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Alex Smith Discusses QB Situation

Posted by Alex Espinoza on November 29, 2012 – 3:23 PM

Being the competitor he is, Alex Smith was understandably upset to hear that he won’t be the starting 49ers quarterback on Sunday in St. Louis.

Earlier this week, coach Jim Harbaugh met with Smith and Colin Kaepernick, eventually telling both talented signal-callers that Kaepernick would get the starting nod for the third straight game. While Smith wishes he could be out on the field, he will be counted on to be a valuable asset and teammate for Kaepernick.

“This is such a great team, such a great group of guys in this locker room,” Smith said. “There’s something special going on. It’s a tough pill to swallow, for sure.”

It’s been easy to spot Smith the past two contests, as he’s often been helping Kaepernick on the sideline with the 49ers coaching staff, breaking down images of the game and talking strategy. Smith said he harbors no ill feelings towards Harbaugh, who had a tough decision to make between two quality quarterbacks.

“No resentment,” Smith said. “I don’t get to make those decisions, that’s what he gets paid to do. He’s the head coach. I play football, that’s what I’m going to continue to do. Continue to get ready and make the most of my next opportunity.”

Smith is in his eighth year of an eventful NFL career and has been an exemplary professional throughout. This situation is no different, as the veteran earned praise from Harbaugh for the way he’s handled it.

“All these decisions are difficult and you think through them the best you possibly can,” Harbaugh said. “Alex is a class act all the way. He’ll prepare as he is the starter and that’s what we would expect. And be ready to go in and play and contribute to this football team.”

Smith has excelled under Harbaugh’s guidance, leading the 49ers to a 19-5-1 record in the 25 regular season games that he’s started since 2011. He was also ranked in the top five of NFL quarterback rating at the time of his concussion against the Rams in Week 10, while he still leads the league in completion percentage (70 percent).

“It’s tough, “Smith said. “That’s why I said you kind of state your case with your play, and I felt like I’d done that. So in that sense, it is tough.”

But the 49ers have still looked impressive with Kaepernick at the controls in the past two wins, a 32-7 home victory against Chicago and last week’s 31-21 win at New Orleans. Regardless of who gets the call at quarterback, offensive coordinator Greg Roman feels lucky to have Kaepernick and Smith on his team.

“We’re in a very great situation,” Roman said. “We have two winning quarterbacks on our roster. They both compete hard every day to be the best they can be and help us win. That’s a good situation to be in.”

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161 Responses to “Alex Smith Discusses QB Situation”

  1. By Drew on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    I’m very surprised Harbaugh benched Alex Smith like this. It reminds me of when Mike Ditka years later admitted he made a mistake by not letting Walter Payton score a Touchdown in the Superbowl. It seemed right at the time, but years later he realized it was cold and heartless.

    Wasn’t it Vince Lombardi who said, “It’s not whether you win or lose that counts, but how you play the game”?

  2. By sadstory on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    This is a tough one. Harbaugh better be careful.. He benched Ginn for the fumble last week too.. Might start to hurt team morale.. If Kap is so much better,, he should of been starting from the get go.

  3. By Carlos Borba on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Alex have been there for this team and I love him for that but he had 8 years in the nfl and he did good but when same one comes and plays like Colin it’s time for a change sorry Alex it’s all business

  4. By Will C on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    He benched Ginn last week because that was clearly not a punt he should have returned, he tried to be a hero and it cost the team a possession and led to 7 pts from NO.

  5. By dancingbearx on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Am I the only person who cannot get the video or audio to work anymore on 49ers.com?

  6. By Ted on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Smith is a game manager, Kaepernick is a move the ball down the field kind of guy. I’m on Smiths side of this, he didn’t do anything wrong to lose his starting spot. It’s unfortunate that because of an injury he lost it. As for Ginn, he wasn’t benched, he sustained a wrist injury.

  7. By jsmove707 on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    This is just unfortunate giving the fact of all the years Alex Smith had to fight for this team before the playoff possibilities. The 49ers are now a one the best teams in the league right now thanks to Alex Smith and all his hard work will go down the drain.

  8. By MC33 on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    ^^^ And he benched Alex Smith for what?

  9. By junior on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    thats a dump desicus alex put his effort into his football and a concussion sets him on the bench thats not right let him finish the season out

  10. By Pro9erG on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah maybe he is being so quick with the trigger now because he wish he would have last year when kyle was fumbling the ball all over the place in the NFC chip. He is definitely endager of creating eggshells in the locker room.. when you got players that dont want to look you in the eye because they question your decision its tough… PLUS we are playing well. Ive been saying ths all week. It be great to win a SB with Kaep BUT it be Hollow with Alex on the sideline. He Deserves his shot at glory with this team Built for a Championship Run.

  11. By MC33 on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Rookie QB’s get pummelled in the playoffs. . . Hopefully If that happens, Coach will see that soon enough for Alex Smith to fill in and turn it around. . if it happens.

  12. By Danny on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Couldn’t have said it better….”true professional” over the past 8 years. We can only imagine what more disasters could have taken place if Alex had decided to go on a QB controversy drama queen skit. Heck, we might have to deal with N.Suh being on are team. Remember the 2005 draft? A.Rodgers and Alex were considered practically identical as players. I have little doubt that if Alex had the same environment, he would have excelled…well, I think he wouldn’t have to battle the “game manager” label all the time at the very least. I really hope he can become a Rich Gannon type and flourish later in his career.

  13. By Jason on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    LOL. Vince Lombardi DID NOT say “it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” That’s what peewee coaches tell little kids. Vince actually said, “If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?”

  14. By 16too80 on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Still waiting for Coach Harbaugh to make a bad decision……. this team is not built around a quarterback – it’ll s about defense, running the ball, and special teams. The coaches (and fans) know what Alex brings to the position, and now want to see what Colin can bring and if there is any upside in his play. Everyone should just hold judgement until a few more games are under Kaepernick’s belt…….

  15. By MC33 on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Well, it’s Bill Walsh who said, “Don’t play to win. Play not to lose.” Where do’e each QB option works with that especially when one has as little nfl experience as he does.

  16. By 9ers fan on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Smith is a whiner. Hope Kaepernick continues to be successful with this team.

  17. By Franky Paulos on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    I love the 49ers, and I always will. They are a great team. Harbaugh said he wants to do what is best for the team. I like Smith, and Kap, I can see Smith coming back if Colin struggles or even if we lose one game. “Hot hand” I see Harbaugh not wanting to change anything to disturb our winning streak. Smith is one of the toughest NFL players out there, especially mentally. I believe he will still train hard, and when his time comes again, I believe he can take the 49ers all the way.

  18. By Rey Rey on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Alex Smith Niner Faithful…..if i was Smith i would Quit on Harbaugh see what happens when Kaep starts sucking and end all the niner fans superbowl run!!!!!

  19. By Gary on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Guys chill out wow.. Harbaugh is playing it smart.. hes resting his starter for the play off’s durrrrr……

  20. By Jake on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Smith is a better fit for the 9ers style of football in my opinion. He’s conservative, yes, but he’s consistent. That’s more important for a team built around running the ball and forcing your opponent to make mistakes with your defense. Kaeper will cost us turnover’s the way he runs with the ball away from his body and our team will struggle recovering from turnovers with our style of play. We need conservative and consistent with our style of game. GO NINERS!

  21. By OOZAROO on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Harbaugh has a really uncommon but really difficult decision. How many coaches are stuck deciding between two quarterbacks that can lead a team as effectively as they both do? I think its unfair to really give either of them the job, without making the other feel their effort wasn’t good enough. Smith has shouldered the ups and downs and has finally gotten the rhythm to carry this team to a trophy: Colin stepped up in a difficult situation and proved to be just as explosive and dynamic.

    Reminds me of the movie Any Given Sunday, I think Harbaugh made a bad call this week, Smith deserves the opportunity to show he’s a competitor, he’s been winning with this team for 2 seasons now, he’s got the poise and experience, Colin will have his time soon enough. Hang in there Alex, Niner Faithful got your back!

  22. By Jaspreet Dhadda on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    This was not a tough decision at all. Harbaugh drafted Kaepernick, actually moved up to get him for this reason. If Alex was so good why did the Niners go after Manning? Coming off a 13-3 season and still no team was rushing to sign Alex. Kap has more upside, potential, better skills to lead Niners to the superbowl. Harbaugh this whole time has wanted to put Kap in there, too bad for Alex his injury was the perfect moment for that to happen. The players, fans, and most analyst all agree that Kap is the best man to roll with. He won his last 2 games and is just getting started. Some guys are just ready to play great football, look at RG3 and Luck…

  23. By Jason on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    as much as i loved watching the 49ers roll over the bears on monday night football, that was more a defensive game despite the high scoring. the bears offense looked foolish. and against the saints the 49ers had 2 defensive touchdowns which won the game, not necessarily kaepernick…

  24. By Stephen on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Consider it a joy, you have two good quarterbacks when other teams are struggling to find one good one. Kaepernick needs the experience and the Rams will be a good team to get that experience with, when it comes to the Patriots in a couple of weeks then I would put Smith back in

  25. By Stephan on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Everybodys memories are so short…. Even after last yrs deep run to the NFC Championship the Media and us fans were talking about A. Smith being a game manager. Unfortunately, he’s a good QB not a great one. Last yr when A Rodgers sat out the last game of season and his back up threw 6 TD’s, did the even consider benching him.. Not a chance.. Smith is not an elite QB and Kap hasn’t proven he is YET. but he sure is fun to watch….

  26. By Niner4ever on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    First, I love my Niners and always will. Kapper’s doin good; nothing against him. Love Harbaugh and all the coaches; tremendous respect for all involved. That being said: this is a slap in Alex’s face. Period. He did NOTHING to lose his job! On the contrary, he’s one of the best QBs in the league right now. The situation was handled poorly and unprofessional. Now, every time one of our starters gets injured, and another player steps up and plays decent, he’ll be thinking, “Well, that’s it for me; might as well clean out my locker.” I’m sure Harbaugh wouldn’t want this nonsense happening to him if the situation was reversed. Get Alex back in, people! And GO NINERS!

  27. By Denise Brown on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    It’s about winning games, and that’s what Kaep is doing, so why jinx a good thing, Alex Smith is not out for the season but for now we need to keep the football rollin’ and we never know, Smith could come back and start next game but it’s been nice seeing Kaep do his thing. As long as we continue to win I don’t care who the QB is. LOVE MY NINERS!!!

  28. By David on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    I’m amazed by all these opinions that claim to know better than the very coach that is taking us further than we’ve been for years.
    How about you all just shut up and enjoy the winning team?

  29. By Jay on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Okay ginn hurt his wrist excuses he messed up and he was benched

  30. By conradap on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    The only thing I can ask is which QB has got the best chance to beat the NY Giants (if they meet in the playoffs again)? Alex has already had two chances and didn’t do enough. Kap hasn’t proven he’s able to as well, but it looks like he can do things like getting out of the pocket and throw downfield easier than Smith – two things that could prove to be a better match up against the current Superbowl Champs. Sucks for Alex, but it’s the best chance to get to the Superbowl, and Kap needs all the game reps he can get before the playoffs.

  31. By niner on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe we can trade alex smith to the chiefs for some picks

  32. By John L on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Definitely tough for Alex to swallow and you can make a case that he certainly doesn’t deserve to be on the bench. However – Harbaugh’s job is to win. And to do that he owes it to the ownership, coaches, players and fans to put the very best player on the field at each position, week in and week out. He’s doing that by starting Kaep.

  33. By cody on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    winning games is great but its way better with alex smith mostly because he gets the job done, if the niners didnt get those pick sixes against the saints they wouldnt have won with capernick. i like capernick hes a great guy but at the same time he isnt doing any better than alex smith. alex just got pow a week before his concussion, he has been playing great so there really was no reason to bench him

  34. By John on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    No two ways about it, a slap in Alex’s face. The guy has been playing very well and has won 80% of his games. Yeah Colin did fine although believe the ” new mighty and dynamic O” only scored 17 points versus the Saints. One of the worst defenses in NFL. The D won that game. Oh well, if I’m Alex my head hurts when Mr. Arrogant, I mean Harbaugh, goes to put him in to save a game. Hope they lose in the 1st round!!!

  35. By Lisa on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Let Alex Smith play!!!!!!

  36. By cort b on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    great move coach!Kap is the future and the future is Now.Smith is too hesitant in the pocket against elite teams like ny giants.And the field goals with Smith,Cmon man!We need 7 in the redzone trips and Kap does that.He also stretches the field a little more than Smith.

  37. By Size49 on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    I still think if Alex is healthy he should be the starter until he shows he’s not capable and then bring in Kap now that we know what we have as a backup. But that’s why Harbaugh get’s paid the “Big” bucks. Glad I’m not in his shoes.
    Go NINERS!!!

  38. By johninchina on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    hey guys, isn’t it fun to watch the ‘9ers again, i mean it’s exciting, win or lose, we get to see a qb look down the field and throw the ball to one of our weapons, and boy do we have ‘em ! Just great, can’t wait to see how we come out against the Lambs of St Louis . . . this is the day, 49ers all the way, and the Giants are still the quality team I want to see us beat in the playoffs !

  39. By #1 49er fan on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    We’ve delt with Alex’s sh*t for a long time. He is good but inconsistent. I say stay with Kap!

  40. By brooks on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Come on people. Lets be real here. Alex has played well , but hasnt won us many games. He definitely led the charge against the saints last year, ill give him that. But we are so good because of our fantastic defense and special teams. Alex being good is a result of having excellent players around. Hes actually not that good hes just smart and makes good decisions. Am i the only one who sees how good this team could be with a great not good qb? Kaep has a lot to prove but could be that guy. Come on people. Alex smith has not made the niners all that better, the niners have made him look better. Hes smart and makes good choices but is not a playmaker like kaep. Lets see how good the niners can be with a potentially great qb. Harbaugh has made us what we are, why dont you trust him? He sees it, why cant you?

  41. By James R Sinclair on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Our Niners were incredibly impressive last season with their 13-3 record and NFC Championship appearance; with Alex at the helm. That being said, let’s not forget who the highest scoring 49er was; David Akers. He even broke Jerry Rice’s single-season scoring record. Now ask yourself why. We won a lot of close ones. We had red zone troubles. And we really didn’t click on offense. In the off season, we added offensive tools (some might say weapons); Jacobs, Manningham, Moss, and draft picks. Despite such additions, our offense has looked flat at times, we didn’t look like the better team against the Giants, we tied against the RAMS, and our weapons have made little or no difference. That is, until Colin stepped in, opened up the offense, went deep, and played with the new toys. I feel for Alex, as he has been playing well and deserves to still be starting. Having said that, Colin has the arm, the confidence, the legs, and the spirit to take our incredible team to the next level.

  42. By Nancy M on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Alex Smith unfortunately will never be a winning quartback. He is mediocre at best. I really feel sorry for him but Colin is the way to go. He makes things happen. I can hardly believe that he is this good and he is only beginning. When he came off the bench in the Chicago game and was so incredible, I became a fan. He reminded me of my Joe Montana coming off the bench 3 string. God those were the days. This team is so awesome and what can I say about the defense who every game depends on them. I could marry every one of them I love them that much. I trust Harbaugh even if I disagree with some of his things. GO NINERS YOU ARE SO AWESOME. Thanks for the fun.

  43. By mucka ferguson on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    nothing will stop Alex. NFL is a business/entertainment. “Are you not entertained”? I pray Alex’s melon is fixed. We’re playoff bound, who cares who’s throwing the rock?

  44. By Beau Ickes on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    I just want to say, my daughter is really upset about this. She really feels for Alex it brought her to tears. She doesnt understand why he was replaced. I tried to explain it to her, but she just kept right on with it. I told her that football is a game for us, but a business for them.. Its emotional to us, but $$$ to them.

  45. By Dant on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Are you guys kidding me? I have been a 49er fan for over 40 years.. Number one, you rate a “good” QB on ability to change the route, spot the open reciever, scramble,look off defenders, Smith does NONE of that! He is the most inconsistant qb in the NFL! The only thing he does consistant is when he is pressured, rolls right and throws it away!! A good QB is a consistant QB week in and week out.. With Smith you have no idea from week to week what is going to happen. I have NO faith in him!! You can’t expect a lineman to hold his block for no more than 3-4 secs..Thats why he gets sacked, he does not move in and around the pocket… Enough said! When the 49ers go to the super bowl this year, they better have Kapp behind center… Be cause Smith with his lackluster, incosistant play, it will be the 49ers firtst SB lose !! Trade him, cut him, stop the bleeding !!

  46. By 49ers for life on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    C’mon everybody was calling for Alex’s head for years but now that he is on the bench now everybody is on his side..true Alex didn’t do anything to lose his job but ask yourself a few questions how many times have you called for Alex to throw it down the field? How many times have you said don’t take that sack get rid of the ball? Though I’m not fully sold on Kaep he has been aggressive with his play so far and provided a spark for the offense which is obvious by the last two and half games. Just let this thing play out because this is the only year you will these two QBs on the same team because I’m sure with the one year contract Alex has there is more of chance he will not even be a 49er next season….. So just enjoy the potential of the SAN FRANCISCO 49ers this year!!

  47. By Pro9erG on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Im a Kaep Guy, But i respect Alex. After the Troy Smith thing and even the Shaun hill situation he could have fallen off the boat and said forget this team but his play at the time wasnt deserving.If this was just about Winning then Alex should start. His play is currently deserving. When you do things like this it kinda Cheapens the journey a team takes because its kind of a un loyal move. Its like that dude in madden that has 1 play that works every time. he may win but you dont really respect it. Let Alex have his moment then start Kaep next yr.

  48. By rypat on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    I really feel horrible for Alex. All that he has been through with this team and to lose his job like this stinks! The problem is, NFL is big business and whoever gives a team the best chance to win will play. I have been and will continue to be a huge Alex Smith fan but if Kap continues to have success this will be the last year any of us see Alex in a 49er uniform!

  49. By david on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    we got your back smith……thank you for all yor hard work

  50. By Jawaid on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    BRING BACK SMITH!!!!!!!!@!@!

  51. By Tony on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Alex had his shot last year and didnt get it done…Im SICK of us gettin to the redzone and end up kickin field goals…Alex needs to stfu and sit down and watch us win over and over and over again… SB baby!!

  52. By Randy K. on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Alex Smith knows everybody on that roster will either now, or later be replaced by another player with more skill. From Patrick Willis to the last man that made the squad this year. He should also acknowledge that Coach Harbaugh resurrected his career. He now could probably go anywhere in the NFL and be a backup and command a pretty good salary. He also could still be a starter on few other teams too. He also should acknowledge that because of the 49ers he really doesn’t have to work a day for the rest of his life. But, Coach Harbaugh could have let Alex know exactly what he was thinking when they went to evaluate Peyton Manning. Now ,many of his players will wonder what he is really thinking from now on which could end up destroying this team from whithin.

  53. By Isaac on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Coach Harbaugh knows what he is doing, besides Alex is really inconsistant when he is in the pocket. Kapp gives us a much better chance at being a really explosive offense after all thats why we went and signed WRs this year so we can run effective than air it out!! Alex had his chance if it wasnt for coach he would already be a backup somewhere else.

  54. By don on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Harbaugh brought Two things to the 49ers which had a lot of talent
    already …… The West Coast Offence ( Bill Walsh Offence ) and he brought the Team Together and The Trust in what he was going to do.

    Well he has Handled this QB Situatation VERY VERY Badly and has distroy this Team because the Players will now see the TRUST they had is Now ….. GONE !!! The way he Conned Alex Smith tells all of the other Players that Anything He Says to them CAN NOT Be TRUSTED and watch how fast the team Todether-ship falls apart. Watch !!!

    Alex Smith Should Tell Harbaugh … Trade ME or Release Me Now .

    Harbaugh will only try to Keep Alex as Insurance in case Kaep gets
    injured and then dump him when the season is over.

    Harbaugh is a Selfish Con man and only cares about himself.

    Alex you are smart … Dump Harbaugh Now …He really does not care about you .. he is a user!!! …That can not be TRUSTED !!! THe other Players will see in Time .

  55. By Isaac on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    @Randy K there will be no destorying the team from within everyone is on the outside looking in when they make these comments Coach Harbaugh is a Players coach and players know the business side of the NFL especially at this point in the season.

  56. By Tony on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Alex threw 1 TD and 4 picks in 2 games against the Giants and Seahawks…and u can take that to the bank! we have some of the best players on our team.. we need another ring…we dont need Alex. #Truth

  57. By Nissa on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    While I feel bad for Smith I feel worse for Coach. I’ve been a fan since I was a kid & the last 2 yrs. have been AWSOME :) Smith is good & Kap needs work, but together the 49ERS have what most teams only dream of: 2 Hot Hands LOL

  58. By AHH on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Those that are complaining about treatment of Alex Smith. Either really aren’t 49er fans at all. Alex is good .. But hasn’t won the big one yet. Noes the time to get Kap ready .. Not in the playoffs.

    Go 49ers

  59. By Edward on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    I cant believe what I’m reading. Alex Smith owes Harbaugh not the other way around. Do any of you remember the decade before Coach Harbaugh arrived. I wish my memory was as short as most of you on this site. Besides Smith was injured diving for an extra half a yard. Anybody remember Smiths past injuries trying to be something he’s not.

  60. By Edward on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    OK I didnt make it to the later posts. GO NINERS

  61. By Murph on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    There are no eggshells in this locker room. You hear Alex say that there is something special going on. You can see these guys believe in each other, and they believe in the coaches game-plan. What is happening to Alex might seem unfair but this is business and before these coaches turned him around in these last two years he wasn’t putting in “ANY” positive performances. He was the fall guy for the 49ers ugly football,(not saying it is his fault) but it looks like that might have traumatized him a little bit in the fact that hes doesn’t take risk’s needed like Kapernick. He doesn’t get outside the pocket and extend plays like Kapernick, and he does’t throw the football down the field. Alex running outside of the pocket and falling forward in front of a linebacker is NOT the kind of risk that should be taken. There should have been no doubt in his mind to throw that ball away but it looked like he froze up and got his bell rung. It looks like Alex needs to unlearn some of the things that hes picked up in the past years because he was that Run ‘ Gun QB at Utah. Unfortunately for him is the next guy up is making a strong case and he might not get that chance to prove himself again.

    NO RISK NO REWARD!!!

  62. By Gabe on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    You guys are killing me with these comments…the 1st 7 yrs you wanted to kill Smith because of what he wasn’t doing anyting…Remember he’s a #1 draft pick who hasn’t proved that he can win the big game…This isn’t the first time this has happened…Remember Bledsoe never got his job back after he got hurt and look how that turned out…just saying Kap gives the 49ers the best chance to use the receivers down the field…defense is going to do there thing we need a QB that can move the ball and Smith ain’t it. With the play book being open now defenses have to prepare a lot different and can’t sit 7 or 8 men in the box and play our receivers 1 on 1.

  63. By Gabe Flores on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Alex Smith all the way!!!

  64. By Shelli on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Smith is a great roll model!!!!

  65. By all9ers on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Harbaugh is smart and is not acting on sentiment like a bunch of Alex-supporting-cry babies that I’m hearing above, but on what he should, winning and giving the whole team the best shot, including Alex, to get the SB ring. If Alex isn’t a cry baby he will work even harder to be better, because he obiously isn’t as good as Manning and Kap,otherwise no one would have been looking or having to decide. This will make a compeitive man stonger and not weaker, unless his abilities hit a max. I’m not saying Kap is better but it should seems like it and we will all know really soon how good he really is. And if he isn’t good, and if Alex doesn’t get better by this trial then the niners need to look for another guy to be the QB next year. I would give Kap a chance first if I care about WINNING the SB. I would leave Alex in if I wanted to have a winning percentage but not ever winning the SB. If Alex plays again and isn’t more aggressive with the ball then he is hopeless and will never be great. His play on this team or with his next team will tell how bad he wants it.

  66. By Joshua Nelson on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    This is the wrong decision. Colin is obviously an excellent quarterback, no one is denying that. He has played two games, and done quite well in both, which is amazing to watch. Except for that terrible throw that led to an interception, Colin has been playing extremely well.

    That being said, Harabaugh has still made the wrong choice. Personally, after watching the Saints game, I have never been so turned off to 49ers football. There is something missing now. Before, we had this great sorry going. The story of someone who got booed by fans, who got laughed at by pundits, and who was shamed by other players, and with all that, he turned it around. It was a success story of rebirth and hard work – something that got me excited to watch every single week. I wanted to see how Alex Smith would do. I was rooting for the team, obviously, and have been for years, but now that story is gone. He is benched. I fell in love with watching this guy break records, and people still naysaying him. That was awesome, it was exciting. Now that is lost…. And why? That story was awesome, and I know others were following it to. I support Alex starting as quarterback of another team because I know he could take the right team all the way. I simply can’t wait to see it. Here I am, one of the people who booed him a couple of years ago, and now I find myself a fan of Alex Smith more than I am of the Niners. Stay strong, man!

  67. By Jose Gonzalez on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Alex deserves to be the starter hand down. He worked through the very tough times and brought us so close to a NFC championship. I had respect for Jim Harbaugh and thought he would make the right decision. I hope Alex keeps his head and knows that he a lot of supporters out there!

  68. By all9ers on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    A guy could work as hard as Alex for years but if there is a guy that is better and is younger then you should go with the guy who gives you the best chance, too many feeling for Alex going around. All you guys with all these feeling wouldn’t be wining coaches like Harbaugh. You would all get fired and replaced by a coack like Harbaugh!

  69. By Kathy on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Kaepernick has eye of the tiger and I say let Alex rest and practice as long as possible for the ultimate moment …his feelings have been hurt too regardless he is still human so have to be very careful dealing with emotions of ppl …I love Alex Smith…but, as they say…save the best for last !!

  70. By Murph on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    whoever is saying that “we wouldn’t have won the saints game if we didn’t get those 2 interceptions” Need to shut their mouths!!! Kapernick put up 17 pts and it should have been 21 and he converted a 3rd and 17 to keep Drew Brees off the field in a key moment….. Kapernick extends drives and increases time of possession, he did what he needed to do to win the game…. Convincingly 31-21 GOOD JOB KAPERNICK!!!

  71. By Murph on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    GO 49ers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  72. By gryphonblaze on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    i wish kaep the best but, JH should demand smith to be more gunner mentality if hes not satisfied by playing it safe.smith can do that but he needs to develop that for 4 quarters not just when there trailing in some games.

  73. By oldninerfan on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    I listen to Harbaugh and I hear something very different than what I see people writing here. I’ve heard Harbaugh say a number of times that he has 2 starting quarterbacks and he’s going with the one with the hot hand right now.

    Somehow people are interpreting that as meaning that Alex is second string. Harbaugh has gone out of his way to say that Alex is a starter, not a backup. He’s just not the starter for the Rams game this Sunday. Kaep’s earned the right to one more start. After that Harbaugh will evaluate and choose the qb he thinks has the best chance against Miami.

  74. By all9ers on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    The DIAMOND EXAMPLE:
    both QBs are like diamonds. Alex is like a 1ct diamond and we know that. Kap is a diamond in the rough that looks like he can be chisled into a 2ct, and I think this is what the coaches see Who knows, he might be a 1/2 ct, only time will tell. I think there is time to find out, plus the 9ers need to make a smart multi million dollar decision with Alex #2?? They want to see what kind of diamond he is and now it the time and place, the Twilight Zone!

  75. By RioMike on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Joe and Steve were great, but this is who you want to be, kids. Shame on you coach.

  76. By Carlito on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Alex Smith is garbage. Jim H is the reason anyone is still supporting him because he resurrected his career. So what he leads the league in Qb percentage but you hardly throw the ball. I’ve seen plenty of plays where Alex misses the open man, checks down because he afraid to make a mistake.you have to be wide open for Smith to throw you the ball.i need a confident leader no one who is still scared. kap is hungry and tried to still the job in preaseason. Every game we have lost this year has been because of “Alex”. Some Qbs learn bad habits and I think it’s hard to break them. kap is as good as any of the Qbs drafted in the past couple of years and he makes our team better. With more experience I believe he would make the offens better. With that being said #1 defense, great special teams, great run game,tons of weapons almost anyone could be our Qb but not Alex. Troy Smith out played Alex and it caused Singletarty his job. He has lost his job how many times? Not saying Kap won’t make a mistake but at least he will try to make a play. The players are loyal but ask the wide outs if now they will run routes expecting the ball. I could on for days……….

  77. By Sporty P Korte on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Get your rest, Alex…..we are going to need you for the playoffs and Super Bowl Run! Go Niners!

  78. By lynn on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Anybody else think without the two D scores last week would have lost last week????? kapernick is not ready to be everyday qb

  79. By Carlito on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    I know you wasn’t saying that the last past eight years. You probably wanted someone else the year we drafted Alex. If Alex is the man for the job than I think he would be on the field. Give the Manning’s, Brady,Rodgers,Brees the 49ers offenses I guarantee the team would go undefeated.this is a tough a decision but sometimes they have to be made.Go 9ers and go Kap.

  80. By 49thsamurai on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Bottom line is that the most important person on the Niners is not Smith or Kaepernick. It’s Harbaugh. Without him and the rest of our coaches there would be no QB discussion just more questions of when the team is going to get back to the glory days. Coach Harbaugh has made this team what it is and whatever he chooses is the right decision.

  81. By johnathon hernandez on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    ****To be honest with you guys, this is what the niners need. a spark…kap gives them a spark. and at the qb position. weve been waiting for a qb for years. Alex is alright but it took him years to be just alright…Kap is good now and is going to be great years to come.

  82. By Humble Gold on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    I love our true 49ers. Hey- Hey- Just hope CARMA does not act up.

  83. By Noteriety on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, never knew there was this much Alex Smith support in Niners land. I remember battling scores and scores of Niners fans who called for Alex’s head back in the day. How things change. Niners are more dangerous with Kaep at the helm even if it costs a few more turnovers. Thats why we have a great D.

  84. By brent on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    i feel bad for alex but he was nothin till harbaugh came in the picture. we can get the same out of kap w/the defense we got and the runing game and than all the extras kap gives us….i might be way ahead of myself but i think he could be the next brady!!!I have not been this excited about the 9ers since the 94 season and i am a realist…..i’m feelin it!!!!!!this ones for D’BARTALO JR.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  85. By Hitman on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    What a bunch of wimpy fans! This isn’t American Idol! This isn’t a fashion show! It’s football and it’s clear that A Smith can’t win in a pressure situation, and Colin looks like he’s been an all-pro his whole life. Colin looks like he was born to play in a Super Bowl and win it. Smith looks like a guy who makes excuses and talks about “next year.” In the NFL, you don’t get too many Next Years! The Niners have an amazing defense, and they have plenty of tools on offense. They need a guy like Colin to lead them through the playoffs and to a Super Bowl win. Go Harbough!

  86. By chitown ninerfansince81 on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    alex is a cry baby let’s go kap let’s go niners

  87. By Mike on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Harbaugh should be ashamed of himself for the way he handled his decision.
    Dear NFL players, please hide your concussion or you may lose your job

  88. By Larry Lawson on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Colin is going to take the niners to another level with the offense. The more he pushes the ball down the field with the WR’s the better the running game is going to become. Now is the time to deliver a payback for the tie game. Niners 32 Rams 17.

  89. By Mike on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Does anybody else think that Trent B is calling the shots here- he was never an Alex guy. I don’t think harbaugh would do this on his owm.

  90. By Tony on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    All these Kap fans make me laugh….KNBR idiots and Kap fans keep saying how better the offense moved but his stats for both games Chicago Bears 16-23 243 yds & New Orleans 16-25 231 1td & 1td rushing, hardly that much better than Alex. The way all these Kap fans are talking you would have think that Kap has thrown for 300 + yds and 3 Tds..This reminds me of when all these Idiot fans thought Elvis Grvbac was better than Steve Young and wanted Young out. There was the Idiots that thought Tim Rattay was better than Jeff Garcia luckily Steve Young cont starter unfortunately we seen what happened when Rattay started…Same fans for Kap said that JT O’sullivan, Shaun Hiill, Troy Smith & Nate Davis better than Alex Smith and all are back up or out of league all together…Do I hate Kapernick, no, but I don’t like him either.. If Harbaugh wanted this guy to start and somehow I believe he wanted him to start season, why bring Alex back. Now to me Harbaugh does not seem to think we can win the SuperBowl this year because as soon as Defensive coaches figure this kid out and he struggles you might as well stick with him going forward since you know Alex won’t be back next season. I really hope we draft a better QB next season if Alex is released because I don’t think Kap is the future..Reports are that Balke didn’t want Kap but threw Harbaugh a bone and let him draft him..I think Balke also knows a little thing about talent, he wanted to draft Andy Dalton who is a pretty good young QB…If 49ers don’t win SuperBowl this year than to me this move was the incorrect move and at the wrong time!

  91. By all9ers on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    9ers staff aren’t for Alex or for Kap, they are for the best man for the job, so it seems, that is the way they should operate and if they keep this up they might just get a couple of Super Bowl win to go with the new stadium, that is going to be good for all 9er fans, no matter where you stand on the QB situation. I feel like “HANDCUFFS WERE REMOVED” for all the receivers, RB, TE ;-)

  92. By Mike on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    I’m starting to think that Harbaugh is just a little weasel. I’m starting to think that his unfinished business as a mediocre quarterback in the NFL is haunting him.
    For his credibility, I hope that Kaepernick performs all the way to the Superbowl or people will be calling for Harbaugh’s head. Everyone will have it better than Harbaugh then!! Yes, I am a Fortyniner fan.

  93. By all9ers on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    All these Alex fans make me laugh….they are all touchy-feely that aren’t consered for the team, competitive or desire to win. They are just happy with good stats, a winning recored and loosing at the end… What fun is that, I’m a fan because I want to win, every year if possible, I wish Alex had the talent now, he doesn’t, let’s see if he gets it and betters himself so we all can say “we want Alex”, but it is not happeing at this time!!!!

  94. By all9ers on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    ALEX, do the 9ers and their fan base a favor and tell all your fans, like the losing politician does, that you concede and that you support Kap. Then do something about it by developing your abilities, actions speak louder than words. Don’t say just that you want to play, if and when you get your next chance, then PROVE IT BY YOUR highly improved PLAY!

  95. By jam on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Alex didn’t lose his job because of a concussion. Alex lost his job because Jim Harbaugh doesn’t think that Alex can lead the team to Superbowl victory. Right or wrong it is Jim’s decision to make and we need to respect that. What is BS is that Jim needs to be straight with Alex. It is okay to break up with someone because you realize that person is not right for you…Jim is coming off as the type of person who will break up with you as soon as someone hotter comes along. In the long run this is going to hurt the team.

  96. By all9ers on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Coaches do this breakup thing thousands of time every season in the NFL, it is extemely competitive and cruel but it is part of the sport, most of these players get paid way more per year that most of us will make in our life. They have to be like politicians agian, liars, inorder to do their job so what are you talking about JAM?

  97. By all9ers on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Alex lost his job because of his abilities and play, he did ok, but not good enough, think it all the way thru 9ER fans!!!!

  98. By all9ers on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    I have to go to sleep so I can go earm my lifetime total of 1million in my 40year+ work career, but I have this final thought, if Alex was a way better talent, he could have 10 concussions and he would still have his job! Alex is a backup because of Alex and no one else, think it all the way thru 9ER fans!!!!

  99. By jmaine on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Feel bad for Alex Smith because I’ve been sticking up for the guy when he showed that he was actually a good QB on a bad team in 08, but you got to look at it from all sides. Harbaugh has to do whats best for the team, and You also got to look from Kapernick’s view. This man went in there and played great, he played to try and take a starting job, and the way that he played earned it. If coach didn’t go with Kapernick then it looks like they go by loyalty rather than who is better. Either way Harbaugh went somebody would have felt like they were wronged.

  100. By Carlito on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    This is ugly situations but all Qb controversies are like this.some fans are going to be happy and some are not. I love the support but Kap is the future and has more upside than Alex and will probably benefit from the live game experience.So he needs to play now. Alex just gave him an opportunity and he took it with out looking back.We need more fire power on offense to take our team to the next level.The league changes every year and our defense and a good running game is not going to when a championship.(If) the offense gets better than we have no more real weaknesses.

  101. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    please hello ..is everyone awake …alex did nothing last year till the saints game ….where with great coaching saw some things that the coach pointed out and took advantage ..thats it ….remember our punter and kicker went to the probowl …2 things a superbowl team never have done ….you have to be kidding me …alex struggled even to drive the team for field goals wich is why he could not close out games last year and the defense had to stop teams 2 or 3 times in the closeing minutes ……alex lost to the giants in the playoffs because he could not move the ball …you all said oh we have weapons now and no more excuses ….and yet here we are …ohh poor alex this oh poor alex that …..alex was suposed to be a smart QB who scored high on a wonderlick test ….and yet when the team moved up useing 3 picks to get a QB ….alex shure missed that one ……oh and when he turned down our offer in the offseason and the coach said fine and offered at manning ….and when ( no superbowl/probowl ) alex found out that not 1 team wanted him he crawled back to the coach and signed the contract so he didnt have to go on unemployment ……please alex has burnt this team for years and now is crying because of what …because of the millions of dollars he has for doing nothing for 7 years ….oh and by the way ….COACH WAS A QB IN THE NFL AND YES HE WAS REPLACED …AND PROBABLY WAS NOT HAPPY AND YET STAYED A MAN AND MADE SOMETHING OF HIMSELF AND I AM SURE DID NOT CRY AND MOAN TO THE MEDIA ..OR MAYB E HE DID EITHER WAY ALEX SHOULD STOP TRYING TO PUT HIS ….I ……IN TEAM

  102. By magnuss on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    I like them both, because Smith and KAEP are both great(Smith being more experienced). I still feel more loyal to Alex Smith in the situation. And I’m glad I’m not in Harbaugh’s situation.

    The Niners should have went all the way last season. And can again this year. If it comes to that; it belongs to Smith.

  103. By Dan on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with Harbaugh’s decision, that being said, it is a tough pill to swallow. Football is tough. Life is tougher. Harbaugh has an opportunity to prove the concept of Kaepernick: we are 8-2-1, we are in sole possession of the NFC West, and we now have the luxury of trying out Kaepernick, who brings a lot to the table that Alex Smith doesn’t: pressuring the perimeter, vertical stretch, and a dangerous option game. We know what Smith brings to the table, and it is very good. We also know that he, being the professional he is, will bring that to the table next time he gets the start. Kaepernick has upside that Smith does not have though, and that is a fact, and now is as good a time as any to get Kaep going. If he can stay switched on, how do you defend the 9ers?

  104. By Jamesp on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    I feel really bad for Smith, but this doesn’t compare and I don’t think anything will to the day the 49ers let Joe Montana go. I grieved for years.

  105. By Nate on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Kaepernick makes this good team great. He is explosive athleticly and has a cannon for an arm, compared to Alex. I feel a lot better about the 49ers making a super bowl run with Kap at the helm. I think that Alex is a true professional and a solid QB, but feel that after eight years, perhaps his time in San Francisco is over. There will be plenty of starting opportunities for him else where in the league. Best of Luck to Alex in his future. Here’s to the new future of 49ers, Kapernick.

  106. By Bern on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    I too feel bad for Alex Smith. It isn’t fair that he lost his starting job. He has been through alot in his career with the 49ers, all the ups and downs, different coordinators, being benched in the past, etc. and yet he has been there, never wanting to leave when he had opportunities to do so. Finally a coach who gave him another chance and made him a winner. I understand why people feel bad for him, in fact so do I. The reality is though this game is about winning championships, and I don’t know about all of you fans out there but I want this team to win again. To be champions again. I was there during the glory years and it was great! I want those days again. If we are going to be honest, if you have watched Alex over the years you know he could never make some of the throws and plays that Kapernick made in these past two games. He brings something different to the offense, EXPLOSIVENESS! We need that, especially in the post season.I believe this is why Harbaugh is making the switch. The one question people have had about the 49ers chances to win a Superbowl is the play of the Quarterback. That means Alex Smith. I have had those same questions and I imagine so has Jim Harbaugh. Now it’s Kapernick’s turn. I along with Harbaugh want to see what happens.GO 49ERS!!!

  107. By BD on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Lets get Alex voted to the Pro-Bowl this year…even if he doesn’t take another snap as a Niner. He deserves it.

  108. By Hermie on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Ask yourselves the question…Is Alex an elite QB…No…Is Kaepernick and elite QB…No, not yet, but may be. We know Alex is not because we have had 8yrs. to evaluate him. Kaep. will make some mistakes, but you forget that Alex also makes mistakes…we do have 2 losses this year, and he did not look all that great in them. I am really excited to see the upside of CK over the next few games!!

  109. By temper11 on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    All these “EXPLOSIVENESS’ comments. Were we watching different games? Kaep threw one and ran one vs. the Saints and nearly had 2 INTs. The offense put up 17 pts. That is what we are calling “explosive”? Alex, I support you fully, but you need to go. The SF mob will never appreciate your hard work, loyalty, intelligence, talent and self-sacrifice. All these long years the sports world has debated whether athletes should be held up as role-models… and when we finally get one we (the Mob) stone him in the town square. I would be proud if my son turned out to be half the man Alex is, and I will support him wherever his career takes him. Alex, I thank you for your time, since the day you were drafted, to what remains of 2012, as my QB.

  110. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    just 1 question when will everyone get behind the kid i mean it is not like he came in and sucked it up and lost both games and fumbled 6 times …he is real good and offers us a real good chance at a superbowl …….remember alex went up against a real easy schedule last year and did ok under a dont make any mistakes game plan ……now the niners can run a full game plan that will include the big play at any time ……huge upside and the kid has not disapointed yet ….give him 6 years before you throw him and crabs as well to vicks dogs…..alex will get his day and you can tell us all about it ……live long and grab the light as it will send you to new heights and fortune

  111. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    wow all this alex stayed to be loyal to the niners …he could not go anywhere …the niners were the only team who would even sign him both times …….so look around and find the answers so you too can celebrate all the hard work colin has put in …..he shows up 4 hours early and stays late and has been for almost 2 years he has come a long way in a short time and has earned it …i mean really he went into new orleans as a rookie and beat the saints …….alex would have lost that game as brees was torching down the field and scoreing at will …the CK kept long dirves going and gave our defense plenty of rest so they could do their job and make brees look like a chew toy ……

  112. By temper11 on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Hermie, is Brees an elite QB? He threw 5 picks last night. How about Rodgers? Alex beat him in game 1. Cam newton? He has 3 wins under his belt. You’re going to hold up 2 losses as evidence that Smith isn’t an elite QB?

  113. By KDB on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s put it into perspective. Most folks on here NEVER thought Alex could perform on the level he did so I really say to Alex, Great Job. It just also shows that MANY on here do not UNDERSTAND football, end of story, whether you like hearing that or not, it’s the truth.
    Perfect Example of a team without a system with the number 1 pick are the Panthers with SCAM Newton, right now he’s a BUST. Why no coaching, period. I also think he isn’t very good in terms of a super bowl QB; I’d take Alex over him any day.
    Now I am a HUGE Alex fan and will remain that way if he decides to leave, which he will even if he wins the Bowl for us.
    With that said, I’m a HUGE Harbaugh fan and in Harbaugh I trust, I said that before and when he was hired.
    Kap is an excellent player as well and it’s an exciting time to be a Niner Fan.
    Remember Alex has BANK and will get another Great contract and play very well next yr.

    Go Niners.

  114. By temper11 on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    11… you just said Brees was “torching down the field and scoreing at will” then you said our D was making “Brees look like a chew toy”. You’re posts make no sense, that’s why no one, except for me, continues to read them. I do, purely out of a desire to help you.

  115. By temper11 on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    I agree KDB. Will have to pick up the NFL package on comcast so I can watch Smith play next year.

  116. By giveit-togore-wegonscore on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    one word……………………..””””ALEX”””””…………………

    OH YEAH P-S GO 9ERS

  117. By iswordsman on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    I just read a couple dozen of these posts. Its amazing how many people think they know better for the team that the head coach and OC.
    If any of them thought for a moment that JH had put his own feelings before the good of the team, they would want his head!
    If anyone thinks Harb doesnt love Smith, you are delusional to the max. starting “the next man up” was as hard for jim as it was for Alex– and thats why he has the teams total respect. And why it is not fair to ANYONE if he doesnt give them ALL the best chance to win. Welcome to the future, its looking bright indeed 9er fans.
    Those members of the “but it aint fair” club can go pick up your food stamps. sorry, this aint a soap opera.

  118. By najwa on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    I am a die hard niners fan for the last 25years but I feel so disgusted with what is hapenning now I dont think I will be watching the games I cant stand looking at alex trying to look cheerful and supportive but we all know the truth I used to like jim harbaugh but not anymore no loyalty at all

  119. By Hermie on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Temper…Yes, Dre Brees is an elite QB, he has shown that over the last how many years!! Won a Superbowl I believe!; Aaron Rogers, yes another elite QB, has done it for more than a year or two. Cam Newton…No he is not, not enough time under his belt to rate him as elite.

    No, two losses do not make a QB elite or not. I would say 8 years in the league is enough to determine whether a QB is elite or not!!

    To your point, even elite QB’s have bad games, so we may as well go with the QB with the greatest upside which, would be Kaepernick.

  120. By Rob Hardwick on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    I wish Alex Smith’s professionalism would transpire to some of the so called “fans”. People are too quick to condem Harbaughs decision. He’s doing what he thinks is best for the team. Players like Gore, Davis and Willis deserve to get their ring. Jim’s just trying to make that happen. ANYWAY, ANYHOW.

  121. By Hermie on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Do you people want to win a Superbowl or what!! Harbaugh and the rest of the coaches apparently feel Kaepernick gives us the best chance at winning a Superbowl…This Year!!

  122. By iswordsman on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    And if you think Kap looks good you would be right, he looks very good indeed.
    Wait until we have Scott Tolzien @ #2. This guy brings a Marino release and instant decision making and great peripheral vision as well. Sort of a Marino/ Montana hybrid.
    Kap is balling and I’d love for it to go on and on- but I dont think he is going to be able to handle the pounding he will get waiting for the deep guy to get open. Just a feeling, hope i’m wrong but i doubt it.
    When Roman leaves to be head coach of say, Chargers next year, we might get back to a true west coast with a different OC—- purrrrfect for Scott T
    OH yes its GOOOOD to be a 9er fan!!!!

  123. By Hermie on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    To KDB’s point..I for one did not think Alex could play at the level he did the last year and a half. I have a lot of respect for him, but I also see his limits compared to Kaepernick. I do wish Alex the best of luck, but I also realize, Harbaugh has his man and it took a lot of guts to go with him.

  124. By temper11 on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Hermie, that’s fair. You can say that we’ve had 8 years to evaluate Alex. I disagree. I don’t think the first 5 years of his career you really could evaluate him. Do you think Kaep would have played well with the O Line we had in 2005, 6.7.8? We didn’t have the team that we have now. But we could argue that point to no end. Some people think that a QB should be able to win a super bowl all by himself. I do not.

  125. By Whosgotitbetterthanus on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    I miss the Niner offense of old were we blew teams away and put up alot of points. If you love a close match that’s down to the wire then you love Smith as QB. But Kaep gives us the opportunity to put up a lot of points and use our receivers again downfield. Then add this defense we should be unbeatable!! My favorite Niner games are the ones that are over at halftime and we just dominate teams like we did back in the day. Believe in Harbaugh. He knows the team better than anyone and what’s best for our success. I haven’t been this excited about the team since 90’s. Who’s got it better than us! Go Harbaugh! Go Niners!

  126. By jacob on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    all these comments about , all you guys hated smith. what about all those year he sucked. -to that I can speak for most of us Smith supporters in saying that we were wrong. It wasn’t Smith that sucked! Was NOT Smith that sucked. It was the coaches, and OC. Why did coach keep Smith? Do you guys think Its a mistake that now that we have a good OC Smith is one of the best QB in the nfl.

  127. By ogre on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Now I gotta go along with “OLD NINER”. Have been a Kezar Niner since 1957. It really is a sad note that “what have you done for me lately” perspective seems to rule (this team and) our lives in general. Instant gratification; evidently “working” for something-towards something is really not appreciated if it doesn’t fit your personal agenda. The majority of blogs presented here show resistance to the way Harbaugh has handled this situation. Loyalty, Honor, Integrity; these are the attributes you profess but don’t exhibit. Alex has shown himself to be one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL (since Harbaugh) consistantly. Hopefully, I know he will get hooked up with a viable worthy team and return to show you how wrong you were in your decision. Alex you are “the man” and Kappie is still learning. There will come a time when you can’t “wire” in every play. With all his running he stands the chance of injury. Hopefully, Alex will have signed with someone worthy and not be there to “pick up the call’! KARMA BABY

  128. By temper11 on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    agree Ogre.

  129. By chris on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    You guys remember when Brett Favre was with the Packers and they decided to go with Aaron Rodgers?…..how did that go for them?

  130. By Frank Aulgur on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Brett Favre was an old man…………Alex Smith is fairly young, and had been voted the NFL mvp the week before. Your comparison is not even close. Harbaugh better get to the superbowl this year and win it, wonderboy KAP is his guy, so it is time for both Harbaugh and Colin to put up. we expect a superbowl this year, and Harbaugh says KAP’S his quarterback with the hot hand.

    I hope he is right, because I for one think his move was a bunch of BS.

  131. By all9ers on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    MOVING TO NEXT TOPIC, I don’t see any that hasn’t been said a thousand times.

  132. By chris on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Alex last year did well as a “game manager”. Unfortunatley that won’t cut it in some games when we need to come back and score points. The vikings and giants games this year is a prime example. Alex has always had difficulty against the blitz and tends to be “captain check down” on 3rd downs which results in punts. Anyone else sick of kicking FGs? I know I am especially since Akers isn’t doing good this year. Kaep moves more in the pocket and gets away from the rush. We were among the worst teams in the legaue for sacks given up this year and over the past 2 games we gave up only 1 or 2. That scrambling ability of Kaep reminds me of a certain number 8 who won us our 5th SB. Kaep has a stronger arm too which allows us to move the ball down field. AGainst the saints we scored 17 offensive points because our O-line kept killing us with penalties on big plays. Kaep has shredded the 2nd best D in the league and won in a very hostile road environment in his first two starts. The kid is legit and if you guys are alex smith fans over niner fans well then feel free to move to become a fan of whatever team he joins next. You won’t be missed.

  133. By all9ers on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    here is the thing, it is all a conspiracy, Greg Roman is trying to get Alex to leave the 9ers so he can take him if he becomes a head coach next year, Yeah, and when he does he will win all the super bowls with Alex from now on until he retires.

  134. By 9erdog on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    What coach is doing, Is losing his credibly! and I like coach. But this is just wrong, and the way its being handled is so much worst. And if the locker room is anything like the blogs I’ve read its dived, and the most tragic part of this all!! Is that up till the 8th game of this season, everybody believed in our coach!
    not so sure its like that anymore?

  135. By scopedope on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Kaepernick is doing OK and needs to build on his experience! Also, the 49ers need a good backup QB.

  136. By 9erdog on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Something else we may see more holding calls, that seems to happen more with a scrabbling QB. When Alex came back he said “I have a job to finish” I never thought that ‘this’ coach would be the one to take that away. Something else I keep hearing how coach saved Alex’s career, but what would have happened if Alex didn’t support Coach and start up Camp Alex
    how would have coaches first year have gone ,,, ? Alex did that without a contract ,, because he bought into coaches song and dance, and the pay back ………

  137. By KDB on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Hermie,

    Goog to hear that from you and you know I’m not unreasonable either. Kap is exciting and again for me, so is Alex and as I said earlier in Harbaugh I trust. I sure as hell don’t want to go back to Nolan andSingletary Days.

    Temper 11, wherever Alex goes that will be my second favorite team for sure.

  138. By Rick W. on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    After looking at all the sniveling going on here, I feel the need to inject some reason. First, there is no written or unwriten rule that one cannot lose his job due to injury. Steve Young and Brady can attest to that, as both got their jobs the same way and their teams reached the Super Bowls as the result of it. Football always has been a “what have you done for me lately”. game. Presently, I will admit that Smith has been managed very well under Coach Harbaugh and has performed well given his limitations, but we all know that he lacks the arms strenght to throw the ball down filed, and with Smith the opposition can use press coverage and play to stop the run with the knowledge that Smith will not burn them deep. Collin keeps drives going with good 3rd down stats and has avoided at least 7 sacks over the last 2 games that Smith would have taken, keeping drives going and, for the most part, leading to points. Alex is a good guy, but we need to support what’s best for the team. Thanks.

  139. By temper11 on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    IF TEAMS CAN PLAY TO STOP THE RUN BECAUSE SMITH DOESN’T HAVE THE ARM STRENGTH, THEN WHY DO WE HAVE ONE OF THE BEST RUN GAMES IN THE NFL?

    This is such a tired argument that has no basis in reality. Smith can extend the field and has done so on plenty of occasions. He doesn’t do it often, because he – LIKE ALL FREAKING QB’S ARE TAUGHT – takes what the defense gives him. And it was working brilliantly. Why force a low percentage deep ball when you have a wide open receiver underneath? Especially when you have the defense that we have. Madden is killing us as fans. We expect in real life what we see in video games.

  140. By 9erdog on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Yards after the catch that seems to be okay for Kaepernick!

  141. By @ temper11 on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    No temper we just expect more. In the bears game Kaep threw a strike on a straight rope to for a first down while having two defenders hitting him. That would have been a sack with smith. Take what the defense gives you? Well Kaep has sure been doing that. Alex on the other hand has a tendency to hold the ball too long in the pocket which resulted in us being near the bottom of the league in sacks allowed. He has awful pocket presence where as Kaep has excellent pocket presence and has shown that by avoiding sacks and making plays. On a third and long I would rather have Kaep under center because he has a better arm and a way better ability to make plays. Smith is a game manager and in games where we are down and need to comeback (vikings and giants games this year) we need a high powered offense. We don’t get that with Alex. Thank god Harbaugh is our coach and not you guys.

  142. By all9ers on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    I second that, temper11, thanks the these Alex cry babies aren’t the coach, they would lose their coaching jobs and get replaced by a coach just like Harbaugh!

  143. By Sandi on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    I feel the coach has made a mistake; we are heading to the playoffs and we switched QB’s dont get it. Smith has done nothing wrong to be benched. I think Colin with be the future QB but not this year. Smith only signed a 1 year contract with the Niners. He has taken the Niners this far let him finish. I read comments about arm strength Montana did not have ARM strength either but he was an awesome QB. Wait till he makes a mistake then all you CK lovers will want him out. Last game he threw a pick and fumbled…. Sad to see Smith on the side lines with his helmet on ready to play. Walsh would never put Young in over Montana…..

  144. By 49er faithful on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Coach if you are listening, I hope that you let Alex Smith take this team to the Superbowl. He deserves it. Than make your decision next year.

  145. By all9ers on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Coach if you are listening, I hope that you DON’T let Alex Smith try to take this team to the Superbowl. He doesn’t deserve anything but what his skill allow, and at this time is being the backup. Good decision and I think you have a WAY BETTER chance of winning this year.

  146. By truefansince82 on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    This is a professional decission and I stand with the coach. Does Alex have what it takes to be a Superbowl winner? Or does this 2nd year QB take an offense that is designed around Alex and makes it an explosive offense become a player that can take any offense designed by the coach and make it work?????
    I say yes.

  147. By 149erfaninahousefullaraidas on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    Alex, if you’re reading this. I booo’d you vehemently when you came into the league and commented every chance I got on Yahoo sports about your play. But THEN, I watched in AWE as you began to fulfill your promise last season and after the NO playoff game… I apologized on behalf of all like minded 9er fans.
    Dude, you’ve earned my RESPECT AND i do not give it LIGHTLY.
    You’ve ALSO earned my support with this “controversy”
    Alex Smith is the MAN and deserves to be on the field NOW, why build him up only to tear him down??
    Let me see if I have this correct. Alex WON the job at the beginning of the season competing AGAINST Kap AND others. He did nothing to lose the job and yet he’s on the bench??? We should ALL show up to Candlestick with #11 jerseys on!
    GO 49ERS/ ALEX!

  148. By Keith on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    Alex has been a Team player since he came into the league. He has indured the constant changing of Offensive Coordinator’s. Now, last year he proves that he can play in the big games with a solid Coordinator behind him. If it wasn’t for some unfortunate mishapes, we would be defending a Super Bowl Title and this QB controversry would not be happening. I will admit Kap has played well in both games. Game against Chicago was solid, but keep in mind Niners played against a back-up QB. The game against New Orleans, Defense WON that game, Kap just did’nt lose. I believe any play Kap has managed, Alex could have done the same. It starts with play calling from the HC and OC. Alex, you deserve the start. Your handling of the situation and your play should reflect on the entire league that they would be lucky to have you on there team. I will always be a fan of yours.

  149. By strawny49 on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    I have been a 49ers fan for as long as I can remember, going back to Kaiser stadium. The love I have for my team is so strong. In saying this it is hard for me to watch what is going on. Alex Smith is getting the shaft! He has done nothing to lose HIS JOB! He led HIS team to the NFC championship last year & is having a GREAT year, this year. He has also been very loyal to the organization, when a lesser man would have wanted out. How does he get rewarded? Nothing against Kap, but he should be on the sideline until Alex does something to lose his job. Shame on the 49ers & shame on Harbaugh! And to the person that posted that Smith is a whiner, GET A LIFE!

  150. By echoe j on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    i feel that although Alex has led us through and has earened a shot, i look back to the Giants game this year when we fell behind an Alex tried to make plays hes simply incapable of completeing, colin came in behind the rams and if it wasnt for akers would have pulled that game out, against the saints remained poised and we took that game, against the bears one of the best defenses in the league beat them, hes just more dynamic, and is going to be heavily criticized for any mistake he makes until we lose, stay with Kap, try to keep Alex, but Kap just adds more dimension and options in the playbook to keep teams on their heels.

  151. By Ben on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    I am amazed to see such support for Alex Smith. Is this not the quarterback that 3 years ago had 49er fans BEGGING to see David Carr? Now all of a sudden ESPN starts questioning the move and all of our fans are Alex Smith fans? Quit being sheep. I am not bringing this up as my disapproval of Alex Smith, but rather many of our fans. I realized that Smith was better than our dismal offense allowed him to display in years past, but was also ecstatic when Harbaugh drafted Kaep. My opinion was to let Kaep start from the beginning of the season. He vowed during the off-season to make starting QB a tough decision for Harbaugh, and played great ball during the pre-season. However, Harbaugh guaranteed the position to Alex after the 9ers flirted with Peyton so Kaep was not given a chance to earn that position. Having gone this route though it becomes tough to make Kaep the starter this late into the season. Alex has the experience and should be playing in the playoffs.

  152. By Corey on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    everyone needs to sit back and watch the niners as they go. No one knows anything about anything. alex smith is going to be the starter i think in the playoffs kaperneck is giving his opportunity shot. let it be! both qbs are awesome. if your a fan shut the hell up and stand by the coach that turned this team completely around

  153. By Mike on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    All9ers, you are a fool and a bandwagon fan. Someone must of thrown you under the bus to give you this attitude.

  154. By Mike on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    Very well said!

  155. By rstar21 on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    u Alex bashers are idiots!! And you apparently either have never played football or dont understand the game at all. in kaps 2 starts 3-tds 1int… Alex had 1 int heading into the Giants game week 6… to be specific 8-1 ratio… so because he struggles against the Giants all of a sudden he shouldnt be starting… if thats the case Drew Brees jus threw 5 ints against the sorry a$$ Falcons D… should he not be the starter… oh and for Brees in his last 2 games… 7 INTS!! its called the overall body of work. Alex might have been a game manager… but Colin has shown that he turns the ball over at an alarming rate… he’ll either fumble or throw a pick… however in 2 seasons Alex has a total of 10 INTS and 5 fumbles lost… if that… thats 15 total turnovers over a 25 game span… including the playoffs 27… dats almost .5 turnovers per game over 2 years… meaning he doesnt LOSE the game… If it wasnt for Ahmad Brooks pick 6 Kaep would have cost the team points because he panicked and didnt make the right read… dats why Alex is better… he would have looked and checked it down to Crabtree who was WIDE OPEN dat Colin missed… like in the Rams game when Williams streaked WIDE OPEN and Colin missed him… Colin will force throws and cause the team turnovers… leaving our D tired… If thats a winning formula to you people like I said you dont know the game of football

  156. By Mike on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    rstar21 couldn’t of said it better. It’s sad to see Alex bashers throw him under the bus. Shame on you people!! What goes around comes around in life!!
    All I have to say is that Kaepernick better perform, perform, perform or people will be calling for Harbaugh’s head. Sometimes in life we make decisions before really thinking it through and sometimes we get burned for it. The decision is one thing but the cowardly way they did it is another. And yes, if Kaepernick does start to fail, don’t expect Alex to play with the same confidence. Dear Harbaugh, for your sake Kaepernick better take us all the way to the Superbowl…….that’s the predicament you put yourself in, for your integrity is now on the line.

  157. By benny on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    The starting qb for N.E. got injured and Brady took over as a rookie.The starting qb for N.E. never got his job back.He lost it becuse Brady took them to the Super
    Bowel Enough Said .Dead Issue!!

  158. By jmaine on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    Lastely Jim Harbaugh went through the same thing numerous times in his playing career so if anyone can sympathize with Alex it would be him.

  159. By Andrew on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    I was very shocked to learn that Coach Harbaugh decided to go with Kaepernick. Yes Kap has been playing very good football and presents a much more versatile threat to defenses across the league BUT at the same time Alex Smith did NOTHING wrong to rightfully lose his job. Alex was playing the best football of his career, he played a nearly perfect game against the Cardinals before suffering a concussion. Just becuase his back up happened to play very still shouldn’t keep Smith out. Did packers keep Matt Flynn over Rodgers though Flynn had a monster performance, better than Rodgers has ever done in a game? NO. I’ve been a Niner faithful my whole life and ovbiously have sat threw the bitter years and seen Smith prosper from the his loewst point and fought through his struggles to bring the back. Yes Kap has much much potential, but save him for next year and let Alex finish what he started, he’s hungry for it!!!!!!! Don’t ruin the Niners Karma for our Superbowl!

  160. By ATrain on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Mr. Harbaugh will realize that Smith has the wisdom to take us to a Super Bowl, something a young QB like kaepernick CAN NOT DO RIGHT NOW! I promise you this NFL playoffs is a DIfferent Ball game

  161. By 8 Years in F on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    All of you must understand that against strong teams, like Giants, Atlanta, Green Bay, it’s hard to win with Alex Smith. We can’t give all responsability to the defensive or the runners when this failled, we need a goog QB that response in this cases. Don´t forget the past champioship game.

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