Originally written November 26, 2012 on NESN.com:
Jim Harbaugh already gambled in going with Colin Kaepernick over Alex Smith on Sunday. He now has to decide whether to let his winnings ride, although it might not be long before the 49ers head coach realizes the best course of action would have been to avoid the table completely. Kaepernick has shown in his two starts that he has the potential to be an electric player in the NFL. His combination of poise, instincts, mobility and a rocket arm has him labeled a “game-changer,” whereas Smith has always been dubbed a “game-manager.” When you consider that by itself, it’s hard to fault Harbaugh for going with the guy who has the ability to make the 49ers’ offense much more dynamic. But in going with Kaepernick, Harbaugh is playing with fire. He’s changing much more than the guy taking the snaps. He’s changing the locker room status and the team’s makeup, which could ultimately hinder what had already been working for San Francisco. It’s tough to visualize what long-term ramifications — ...
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