Alex Smith vs Colin Kaepernick: Debate is Over, Jim Harbaugh Made the Right … – Bleacher Report

Alex Smith vs Colin Kaepernick: Debate is Over, Jim Harbaugh Made the Right ... - Bleacher Report

passes for touchdowns, but Kaepernick
put together a strong performance on the road.

It’s no picnic winning games on the road at the Mercedes Benz
Superdome, especially since Brees and the Saints’ resurgence of late.
With a victory, the Saints would have crept back into the playoff
picture as legitimate contenders with a 6-5 record.

But Kaepernick went into hostile territory and made his mark,
completing 16-of-25 passes for 231 yards with one touchdown and one
ill-advised interception late in the first half. He also chipped in 27
yards and a touchdown on six carries, and the 49ers offense was a
well-oiled machine with him behind center.

Kaepernick’s mobility brings a new element to the 49ers offense.
Chris Graythen/Getty Images

On numerous occasions, Kaepernick avoided pressure by running out of
the pocket on plays that would have surely led to sacks with Smith
behind center. The Saints had sacked opposing quarterbacks 11 times in
the past three games.

Kaepernick was only hit twice, and the Saints couldn’t sack him a
single time.

In fact, since he’s been the man behind center, the 49ers have only
given up four sacks in more than 2.5 games. Compared to Smith’s three
sacks per game average (27 sacks in eight-plus games), Kaepernick
provides a huge upgrade.

Besides his lone interception, Kaepernick took what the Saints
defense gave him. We saw numerous passes threaded into tight
spaces–passes Smith never attempts due to his weaker arm.

*

Yes

44.9% Total votes: 2,381

The second-year man brings more to the table than Smith ever did, and
we’ve now seen him play well for almost three full games. He opens
things up on offense, and we saw in the second half how well the 49ers
play on defense with a lead.

Kaepernick is here to stay, folks, and any further discussion about
Smith coming back into the starting lineup needs to be stowed for
good.

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Alex Smith vs Colin Kaepernick: Debate is Over, Jim Harbaugh Made the Right ... - Bleacher Report

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