Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was a second-round pick by the 49ers in 2011

San Francisco losing faith in Kaepernick

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A very reliable source from within 49ers headquarters tells us that the franchise is disappointed with the development of second round pick Colin Kaepernick, forcing them to sign Josh Johnson to presumably replace Kepernick as the number 2 QB in San Francisco.

Kaepernick apparently commits the cardinal sin in Jim Harbaugh's offense - he cannot adequately read the defense when taking snaps under center. Many thought that Kaepernick's transition to the NFL would be difficult due to the Pistol-Veer offense he ran at Nevada, and this is certainly a blow to Kaepernick's plans on eventually taking over the starting role.

Our source, who asked not to be named, said that the team regrets trading up in last year's draft. "Seeing Andy Dalton come off the board sent the team into a frenzy," said our source. "Baalke felt he needed to make a move, but had he known the season Alex Smith was going to have, he probably would have made another selection."

Adding to the drama is the tension building between Harbaugh and Baalke. "If it were up to Harbaugh, he would cut Kaepernick and open the season with Smith and Johnson; two players he feels most comfortable with."

If there is indeed drama brewing between Baalke and Harbaugh, it will be interesting to see how that plays out on a team that is just now coming back into its former glory.

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