What has been obvious throughout the past few days was confirmed by Jim Harbaugh in a press conference on Wednesday.
Harbaugh informed the media that Colin Kaepernick will be the 49ers’ starting quarterback on Sunday at home against the St. Louis Rams, ending the so-called “quarterback controversy” between Kaepernick and Alex Smith.
Smith, who was sidelined with a concussion, could only watch as Kaepernick lit up the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints to claim the starting job.
The 49ers traded up to nab Kaepernick with the 36th pick of the 2011 Draft for a reason: to be their franchise quarterback of the future. Smith’s injury gave Kaepernick the perfect opportunity to show the Niners’ brass that the future is, indeed, right in front of their eyes.
Yesterday, reports surfaced that the Niners had tried out veteran placekickers Billy Cundiff and Nate Kaeding.
The speculation was that David Akers’ struggles this season had the Niners concerned, and that they were looking at possible replacements.
Harbaugh had an answer to that:
“I think it will probably be on the injury report that David Akers is working through something,” Harbaugh said, “and we want to make sure that we have a Plan B.”