49ers tight end Vernon Davis pulls in a catch (Photo Courtesy: US Presswire)
NEW ORLEANS - Colin Kaepernick-led wins over the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints are earning the second-year San Francisco 49ers quarterback a lot of believers.
Yet Alex Smith, the quarterback Kaepernick supplanted on the depth chart this week, still has at least one important supporter in the 49ers locker room after Sunday's 31-21 victory over the Saints
"When I look at Colin I see a great playmaker," tight end Vernon Davis said. "I think Alex is still the man. In my heart I strongly believe that. You'll know next week. I'm sure (coach Jim) Harbaugh will make a nice decision, who he wants to go with.
"I'm sure Alex is still our guy."
Smith didn't look like "the guy" on Sunday. He was cleared for contact after suffering a concussion two weeks ago, yet remained on the sidelines at the Superdome.
Offered the opportunity, Harbaugh did not commit to Kaepernick as his starter next week at St. Louis.
Smith and Kaepernick were friendly after the game at their neighboring lockers, exchanging quiet words before Kaepernick left for a press conference and Smith answered reporters' questions at his locker.
"Obviously I want to start," Smith said. "I think I should, but it's not my decision, you know? I'm also a part of this team, and it was great to go out and get a win. That obviously comes first."
Smith said he didn't know if he was the No. 2 quarterback because of the injury or not.
"I got cleared yesterday," Smith said. "I felt good all week. That's a question for coach.
"It's a tough situation," Smith said. "Kaep went out there and played good and got a win, and that's the biggest thing for a quarterback."
By Robert Klemko