Here is the opening to my Sunday column which discusses why the 49ers played Colin Kaepernick only four snaps against the Chiefs:
We notice Colin Kaepernick played only four snaps in Friday night’s exhibition game in Kansas City. We think four snaps — one of them an overthrown pass — is unusual, brief, the lifespan of the fruit fly.
We notice all the 49ers’ important players on offense and defense, except the offensive line, played only the first series. Those who came out of the game after a few fruit flies croaked were, among others, Frank Gore — one nice run — Vernon Davis, Anquan Boldin, Justin Smith, Carlos Rogers, NaVorro Bowman. I could go on.
We notice Alex Smith, now wearing the red of the Chiefs, played the entire first half. We notice, after some fact checking, that Smith played into the second quarter in the second exhibition game last season. We notice he had the same coach Kaepernick has now, Jim Harbaugh. We compare four snaps to a quarter-plus. And we wonder.
What is going on here?
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