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Kaepernick. I?m a believer now.

As a lifelong 49ers fan, I eat and breathe this team. Alex Smith after the playoff run last year was everybody’s guy including mine. Everybody fell over themselves after that Bears win when Kaepernick took over for Smith, as did I. However, I wasn’t completely onboard with a permanent QB change-until now.
Before, I appreciated the tools Kaepernick displayed. He showed off the running/scrambling ability, the arm, and the gun down the field. He threaded the needle on passes, and he had enough zip on the ball to take that chance where Smith hadn’t. BUT, he still has his problems changing the plays at the line of scrimmage, the brutal lateral, the mishandling under center. Is this guy PLAYOFF ready? That was the main concern. Could he win the big game, despite all of the elements? Last night, he did. Cold, rain, Brady, Patriots heavily favored with them coming back to miraculously tie, he did it. Despite the growing pains, he’s not going to lose the game for you, and he, as many have said, he never gets rattled. We watched Brady spike the ball when a timeout was given to the 49ers defense. Kaepernick is cool under any setting, no matter the circumstance. That’s what I needed to see last night to make sure that this guy can go all the way.

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12/17/2012 10:20AM
Kaepernick. I’m a believer now.
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12/18/2012 12:27PM
Not yet!
He is learning and that's good but removing Alex Smith at this time is unprofessional and that is the choach's gamble. I have seen Montana and Young and Alex shows their Qualities. He finally got a coach that pulled Alex togeather starting with last year and made him believe in him self and he has been proving it then wham all of it was bad..The 49er's havn't looked as good as this year an last and it was Alex who got them here to only be repaced for a bad reason. This last game showed his weekness's and good luck. Alex is a super QB now and just think this could of been hanled much better that it was. sence I have lived 49er and SF Giants for 60yrs I have seen the best and this process was done for a gut reason. I hope they still win and the Super Bowel is on the line. Bill Cunningham.
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