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07:54 AM ET 11.13 | Though Alex Smith may give the 49ers their best chance to win on Monday Night Football against the Bears, who may also be without their starting quarterback, San Francisco will have the opportunity to see what it has in Colin Kaepernick. If Smith sits, an intriguing game becomes even more fascinating. Kaepernick would make his first NFL start, staring into the menacing eyes of linebacker Brian Urlacher as he attempts to solve the league's fifth-ranked defense -- in prime time, with the full and undivided attention of our football-mad nation. This could count as a long-term blessing for the 49ers. They've wondered about Kaepernick for more than a season and a half, tantalized by his distinctive combination of size, speed and arm strength.

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November 13, 2012  08:14 AM ET

So much for all the love Alex Smith was supposed to have earned. The 9'er fans sound like they've been waiting to throw him under the bus.

November 13, 2012  08:16 AM ET
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So much for all the love Alex Smith was supposed to have earned. The 9'er fans sound like they've been waiting to throw him under the bus.

In San Francisco, they throw players under the cable car. While singing the Rice-a-Roni song.

November 13, 2012  08:36 AM ET

Kaepernick might be better, but this hardly seems like the best time for a change. Smith is the stable, however unspectacular element, and that might be their better bet.

November 13, 2012  08:58 AM ET
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Kaepernick might be better, but this hardly seems like the best time for a change. Smith is the stable, however unspectacular element, and that might be their better bet.

Yeah, there's no way Smith doesn't start if he's healthy. But sometimes, an injury-forced change lets a guy come off the bench and shine.

I remember this guy named Bledsoe that got hurt, and some kid named Brady had to warm up and come in for him.....

November 13, 2012  09:11 AM ET
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I remember this guy named Bledsoe that got hurt, and some kid named Brady had to warm up and come in for him.....

That was the first thing that came to my mind as well when I read this article. Nice call.

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November 13, 2012  09:28 AM ET
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Kaepernick might be better, but this hardly seems like the best time for a change. Smith is the stable, however unspectacular element, and that might be their better bet.

True..slow and steady will win the race

November 13, 2012  09:30 AM ET

The San Fran Chronicle does not equal San Fran Fans, any more than the Boston Herald equals Red Sox Fans. But yes, it could be a blessing in disguise: after a start against a real NFL team, the fans aren't likely to be as excited about the back-up QB. Or if they are, it will mean they may have found their Bledsoe/Brady situation.

November 13, 2012  09:34 AM ET
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I remember this guy named Bledsoe that got hurt, and some kid named Brady had to warm up and come in for him.....

Yes, hope springs eternal, but I believe there are few diamonds in the rough that are THAT big

November 13, 2012  10:00 AM ET

Trust me Smith is done as a Niner... Kaepernick will destroy the Bears and they'll trade Smith for a pick to the Jets this offseason...

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November 13, 2012  10:20 AM ET

This San Francisco Chronicle article has a kiss of death feel to it!

 
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