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Harbaugh says he’s concerned about Smith’s finger

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49ers quarterback Alex Smith said after Sunday’s romp over the Bills that he has no concerns about a sprained middle finger on his throwing hand.  Coach Jim Harbaugh lacks the same level of confidence.

It’s very much of a concern,” Harbaugh said Monday, via the San Francisco Chroncie.  “We’ll see how it is.  Alex, it’s well-documented how tough he is.  He talks about it not being a big deal.  So we’ll see.”

Some would say Harbaugh is simply trying to keep the Giants guessing, forcing the Niners’ next opponent to prepare for Colin Kaepernick, who has a slightly different playing style from Smith.

Others would say Smith has no desire to surrender a single rep to Kaepernick, given the sense that the guy who was taken one spot after Andy Dalton in the 2011 draft is getting closer and closer to being ready to become the starter.

We’ll know on Sunday whether Smith can go.  Until then, keep your eyes peeled for the injury reports, which will begin to show up on Wednesday.

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27 Responses to “Harbaugh says he’s concerned about Smith’s finger”
  1. baloneyjohn says: Oct 9, 2012 7:22 PM

    I am not a Harbaugh fan, but they are a great team and will be a super bowl contender

  2. notthathand says: Oct 9, 2012 7:27 PM

    Doesn’t matter. 9ers roll now, but we’ll see when/if they meet again in January.

  3. kleppnasty says: Oct 9, 2012 7:34 PM

    Considering Smith is tops in QB rating (and ESPN’s QBR thingy), I’m thinking it’s more the former than the latter.

  4. eddardofthehousestark says: Oct 9, 2012 7:37 PM

    Considering Alex is leading the team in passer rating at 108.8, and just had a near perfect game, I’d say he has nothing to worry about when it comes to Kaep taking his job. Oh, and did I mention the 49ers are 4-1. Mike, I understand it is your job to create speculation and rumors, but if you have been following Kaep vs. Smith you would know that they are worlds apart when it comes to decision-making. First off, they have the same amount of turnovers and Alex has played 97% of the snaps. Second, on one of Kaeps only passes of the year, he threw the ball into triple coverage. Fortunately, it wasn’t intercepted, but it was a poor display of decision-making. Alex doesn’t make stupid mistakes like that. He just doesn’t, going back to last year he is tied for number one in not turning the ball over with a certain guy by the name of Aaron Rogers. Right now, Kaep is a luxury for the 49ers. He comes in and helps the run game, but he is not ready to be a full time passer or decision maker yet. Some day, he will be, but it may never be for the 49ers considering Alex is still a relatively young guy and only improving.

  5. justintuckrule says: Oct 9, 2012 7:56 PM

    The Giants will make Harbaugh’s decision for him by halftime when Smith is 9-20 for 87 yds and 2 ints.

  6. rainponcho87 says: Oct 9, 2012 7:56 PM

    I think they need both quarterbacks. Their offensive productivity exploded when Kaepernick was thrown into the mix. They often use both QBs in the same play. The defense doesn’t know whether it is an Alex throw, a Kaepernick run, a running back run, or an Kaepernick fake run then throw.

  7. garonm says: Oct 9, 2012 8:01 PM

    Everyone’s always saying how they don’t like Harbaugh. I will admit that he comes off arrogant and annoyed, but that’s just part of his genius! He’s not a coach that tells the world what their going to do. He keeps everything close tot he vest. You can tell when commentators talk about him that they don’t like him very much. A lot of teams talk about how the people in the stadium is the 12th man, but the Niners actually have the 12th man and that’s Harbaugh. His players believe in him because he believes in them. Great head coach, bad team spokesman is all it boils down to.

  8. spartyfi says: Oct 9, 2012 8:05 PM

    Man, if that kid comes in and is a good QB that can throw and run, that team will be scary. A big arm in that offense would blow the lid right off. And that’s from a Lions fan!

  9. erndogg209 says: Oct 9, 2012 8:08 PM

    harbaugh sounds scared lol, this aint no push over D like the jets,and bills…niners gettin smashed on just wait,just like Minnesota did it (the only other team they played above .500)

  10. 49ers73 says: Oct 9, 2012 8:20 PM

    doesn’t matter which QB plays, they’ll beat the gmen this Sunday!

  11. realfann says: Oct 9, 2012 8:34 PM

    “…given the sense that the guy who was taken one spot after Andy Dalton in the 2011 draft is getting closer and closer to being ready to become the starter”

    Really? And who is saying this?

    Making it up to create an artificial controversy?

    Thought so.

  12. hor2012 says: Oct 9, 2012 8:34 PM

    I’m a Saints fan so I have a deep hatred for the 49ers. With that being said the NFL is a lot better when the niners are good.

  13. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 9, 2012 8:43 PM

    Building up excuses already…

    And the 9-20, 87 yards, 2 INT comment was about what I envisioned by halftime.

    IF THAT.

  14. oaktown49er says: Oct 9, 2012 8:45 PM

    erndogg209 says:
    Oct 9, 2012 8:08 PM
    harbaugh sounds scared lol, this aint no push over D like the jets,and bills…niners gettin smashed on just wait,just like Minnesota did it (the only other team they played above .500)
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    I think the Giants r a good team so this should be a good game, but based on your logic, how many teams have the Giants beat over .500, actually how many team have they lost to who are .500. The Jets , Bills and Packers each have as many wins as the Bucs, Panthers and Browns combined.

  15. hendeeze says: Oct 9, 2012 9:42 PM

    On monday, NY Giants fans will be crying about Harbaugh running up the score.

  16. WestCoastVet says: Oct 9, 2012 10:23 PM

    rainponcho87 says: Oct 9, 2012 7:56 PM

    I think they need both quarterbacks. Their offensive productivity exploded when Kaepernick was thrown into the mix. They often use both QBs in the same play. The defense doesn’t know whether it is an Alex throw, a Kaepernick run, a running back run, or an Kaepernick fake run then throw.
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    This is a great comment. I’ve noticed this too over the last two weeks. They put Kaep in, they have 5-7 people carrying the ball, and they start letting both QBs go deep. This is something no one’s seen this 49ers offense do before. It’s usually <20yd pass plays and run run run. Now they keep teams guessing and they're blowing games wide open. This was a great calculation made by the coaching staff and it's paying dividends.

  17. jeffesky says: Oct 9, 2012 10:31 PM

    Niners are scary good. as a hawks fan i can only hope we can make a game of it on the 18th but in the end i see these guys in the SB. hawks may give em a ran in the division next year if RW starts to click by the end of 2012. GO HAWKS!!!!

  18. billb49 says: Oct 9, 2012 11:02 PM

    Giants fan prediction: 9-20, 87 yards, 2 ints??!!

    Let’s see, the Giants are 23rd in defense. Packers, Lions and Jets are all above them and the Niners scored on them pretty well. So, I’m not sure where the Giants fan gets off with his prediction here.

    The Niners have allowed the fewest points in the league up to this point and they’ve played the Packers, Lions, Jets and Bills, all of which have scored a lot of points against other opponents. My prediction is Niners, 31-13.

  19. njkid says: Oct 9, 2012 11:03 PM

    On monday, NY Giants fans will be crying about Harbaugh running up the score.

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    Next time capitalize Monday dude, worry about you writing and dont worry about the Ginats they will be fine win or lose.

  20. tdubdizzle says: Oct 10, 2012 2:08 AM

    Beautiful move by Harbaugh, completely took the pressure off Alex.

  21. cooklynn17 says: Oct 10, 2012 5:21 AM

    The only finger Harbaugh needs to concern himself with is the middle finger NY will be giving the 49ers Sunday afternoon.

  22. gcsuk says: Oct 10, 2012 6:28 AM

    As a Giants fan, I look at this game as pretty much a no-lose situation for the Giants. Most people (fans, pundits, bettors, etc…) EXPECT the Giants to lose, and probably pretty handily. So basically, no pressure on the Giants. Compare that to last week, when they were supposed to trounce the Browns and they were down 14 within 5 minutes? that was Break Out the Maalox time for Giants fans.

    When the Giants have no chance, that’s usually when they play their best. I expect a very good game, but a 49ers victory would NOT shock me. Go Giants!

  23. surferbum01 says: Oct 10, 2012 7:29 AM

    People who keep sayin’ the 49ers got “smashed” by Minnesota clearly didn’t watch the game. Minnesota played a very good game and matched the 49ers customary power-ball. But they weren’t smashed by any measure. In fact the whole team from the coaches to the players showed all the tell-tale signs of jet leg. Minnesota definitely deserved to win that game and played very well but anybody who has watched the 49ers could see the team simply was listless and flat.

  24. n0hopeleft says: Oct 10, 2012 10:18 AM

    Alex Smith = Checkdown Charlie
    Take your QB rating stat and throw it in the bay, it means nothing.

    Victor Cruz is criticized for doing the salsa when he scores, but Vernon Davis can run back to his coach crying like a female?

    The 9ers lost to the Vikings, so as “great” as they are, they’re not that great.

  25. n0hopeleft says: Oct 10, 2012 10:43 AM

    billb49 says:
    Oct 9, 2012 11:02 PM
    Giants fan prediction: 9-20, 87 yards, 2 ints??!!

    Let’s see, the Giants are 23rd in defense. Packers, Lions and Jets are all above them and the Niners scored on them pretty well. So, I’m not sure where the Giants fan gets off with his prediction here.

    The Niners have allowed the fewest points in the league up to this point and they’ve played the Packers, Lions, Jets and Bills, all of which have scored a lot of points against other opponents. My prediction is Niners, 31-13.

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    Thank you, I needed a good laugh.

    The Packers, Bills, Lions, and Jets have good offenses this year?!?!

    What games have you been watching?
    You lost to the Vikings?!?!?!?!?

    This is 2012.

  26. justintuckrule says: Oct 10, 2012 12:05 PM

    @bill49 – please don’t cite defensive stats to us Giants’ fans. We were ranked 27th last year and you didn’t convert a 3rd down against us.

  27. dirtyjersey9er says: Oct 10, 2012 12:26 PM

    Come Monday all these idiotic Giants posters will cite injuries to numerous positions on the Giants in response the 49ers win. Then they will blame the refs. Then they will say it’s rigged because the league hates the Giants.

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