Im old enough to remember having both Joe Montana and Steve Young together and thinking, How hard it would be for other teams if we kept alternating starts between the two, or change them up at half time? How could you account for a passer like Montana, then get a change up mid game and have to worry about Young taking off on a huge run?
Well a little more experience brings with it the knowledge that those scenarios sound cool, but just don't work. You just cant game prep two QBs, practice sessions would be a fiasco along with the media circus that would follow... Or can it work?
The Bears and Packers found out that it actually does work. The Bears faced 1st time starter Kaep who up till then had been more of a gimmick, coming in at sporadic times to usually run the ball or hand off with the occasional long ball thrown in. They even admitted that they game planned for an Alex Smith, run heavy look. Well we all remember (along with everyone in the NFL) the beat down the Bears secondary took with more rockets flying over their head than a typical day on the Gaza/Israel border.
That air force performance must have impressed and scared Dom Capers to the point of sticking with his man coverages even while the other QB we have, Kaep, shredded his run D to the tune of an NFL record.
So alternating starting QBs does work, It just requires that they both have to be the same dude with mad skills.
Now, I'm really trying to temper my excitement for the upcoming game against the Falcons with the knowledge that not every start has been a glorious success. We watched "The Rams part II", and were treated to play calling that occasionally stunk as bad as "Red Dawn" and of course the last Seahawk's game which pretty much everything stunk as bad as the remade "Red Dawn". I really wish that Manningham or Williams (did I just say that?!) were available to add more pressure to the secondary, or Jenkins somehow figuring out a way to catch a ball/ have a break out game. That would make me feel a bit more confident, but all things considered, I think we pose a huge threat to ATL no matter which QB Harbaugh decides to roll out.
Now all we need to do is figure out where the hell Aldon Smith as been hiding, or maybe he thought he got benched along with Alex? Seriously Holmes, when Justin, playing with his arm falling off, has more than double your tackles?.. that's all Im gonna say about that.