Hey, Colin Kaepernick was no big deal in the first half vs. the Rams. It’s time for Scott Tolzien in the second half. Bring on the QB controversy. If Tolzien doesn’t work out, Jim Harbaugh should suit himself up. Bring it on.

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  1. Brandon Conway

    Kaep has to do better at going to his quick pass when blitzed.

    December 2nd, 2012 11:31 am

  2. Bob In Portland

    Nate Davis is the future.

    December 2nd, 2012 11:31 am

  3. lameduck

    That Tolkien kid has a nice ring. I’m dwarfed by his greatness.

    December 2nd, 2012 11:49 am

  4. dharte

    Fair enough. But admit that if Alex Smith had put up this “stinker”…7-2 with 13 minutes left in the 4th, and he gives up the 2…you’d be all over him.

    The kid is just young, and looks it.

    December 2nd, 2012 12:13 pm

  5. CohnZohn

    dharte, You’ve got me on this one.

    December 2nd, 2012 12:21 pm

  6. dharte

    Harbaugh looks a little tense on that time-out….

    Imagine what he’s thinking!

    December 2nd, 2012 12:35 pm

  7. dharte

    You must be joking.

    This is officially a fiasco. And for all of you who were trashing Smith, laughing at him, this is what a rookie looks like…what Smith looked like, what Montana looked like, and god knows what Steve Young looked like in Tampa Bay.

    Kaepernick is clearly a great talent. But to put him under maximum pressure, as Harbaugh has done, and we’re nowhere near January, is ridiculous coaching. Reckless.

    December 2nd, 2012 12:40 pm

  8. CohnZohn

    dharte, I love your passion. You should be a sports columnist. There’s still time.

    December 2nd, 2012 12:43 pm

  9. dharte

    No, the knees are gone.

    And the kid is a great athlete.

    God help him in January on the road….

    December 2nd, 2012 12:46 pm

  10. Seth

    If the 49ers lose, or shiva forbid tie, to the rams it will be very interesting to see all the people who trashed smith and exalted Kaepernick explain this one away and engage in shameless hypocrisy.

    December 2nd, 2012 12:59 pm

  11. dharte

    Those last two passes, then the time-out…the kid is rattled. And it’s not his fault.

    December 2nd, 2012 1:14 pm

  12. Brandon Conway

    Regardless of the OT period, Kaep is directly responsible for 10 of the Rams 13 points that allowed it to get here. Not good.

    Young QBs are GUARANTEED to have at least one poor/terrible game within their first 10 starts. It’s inevitable. It’s the #1 reason I was against the QB switch, no matter Kaep’s upside.

    Let’s hope this is his only such game this season.

    December 2nd, 2012 1:18 pm

  13. petey

    “Do you think there’s any chance in the world the Rams can defeat the 49ers on Sunday? I don’t. Last game was a tie. Sunday’s game will be a big 49ers’ win.”

    December 2nd, 2012 1:35 pm

  14. dharte

    A fiasco.

    That last series with Kaepernick in OT (starting at the 50!) Harbaugh clearly had no confidence in the kid, and judging from that 20 year high overthrow on 3rd down, Harbaugh was right (about that call at least).

    Karma’s a bitch.

    Lowell, you’ve trashed Smith for years; most of your readers I read in the last two weeks just sneer at him and are still living in 2007. Smith wins this game, flat out.

    So here’s hoping you ask Harbaugh the REALLY tough questions this week. He’s probably just blown any chance at home field for the playoffs, which of course means the kid will have to try to win on the road in January, something Young could never do, and Montana only only did once.

    Good luck with that.

    This move, the timing of doing choosing to pull the trigger now (because Kaeprernick is clearly an elite talent, but very raw…the contrast today with Andrew Luck today is striking) is simply coaching malpractice. So needlessly reckless. Harbaugh has just created a foolish melodrama and that’s the last thing a Super Bowl contender needs heading into the playoffs.

    Enjoy the press conference.

    Having watched this team through thick and thin since Kezar, I cannot believe Harbaugh’s logic, or lack of same.

    Colin Kaepernick better be as tough as Alex Smith or the pressure coming in the next month could set him back years.

    December 2nd, 2012 1:46 pm

  15. dharte

    Sorry for the typos (feel free to edit!) but I need to get to my son’s game.

    You’ve got a big week ahead of you!

    December 2nd, 2012 1:48 pm

  16. Stan

    Aren’t you the same guy that said Harbaugh had to start Kaepernick? I think you said it was “obvious” and that it would be a mistake not to. I’m not sure that you’re making a lot of sense.

    December 2nd, 2012 2:15 pm

  17. dharte


    Wrong guy. I said Alex Smith was the clear choice: 3rd rated QB in the entire league, 70% completion rate, better than 2:1 interception ratio, and the man who has set four or five All-Time 49er offensive records, just this year.

    Kaepernick is a talent, no question. But he’s started two games. Alex Smith played very well the last two years and brilliantly in the playoffs against the Saints; he had his team up by 14 in the NFC Championship game before the back-up kick returner fumbled away a shot at the Super Bowl (another foolish coaching decision: Williams should never have tried to be a hero in the rain).

    Jim Harbaugh has done some wonderful things here. He’s miles ahead of anyone they’ve had since Seifert. But my main point is that Seifert, and especially Bill Walsh, the two most successful Head Coaches in franchise history, would never have created this melodrama. It was a stupid, reckless decision by Harbaugh, and now he’s in a box, as is Kaepernick, and the pressure they are both going to be under in the next month will be unbelievable.

    So no excuses allowed, Lowell. Hold his feet to the fire. At best, what you can say about today is that Kaepernick gave away 8 points. Does Smith do that? No…he’s just a game manager…and he wins this game.

    The awful fact is this team probably gave away home field advantage today. And Harbaugh is saying on the radio that Kaepernick “did well.” Sure, coach–you keep dancing.

    What a farce.

    December 2nd, 2012 3:18 pm

  18. Dave


    I believe Stan was referring to Lowell, who just days ago said:

    “Colin Kaepernick should be the 49ers’ starting quarterback and Alex Smith should not. Kaepernick must be the starter — it’s obvious — and if Jim Harbaugh goes back to Smith out of misplaced loyalty or just plain stubbornness, he is making the mistake of his life.”

    I agree with Stan. Given the blog entry above and this quote, it doesn’t seem to be make much sense.

    Will you answer Stan’s question, Lowell? Aren’t you the one who said all of this?

    December 2nd, 2012 4:47 pm

  19. CohnZohn

    Dave, Yes I wrote that.

    December 2nd, 2012 6:15 pm

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