I've been a member on here for quite some time now, dating back to my KBarlow32 days. I don't post here often, and I love reading what people have to say but just figured I would give my take on our QB situation. (I've always supported Alex Smith while he was the starter)
My view on the Kaepernick/Smith situation is this: Obviously Kaep brings way more to the offense, considering he threw for 4 TDs in a game, and that hasn't happened since Jeff Garcia. The guy brings another dimension to the offense with his legs and can stretch the field as well. This makes two games where Vernon missed a deep ball (vs Chicago on MNF) although I think Kaep will improve on dropping the ball in there better. There shouldn't be much discussion for Alex Smith to return - barring injury.
Speaking of Alex Smith, the coaches played this situation BRILLIANTLY. Think about how angry all of the media/reporters were, saying how Harbaugh should name the starter and stop leaving the QB with the feeling someone is looking over their shoulder. Harbaugh's response of "We've got two guys with a hot hand" indicates that both of these QB's have very high value to the team and can win games. So why is Harbaugh brilliant, you ask?
-Alex Smith has a top 5 QB Rating on the season and it will stay that way if he doesn't play another snap. His trade value is up just based on the numbers alone.
-His contract is very modest, as he is around the 20th highest paid QB.
-Harbaugh made it seem like it was so tough for him to put Kaepernick in over Alex, JUST to increase Alex Smith's trade value in the off-season. (Poker face mentality)
People complained that we didn't take enough "shots" down field when Alex was in. The reason we didn't is because that wasn't the best part of Alex's game, he had some limitations. Harbaugh came into town and knew what he had to work with, with Kaepernick learning the offense and being groomed behind the scenes. Then, he turned a QB that was almost out of the league, into a solid starter and something the 49ers can trade in this off-season for a 2nd-3rd round pick.
Example: Carson Palmer deal (although maybe not as many picks)
In Harbaugh, I TRUST.