Originally Posted by PMarsico9
Record's important, but are we going to completely ignore stats altogether?
You want to look at a guy who was expected to manage a game, then look at Schaub this year.
But when it came down to it, Kubiak unleashed him and Andre Johnson and said "win the game," when they needed to.
Houston is an example of having a good to elite level QB and playing balanced to protect him, but when threatened with a loss, they unleashed Schaub and despite two picks, he carried the offense with Andre Johnson.
Harbaugh is one of the most talented coaches in the league and he knows this. Which is why Kaepernick should remain in. He has the arm and the weapons surrounding him, as well as a top 3 O-line to ease his transition into the starting role and has upside. Smith has zero upside. His career year was last season and the Niners won games by limiting his impact on them. You can't win a title in this league like that.
Smith, Sanchez, and numerous others cannot do that. If your QB cannot do that, then you aren't a serious contender. Try to dispute that and I'll point back that every QB since 2002 that has won a Super Bowl has been able to do that.
It is you who is ignoring stats. Niners won their only playoff game in the past decade on the strength of Smith's arm and legs. He had to bring them back twice in the 4th quarter against the Saints last year, once with a long TD run, and once with a TD strike to Davis with under 30 seconds left. Saying the guy has zero upside when he did that in the playoffs last year and has 104 passer rating this season (3rd in NFL) is not a fair statement. Comparing his recent level of play to that of Sanchez is an extremely unfair statement.
Harbaugh will go back to him, he hasn't done anything to lose his starting job. Kaepernick is a bonus for the Niners right now. They have two competent QBs, we have zero. That is our sad reality.