Kaepernick solidifies hold on No. 1 job while some questions linger elsewhere

  • LaMichael James rushed for 30 yards on Sunday. The San Francisco 49ers beat the Miami Dolphins 27-13 on December 9, 2012.
    (John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

SAN FRANCISCO -- Let's start with praise for Colin Kaepernick. It is a pleasure to watch him work. It really is.

On Sunday, he put away the Miami Dolphins with a 50-yard run that was more of a prance, Kaepernick on his own, the overmatched Dolphins staring at him, knowing they had no chance to stop him. Touchdown.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Miami Dolphins


The 49ers' quarterback controversy is so passe, so old. Jim Harbaugh made the correct decision going with Kaepernick over Alex Smith. If you have any lingering bitterness, please put it to rest.

And think about this. It always is important to praise the team that wins a game in the NFL, games being hard to win even against losers like the Dolphins. So, all praise to the Niners for beating Miami 27-13.

Now, let's talk some serious football. Although the 49ers no longer have a problem at quarterback — and they don't — they do have other problems, serious problems. These problems proved, well, problematic against Miami, and in the interest of honesty and full disclosure, it's important to examine them with open eyes.

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