The 49ers are no strangers to quality quarterbacks. Dating back to the likes of Y.A. Tittle and John Brodie to Joe Montana and Steve Young, San Francisco has been spoiled with signal-callers throughout the years. The 2012 49ers are lucky to have two players under center that have led the team to big victories: Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith.
A huge contingent of media gathered at 49ers headquarters on Wednesday, as coach Jim Harbaugh revealed Kaepernick will receive the start this Sunday in St. Louis, his third straight for the team. The decision to name the second-year emerging star as the quarterback was dissected every which way by the media, including Tim Kawakami of the Bay Area News Group.
“QB coach Geep Chryst and OC Greg Roman are certainly hands-on and deeply involved in all parts of the QB play,” Kawakami wrote. “But I think we have to give most of the credit for this to Harbaugh–who did some things with Andrew Luck, I seem to recall. Harbaugh has a fine focus on the QB spot, and the guy can flat-out coach the position.”
Today’s Morning Tailgate rounds up all the Kaepernick coverage, Pro Bowl voting leaders, Santa Clara Stadium news and more.
The 49ers currently have four players leading their respective positions in 2013 NFC Pro Bowl voting: ILB Patrick Willis (141,518), G Mike Iupati (103,460), K David Akers (91,041) and ST C.J. Spillman (55,426). Make sure to #Vote49ers at 49ers.com/ProBowl.
Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group broke down the 49ers QB decision by Harbaugh.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com chronicled the evolution of the QB situation throughout the season.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee wrote that Harbaugh went with Kaepernick’s hot hand over Smith’s steady one.
Mark Purdy of the Bay Area News Group gave his take on the Kaepernick decision.
Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle detailed the hard work Kaepernick has put in since becoming a part of the 49ers.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle described the differences between Kaepernick and Smith.
Maiocco passed along locker room reaction from Kaepernick’s teammates.
Barrows wrote about Kaepernick’s mentality and how it differs from that of Smith.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com discussed the future of the 49ers QB situation.
Maiocco passed along a great sideline conversation between Kaepernick and Randy Moss that took place on Sunday in New Orleans.
Barrows commented on Aldon Smith winning the NFC Defensive Player of the Month award.
Kyle Bonagura of CBSSports.com noted that A.J. Jenkins and LaMichael James could earn their first NFL playing action this weekend.
Maiocco updated the health of David Akers and Delanie Walker.
Sando offered a breakdown of the NFL concussion testing protocol.
49ers.com’s daily coverage included a look at Kaepernick, Aldon Smith, Jenkins and James, a weekly award for the o-line, conference calls with Rams coach Jeff Fisher and CB Cortland Finnegan, and press passes with Harbaugh and Kaepernick.
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