Roman says it “remains to be seen” whether Kaepernick will be 49ers starting QB next season

SANTA CLARA – At his press conference Tuesday afternoon, I asked Greg Roman five questions about Colin Kaepernick. Here’s what Roman said.

ME: Why are you playing Colin Kaepernick so much? What are you hoping to get from him that you aren’t getting from Alex Smith?

ROMAN: Colin’s doing a nice job in his understudy role. There are times when Colin can bring in a different dynamic to the game, and that’s week-to-week. As a backup quarterback in this league, you have to be ready to play at any time. Colin’s had some opportunities to come in and contribute the last couple weeks. It’s week-to-week. We’re always going to do whatever we think gives us the best chance to win. At the same time, Colin’s a guy that’s really progressing in his second year. His first year was somewhat of a redshirt year. He’s doing a nice job. He brings in a different dynamic when we bring him in there. We run some quarterback runs, some play actions off those types of plays – those types of plays. He’s doing a nice job. We’ve just got to keep that development coming.

ME: Is there ever a fear that by putting him in the game too much you disrupt the flow of the offense?

ROMAN: I think that’s a concern. I think that’s always a concern. I think everything’s a concern. It’s something we’ve got to be mindful of. We’ve got to really take a look at it and make the best decision for the team.

ME: Do you think it was disruptive Sunday against the Giants?

ROMAN: I don’t know that for a fact, but it is possible. We’re always going to make those decisions in the best interest of the team, evaluate it and go from there.

ME: Is Kaepernick being groomed to take over next year as the starting quarterback?

ROMAN: Kaepernick is the backup quarterback right now. He’s really in an understudy role. We need him to make improvement, so we need him out there on the field. He needs to be ready at all times to play.

ME: But is he being groomed to take over next year as the starting quarterback?

ROMAN: That remains to be seen. We like Alex Smith as our quarterback. Alex Smith won a lot of football games the past couple years for us. He’s a winner, he’s our quarterback and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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