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49ers: Harbaugh Sticks With Kaepernick


Jim Harbaugh is sticking by his second-year quarterback despite a not-so-stellar performance against the Rams on Sunday.

In today’s press conference, Harbaugh remained adamant that Colin Kaepernick would be his starting quarterback next Sunday against the Dolphins:

Yes, still feel that way. There were a lot of positives in the game. Definitely a tough loss. And specifically with Colin, I thought especially after the fumble touchdown, the way he and our team responded, putting ourselves in a position to win. … And the same can be said after the safety, too. I thought he responded with some big throws and some big plays.

Kaepernick threw for 208 yards on 21/32 passing, but committed two critical errors that essentially gave the Rams eight free points – two came on a safety, and the other six came on a botched toss play that sailed over the head of Ted Ginn Jr. and was returned for a touchdown. St. Louis overcame a 10-0 deficit in the second half to beat the 49ers in overtime, 16-13.

Meanwhile, Alex Smith was left to roam the sidelines, probably wondering how he could win the starting job back. Harbaugh was asked exactly that today:

Alex is not out of this. We feel like Alex — we’ve said it before, he’s one of our guys. He’s won us a lot of football games. He’s preparing himself to play in each of these games every single week. That’s what his mindset has to be, as if he was the starting quarterback. So that’s what we expect, and knowing Alex that’s what he’s going to do.

 The phrase “not out of this” can imply that either Smith can take back the starting job, or that he will be strictly available as a backup. However you interpret it, you’ve got to believe that the quarterback controversy is still as strong as every for the 49ers.

 

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