Lost in all the Giants revelry has been a pretty intriguing season for the Niners. These last couple of weeks, it’s been even more interesting as Colin Kapernick has emerged.
Personally, I’m not entirely sold on the kid just yet. A LOT of QBs have looked good in limited action, and one game certainly falls under that banner. The last time we bought into the hype of small sample size, we ended up watching the team go 2-14 under the likes of Tim Rattay and Cody Pickett. More recently, we’ve seen guys like Kevin Kolb and Matt Flynn cash in a few good games and then fall off the face of the earth (though in Kolb’s defense it was only because he was pounded to a greasy stain on the turf.
That said,Kaepernick has earned another start. Regardless of what the Bears were prepared for, he made several throws that I could not see Alex Smith making, and the game ended in a hurry because of it. Least we forget, teams have been playing to stop the Niner run game for the last five seasons, it’s not like Chicago did something defenses haven’t been doing against Smith for years, and nothing that they won’t continue to do going forward.
So it should be interesting to see what happens against the Saints. If Kaepernick has another great game, it will make pulling him awfully hard, and then it will make keeping Smith on the field after a poor game (or half, or quarter) even tougher.