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Colin Kaepernick and Greg McElroy should be the starters.
It's not as if 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh can keep flipping back and forth between Kaepernick and Alex Smith and expect those psyches to stay intact. In the eight quarters before Smith's concussion, he had completed 32 of 35 for five touchdowns with no interceptions. Now that he has been benched, a major blow to his ego, Smith might not be the same quarterback coming back. Kaepernick has a greater potential for explosive plays, and he made some in the loss to the Rams.
As for McElroy, he provided the only spark in the Jets' 7-6 win over the Cardinals, and directed the only scoring drive. He deserves another start.
It's too soon to bail on Colin Kaepnerick after one shaky game. But it's past time to bail on Mark Sanchez after many shaky games.
If Kaepernick does not pick it up against the Dolphins on Sunday, Jim Harbaugh will want to give some serious thought to playing Alex Smith against the Patriots the following week. We've all seen what Bill Belichick can do against an inexperienced quarterback.
As for the Jets, if they want to keep their playoff prayers alive, they will turn to Tim Tebow. They were not good enough with Sanchez. They won't be good enough with Greg McElroy. If anyone can give this team a jolt and hope, it's Tebow, assuming his broken ribs don't prevent him from playing.
NFL locker rooms can survive almost anything except a quarterback controversy because of the way it divides a locker room.
The easiest way to survive a change is have it come as a result of an injury. Jim Harbaugh rode that wave to get Colin Kaepernick on the field, replacing Alex Smith. Despite Kaepernick's first loss, Harbaugh will continue to ride "the hot hand," and he should since the former Nevada standout opens up the offense more.
The Jets have been a disaster all season because of limited weapons more than Mark Sanchez's play. It is irresponsible to conclude Greg McElroy will jump-start the offense, but at this point what does New York have to lose?
The Jets most likely will go with third-stringer Greg McElroy against the Jaguars, which will cause yet another crack in the bone-china psyche of deposed starter Mark Sanchez. It's probably a good move.
McElroy breathed life into the offense late in the Jets' 7-6 win over the Cardinals on Sunday, but that's not the real issue. The real issue is that Sanchez stinks.
As for the 49ers, coach Jim Harbaugh indicated he'll stick with Colin Kaepernick, even though he looked jittery taking a safety and tossing a pitch so high Yao Ming couldn't have caught it in the 49ers' 16-13 OT loss to the Rams. This should make Alex Smith even more cheerful on the sidelines than he has looked the past two weeks.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times