Poor Alex Smith! The San Francisco 49ers quarterback couldn’t hide his disappointment after his replacement, Colin Kaepernick, led the team to a 31-21 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
Who can blame Smith? After years of struggling and dealing with management changes, he finally found his way with coach Jim Harbaugh. Smith led the niners to the 2011 NFC championship game and once again proved his worth by having a strong start to the 2012 season. Under Harbaugh, Smith’s record was 20-5-1 in a 26-game stretch.
Obviously his solid record indicates that he did not deserve to be benched. Unfortunately for Smith, who suffered a concussion in week 10 against the St. Louis Rams, his backup, Kaepernick made sure that the team did not miss Smith’s presence. Harbaugh decided to stick with Kaepernick after his breakout performance against the Chicago Bears.
Even today, Kaepernick did not help the cause with his strong performance against the Saints. He made his mark by completing 16-of-25 passes for 231 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also ran for a touchdown.
This won’t be the end of the Smith-Kaepernick controversy. But for now all signs point to Kaepernick leading the way for the 49ers.
As for Alex Smith, this might be the last season he sports the 49ers jersey. On the bright side, there are several NFL teams in dire need of a starting quarterback.