Quarterback controversies can often be a death sentence for a potential playoff team. Just take a quick glance at the current state of the Jets for a prime example. But what the 49ers have out in San Francisco is exactly what any contender dreams of.
Coming into this season, Alex Smith was viewed as a quarterback finally on the rise. He led — and I use that term lightly, because the defense was unreal — the 49ers to within minutes of their first Super Bowl berth in more than 15 years. He then followed that up this season by leading the NFL with a 70 percent completion percentage through nine games. But even that couldn’t sustain the former No. 1 overall pick’s starting job.
Once Smith went down with a concussion in Week 11′s dreadful tie with the Rams, Jim Harbaugh almost immediately handed the keys over to Colin Kaepernick and told him to run wild — maybe even literally.
Since the switch, Kaepernick has actually improved the 49ers’ offensive attack. In his four games as starter, Ka...