Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Don't Sugar Coat Things Jim

On Wednesday afternoon San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh announced that Colin Kaepernick would get the start for the third straight week. This move was expected and while I don't necessarily agree with Harbaugh, it's his move to make. He has to go with the quarterback (QB) that he feels gives his team the best chance to win.

What I don't like about his decision is the sugar coating. I'd like Jim to come out and say that he's been looking for a reason to replace Alex with Colin. I'd like him to come out and say that he isn't really comfortable with Alex Smith as his QB. I believe that's how he feels but when he tries to sugar coat things and say that Alex is still the quarterback it makes me want to hurl.

This is what he said in his news conference on Thursday:

"The rationale is we have two quarterbacks that we feel great about as a starting quarterback," Harbaugh said. "Both have earned it, both deserve it -- Alex over a long period of time, Colin by virtue of the last three games. It tips the scales. Colin we believe has the hot hand. We'll go with Colin. And we'll go with Alex. They're both our guys." 

Come on Jim. Don't sugar coat things. Do you work for a hedge fund? I can see through you. Alex did earn the job. When he went down with an injury that forced him to miss the next game he was the third highest ranked QB. Colin came in and had a very good game against Chicago. You decided to take that one game against Chicago versus the whole body of work that Alex had compiled the past two seasons.

By benching Alex, you said to Alex that he's the backup, not the starter. You made it clear that you believe Colin and only Colin should be the guy to lead your team. Just man up and say it. I believe Alex sees through your nonsense and probably feels you are mocking him and taunting him. That's childish.

I believe that Alex will say and do the right things for this season and then be asked to be released or traded. Why would he want to stay with you? This past offseason, you brought in Peyton Manning for a tryout and then claimed you didn't have any interest in him, after Peyton signed elsewhere. That was garbage. You were just trying to protect Alex's feelings and he bought it.

I think Alex knows who you are now. I think Alex knows what you really think of him. I think Alex knows you were looking for any excuse to bench him. If Alex doesn't realize those things, he is a ding dong. I also think Alex wants you to be honest. I think Alex wants tout to grow some coconuts.

What do you say Jim? Will you man up? Will you tell us how you really feel about Alex Smith or will you continue to sugar coat things?

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