Originally Posted by GP
At this point, maybe Kubiak doesn't really have an unbiased and objective ability to determine which QB should be starting right now?
Other coaches decided to roll the dice on unproven QBs, at the expense of what should have been a more "logical" choice. Those two teams are not exactly floundering like we are right now.
Apples and oranges.
One of those "other coaches" went with his hand picked guy, Kaepernick, over the guy he inherited, Alex Smith. In fact, Harbaugh gave up two additional picks so he could trade up (from the 13th to the 4th spot) in the second round just to make sure he got Kaepernick. When Smith went down with that concusssion, Harbaugh took that as an opportunity to see what the young man could do. A one-game (maybe two depending on how soon Smith recovered) audition, if you will. He liked what he saw and decided to stay with his guy.
In the other case, Russell Wilson just flat beat out Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson in training camp and preseason to EARN the job. There was no dice rolling; Wilson outperformed the other two guys. Jackson has been in the league a number of years and, while steady, he's not a franchise QB. Matt Flynn cashed in on a couple of stat-happy games when he was piloting Air-Packers (he was 1-1 in those two games). He hadn't really done anything past that. Wilson was a winner at both NC State and Wisconsin and now in the NFL.
Having said all that, it's time for Smithiak to bring in some serious competition for Schaub. No more reclamation projects like Grossman or Matty HotTub. No more camp arms like Yates and John Beck. No more long shots like Case Keenum - and I root for underdogs so I kinda hope he makes it but he's still a long shot.
Spend a first day pick (rounds 1-3) on a quality guy who can be Schaub's successor.