According to NFL Showtime’s analyst Phil Simms, the two most important positions on a football team is the starting quarterback and the backup.
With QB Alex Smith ruled out for tonight’s matchup against the Chicago Bears, second-year QB Colin Kaepernick will now get his opportunity to start.
This will be Kaep’s first career start, but I truly believe he’s up for the challenge! After breaking down Kaep’s game-film I believe he’s more than ready.
First and foremost he’s very poised inside the pocket. He doesn’t get rattled, makes good decisions, and although he may hold onto the ball longer than a more polished quarterback, he more than makes up for it with his mobility.
Secondly, he can throw the deep ball with accuracy. Now that Kaep’s starting, look for OC Greg Roman to open up the playbook. We all know one of the main reasons the 49ers signed WR Randy Moss this off-season was to stretch the field and keep the defense honest. Now, Roman can utilize that asset to his advantage.
This is a perfect opportunity to utilize the play-action pass and throw the deep ball to Moss. Look for the 49ers to target Moss at least five times tonight and have a ballpark stat line of 80 receiving yards and one touchdown.
And lastly, Kaep’s mobility will need to be accounted for. I can almost guarantee the Bears defense will get pressure up front and try to contain RB Frank Gore. However, it’s Kaep’s ability to make plays outside the pocket that will hurt the Bears the most.
I would love to see the 49ers run a naked bootleg and have TE Vernon Davis as an option. This would be great in red-zone opportunities and finally get Davis involved receiving wise.
This is very exciting for me as I believe this is the start of something BIG! I don’t want to jinx it but I believe this is a very similar situation to the QB Drew Bledsoe and QB Tom Brady controversy.