Things aren’t going very smoothly for the 49ers in their NFC West showdown with the St. Louis Rams. Their defense hasn’t looked at all ferocious, the Rams are gaining momentum and now quarterback Alex Smith has left the game with a concussion and will not return, meaning backup Collin Kaepernick must now take the reigns.
Smith took a brutal shot from Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar but did not immediately leave the game. Smith stayed in, going as far as throwing a 14-yard TD to Michael Crabtree to get the 49ers on the board.
But soon after, Smith left to get checked out on the sidelines. In wake of the NFL’s harsh rules on head injuries, the 49ers checked out Smith and diagnosed him with a concussion, ending his day and putting next week’s matchup in jeopardy for him.
Kaepernick now takes over an offense he’s seldom played on in actual games. The only times Kaepernick has been used has been on third down trick plays or plays that require a deeper than usual throw.
He’s a serviceable quarterback but we will soon find out if there’s a formula in San Francisco that anybody can play under center with the intense defense they boast.