Here is the opening to my Thursday column. In it I humbly express my extreme misgivings about the way Jim Harbaugh is utlizing Colin Kaepernick:

Jim Harbaugh has done nothing to justify making Colin Kaepernick the 49ers’ starting quarterback instead of Alex Smith.

I long have advocated Kaepernick over Smith, believe he is the superior quarterback. But Harbaugh has done such a poor job of making the transition, I wonder why he bothered in the first place.

To read the rest of my argument, please click here.

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  1. Stan

    Sounds familiar..wink.

    December 12th, 2012 6:18 pm

  2. lameduck

    Why didn’t you write about Jacobs?

    December 12th, 2012 7:31 pm

  3. Streetglide

    That’s the problem right there Lowell-san. Harbaugh has no experience developing quarterbacks; it is all foreign to him.

    December 12th, 2012 7:50 pm

  4. CohnZohn

    Streetglide-san, I love you when you’re ironic

    December 12th, 2012 8:06 pm

  5. Dennis

    That was a fair article. I think you are right in concept but don’t you think at least part of the reason for the 49ers lack of a mid-range to deep passing game is the offensive line and a group of receivers with limited abilities? Would things be different if we had a Wes Welker or a Danny Amendola? Or do you think the offensive stats would be any better if a guy like Tom Brady was our QB? It just seems like our line can’t keep the quarterback upright long enough for of our receivers to get open.

    December 13th, 2012 7:13 am

  6. Rob

    Given the current 49er offensive scheme, I just don’t see them beating either New England or Seattle. I see a 10-5-1 season overall and their not going very far in the playoffs. In other words, a disappointing season for those of us with Super Bowl dreams for this team. Just too many issues on the offensive side of the line.

    December 13th, 2012 7:57 am

  7. Paul

    Lowell, Harbaugh is lying, or more to the point, doesn’t care enough about the media to answer questions truthfully.

    Heard Cossell on Murph & Mac this morning, he said over 30% of the plays run against the Dolphins were run from the pistol formation. The offense has changed and I bet will continue to change.

    It’s a complicated dilema for Roman. On one hand it’s easier for Kaep to run out of the pistol formation, and Kaep is suredly more comfortable throwing from the shotgun. But, the strength of the team is Gore, and running him from the pistol is harder to do.

    December 13th, 2012 9:01 am

  8. Tiburon Dave

    Where’s the Andrew Luck play calling?

    Kaepernick has a better arm, has much better legs, Vernon Davis is a whole lot better than Fleener…

    Where’s the offensive flexibility Coach Harbaugh demonstrated at Stanford?

    Is Coach Morton just flummoxed by cover 2?

    December 13th, 2012 9:25 am

  9. Steve the cat rescuer

    I was against the switch and, while I acknowledge that Kap has a big upside, still feel that the timing and circumstances of it will ultimately doom this team’s chances for a Super Bowl run. But your article got me to thinking: would Stanford have gone to a BCS championship game if David Shaw was their head coach rather than Harbaugh? One can argue that they might have gone this year if not for the zebras bungling a call in overtime against Notre Dame. They excelled playing the toughest schedule in college football this season.

    December 13th, 2012 10:31 am

  10. Joe H.

    Let’s be clear about the change in QB. Harbaugh must now achieve a higher level than he did last year with Alex Smith. Just as good is not good enough. That means he absolutely must achieve the following:

    1) Division champion. Wild Card is a failure. a D or C- just for getting into the playoffs.

    2) 49ers must win the 1st Divisional game (at home or away). A loss is an F. a D+ if they play a tight game; a C if they win.

    3) 49ers must win the NFC Championship and beat the NY Giants. Failure to do either of these, would mean the 49ers are no better off with C.K. vs A.S. Losing the NFC Championship would give Harbaugh a C grade…average. Not better, not worse.

    4) Winning the NFC Championship would give Harbaugh a B or higher depending on how well it went in the 49ers favor.

    5) Winning or losing the Superbowl would give Harbaugh a B or A+ on his decision.

    Do you think C.K. is going to take down the NY Giants?

    December 13th, 2012 10:46 am

  11. lameduck

    Don’t open up the playbook until you need to. I am counting on there being something up Harbaugh’s sleeve.

    December 13th, 2012 11:20 am

  12. Mark M

    The optimist in me says it’s a process. We lost Williams and Hunter in the middle of this switch and have to incorporate new people in addition to Kaep. Getting Kaep to manage the games well enough to limit turnovers was paramount at first once the decision was made to go with him full time after the Bears game showcased his potential. We’re stalling on drives with penalties, timing issues, sacks from poor pass protection and some errors from Kaep. These things must get ironed out for this process to progress. It can’t all happen over night.

    The pessimist in me agrees that this offense is way too conservative. It has to improve. I’ve said it before and will do so again…..we must score EARLY POINTS to feed that defense. If we go up early against the Pats, San Mateo Tom is going to have a long evening.

    December 13th, 2012 11:58 am

  13. Neal

    I tend to agree Lowell, this offense is way to conservative to me, the fact is that the 9er team is not QB driven, even though we have a Ferrari, and it is collecting dust in the garage. I would of expected the offense to open up more and maybe it will when Kaep has a few more games under his belt.

    December 13th, 2012 12:18 pm

  14. Lou Sylvestri

    Maybe the 49′ers are over rated & even though they have a good record ,just can,t quite get over the hump.

    Nothing to be ashamed of.

    Think of what they were before Harbaugh got there.

    December 25th, 2012 10:43 am

  15. rich d

    Lowell just another article where you didn’t explain yourself, you kept talking about this skill set that Kolin has but you never said what it was or how it could be used. Is it he can run faster or his arm is a little stronger. The bottom line is Jim will not change what he does, that’s the number one reason why Manning didn’t come the 49ers, he was never going to run this offense and Jim was never going to buy into throwing the ball 45 times a game, at least not yet. Harbaugh is a stubborn and hard headed and doesn’t care what the media, fans or other coach’s think of him or his system. Jim will change when he is ready and not a minute sooner. And even if the changes are very minimal for now and Kolin does nothing different then Alex for now won’t the 49ers save 8 million dollars in April and what business wouldn’t want to save 8 million dollars even if that means not changing the product.
    Come on people see the big picture and don’t always buy into the quick fix, two season ago the 49ers were offal and we were crying for a good coach and a quality product now we got both and we want instant satisfaction. Most of you don’t remember the Steve DeBerrg days that’s who Joe Montana replaced Alex reminds me of him, Joe was faster better legs and more accurate with his throws, Bill Walsh didn’t change the offense over night for Joe. Steve Young little faster the Joe better legs didn’t change the offense over night for him. Do you guys get the picture things will changes just not always as quickly as we would like. Lowell did you bother doing any of the comparisons. Change will come my friend be patient and remember our past.
    See you in the Super Bowl
    Rich D

    January 1st, 2013 11:48 am

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