Harbaugh saw something in the kid that none of us really had the opportunity to see. Colin Kaepernick went 5-2, threw for 1849 yards, threw 10 touchdown passes, 3 interceptions, completed 62.3% of his passes, had 415 yards rushing, 5 rushing touchdowns, and a quarterback rating of 98.3. That’s in the final 7 games of the regular season…two games less than Alex Smith started.
Now comes the time for revealing why I even wrote this post…I just wanted to say to Coach Harbaugh, I’m sorry for doubting your decision making skills. Thank you for drafting Colin Kaepernick.
To Colin Kaepernick…I’m sorry for doubting you. I never doubted your talent, only your experience. I wasn’t sure if you could handle the the pressure of the San Francisco 49ers organization’s expectations of returning to glory. My feelings at the time were based solely on the fact that I never actually got to see you play. You were Coach Harbaugh’s secret weapon and you proved to us all that you’re good…damn good.
To Alex Smith…I truly hate to see you leave the 49ers but I think you deserve to be a starter. You will most definitely make a great starting quarterback for someone. You’ve proven yourself.
For the record…Colin Kaepernick went on to lead the 49ers through the playoffs and to Super Bowl XLVII. A heartbreaking loss in the end but high expectations for the next several years.