Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Why The San Francisco 49ers Won't Win The Super Bowl
A few weeks ago Alex Smith was nearly perfect against the Arizona Cardinals completing 18 out of 19 passes for 232 yards and 3 touchdowns. His starting job was not in jeopardy and the team looked impressive. A few weeks later Smith suffered a concussion and was forced to miss a game vs. Chicago.
It's never a good idea to play musical chairs with your starting quarterback. It divides the locker room and manipulates the emotions of the players in question. Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick will stop trusting their teammates, the coaching staff, and each other the longer this controversy persists. in addition, it's hard for the team to find a rhythm. As soon as they get used to one style of play calling and formations the offense changes to accommodate a different quarterback. Getting reps with the 1st team is an essential part of preparation during the week.
If this was September the benching of Alex Smith wouldn't be as significant, but in late November it's a distraction that undermines the team's ultimate goal. At this time of the year a team needs a definitive answer at the most important position on the field. If there is uncertainty or doubt the players won't know who to follow. By sticking with the "hot hand" coach Harbaugh has opened up a can of worms that he can't close and the 49ers will pay the price by missing the Super Bowl.