Isn't that the point, though?
Remember, Harbaugh was a quarterback, too. You really think he'd have ceded control to the guy who replaced him?
Or the prospect? His prospect. His guy.
When they met, Harbaugh challenged Kaepernick to a passing competition. Then he traded up to get him. Now his gifts are evident in one bounding stride: an outrageously gifted athlete, yes. But more than that, the coach's vision, the quarterback of his team's future.
He's my guy, said Harbaugh.
But this isn't about Smith. This is about Harbaugh. This has never been done. Actually, it's a little crazy.
Alex Smith has a passer rating of 104.1. Leads the league with 70 percent completions. His last two starts? More touchdowns than incompletions.
And now he's the backup. On a Super Bowl team. That's right. They should be.
Hey. Smart guy. You better be right.
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