Whether Jim goes with Smith or Kaep, will one or the other be looking over their shoulder and in turn make poor decisions because of it? Will they try to "force" the ball to make a play if we are down and want to show that they deserve to be the starter? I remember in Denver last year when Orton had a hot hand, but fans wanted the sexy player in Tebow to start. As soon as that controversy started, Orton started playing like crap and gave into the fans.
I keep reading from all the analysts and the fans that this is a good problem to have. I couldn't disagree more. Smith never had to look over his shoulder because Harbaugh had clear confidence in him and that in turn made Alex the QB he is today. Now that the seed has been planted in Alex's mind, which believe me it has, I think it will affect his play and we might have another "We want Carr" moment in a couple weeks. Hopefully his stones are in tact and can get over another hurdle in his career.