Originally posted by VA49er:
The best case scenario is that Smith does win the SB. He becomes our QB for the next few years and gets a couple more because some team gives up the farm for Kaepernick. From a pure business stanpoint, if all things are "equal" you deal Kaepernick because the market will be so inflated for him.
The 49ers traded up to get Kaepernick so don't expect Collin to be leaving any time soon. Alex Smith has a 3 year contract that guarantees him NOTHING. Even if Alex is the QB and the 49ers win another Lombardi this year don't think that will solidify Alex as the future of this team. Alex would have to put up some serious passing yards (something he has never done) to make the 49ers front office feel as if Alex is their man.Handing the ball off to Frank Gore and ranking 27th in the league in total passing yards is not going to do it. Trent Dilfer was let go after the Ravens won a Lombardi because the Ravens didn't feel he was the guy.
Kaepernick will take over the reigns either late this season (if Alex stumbles and falls) or most likely sometime before the start of next years pre-season.Harbaugh could have said " If Alex is ready to go against the Saints then he will start" but he didn't and he did it for a reason. It was not to keep the Saints guessing because he would not have to name a starter untill late in the week anyway. He was a QB himself and understands what the media is capable of doing to a coaches comments when dealing with QB's.. Harbaugh clearly placed Alex Smith on notice with his "HOT HANDS" comment. The writing is on the wall IMO and you might want to read it.