By TED SILLANPAA
The 49ers announced Wednesday morning that Colin Kaepernick will start at quarterback in Sunday’s game in St. Louis against the Rams. Since there’s nothing, really, for head coach Jim Harbaugh to explain … no mind-bending explanation about how starter Alex Smith won’t be starting has yet been given.
Really, though, it would be great to hear Harbaugh follow up Monday’s media conference explanation where he called Smith the “starter,” adding that Kaepernick’s not the “backup” because he, too, has started games. It’d be really, really interesting for Harbaugh to explain his actual feelings given that he followed Jim McMahon at quarterback for the Chicago Bears in 1987 … a ballyhooed college quarterback at Michigan, Harbaugh never measured up. He was bounced to Indianapolis where he led the Colts to the playoffs without gawdy statistics or any of the glitz and glamour expected of him when he came out of Michigan.
While I don’t care about Harbaugh as a man, I think it’d be revelatory to hear from a coach who had to choose between Kaepernick and Smith after being in both guys’ positions as a player himself. There’s a human element in this story that, while it has no connection to winning and losing, is an intriguing look at sports as a harsh business.