Smith is a good, though pedestrian, NFL quarterback assisted immeasurably by a great 49er defense. SF fans have long been begging for a QB that matches their D. Kaepernick doesn’t just have a “hot hand,” he can improvise and capably run when necessary, two qualities Smith lacks. Having watched him closely since his Nevada days, it’s obvious Kaepernick is the real deal.
I’m not particularly responding to your post. I’m only using your post to submit this to everyone:
I suppose it has gone over everyone’s heads that Harbaugh coached Kaepernick during Kaepernick’s freshman year at Stanford. I haven’t heard even one sports journalist to say this.
After his freshman year he transferred to Nevada. I have never heard an explanation as to why he transferred to Nevada. It could have been that Kaepernick saw Andrew Luck staring over his shoulder.
Also, Harbaugh thought a lot of Kaepernick even in his freshman year at Stanford. I was not surprised when San Franciso traded up to get him. Harbaugh saw something in him that no one else saw.
Exactly... and nobody gave Smith a better shot at self-actualizing than Harbaugh. Because of the work the Niners' coaching staff put into that reclamation effort, Smith will be able to land a starting job and a nice salary with a team who needs him. Absolutely, he will be starting next year.