Nov 19, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) reacts after the game against the Chicago Bears at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Bears 32-7. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

San Francisco 49ers QB Controversy Brewing After Colin Kaepernick's MNF Outing

Following the San Francisco 49ers dominating 32-7 win over the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football, a quarterback controversy is brewing.

It’s hard to imagine that Alex Smith’s job is not safe after 20 of the team’s last 26 games and being the third-rated passer in the league, but that is the case after Colin Kaepernick came out and put on an incredible performance for the 49ers on the NFL’s center stage.

Kaepernick went 16-of-23 for 243 yards and two touchdowns. He recorded a passer rating of 133.1.

The opportunity to put his skills on display on the national stage was just what Kaepernick needed to show he was the real deal and the future of the San Francisco 49ers.

In his previous appearances this season, Kaepernick has made plays with his legs. However, he wanted to show the world that he was just as dangerous with his arm. On the night, Kaepernick rushed the ball only four times for twelve yards.

After the night, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh added fuel to the fire when he was asked who the team’s starting quarterback would be next week.

“We’ll see,” Harbaugh said during the post-game press conference. “I tend to go with the hot hand.”

It’s hard to find a hotter hand in the league than Kaepernick, so that leaves the door open for the dynamic dual-threat quarterback to make his second career start next week against the New Orleans Saints.

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  • Susan Morrison

    Alex Smith is the number one starter. Stop trying to create a rift in the team where there is none now. We are lucky to have Kap, but he knows his role and did it very well. He’ll follow Smith just like Steve Young followed Montana.

    • Matthew Parvin

      Susan, Kaepernik is the one that started the controversy with his play on the field last night, I understand you supporting Smith, but lets face facts, Smith has no long ball, has a hard time getting stuck in the pocket, and more, Kaepernick, didn’t show any of those problems and lets face it, the Bears have the number 2 defense in the nfl, so, for a rookie, to have that kind of game in his first start as a pro, shows, he has what it takes to win in the NFL and that Smith, should be the back up, he is not a bad quarterback, but, it is obvious, Kaepernik, can do the things Alex hasnt been able to do….

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