SAN FRANCISCO (FootballStL) -- It has already happened in New York with the Jets, but could a quarterback controversy strike the top team in the NFC West, the San Francisco 49ers? It appears so, thanks to Jim Harbaugh.
"We'll see," Harbaugh told the San Francisco Chronicle after Monday’s win. "We usually tend to go with the guy that's got the hot hand and we've got two quarterbacks that have the hot hand."
It wasn’t the best way to shoot down any possibility of a controversy.
Colin Kaepernick was named the starter of last night’s game after Alex Smith suffered a concussion against the St. Louis Rams last week. He was 16-for-23 for 243 yards and two touchdowns against the Bears last night -- just enough to create a buzz.
Unfortunately, the Rams, who play the 49ers on December 2, are not in a position to jump on the opportunity should there be a hiccup in San Francisco. The Rams trail the 49ers by four games in the NFC West.
The Rams fans wish their team had this problem of having two hot hand quarterbacks, but many are uncertain of Sam Bradford after his performance on Sunday. Don’t worry, there won’t be a quarterback controversy in St. Louis -- at least this week.
That is why I believe it will be Sam Bradford vs. Alex Smith when the two teams meet next month. How can the Rams bench a young quarterback who rarely has an open receiver? How can the 49ers bench a quarterback who leads the league in completion percentage and is third in passer rating? You can’t.