Originally Posted by Cito Pelon
It's risky, but the team and staff had seen Kaepernick in 9 reg season games before and he'd been deliberately inserted, not as a result of injury to Smith. Everybody on the team knew Kaepernick was gonna be the starter soon. So it's not like they were unprepared for this eventuality, it's not like it was a surprise panic move.
That's not why it's risky. It's risky because Alex Smith has been doing exactly what a team like that needs: providing efficient, mistake-free quarterbacking to support the run game and defense. Kaepernick is almost certainly not going to provide that kind of reliability. He may make more plays (we shall see), but he will almost certainly make more mistakes as well. And ultimately, this may poison the well for any return to Smith in the future. Maybe it'll work out, but when you are playing as well as the 49ers are, this kind of risk makes no sense.