Matt and Mindi: A new regime in San Francisco
Matt Maiocco and Mindi Bach discuss Jim Harbaugh's decision to start Colin Kaepernick.
-- -- have -- mini box here at the 49ers facility once again brought you here on CSN Bay Area dot com by the size and -- downing Campbell California I think you want to get to them. For their support but match the big decision has been made not a big surprise -- cap for next. We'll be the starting quarterback for the 49ers on Sunday in Saint Louis. Yeah I guess it wasn't a big surprise after Jim Harbaugh after the Monday night games said. That he's gonna go with the hot hand. All along -- been saying Alex Smith is my guy he's the quarterback it when he went off the script there is a pretty clear indication that. That that that's the way this thing was going and I think once camp Burnett played two games started two games played pretty well. It was going to be difficult to go back to Alex Smith and so now I think with a young guy to be making his third NFL start in Saint Louis. There might be some bumps along the road form I mean nobody is. He is able to see just jump into the lineup and play at a very high level from the beginning so. That they're gonna have provided out with college happening in hopes that he'll be a better team once the playoffs began. I think they can write it out with a little bit more ease knowing that they have somewhat of a cushion in the NFC west of their division rivals and you look at the rest of their schedule really. The Patriots might be their biggest opponent coming up we've seen how Seattle's defense could be somewhat lessened by the loss of two players I mean this is not. Really a bad time as far as a regular season for the 49ers this situation they are to make the quarterback change but it definitely comes. With risks I don't see the wrist during the regular season I see the risk more or less during the post season. Well and I think that's why they're doing this now because. Anyway Jim Harbaugh has to be thinking is that they're gonna be a better team once the playoffs begin if they get -- predict it'll be seven starts. In the regular season so we clearly there's a high ceiling with -- cap predict that Jim Harbaugh and the foreigners don't believe exist with Alex Smith. What he knows his sorry Harbaugh did not say however is he would -- is a permanent decision for the rest of the season. I understand that and that he doesn't wanna go their that this could be somewhat distracting for the team the players say it isn't. At this moment but even for Alex Smith I mean I think people like to know their roles week in and week out he said anything's a possibility do you agree with. No matter at all I mean I think -- if you ask Jim Harbaugh. You know what are the odds of the guys going to the Simpsons -- zoo in. Getting an elephant there to play fullback what's he gonna say anything's a possibility the possibility so he's not get it to pigeonhole himself and it's a situation where he's going to be starting this guy. You know he says he's going to be -- does not mean. It can't jeopardize the starter in -- caesar's. And -- We didn't get a chance to talk to Alex Smith today but I'm sure he's not thinking hey I might start the next and he knows this is long term. -- did say that Harbaugh did not tell him whether this is week to week or it -- for the rest of the season he didn't say anything. Smith -- you mention did not speak to the media he was key -- NASA team's spokesman if he would be available and Smith answered through his teams that's been -- he would talk. It's the media on Thursday. An eight year veteran takes -- team and C championship game I think what is dangerous about the decision even now. I understand and I agree with it is that Alex Smith is gonna do whatever he he needs you to compete he is a competitor I understand that. -- he has come from behind four come from behind wins last season during the regular season on the road and a fifth one here at home. He's won those games in the post season coming from behind against his seat we see in this high pressure situations we don't know. How -- -- -- respond to situations in the playoff when the defense is an offense is and how much heightened and I think that is -- -- be critical in this decision and that's what's at risk here. Yeah absolutely I mean. If the forty and still win the Super Bowl Jim Harbaugh will be criticized him may be rightfully so because. This this team went to the NFC championship game I'm sure Alex Smith at quarterback. They've they've. Made it to overtime in the NFC championship game against the team that ended up winning this April anything less than that will be considered a failure run rightfully or not. That's -- will be considered and it Colin -- Does not play well in that first playoff game. Or whatever games that the foreigners get bumped from. People are going to say how would Alex Smith is that they -- in the same situation so. You know what Eddie Delanie Walker said something in me yesterday he said that he would have been surprised. If Alex Smith wasn't in the start well today he was surprised at that ultimately he said. I'm confident in Jim Harbaugh and this decision is more as much about. Confidence in Jim Harbaugh as it is confidence in Colin cabinet within that locker. Head coach has to make it difficult is it difficult decisions not the emotional ones Harbaugh proven time and time again. That he can do that we -- how he brought in Josh Johnson during the pre season for training camp a player that he -- during college and was able to let him go. Act so I guess they can't be surprised now and that's the thing that went about Jim Harbaugh he could care less if feelings are hurt. -- and his loyalty. Goes only so far the bottom line is. He is he wants to win football games and that means you know missing the birth of his child. He's gonna be there for a football game like he was prepared to do for the first game of the season. Now it's about you know he's built a nice report Alex Smith in the years. But it's about winning football games and this decision comes down to one thing which quarterback does he believe has a better chance of taking the 49ers to the super ball. And the answer was delivered out there on the practice field Wednesday to all the foreigners players the answer is I'll definitely. -- -- Do agree disagree with you a little bit as far as he doesn't care about emotion because Harbaugh has gone out of his way to praise Alex Smith mean why wouldn't see because there's very. Much the chance that they could need him I mean barring injury Smith will be back. And it's an atypical situation for him to be and Smith hot obviously he does not want to be the backup nobody does. But if they rely on him or need to rely on him again the need to have the right state of mind and Harbaugh I think he's come to understand that. Last few weeks -- he has to keep -- on board obviously but I've just seen it. Then all the all the things that they've been through illness of the Dallas that's been through is the bottom line is. The foreigners have to of the audience and that's Jim Harbaugh -- job. To win football games in this decision was not nothing based on nothing other than -- which quarterback. Can help the 49ers not only play on the first Sunday in February. But exit New Orleans -- another victory -- right off. The quarterback situation for a little while to say yeah I'm not there but obviously they lose. Kyle Williams and Kendall Hunter for the rest of the season so what does that mean for the back up to Frank Gore. And we talked about him Michael James be active for the first time this season as an assistant there necessarily know if that will happen. You had a chance to talk to Michael today and when he -- -- out with six expected of him. He does it now and AJ Jenkins that he doesn't know what his role be in the one thing I asked not. To Michael James -- in the pre season cap and jeans -- that -- zone read option and did it pretty successfully they have worked on it at all. This in the last what. Twelve weeks because. James has been a scout team running back so. You know all the talk about losing -- and losing Williams and will that be open the door for Jenkins James and me. It opens the door for Randy -- to play more and I think it opens the door for Brandon Jacobs to play more I'm not sure it's gonna have a huge impact on those rookies. As far as the return game as well. -- talks a lot of people don't know peers talks wasn't returned him before. With Kyle Williams expect him about that again that would be my guess is I don't think anybody else it's early and other rookies are very young guys are ready. For that role might but it really struggled -- no role in the exhibition season. Last week I asked Jim Harbaugh about -- handling punts and he was value he's coming along so that's got a code word for Jim Harbaugh that he's not ready and it I would think that -- stocks would be the first guy. Available to you got an eighty. Teams can be. The kick off guy he has a lot easier to be returning kickoffs punts so that would be the more likely scenario. Lot easier you don't as well hit it. Out. No I think that's -- so the big decision hasn't made calling cap for the starting quarterback for the 49ers from here on out. Hands on cloud cover there we have -- that we built the -- we've done all that stuff. I told her that I immediately get you next time on CSN Bay Area dot com.