The San Francisco 49ers fell to the St. Louis Rams in overtime on Sunday by a final score of 16-13. The offense struggled for most of the day, and the Rams were able to pick up the victory without scoring an offensive touchdown.
After Colin Kaepernick finished the day with 208 passing yards and 84 rushing yards but no touchdowns and a costly fumble, some wondered whether head coach Jim Harbaugh would consider a quarterback swap in favor of Alex Smith. But Harbaugh quickly quelled that talk, saying Kaepernick will start next week against the Dolphins. The bloggers at Niners Nation think that's the right move to make.
I realize people will immediately go to the low-hanging fruit that is the Alex Smith-Colin Kaepernick controversy, but as Harbaugh sometimes says, I hope people will look at the bigger picture. While Kaep did have poor execution at times, and he deserves some of the blame for this loss, there are plenty more issues to consider
Niners Nation pointed to a dropped touchdown pass by Delanie Walker and poor play-calling in general as other reasons for the loss. Whatever the reason, the scrutiny over the quarterback change will only grow larger next week if the 49ers are unable to get some offensive production.