Originally posted by boast:
nickbradley, do you honestly think the FO believes Kap is ready to take over the reigns of a team that was a few plays away from the Super Bowl? really?
Our success last year was a product of defense and special teams, along with a ball control offense (a solid but not great running game) which limited turnovers and, within that context, also relied heavily upon D and ST to compensate for an overall lack of productivity. Passing offense was amongst the leagues worst.
Granting the inadequacy at WR, the front office is showing that it has at least some confidence in Kaepernick being the guy, if the reports/rumors about contract length are correct. It's a combination of both not overpaying in light Smith's limitations, as well as confidence in the guy they made quite an investment in---remember, this was basically Harbaugh's guy.
You have to realize there's an opportunity cost to NOT playing Kaepernick, and I'd say its visibly higher than not going forward with Alex.
All this talk about them wanting to stretch the field makes me wonder, just a bit, if they're dying to see Kaepernick launching some to Moss. (& Mike Wallace?!)
Refraining from getting too Maddeny here, but imagine Moss, Lloyd/Wallace, and Davis going deeeep for Kaep..that'll take a defenses top off.
I'm pretty sure this FO has enough confidence in itself to not be concerned about starting the year with Kaep. They traded up in the second for him, and Harbaugh now has an offseason to work with him. It's not irrational to think they might feel OK about him being the guy, if, of course, they surround him with weapons.
II do think, however, Smith will ultimately be back. But this must be a tough issue for Harbaalke, I'm glad its not mine. (if it was I'd go with Kaep!)
[ Edited by BayAreaNinersFan on Mar 15, 2012 at 01:08:39 ]