Originally posted by 9erempire:
Originally posted by norcal49er864:
I for one love how Harbaugh is handling this situation. You guys DO remember that Harbaugh used to be a player, right? He views the media through a former player's eyes. Why name a starter right after the game like that when you can take the chance to go home, look at the film, and tell your team before you tell the media.
Secondly, and more importantly, Harbaugh has loyalty to not just Alex Smith, but every person in that locker room. People advocating that he should play favorites with Smith just don't understand it. If Kaepernick is truly the best quarterback than he owes it to the TEAM to put him out there as the starter. If Smith is the best quarterback than he owes it to the TEAM to put him out there as the starter. He owes nothing to Smith or Kap personally, no matter what their backstory is or where they came from. Every one of those 53 guys in the locker room has busted their ass all through the off-season, training camp, and then every week on the field. Imagine what kind of message that sends when you as a coach pick a starter based on favoritism and not based on what gives those 53 guys (re: TEAM) the chance to win?
That's why this crap about how Harbaugh owes Alex something or the way he is treating Alex is upsetting the locker room makes me laugh.
He is doing exactly that and showing favoritsm to Kaep because they drafted him and Alex is leftover from the past.
It's one thing if the team was losing and struggling but that wasn't the case with Alex.
Actually the team did lose in a pretty telling way to both New York and Minnesota. What did those losses have in common? We got down early and when we had to rely on our passing game to bring us back in the game, we folded.
By not naming a starter yet, he has avoided showing favoritism to either of them because he is going to make the performance of Kaepernick force his hand. So far he is doing that, because anyone that cannot see that Kaepernick clearly offers more than Alex does in terms of offensive dimensions and overall ability is lying to themselves. And this is coming from a staunch Smith supporter.