Colin Kaepernick not only took over Alex Smith's starting job. Now he takes over Smith's team captaincy.
On the 49ers, team captain is a two-year term. Smith was elected captain last year along with Justin Smith. Smith, of course, is now with the Chiefs, meaning his spot was vacant. So the 49ers elected Kaepernick to that spot while also voting in Patrick Willis and, for this week at least, C.J. Spillman as the special teams captain.
Willis and Frank Gore were elected team captains in 2011.
-- Matt Barrows