Yep, there's no doubt Jim Harbaugh, Trent Baalke, Jed York and Greg Roman can get very aggressive at the quarterback position.
Evidence: Flash back to March 2012, when the 49ers charged hard after Peyton Manning, who had just been released by Indianapolis ... while they also had a three-year, $24-million offer on the table to Alex Smith (their incumbent, playoff-game-winning starter) and had Colin Kaepernick, too.
Remember, that was when Harbaugh was being ultra-effusive about Smith.
But it was also the NFC title-game loss to the New York Giants and after Manning suddenly became available. And when that happened, Harbaugh really never blinked in the chase for Manning.
And now, the 49ers are moving forward after recently losing an NFC Championship game and Harbaugh is being ultra-effusive about Kaepernick, so ...
No, I'm not suggesting the 49ers will make a move for somebody to challenge Kaepernick's starting spot in 2014.
Kaepernick is Harbaugh's QB for the foreseeable future, period.
But after that wrenching loss to Seattle in the NFC Championship game, it's wise to remember that Harbaugh, Baalke and York have a history of going through every offseason option.
Such as ...
Back in March 2012, Manning was an unrestricted free agent but was clearly looking to stay in the AFC all along, and he bonded with Broncos exec John Elway, which is why he picked Denver.
Still, I believe the 49ers finished second in the Manning Sweepstakes and pictured him leading them to Super Bowl titles.
Let's go through each side of this one and try to figure out what it all means now ...
What would have happened if he had signed with the 49ers? You can't know if he would have stayed healthy, if he would have flourished in the Harbaugh/Roman offense, or if he would have had chemistry with the 49ers receivers.
Manning would have been good, though. And now he's one victory away from his second Super Bowl title.
At the time they were trying to sign Manning, the 49ers knew they had Kaepernick developing; they probably assumed Kaepernick was one or two seasons away from becoming a winning NFL QB; it turns out, he was only a half-season away from taking over the 49ers offense.
Plus, the attempt to sign Manning, so soon after Smith guided the 49ers to the NFC title game, showed that Harbaugh wasn't as sold on Smith as he always said he was.
Smith played very well before he got hurt in 2012, experienced the Kaepernick ascension, and then after the season, Smith was traded to Kansas City for two second-round draft picks.
He's better off for having gone through all that he went through with the 49ers, and he's better off in K.C. now with Andy Reid and an offense set up around his skill set.
After his explosive debut season in 2012, this season Kaepernick started all 16 games, the 49ers went 12-4, and his runs and throws were huge factors in the 49ers' road playoff victories over Green Bay and Carolina.
Harbaugh wanted to get more dynamic at the QB position, so, even after all the work to build up Smith, the whole time he had his eye on Kaepernick, a 2011 draft pick.
And the chase for Manning surely had a little Kaepernick Component, too -- what better QB mentor for Kaepernick than Peyton?
But that's not how it worked out and the 49ers are in a good spot with Kaepernick, who is still only 26 and has already won more big games on the road than most QBs do in their whole careers.
Can Kaepernick win a Super Bowl? He almost won one last season and he was close enough this season, again, at a very young point in his career, to figure that yes, with the right circumstances he can win one or two down the road.
By the way, I've seen some 49ers fans arguing that Smith would have gotten them past Seattle, but that's being incredibly situational.
Maybe Smith doesn't turn it over three times in the fourth quarter, but do you think he makes those runs in the first half to get the 49ers ahead?
But as this all flows, maybe Kaepernick can learn a lesson about the Manning pursuit two years ago.
The 49ers will always be searching to get better, to make that leap to Lombardi Trophy Land, and if they think they can upgrade any position -- even QB -- they have proven they will take a shot at it.