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Reading Between the Tweets: Kaepernick Cools QB Debate

Team Kaepernick or Team Smith? We let Twitter decide.

The 49ers got back on track on Sunday, beating the Miami Dolphins 27–13 at Candlestick Park, after dropping a game in overtime to the St. Louis Rams a week before. Kap had a good performance capped by a fantastic, game-sealing touchdown run—something Team Kaepernick really needed after last week's lowlights. Still, while Alex Smith was on the sideline, smiling and high-fiving after his teammate's big run, one has to wonder if the quarterback controversy is really settled at this point. 

Smith proponents like to point out that Kap hasn't thrown a touchdown pass in the last two games and has questionable clock management skills. Yours truly even overheard a "We want AL-EX!" chant at Candlestick during the first half. But after Kap's second-half performance, Team Smith may be grasping at straws. And what does Twitter think? Nine insta-pundits have their say.

One fan developed a simple formula for computing success:

@Thinderpaldult: Colin Kaepernick > Alex Smith.

Another used the same method to produce opposite results:

@HiMyNamesJustin: Alex smith > Colin Kaepernick 

Some think the win puts a stake in the controversy:

@VinL29: Colin Kaepernick is now 3-1 as a starter.. What controversy?

Others, not so kindly, think Kap is getting too much credit for that record:

@klew24: "He's good.. He has a winning record!" Stop glorifying the stronger armed, unibrowed, no pocket presence having version of Alex Smith

Still, KNBR 1050 sports radio host Damon Bruce vehemently supports Kap:

@DamonBruce: Many Alex backers say Kap's #'s are just like Alex Smith's. Um, EXACTLY! 5 starts into career, Kap's just as good, if not better.

But there's a counter-argument to be made for Smith, statistically:

@MadSports8: Colin Kaepernick has thrown for 3 TDs in 4 starts, and 0 in his last 2 starts. That cannot continue to be a trend if SF wants to win.

Some fans who are on the fence want more evidence from Kaepernick before crowning him:

@hashim_cole: Still not a believer in Colin Kaepernick. Now if he can pull off a win in Foxboro next week then I MIGHT think otherwise. 

Others went to unnecessary levels of criticism:

@angeloslamhoe: Colin Kaepernick is the new Tim Tebow #youhearditherefirst #guysucks

But for now, it's very likely that Kaepernick will be starting again in New England this weekend:

@MaioccoCSN: RT @jdub1998 you think there any chance harbaugh starts Alex next week? > No chance at all. Kaepernick is the 49ers' starter.

Let us know what you think by following and tweeting @sanfranmag – are you Team Smith or Team Kaepernick?

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