Monday, December 3, 2012

Harbaugh: Alex Smith 'Is Not Out of This'

For the first time this season, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was put on the defensive, admitting the blame for bad calls and directly answering the status of the team's quarterback situation.

Harbaugh did announce who his starter would be, announcing it would be Colin Kaepernick for next week's game at home against the Dolphins, but he did not waver when asked if Alex Smith had a chance of regaining the job of starting quarterback this season.

"Alex is not out of this. We feel like Alex, we’ve said it before, he is one of our guys.
"He’s won us a lot of football games. He’s preparing himself to play in each of these games every single week. That’s what his mindset has to be, as if he was the starting quarterback. So, that’s what we expect and knowing Alex that’s what he is going to do."
It is safe to assume that Kaepernick is the starter for the 49ers until he proves to Harbaugh and his teammates that he is simply too young to hold the job and lead a team to the Super Bowl. So far, he has yet to show even a glimpse of that being a possibility.

However, Harbaugh did leave a little opening for the discussion of Smith being starter once again.

So you're saying there's a chance .......

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