I'm more angry at Greg Roman (or Harbaugh) for making that call in the first place. They were up 8 points at that moment and didn't have to make that risky call...
I think if Harbaugh challenged that grounding penalty it would have gotten called back...apparently, according to Mike Pereira, the scrimmage line extends out of bounds if it's intentional grounding, and I think the ball passed that line out of bounds...
And at this point, it's pretty much SF needs to get to NFC championship in order to call this QB switch a success...hell for me I think they need to reach the superbowl to call it a success.
For the record I do like Kaepernick...a lot. Just not sure if the added distractions is worth it yet..
Harbaugh plays with emotion and he rolls the dice, its just how he is. He likes the trick play, he likes the potential for big plays. I can't fault him on that because so far, he has done pretty good things with the team.
And I dont know if thats something that they could have challenged, but even still, it wasnt the difference in the game. Do I think it was right? No. Do I think the Niners got boned there? Yes.
As for the QB controversy, well, I agree now isnt the best time, but then, maybe it is. The rest of the team is pretty awesome, arguably the reason the Niners have stayed in some of these games. Maybe Harbaugh and the Niners et al think that since they have the fans backing the team again after the turn around, the fans will endure the potential for a season that doesnt end in the big game if they think that they are getting important experience for a decent new qb, possibly the future qb of the team. Alex Smith is getting older, hes been hurt, and the fans are ready to throw him under the bus. You dont get a sense of things being positive when the game is in his hands, usually the opposite.
To be honest, we need to get to the bottom of this, and if now is the time, now is the time. I trust Harbaugh enough to give him some latitude. There is no question he is in it for the Niners, and I'd like to see him become the next franchise coach like Bill Walsh was. If he says we go with Kaep, I gotta believe he has his reasons, especially given how much he's stood up for Alex Smith in the past. If you think about it, he went with Smith this year, over Kaep, and even flirted with Manning. You dont talk to Manning unless you are semi serious, especially if you have Alex Smith who knows he's just a few bad games away from being traded. And maybe he is trying to put a sense of urgency into Smith. Say we pull Kaep after the next game if he does horrible, the go back to Smith. Its pretty much a done deal that Smith is leaving SF at the end of the season unless he wins a superbowl. Smith is going to want to play well to showcase his talent in hopes of the biggest offer he can get, and the Niners want to win. He loses, he's gone. He's probably gone either way, really. Which might leave some room for another acquisition when the parity between his salary and Kaep's frees up.
So yeah, GO NINERS!!!!