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I expect the second half to be very exciting, because the first half sure wasn’t.

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  1. Brandon Conway

    15 straight drives by the Niner offense without a TD.

    December 9th, 2012 2:36 pm

  2. dharte

    Three and out, again, 5:45 left. Pathetic, unwatchable offensive football. So is Kaepernick just not ready, or does Harbaugh (he of the Schembechler, Ditka schools of offense) simply have no clue about the passing game?

    Worth remembering: Harbaugh was a reach as a #1 pick, a bust in Chicago, had a few good years at Indy with gutsy play and then hung on for a couple of more.

    He was not a star player, and he seems to have needed much more time with Bill Walsh.

    Or maybe Kaepernick is just not ready?

    December 9th, 2012 3:42 pm

  3. dharte

    Colin Kaepernick: A-

    Are we grading on a curve? If Alex Smith had been playing a 5-8 team and was struggling mid-way through the 3rd quarter, at home, leading 6-3–well, let’s all just guess at what the media would have said.

    The Dolphins are a very bad team, as they proved again today, fumbling away a punt and the game on their own 9 yard line.

    Why don’t we talk late next Sunday and see how Harbaugh’s gamble looks then? It’s not January, but that game in Foxboro will look much closer to the real thing.

    A-…that’s hard to believe….

    December 9th, 2012 9:23 pm

  4. CohnZohn

    dharte, you seem to be misinformed. Why do you complain to me about Kaepernick’s grade? I didn’t grade Kaepernick. I didn’t grade anyone. You certainly seem misinformed.

    December 9th, 2012 9:42 pm

  5. dharte

    Do I? Then you disagree with such a grade?

    And these last three weeks…what do you think of Kaepernick (and by extension Harbaugh’s judgment)?

    December 9th, 2012 10:56 pm

  6. CohnZohn

    dharte, I don’t understand why you are pestering me about grades. You seem very argumentative lately.

    December 10th, 2012 8:28 am

  7. dharte

    It amazes me that after three weeks of mediocre offense against teams that have no chance of even making the playoffs, few writers are admitting that the team looks average at best under Kaepernick.

    The New England game may cure that impulse. But I wonder.

    Will this season, if it ends with a whimper as I suspect, simply be written off? That was not the party line for the first ten months of the year.

    Again, as they watch the offense struggle week after week against bad teams when the 49ers really should be peaking for a playoff run, I wonder what Justin Smith and Frank Gore think of Harbaugh’s gamble? This is probably their last best chance for a title, and their coach rolled the dice on a kid who is still clearly struggling in mid-December. Against a team like the Dolphins, in a home game? Not a good sign.

    The pressure next week will show him (and us) a glimpse of NFL football in January. We’ll see what he can do this year. That was the gamble, Lowell: improvement this year, with supposedly a better chance under Kaepernick for a title now. Otherwise there was no logic to the switch, just impulsiveness, arrogance. And if Harbaugh is wrong, and this team which came so close last year–overtime in the NFC Championship game–simply folds against the best teams, veterans like Gore and Justin Smith will have been undercut by their own coach and his foolish ego. The entire season will be wasted on a gamble unlike any in NFL history. Those are the stakes, though it’s curious to note how this gamble is being soft-peddled by Bay Area writers and media stars now.

    That’s not argumentative, that’s simply stating facts. And Harbaugh should be held accountable if he has misjudged the ability of his key player, his team leader, this late in what was billed as a championship run.

    Does Kaepernick look like a QB capable of winning it all next month to you?

    December 10th, 2012 9:15 am

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