The quarterback controversy by the bay looks like it will continue to drag on for the remainder of the 2012 NFL season, but it increasingly looks like second-year signal-caller Colin Kaepernick has the inside track on the job. On Wednesday, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh named Kaepernick the starter for San Francisco’s Sunday matchup with the St. Louis Rams.
While Harbaugh hasn’t named Kaepernick his starter for the rest of the season, it’s clear that the Nevada product allows the 49ers to do more on offense than incumbent starter Alex Smith.
Before being relegated to backup status, Smith had completed 70 percent of his passes and had a career-high quarterback rating of 104.1 through nine games. Smith had also racked up 1,731 yards through the air, with 13 touchdowns and just five interceptions. That’s not a bad stat line, and the 49ers looked like one of the NFL’s best teams. So when was the last time a guy with numbers like that actually lost his job?
So far this season, Kaepernic...