Alex Smith creating “separation” from Colin Kaepernick

Just a few days after saying the 49ers quarterback position wasn’t “clear cut” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday that Alex Smith is starting to pull away from rookie Colin Kaepernick.

“I thought today [Smith] had an outstanding practice. I thought yesterday was really good and the day before that, and this was probably his best,” Harbaugh said.

“There’s some separation there,” Harbaugh said via CSNBayArea.com. “Alex has done a fine job. But Kaep is doing a phenomenal job. He is going to be one heck of a talent and one heck of a player.”

Smith’s practice sessions have reportedly been stronger as he gets to know Harbaugh’s system better.  Smith is expected to start San Francisco’s second preseason game and it was always seen as a longshot that Kaepernick could start early in the year.

Harbaugh also mentioned the team continues to look for a third quarterback. Daunte Culpepper remains a possibility.

58 responses to “Alex Smith creating “separation” from Colin Kaepernick

  1. It’s a story that a veteran NFL quarterback is distancing himself from a rookie who’s only practiced as an NFL quarterback for 2 weeks? Wow…what a shocker.

  2. He needs to create quicker separation from that offensive line because lord knows they aren’t going to stop any pass rushers this year. They will have to come up with a new shotgun formation where the QB stands about 10-12 yds behind the line of scrimmage

  3. There comes a point in time you have to realize your first round pick on a qb didn’t work and you move on.

    The fact that Alex Smith is starting to pull away from the rookie tells you the 49ers are in denial about Smith’s ability to suck in the REGULAR SEASON

  4. If Culpepper is a possibility then the 49ers are royally screwed. That bum couldn’t make it in the UFL!!

  5. I wonder how good Alex looks in practice because when he actually takes the field it’s a whole other story. His 51-53 TD/INT ratio over 5 years speaks for itself. Move on already, SF.

  6. Suck for Luck. Jeez, just kidding. I’d like to see them win 9 or so this year. I’m afraid if they keep losing, they may lose the best ILB in the game.

  7. Move on to what, exactly, this year? Send Kaep in too early and have him get crushed? Pay a king’s ransom for whatever backup we try to pry from another team?

    Smith was coddled because SF needed a stopgap. He’s smart and has learned new systems quickly several times. He can handle the constant criticism that would be leveled at any QB in SF this year. While I agree that he’s not the answer, he gets the team through this year while it matures under new coaches with new schemes.

    Smith is hardly the optimal choice. Hell, he’s hardly adequate. But, he’s the choice for this season, obviously.

  8. It’s hard to root for Alex, still. After last year performance, ge is what he is. A very nice guy, who just can’t play that good. But, in Jim and Trent I trust.

  9. Wait…

    “Alex has done a fine job. But Kaep is doing a phenomenal job. He is going to be one heck of a talent and one heck of a player.”

    Unless this is misquoted, I actually sounds more like Harbaugh is saying Kaepernick is the one pulling ahead.

  10. Except that he has 32-22 TD/Int last 2 years with 80+ qb rating. He threw 8 tds to 1 int his last 6 starts last year and that pick was a hail mary bomb. Add the week before and its 11 to 3.Many of those interceptions at beginning of year were tipped passes and lack of timing with Crabtree due to him missing preseason and tc again. Only reason his Interception total is so high is his rookie year when he threw 1td and 11 picks.

  11. Just for the record, and I’m not making any direct comparison because I’ve seen little of Alex’ on-field performance…..

    But his numbers are better than Drew Brees’ were up until the point San Diego drafted someone to challenge him. Granted he has more experience to this point, but I’m just saying. You never know.

    The only thing you can be sure of is that Duante Culpepper is done as a QB in the NFL.

  12. but wait a minute, I thought Alex Smith was suppose to be this year’s breakout/comeback player of 2011?

  13. Yes, the separation is between a guy who’s young and going through growing pains and a guy who’s still young, but growing on us because it’s painful to watch him!!!

  14. The guy’s been in the league for 5 years. The fact that he’s only now beginning to distinguish himself in PRACTICE tells you all you need to know.
    Everyone has heard about how good he looks in practice every year.
    He falls apart in game situations. Always has and always will.

    Good luck with that. No pun intended.

  15. And people say Tebow will never be an NFL QB??? DUDE!! if ALEX SMITH is pulling away from you.. you will seriously never be an NFL QB.

  16. bullethead527 says: Aug 16, 2011 10:13 PM

    I use to love seeing the 49ers struggle, it use to be fun laughing and teasing my 9er fan friends, now it is just sad…..
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    and who may you root for? im assuming the raiders!? haha

    As for A Smith, ive been hearing this about him for the last 4 years. ” alex looks great in practice… he’s gonna have a good year” season starts and the true 1st pass is behind the receiver,
    2nd pass under thrown,
    3rd pass INT.

    I guess any idiot can throw the ball when they know no one is coming to tackle you to the ground.

  17. buffaloniner says: Aug 16, 2011 9:57 PM

    Wait…

    “Alex has done a fine job. But Kaep is doing a phenomenal job. He is going to be one heck of a talent and one heck of a player.”

    Unless this is misquoted, I actually sounds more like Harbaugh is saying Kaepernick is the one pulling ahead.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    As in phenomenal job of picking things up compared to how fast they were expecting him to. Although I do agree that was what first went through my head as well. They expected a steeper learning curve for CK. Harbaugh said in the first part of that interview that Alex was starting to pull away with it, but they are still in competition. That being said……. I still think Josh Johnson, Matt Flynn or someone else will still be the starter come week 1, 2012.

  18. Colin could use a nickname like Killer Kaepernick. Colin Kaepernick sounds like the kid who ate paste back in grade school.

  19. People seem to forget that Steve Young sucked in Tampa.

    With an O-line that can give him some time, I have faith that Alex can put together a solid season. Probowl caliber? No. But definitely in the middle 10 starting QBs in the league.

    As others have pointed out, in the last couple years, he’s put up decent numbers, especially in his last few games last season, with a bag of bricks for a head coach, and a half bag of bricks for an offensive coordinator.

    Get the o-line issues worked out, and he’ll play well.

  20. look how long alex smith has been in the league and how many offensive coordinators he has had. that a is a good job with what he has gone thru.

  21. We already do have that formation, it’s called Punt

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    goldrush36 says: Aug 16, 2011 9:33 PM

    He needs to create quicker separation from that offensive line because lord knows they aren’t going to stop any pass rushers this year. They will have to come up with a new shotgun formation where the QB stands about 10-12 yds behind the line of scrimmage

  22. Let Smith be the tackle dummy behind that porous line, Kaupernick will have time later. We don’t need another David Carr beating for a first year QB…..

  23. giorgiom3 says:
    Aug 16, 2011 9:40 PM
    I wonder how good Alex looks in practice because when he actually takes the field it’s a whole other story. His 51-53 TD/INT ratio over 5 years speaks for itself. Move on already, SF

    He didn’t play at all one season and like half a season during another, so get it right before you throw out stats.

  24. cstanley028 says:
    Aug 16, 2011 10:07 PM
    Except that he has 32-22 TD/Int last 2 years with 80+ qb rating. He threw 8 tds to 1 int his last 6 starts last year and that pick was a hail mary bomb. Add the week before and its 11 to 3.Many of those interceptions at beginning of year were tipped passes and lack of timing with Crabtree due to him missing preseason and tc again. Only reason his Interception total is so high is his rookie year when he threw 1td and 11 picks.

    Wow, Alex Smith still have fans that are trying to stick up for him. In the end cstanley, did he win or did he lose? SF was suppose to run away with the NFC West last year and still couldn’t pull it through in the weakest division in football. Niner fans will never learn. Enjoy another year at the bottom.

  25. Wow what an accomplishment for Snookie. 6 years in the league and he’s able to edge out a rookie who just learned out to take a snap from under center for the first time a few weeks ago. Alex Smith is total garbage I don’t know why they brought this steaming pile of horse manure back this year. Gonna be a long year for us Niner fans. Hard to cheer for this pathetic team anymore.

  26. @tfbuckfutter
    Where are you getting your stats from dude? Alex Smith’s numbers are most certainly not better or even as good as Brees were when he was in San Diego. Brees’ last two years in San Diego he posted passer ratings of 89 and 104 and threw for 3,00o yards in both of those seasons. Smith has never had a 3,000 yard passing season and the last two years posted career best passer ratings of 82 and 81, however those numbers were very misleading. Smith was able to pad his stats in garbage time and in meaningless late season games against some bad teams. Smith’s dreadful QBR rating of 40 is a much more accurate reading of what Smith contributed as a QB.

  27. This is what happens when you have inexperienced, learn as you go along, ownership. If Jed York had the background of someone like Michael Lombardi for example, he would have made it a mandate with his excellent Harbaugh hire that he must dump Alex because you start a new regime with a new QB if you have had someone as bad as Alex before you are hired. If he and the equally inexperienced Trent Baalke would have MANDATED this, then the team would have gone out and got someone to mentor CK and be a veteran starter, no matter what it took, instead of fumbling around with this same losing script, yet again. Harbaugh will soon learn that looking good in practice means nothing unless you post a W on game day and Alex doesn’t do that. I’m feeling a 4 and 12 season coming up. Oh and Duante Culpepper was described by one 49er fan as ‘the free couch on the lawn.’ Way to go, seasoned front office. Even thinking about signing him shows just how much you still have to learn and how you still can’t distinguish between proactive and reactive.

  28. I’m more concerned what Harbaugh is doing about our Offensive Line. Alex Smith will most likely be gone next season, but unless these guys are going to have a miraculous turn-around we’re going to continue to struggle into the foreseeable future.

    The fact that the O-line coach has never coached an offensive line or higher then AA football is a troubling sign that it is not a priority. Goodwin was a good pickup, but as the Saints game proved he can’t block all by himself. Rachel, Davis and Staley were disappointing last year, okay at run blocking but constantly making mistakes in pass blocking. They’re lining up again this year and making the same mistakes. Iaputi did not look strong in the first game either.

    To make matters worse Davis and Gore have never been great blockers. On a team with a decent offensive line that would not be much of an issue, but they’re often put into that position by the offensive line.

    I don’t know why Alex Smith decided to stay. He could have easily picked up a back up job on another team (where he probably belongs, Smith actually places pretty well off the bench, which is how he kept on getting his starting job back) and not been under the same kind of pressure or taken the blame for a decidedly mediocre team. Maybe he just really likes the bay area. I wish he had. I think too many other players get a free pass because of the hatred directed at Alex Smith.

  29. Wow, an atta boy for Alex? 6 years in the league?Acting like it’s an accomplishment to beat out the rookie?That didn’t even play in a pro offense? LOL

  30. Why is this guy still in the league! Smith is terrible. He’s played 6 seasons, he averages 174 yds per game, he only has 51 TDs and he has 53 picks!

    Sure he’s gotten better, but not enough to be a starter. He’s not even a great back up, because he doesn’t really give them a good chance to win.

    You either need an up and coming QB as a back up or a veteran that has won before and just can’t do it every day. Smith is a third stringer.

  31. marcsasharc says: Aug 17, 2011 1:25 PM

    lol i really love reading all the retarded posts on this site. its amusing.
    i cant wait to see what people are saying at the end of the season.

    They will still be saying what they’re saying now. “marcsasharc finds humor in idiotic posts, and does his best to return the favor. He is also illiterate.”

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