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Kaepernick expects “fair shot” to win starting job over Smith

Colin Kaepernick,  Alex Smith, Jim Harbaugh AP

Conventional wisdom last offseason said that it was only a matter of time before Colin Kaepernick started games for the San Francisco 49ers.

Conventional wisdom did not expect the 49ers to make the NFC Championship game with Alex Smith starting every game.

Kaepernick spent the year on the bench, which probably wasn’t a bad thing for his development. The second round pick admits that the shortened offseason and learning an NFL offense were huge challenges.

“I learned a lot of things and got my eyes opened to the playbook, the length of the season and how complex the schemes are. There were a lot of things to take in,” Kaepernick told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

The Nevada product says he plans on trying to take the starting job from Smith next year and that he believes it will be a “fair fight.” That’s assuming Smith, an impending free agent, is back with the 49ers.

That’s probably a safe assumption. Smith will spend Thursday caddying for coach Jim Harbaugh at Pebble Beach. Smith was unable to play the whole weekend because of a prior engagement, so he’s helping out his coach for a day instead.  They carpooled on their way to golfing together on Tuesday, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.

“Obviously Alex is as high a priority as anyone on our team,” Harbaugh said after coming off the 18th green.

Yes, Smith will be back. And it probably won’t be a fair fight with Kaepernick, at least initially. Smith has earned some rope to back up his 2011 performance in the 2012 regular season.

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64 Responses to “Kaepernick expects “fair shot” to win starting job over Smith”
  1. bozosforall says: Feb 8, 2012 10:31 AM

    Not if they bring Peyton Manning in.

  2. dsimp724 says: Feb 8, 2012 10:35 AM

    In other news ryan mallett expects to push brady for the starting job in n.e… Keep dreaming kid the job is smith’s

  3. gmen1987 says: Feb 8, 2012 10:38 AM

    Colin Kaepernick = Kevin Kolb. Enough said.

  4. sportsinhd says: Feb 8, 2012 10:42 AM

    I still think that no team makes more sense for Peyton Manning than the San Francisco 49′ers. I know it’s not going to happen, but they are a playoff ready squad with a great running game and a decent line. Smith had a great year, but Manning is a huge upgrade.

  5. waxthat says: Feb 8, 2012 10:46 AM

    Huge Niners fan here…

    Alex was a pleasant surprise this year showing his ability to lead us back for wins on several occasions, but….

    The defense was the reason we ended up in the NFC championship game, along with finally having a competent offensive head coach.(we didnt screw it up on offense as we had in years past)

    With that being said, Alex isnt the answer and I hope Kaepernick wins the job next year. He has a stronger arm, is more athletic, has big play ability and will turn 25(mature enough) during the 2012 season.. He’ll be ready and WILL make it difficult for Harbaugh at some point next season. If he doesnt win it in camp, he’s one Alex ankle sprain from taking the job and keeping it.

  6. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 8, 2012 10:48 AM

    Smith went from Dick to Don.. tought break for Colin.

  7. jvibottomline says: Feb 8, 2012 10:48 AM

    Get Smith some legit NFL wideouts and he will win the Super Bowl in 2012

  8. paleandpasty says: Feb 8, 2012 10:48 AM

    SanFran should trade him if they are sticking with Smith. They can at least get a second rounder for him. I know the Dolphins were very high on him.

  9. chocolatebaconbutter says: Feb 8, 2012 10:48 AM

    They’ll take a big step back next year. That defense is a beast, but the offense is just not good. Alex Smith sucks.

  10. tatum064 says: Feb 8, 2012 10:49 AM

    Has to get that throwing motion down, first. Dude has a cannon and can run, but its going to take an adjustment. First Alex Smith has to be re-signed.

  11. nabz034 says: Feb 8, 2012 10:49 AM

    Kaepernick is the worst QB on that roster. They’ll give him a shot to shut him up but he will fail miserably. You have to throw spirals , not wobbly passes with no velocity.

    Smith will be the QB

  12. JackLeone says: Feb 8, 2012 10:50 AM

    This same thing happened to the Chargers the year before Drew Brees left & we see how that turned out. It made him so much better knowing a young qb was gunning for his starting job. I think we saw the same this year. Alex Smith played the best year of his football career this past season.

  13. ajknox88 says: Feb 8, 2012 10:53 AM

    He was my favorite QB coming out from last year’s draft. I think he has way more upside than Alex does. But if Smith can keep his turnovers under control again next year there would be no reason to change to him in my opinion. After this year though, he should be given the job, Smith isn’t enough for the 49ers.

  14. jkearse2005 says: Feb 8, 2012 10:53 AM

    Sorry to say 9ers are never winning the superbowl with Alex Smith, 1 catch by wide receivers in the nfc championship came? come on please

  15. waxthat says: Feb 8, 2012 10:57 AM

    People saying this was Alex best year…he’s went from dick to don..blah blah.

    The dude had his best year throwing 17 measley touchdowns. 3k passing yards. C’mon fellas, he had one good ending to a game against the Saints. Thats basically it. I watched every snap of every game, twice over.

    Leading the team to 30th in redzone offense, aint gonna cut it.

  16. canadian52niner says: Feb 8, 2012 10:58 AM

    Kaep is a stud and definitely the future for the 49ers. He has plutonium grade skills and is very similar to Cam Newton but a little more raw. Harbaugh and his staff is a god send for teaching QBs (just ask Alex) and soon enough Kaep the Nevada Wildcat will be a beast for years to come.

  17. musicman495 says: Feb 8, 2012 11:00 AM

    I saw Kaepernick play in the preseason. He is “Tebow Lite,” without even Tebow’s polish, accuracy, or tradition of winning. I will be very surprised if he ever challenges anyone on any roster for a starting job.

  18. realpro14 says: Feb 8, 2012 11:03 AM

    This Kids delusional….

  19. mykl954 says: Feb 8, 2012 11:04 AM

    Kaepernick was a reach where a seemingly desperate QB-less 6-10 team drafted him. He’s got some fundamental mechanical issues that need to be worked on. A Harbaugh-mentored Smith is the better QB and will most likely continue to be so.

  20. 1phd says: Feb 8, 2012 11:05 AM

    I have two words to add to this. Scott Tolzien.

  21. raiderlyfe510 says: Feb 8, 2012 11:12 AM

    Well I say say if you can have 28 more turnovers than your opponents.

    Have close to 50 defensive sacks.

    A FG kicker that is deadly accurate inside 50 yards.

    Some Special Teams TDs.

    Create 5 Turnovers in the divisional round in the divisional playoff round, and a little bit of magic.

    The 49ers have a good chance of returning to the NFC Championship with Alex Smith. Without that 10-6 or 8-8 and booted out of the wildcard round.

    Good Luck 49ers!

  22. deadeye says: Feb 8, 2012 11:12 AM

    Kaepernick will beat out Alex Smith if there is an open competition. Literally, the only thing he lacks is experience. His physical skills are way beyond Smith’s.

  23. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 8, 2012 11:17 AM

    I’d move Smith, and his salary, right now at the absolute height of his value (which still won’t be that much on the market, but…) and roll with Kaepernick witht the same run theball and play D gameplan. Even if they take a small step back next year, that’s what I’d do for alot of reasons.

  24. haileli says: Feb 8, 2012 11:19 AM

    He will get a chance…if Smith starts to stink it up. Otherwise, get used to the bench kid. Smith has mediocre talent, but Smith got them to the NFC Championship, and the team is only a couple pieces away from being a perennial Super Bowl contender. I like your enthusiasm, but the only way you’re starting is if everything collapses around you or Smith gets injured. Sorry.

  25. jigwig13 says: Feb 8, 2012 11:21 AM

    as a niners fan I would rather him wait another yr…only because peyton is out there and I think we should get him..the stuff I been reading saying manning won’t demand a lot of money and will play based on incentives I think we need to get him if that’s true..let kap learn under manning and if he doesn’t hold up ppl think we could use kap ppl think he’s ready anyway…as for smith I was never a hater always said he didn’t get a fair shake..but with manning being out there I think its time for us to let him walk he did good this yr but he’s not manning.business is business.

  26. mrgrant23 says: Feb 8, 2012 11:26 AM

    True Niner fan here, Alex needs more WR’s next year will be better with Morgan coming back. Plus if your a Niner fan you should think about Tolzien taking Kap’s job for second place. If you don’t know who he is your not a Niner fan. Alex should and will keep the job next year we need WR’s!!!

  27. 5f6a says: Feb 8, 2012 11:30 AM

    Peyton Manning is never going to play football in the NFL again. He’s lost 40 percent of his arm strength and one of the nerves in his arm is dead. It may have been a result of injury or a complication from one of his surgeries, but all the crap you hear about him coming back is a smokescreen to play it out as long as possible in te media.

    He’s done.

    http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/feed/2011-09/peyton-manning/story/peyton-manning-career-over-colts-neck-surgery-jim-irsay-andrew-luck

  28. tenteamparlay00799 says: Feb 8, 2012 11:31 AM

    Sorry Colin.You must think that U.N.L.V., New Mexico & Air Force are still on your schedule.Say hello to Mr. Clipboard.

  29. sj39 says: Feb 8, 2012 11:36 AM

    I can’t wait to see if this season was a fluke for Harbaugh, Smith and the Niners or not. I look for the whole division to get better and tougher (well maybe not the Big Red) but we’ll see.

  30. heyguru1969 says: Feb 8, 2012 11:51 AM

    Kaepernick has a remarkable skill set that will raise eyebrows, if he’s truly given the chance. His passing velocity still has room for improvement, but he’s young and with strength and technique coaching he could be lights-out. Only man to ever pass for 10,000 yards and rush for 4,000 yards in college at any level. That also speaks to being incredibly durable, which is a must in today’s NFL. For any sellers out there, I’m buying.

  31. ike1973 says: Feb 8, 2012 11:53 AM

    Sorry it doesn’t matter who you put in there, Smith, Kaepernick or Tolzien. Either one will get similar results as last year. What the 9′ers need to get them over the hump is an elite or near elite quarterback. Until they do that they will never do better than last season.

    My prediction, they roll with Smith and take a step back next season after everyone figures out how to stop that one dimensional offense.

  32. arbiterflick says: Feb 8, 2012 11:59 AM

    “This same thing happened to the Chargers the year before Drew Brees left & we see how that turned out. It made him so much better knowing a young qb was gunning for his starting job. I think we saw the same this year. Alex Smith played the best year of his football career this past season.”

    Except that Smith is not, and will never be Drew Brees, and it’s highly unlikely (though not certain, to be fair to the kid) that Kaepernick will ever be Rivers.

  33. marvin49 says: Feb 8, 2012 12:01 PM

    @nabz034

    Dude….I dunno if Kaep will ever become a good NFL QB, but now you’re just making stuff up.

    “Wobbly passes with no velocity”? Uh…dude had the biggest arm at the combine (look it up). He can throw the ball threw the goalposts from the opposite 40 yard line.

    That doesn’t mean he can play QB on the NFL level, but that dude can THROW.

  34. brenenostler says: Feb 8, 2012 12:01 PM

    I think Smith needs one more year to see if he is for real. You can’t throw out a guy that could be your franchise QB. If they make the playoffs again, then I say Smith is the guy for the years to come.

  35. trojan33sc says: Feb 8, 2012 12:04 PM

    Colin has a cannon for an arm and an exceptional 40 time. If the Niner’s don’t want him then trade him to another team. He has waay too much talent to just sit. He is NOT delusional check out his highlight reel.

  36. hmpennypacker says: Feb 8, 2012 12:05 PM

    Colin’s not starting next year unless Alex is terrible or gets injured. The biggest problem we had in the passing game last year was having no real quality at wideout. Crabtree doesn’t seem to he a #1 guy, unless he’s being restricted by us not having a #2 guy. Next season is the real test for Alex as we’re sure to up grade at wideout. If he still struggles by week 6, Colin will probably get the nod over Scott Tolzien due to being drafted in the 2nd round.

  37. bubba9er says: Feb 8, 2012 12:12 PM

    As a Boise State Fan, I think Kaep is better as a Wildcat type QB. He is very fast and elusive in the open field. He can chuck it 70 yards, but he is better just getting down field with his legs.

  38. ninerdynasty says: Feb 8, 2012 12:12 PM

    In my opinion, Once Colin starts reading D’s correctly and once he understands what he needs to do after those reads he will be a more than solid QB. Physically he is better than Smith, he is faster, has a better arm and possibly even more accurate in deep balls. Like i said, once he learns the NFL ways.. this guy could be a nightmare.. Plus he has the work ethic that J. Russel never had from day 1.

    We will see!

  39. goldrush36 says: Feb 8, 2012 12:15 PM

    That’s great that Colin is confident in his progression. However he better be more worried about Tolzien taking his spot or possibly even Josh Johnson coming in. Anyone who has watched Tolzien knows he looked very polished in the pre-season. With the right guidance he could be another sleeper that turns into a top QB

  40. sportsean1 says: Feb 8, 2012 12:19 PM

    “Kaepernick is the worst QB on that roster. They’ll give him a shot to shut him up but he will fail miserably. You have to throw spirals , not wobbly passes with no velocity.”

    You have obviously never watched Kaepernick play. I am a Nevada alum, so I want to see him succeed. However, the last thing you can say about him is that his passes lack velocity. The guy has a very strong arm. If anything, he needs polish in the short passing game and practice staying in the pocket instead of using his substantial gifts as a runner as a first option.

    I was hoping that he could actually sit for 2 years to learn the NFL game, much like Aaron Rodgers. It surprises me that he’d be quoted about an open competition with a guy that just led the Niners to the NFC title game. I’m not saying Smith is the answer, but I thought Kaep would be more patient.

  41. johnnyshore says: Feb 8, 2012 12:25 PM

    Get real Kaep, hope you have your backwards hat ready.

  42. allforfunnplay says: Feb 8, 2012 12:25 PM

    I swear that on every article related to the Niners and QB’s, some idiot(s) brings up Peyton Manning to the the 49ers and how much sense it makes. It’s the most moronic thing I can think of.

    Harbaugh runs a power run based offense. Some say that’s because he didn’t have an elite QB. But even with Stanford and arguably the top college QB he still ran a power run based offense. And that’s not Peyton’s game. Peyton wants to be the primary engine of the offense. He wants to sit back in the shotgun and make pre-snap reads of the offense and make the adjustments to the offense like an on the field Offensive Coordinator. Harbaugh/Roman’s offense is highly structured and simple/rigid (though this may have more to do with the limited time they had to work with Smith and the offense in the shortened off season last year) that would rather throw the ball away and punt than risk pushing the ball downfield (other than some designed “shot plays” that due to field position, down and distance and the score…minimize the downside of a loss of down or even an interception). Harbaugh and Manning are philosophically on different sides of the offensive spectrum in terms of on field/off field control and risk/reward analysis/mitigation.

    Also, the Niners don’t have any Wide Receivers of any note or accomplishment to throw to. Vernon Davis is the primary and pretty much only receiving option.

    The Niners Offensive Line doesn’t pass block too well. Their best way to help the O-line with pass blocking is to run the ball better to keep down and distances controllable for shorter more controlled passes that come out quicker and also to keep D-linemen honest and not cheat to primarily pass rush. Keeping Payton upright is pretty important for a guy coming off of major neck surgery.

  43. 4evrnyt says: Feb 8, 2012 12:30 PM

    Kap has an absolute cannon for an arm, it just remains to be seen whether his accuracy and decision making is up to par at this level.

  44. usetabe says: Feb 8, 2012 12:35 PM

    Something that needs to be mentioned here. Kaep didn’t get much of a chance this year because Smith is such a tough guy. He got the crap beaten out of him, especially early in the season, and he never missed a down. Smith’s toughness and durability, very underrated, and a reason that Harbaugh likes him so much.

  45. gmen1987 says: Feb 8, 2012 12:36 PM

    sportsean1 says:
    Feb 8, 2012 12:19 PM
    “Kaepernick is the worst QB on that roster. They’ll give him a shot to shut him up but he will fail miserably. You have to throw spirals , not wobbly passes with no velocity.”

    You have obviously never watched Kaepernick play. I am a Nevada alum, so I want to see him succeed. However, the last thing you can say about him is that his passes lack velocity. The guy has a very strong arm. If anything, he needs polish in the short passing game and practice staying in the pocket instead of using his substantial gifts as a runner as a first option.

    I was hoping that he could actually sit for 2 years to learn the NFL game, much like Aaron Rodgers. It surprises me that he’d be quoted about an open competition with a guy that just led the Niners to the NFC title game. I’m not saying Smith is the answer, but I thought Kaep would be more patient.

    ==================================
    The last person I would take advice from is a homer.

  46. Matt Volk says: Feb 8, 2012 12:37 PM

    @canadian52niner You’re delusional! Please don’t compare a guy who has never took a snap to a guy who was arguably the best rookie ever. CK is no where near Cam Newton!

  47. franknunley57 says: Feb 8, 2012 12:49 PM

    @waxthat says:

    Well said! I always enjoy reading your posts. I recently heard the great Eric Wright interviewed and He stated that Kapernick is Harbaugh’s guy. He hand picked him and insisted management move up in the draft to pick him. He just wants to groom him a little. With a season under his belt, a full off season and a full training camp,maybe this will be the year. Just look at what Harbaugh did with Johnson @ San Diego & Luck at Stanford. I’m not an Alex fan. In Harbaugh we trust. Go 9ers!

  48. 49ersmang says: Feb 8, 2012 12:52 PM

    I had my doubts about Smith through the 13-3
    Season, but any questions about his (big play) abilities, his athleticism, his clutch in crucial situations in the game, and ability to read and adjust to a defense were answered in the last 4 minutes of the playoff game against Drew Brees and his Saints. Smith needs more playmakers on the offense and another offseason / training camp in the same system will help.

  49. spartyfi says: Feb 8, 2012 1:06 PM

    Let’s not fool ourselves into thinking that the season the 9er’s had has anything to do with quality QB play. In fact, I would say that they won in spite of a quality QB.

    To put this in perspective, I do not believe Flacco is a great QB but he is the type you hold on to because he’s above average and you probably won’t do much better in FA or the draft (low pick)….Alex Smith on the other hand I completely believe can be easily replaced by a lot of QB’s out there that are holding clipboards today. He just didn’t do much because he wasn’t asked to. And why wasn’t he asked to? Because the coaches know he can’t do much with his skills (or lack of skills).

  50. musicman495 says: Feb 8, 2012 1:07 PM

    Colin has a cannon for an arm and an exceptional 40 time. If the Niner’s don’t want him then trade him to another team. He has waay too much talent to just sit. He is NOT delusional check out his highlight reel.
    ——————————————–
    NFL benches and waiver wires are filled with guys who have “a cannon for an arm and an exceptional 40 time.” NFL QB is played with the head and the heart. Saw the highlight reel – 90% of it is running, and passing to guys who are wide open. Again, Tebow Lite. More speed, less power, no clue how to play NFL QB.

  51. canadian52niner says: Feb 8, 2012 1:10 PM

    Volk … r u serious? I said skill wise, didnt say performance wise. Look up Kaeps stats, he passed for 10,000 yards and ran for 4,000 … sure it was a small school … but no one in the history of college football has ever done that … ever! His team knocked off Boise State, just youtube his runs … insane.

    Google Peyton and Eli watch Kaepernick and you will see what I mean, they watched him at their mini camp and were laughing histerically how insane his skills were.

  52. domeinate says: Feb 8, 2012 1:27 PM

    Speaking for the rest of the NFC which can see that the emperor has no clothes, please keep Smith. It makes our job easier. After all of the great QB play in SF history, how the franchise can settle for Smith is beyond me. BUTT good for the rest of the NFC west division.

  53. gmen1987 says: Feb 8, 2012 1:43 PM

    Colin Kaepernick is a great back up QB who never played. We all know that this is the type of QB idiot fans really love.

  54. 16x8equal49ers says: Feb 8, 2012 2:31 PM

    “The defense was the reason we ended up in the NFC championship game” Waxhat
    The reason we made it to the title game is because of Alex Smith and that final drive of his.
    Personally I could see the 49ers regressing next year because many teams that have a phenominal year one year tend to underachieve the next. That being said if Alex Smith can be smart with the ball like last season, a second year with the addition of an offseason working with the same offensive cordinator can only benefit him. Oh and Crabtree stinks he should be used as a slot reciever. Need another WR to compliment Morgan.

  55. habibthomas says: Feb 8, 2012 2:36 PM

    if I’m Alex Smith , I’m sticking a middle finger up at everyone…not that he should do that literally of course , but first he helps the team have its best season in years now you want to flirt with Peyton Manning and the 3rd string QB thinks he should just be given a chance ???? unreal

  56. dieselfan44 says: Feb 8, 2012 2:50 PM

    And hes the only one that thinks that…gotta give him an A for optimism…or Alex..

  57. jimboslice208 says: Feb 8, 2012 3:24 PM

    Regardless of who is playing QB for the niners, needs a HUGE upgrade at WR. Getting Morgan back helps but they need to pick up Bowe or Jackson. I wouldnt mind seeing Tollzein getting a good look in training camp and the preseason

  58. franknunley57 says: Feb 8, 2012 3:31 PM

    @eaglesnoles05 says:

    Alex Smith is a FA. Please, bring something to the table.

  59. franknunley57 says: Feb 8, 2012 3:38 PM

    gmen1987 says: Feb 8, 2012 1:43 PM

    Colin Kaepernick is a great back up QB who never played. We all know that this is the type of QB idiot fans really love.
    ============================

    idiot fans like the ones who 7 weeks ago were calling ny radio stations killing coughlin,fewell & gilbride & calling for cowher? i’ll bet you were 1 of them. what about the “eli was adopted banner”? really short memory bro.

  60. alldonesmith says: Feb 8, 2012 3:44 PM

    Alex Smith has a great personality. I always find myself rooting for the guy, he’s easy to like. unfortunately, he’s not an elite QB. and until Harbaugh finds his Rodgers/Brees/Brady/Manning(s)/etc, he’s going to keep looking. is that Kaepernick, Tolzien, or a guy not on the roster? time will tell.

    people who are already writing off Kaepernick are clearly just 49er haters making fools out of themselves for the millionth time this year. Harbaugh knew he was a project coming in, the season was shortened by a lockout, and Smith led the team to a 13-3 record and a “Kyle Williams” away from the Super Bowl. so somehow this magically means Kaepernick’s a bust? Harbaugh didn’t put him in because there was no REASON to put him in.

    Alex is the perfect backup QB. but until Harbaugh finds someone he can do better than 13-3 with, Alex will keep taking snaps under center. hopefully, they find someone to replace him sooner rather than later – with this offseason’s certain upgrade at WR, the rest of the team is Super Bowl caliber.

  61. 49erstim says: Feb 8, 2012 4:30 PM

    I love the fact that the kid wants to play. I’d be worried if that wasnt the case. I’m actually pretty anxious to see what Alex can bring to the table.

    Like others here Im expecting an upgrade at WR. I would love to see D.Bowe in 9ers red and gold. I think KC will franchise tag him though.

    Lets work in a full offseason program and see how the draft shakes out.

    Cant wait to see what Kap and Tolzien bring to the table in preseason.

  62. blacknole08 says: Feb 8, 2012 5:29 PM

    Not happening anytime soon. When Harbaugh took the job, he said Smith was his guy. AND ALEX SMITH WASN’T EVEN UNDER CONTRACT YET. Harbaugh has ALOT of confidence in Smith.

  63. 49erjohnny says: Feb 8, 2012 6:56 PM

    The 49ers need to bring in a veteran quarterback to compete with Smith and Kaepernick. Kaepernick was god awful in the pre season last year and Alex Smith is nothing special. Really the only reason the 49ers went with Alex Smith last season is because they didn’t have any other choice. Matt Hasselbeck and Matt Moore both rejected the 49ers. It was Alex Smith or nothing. They basically got nothing out of Alex Smith. The 49ers were ranked near the bottom of the NFL in most passing categories. Smith threw a measly 17 touchdowns . The 49ers told him don’t turn the ball over and let the team carry you because that’s all he’s really capable of. When you have a non franchise quarterback like this it makes everyone else’s job much harder. 1 for 13 on 3rd down in the championship is unforgivable. Alex Smith is dead weight im sure a Kyle Orton or even Jason Campbell could beat him out easily.

  64. funkylovemonkey says: Feb 9, 2012 5:55 AM

    spartyfi says:
    Feb 8, 2012 1:06 PM
    Let’s not fool ourselves into thinking that the season the 9er’s had has anything to do with quality QB play. In fact, I would say that they won in spite of a quality QB.

    To put this in perspective, I do not believe Flacco is a great QB but he is the type you hold on to because he’s above average and you probably won’t do much better in FA or the draft (low pick)….Alex Smith on the other hand I completely believe can be easily replaced by a lot of QB’s out there that are holding clipboards today. He just didn’t do much because he wasn’t asked to. And why wasn’t he asked to? Because the coaches know he can’t do much with his skills (or lack of skills).

    ——————————————-

    I don’t know what you’re smoking, but I want some. Flacco’s better then Smith? Just a casual look at the stats show’s you’re crazy. Alex Smith is better in almost every statistical measure.

    Smith: 61.3% Comp, 7.07 yds/a, 17 tds and 5 int, 90.7 rating
    Flacco: 57.6% comp, 6.66 yds/a, 20 tds and 12 int, 80.9 rating

    Flacco threw the ball 100 more times then Smith did during the season and yet he only had 3 more tds and twice the number of interceptions. Smith was also under quite a bit more pressure then Flacco was. You can keep Flacco, I’ll keep Alex Smith.

    As far as Kaepernick is concerned, it’s obvious that he was drafted as the future of the 49ers. Because of that I’m happy with him sitting and learning so he can step into that roll without the same sort of mess that Alex Smith did. The 49ers desperately need to shore up an offensive line that gave up the most sacks in the league last season and a receiving corps stunningly weak in WRs. Crabtree looks like a good possession receiver at best and Morgan does his best work out of the slot (and may not be as good coming off a season ending injury). During the NFC Championship the wide receivers were completely taken out of the game by the Giants. Hopefully those things are answered in the off-season, but I have a feeling it might take a few years for that to happen (especially because it usually takes WRs a few years before they really start making an impact out of the draft).

    I also think it’s funny that the same people who spent all season saying the 49ers would collapse in the second half of the season, wouldn’t make the playoffs, and then that they would be one and done in the playoffs, are now here saying the 49ers have been exposed and will struggle next season. Keep on talking, one of these years you’re going to be right. Just not any time soon.

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