Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/26/12
If I’m Colin Kaepernick, I wouldn’t say a peep if I get my bell rung because I know I may never get my job back. That’s the message Jim Harbaugh is sending, if you get hurt and your back up plays well, you might be watching from the bench. We wonder how the players really feel? Patrick Willis, Dashon Gholdson, Frank Gore, and the other guys who play hard and get banged up. There’s your message, don’t get hurt. Tony Sparano, former head coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2008 told his team, “anyone who says they are hurt will get cut.” Well, it worked that season as the Dolphins went 11-5 and made the playoffs, then they began to drift away from their HC, ultimately Sparano was let go a few year later. Players know when a coach has their back and losing your job due to injury is always a sore spot. However, Harbaugh now is extending this as an opportunity to show the world how cunning he is, but this isn’t Stanford and professional football players don’t like being in the dark. Alex Smith was cleared late in the week but by then it was a not too well kept secret that Kaepernick would be the starter if not for the rest of the year, at least the next game. It’s a dangerous game for Harbaugh now, Smith knows he’s not Harbaugh’s guy, and if he is called upon to come in for Kaepernick due to injury or bad play, does he really have an incentive to play hard? Kaepernick will still be Harbaugh’s darling, and he’ll give him every opportunity to take back the starting job. A non win situation for Smith. Do you think Smith’s agent isn’t making some behind the scenes phone calls sizing up an off season trade? Bill Parcells once said his one of his greatest coaching mistakes was in 1983 when he inserted the quarterback he ultimately wanted, Phil Simms for Scott Brunner. Simms was injured in the same game and Brunner had lost confidence that his head coach had his back. Parcells and the Giants went 3-12-1 that year. Harbaugh would be wise to make his choice, this isn’t college, and 2 quarterback systems don’t work in the NFL, going with the hot hand? When were the last time you have seen one, let alone one that works. The 49ers have a Super Bowl caliber team, it would be a shame to lose that chance being cute. var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
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