The great Kaepernick-Smith debate Nobody

  • when the 49ers swapped out Alex Smith for Colin Kaepernick two years ago, who won? Smith or Kaepernick? The 49ers or Chiefs? Jim Harbaugh or everybody who thought Harbaugh was an idiot?None of the above.PHOTO: Week 14 images| Terrell Davis likes what he sees in Anderson | Harbaugh-to-Raiders gaining tractionWith three weeks left in 2014, nobodys a winner in that dealfor lack of a better term, since it was actually a choice the 49ers choosing to keep Kaep in 2012 and trade Smith John Ross Jersey after the season.The 49ers have lost ugly two weeks in a row. The Chiefs have lost ugly three weeks in a row. The 49ers are 7-6, on the outside looking in at the playoffs, and are staring up at two division rivals with time running out. The Chiefs are, too.The 49ers offense has looked more inept, ineffective and disjointed by the week, wasting gritty efforts by their overworked, undermanned defense Joe Mixon Jersey . So has the Chiefs offense.Kaepernicks weakne ses are being exposed, hes been incapable of figuring a way around them, and his contract makes le s sense every week.The same goes for Smith.Sunday wasnt exactly rock-bottom for either team or either quarterback. But their games shined a harsh, unforgiving light on how far the teams and their quarterbacks are from where they reasonably expected to be by now.The 49ers had no busine s losing to the Raiders under any circumstances, and they certainly have to scrape together more than 13 points against a team that had just given up 52 last week. It was another barren second half, just one field goal.Worse, rookie Derek Carr completely outplayed Kaepernick, whose numbers do no justice to how much of a me s he was.The prototype for the next generation of NFL quarterback looked as if he were re-learning how to play on the fly. He looked like the opposite of the special talent Harbaugh believed in so much, he made Smith expendable a year after hed Josh Malone Jersey gotten the 49ers a game short of the Super Bowl.The tracks they seemed on before this season had them going upward, and everyone watched to see who would get to the top first, stay there, and allow their supporters to gloat.Today, theres nothing to gloat about for either side. If the Smith camp gets any satisfaction out of Kaepernicks regre sion, its because theyre not looking in the mirror.The Chiefs had no busine s getting shut out in the second half Sunday in Arizona, a game they had to win to stay in the playoff conversation especially not when they have the better quarterback.Smith played like hed earned the very game manager label that annoys him, especially on the final drive, when he couldnt, or wouldnt, go deep when the Chiefs needed it for a go-ahead score. He was good at Tyler Eifert Jersey times, very good occasionally,but he has lived this stage of his career in the void between very good and great, and that is catching up to him this season.That void is not what the Chiefs want for their $45 million guaranteed, the extension Smith signed in the offseason.And a backslide is not what the 49ers thought they were buying with their incentive-laden deal with Kaepernick.The Chiefs and 49ers took big chances on Smith and Kaepernick. They look further from seeing them pay off now than they ever have.Thats a lose-lose.