Jim Harbaugh, the Michigan head coach needed to deal with questions around the quarterback situation in Ann Arbor throughout the summer and two games into the 2022 college football season. Clearly the comparison was a terrible idea considering how many people dislike Kaepernick in general, and the fact he was an average quarterback given multiple chances to play in the league and still couldn’t get signed.
Before deciding on the permanent starter moving forward, Harbaugh did himself no favors, choosing to give both redshirt junior Cade McNamara and sophomore J.J McCarthy a start in Michigan’s first two games. Harbaugh compared the quarterback battle at Michigan, during his post-game press conference, to the one he oversaw in the NFL as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers in 2012.
“It’s very similar, very similar to that, with Alex and Colin [Kaepernick], because they were both playing great at one point in the season. Alex Smith… He was playing great ball. Just led us to the NFC championship the year before, and then Colin got his start on a Monday night against Chicago. And he lit it up,” said Harbaugh.
“So, yeah, it’s not a matter of somebody losing (the job). I think we got two really good quarterbacks, two starting quarterbacks, two championship quarterbacks. A lot like that Monday night game that Colin played against the Bears, that looked a lot like what J.J. was able to do,” he added, said Fox News.
Now, the pair-up between the two quarterbacks seems like a great way to keep both players motivated, as both of them will get the opportunity to show what they are made of, while also keeping Michigan fans happy as they have two great players to cover one role.