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For 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, letting Alex Smith sit another week and giving the San Francisco starting job to youngster Colin Kaepernick was probably just good football sense.
But considering Harbaugh made the decision on the eve of Thanksgiving, the situation has become more interesting.
Smith, after all, is the quarterback that Harbaugh defended earlier this season against those whom he called “jive-turkey gobblers.”
Harbaugh was rather oblique about what a jive-turkey gobbler exactly was, but we’d assume it has something to do with the national holiday wherein the bird is carved. That makes it that much stranger that Smith has lost his job leading the 49ers flock right around the holiday.
Anyway, for those of you hoping for some real news, Harbaugh is going with Kaepernick, and Smith is being a pretty good sport about it.
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I think Jim Harbaugh has seen Kaepernick at practice the last two years and has been itching to get him into a game. Last week Harbaugh's expectations were met or exceeded and he's ready to move on. I don't think Smith gets back on the field this season.
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