Originally written November 22, 2012 on The Football Fan Spot:
Last week: 6 (+4) The 49ers would be #1 in these Power Rankings if I knew, first that Colin Kaepernick was going to be their starter for the rest of the season and second that his performance on Monday Night was not a fluke. We’ll know the answer to both of those questions in the next few weeks and it’s certainly an interesting situation. They were 6th last week and they’d probably still be there if I knew Smith was going to continue to start. Smith is a nice quarterback in that system, but I’ve never felt he could lead them to a Super Bowl. If Kaepernick is for real, they absolutely can. They have the defense, the running game, the offensive line. They rank 2nd in yards per play differential and 3rd in rate of sustaining drives differential. Kaepernick makes the run even more dangerous because teams have to respect the deep ball now and because they also have to respect Kaepernick’s own running ability. They have an incredibly complex playbook, but Kaepernick allows them to use mor...
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