Originally Posted by Fiddler
Agreed. & as far as the Super Bowl goes, it could be argued that Alex Smith wasn't going to get you there anyway, regardless how far he got you last year. That's the danger with fool's gold. It makes you believe the unreal.
Just as the Super Bowl goes through Peyton or Brady for the AFC (regardless where the game is played), chances are you're going to see Eli or Rogers in the NFC.
I think that Harbaugh saw so much progress in CK at practice that he had to put him on the field as soon as he could. And the players respond to CK, which might be the biggest factor of them all.
Agree, every team has a dangerous QB that can score from anywhere on the field when you get deep in the playoffs. CK has had a couple of one or two play drives so it's nice to have that ability as well as the patience to grind out 95+ yard drives.
Bottom line, Kaepernick has been everything that Harbaugh imagined when he made the bold play to bench Smith. Part of the reason is that he has such an unusual sense of calm about him under pressure. It is not unlike what the league has seen with the likes of Brady or even Joe Montana, although Kaepernick is a way from that stage. Kaepernick has what can only be term preternatural calm.
"He's been poised throughout games," said Patriots safety Devin McCourty "Nothing seems to rattle him. He's been able to just play his game. Even last week against Miami, with the game on the line, important drive, he keeps it and runs down the sideline for a touchdown. We knew were weren't going to really rattle him or get him out of his game. We knew he was a tough player."
"He was poised, nothing fazed him, and the guys on their team rally around him," Patriots Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork said. "He's a good leader … a good leader."
Or as San Francisco guard Alex Boone said: "Am I worried about him in those situations? Not anymore."