Why a couple of years? The 49ers need a QB now. Alex Smith has a very limited range of what he can do, and he can’t lead an offense. It’s only one game, but Kaepernick can make passes that Alex Smith couldn’t do in 8 years. The 49ers never should have allowed themselves to come into this season without a first string quarterback, but maybe now they have one.
Cam Newton could come in as a starter primarily because his team sucked and there was no one else to fill the role. The Niners are definitely playoff bound and Smith has been there before and showed he was at least adequate. We’ll see how Colin does against the Saints. I just think he could use a little more seasoning. And believe me, I have no desire to see Smith there much longer. He is not a franchise player by any means, and he is clearly no longer the team’s future.