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Harbaugh shoots down Alex Smith lacking confidence

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith throws a pass against the Arizona defense in the first half during their NFL football game in Phoenix Reuters

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith had the best game of his eight-year career Monday night against the Arizona Cardinals. Smith was nearly perfect as he completed 18 of 19 passes for 232 yards, three touchdowns and no interception in the 49ers 24-3 dismantling of their division-rival.

49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was asked in his post-game press conference if Smith’s performance put to rest any confidence issues his quarterback was reportedly having.

“I don’t think there was ever a question there,” Harbaugh said. “I think it’s just a lot of gobble, gobble, turkey. You know? Just gobble, gobble, gobble, turkey from jive-turkey gobblers. I think that paints a pretty good picture. He’s a very confident guy.”

Well, at least it’s clear to someone.

Despite the 49ers 6-2 start to the season, Smith has been far more inconsistent than he was a season ago. Smith has already thrown as many interceptions through eight games (five) as he did all of last year. Combined with second-year backup Colin Kaepernick getting more opportunities there were rumblings that perhaps Kaepernick should supplant Smith as the 49ers’ starter.

Instead, Smith came out Monday night and put together a stellar performance against a pretty strong Arizona defense. If Smith can play anywhere close to the way he did against the Cardinals for the rest of the season, his confidence level is nothing 49ers’ fans will have to be worried about.

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36 Responses to “Harbaugh shoots down Alex Smith lacking confidence”
  1. brenenostler says: Oct 30, 2012 1:27 AM

    At this point, the only people that hate Alex Smith are the internet try-hards who don’t want to admit they were wrong. It’s great to see this guy doing well.

  2. franklinandbashandflorio says: Oct 30, 2012 1:29 AM

    He’s happy that the Giants won the World Series!

  3. spzzie says: Oct 30, 2012 1:32 AM

    He played great tonight hope he keeps it up. Nice to see Moss get involved

  4. newtons2ndlaw says: Oct 30, 2012 1:33 AM

    Yeah real tough going 18 for 19 when you dink and dunk with Moss, Crabtree and VD while playing against a pathetic Cardinals team. Give me a break……

    The eye do not lie, and this bust gets to baby his team to the playoffs while better QB’s around the league are dragged through the mud for all their teams miseries.

  5. whiterock49er says: Oct 30, 2012 1:38 AM

    Best 24 hours in the San Francisco sports community in decades. To the California Seal don’t still exist and the NHL had its act together. Could have been a trifecta.

  6. time2speakup says: Oct 30, 2012 1:38 AM

    All the 49ers “tend” to do on Harbaugh’s watch is win. 49ers win ugly. They win sluggishly. They win going away. And win coming from behind – on the road AND at The ‘Stick. Alex Smith is this. Alex Smith ain’t that. The Niner D is this or that. All they do is win.

  7. JaminJake says: Oct 30, 2012 1:45 AM

    You have to be openly supportive of your QB after you try to replace him despite the fact he nearly got you to the Super Bowl. I still think it would have been great to see Miami pick Smith up instead of him resigning with the 49ers.

  8. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Oct 30, 2012 1:47 AM

    “I don’t think there was ever a question there,” Harbaugh said. “I think it’s just a lot of gobble, gobble, turkey. You know? Just gobble, gobble, gobble, turkey from jive-turkey gobblers. I think that paints a pretty good picture. He’s a very confident guy.”
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    And this is why Harbaugh is one of my favorite coaches in the NFL.

  9. WestCoastVet says: Oct 30, 2012 1:49 AM

    Alex Smith is what he’s always been: hot and cold. When he’s hot, it’s great. When he’s cold you cry.

  10. titimium says: Oct 30, 2012 1:52 AM

    Do you think that the coach of the 49s just might be the west coast version of Rex Ryan? Gosh, Mr Harbaugh, you seem so chill most of the time…

  11. sixjak says: Oct 30, 2012 2:00 AM

    Man that’s a lot of gobble-de-gook.

    Nice win 49ers.

  12. andrewproughcfe says: Oct 30, 2012 2:06 AM

    “I don’t think there was ever a question there,” Harbaugh said. “I think it’s just a lot of gobble, gobble, turkey. You know? Just gobble, gobble, gobble, turkey from jive-turkey gobblers. I think that paints a pretty good picture.”

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    And you were at Stanford? I’ll bet the kids were all real hip to that kind of cool-cat talk, daddy-o.

  13. thermalito says: Oct 30, 2012 2:10 AM

    When Alex Smith plays well against a good team let me know. Beating teams led by John Skelton, Russel Wilson and Ryan Fitzpatrick is one thing, beating the elite of the league is something else.

  14. bleedburgandyandgold says: Oct 30, 2012 2:17 AM

    Gobble gobble! Lol what nonsense was that! Lmao!

  15. bobhk says: Oct 30, 2012 2:24 AM

    Crabtree already writing like Florio….hurray!

  16. baymac408 says: Oct 30, 2012 2:25 AM

    Game manager?? Look any qb will have ups and downs and Alex has been playing great for the most part!! He’s really evolving and trusting himself and teammates more and it shows! That’s 49er football baby.. GO NINERS!!!

  17. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 30, 2012 2:31 AM

    Before he gets too confident, someone needs to remind him that he is Alex Smith. Still.

  18. firerogergoodell says: Oct 30, 2012 2:42 AM

    Can’t wait to see what Coors Light does to that interview!

  19. randallflagg52 says: Oct 30, 2012 3:52 AM

    If the 9er’s had a real QB they’d be a pretty scary team. It’s a shame that they are stuck with Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick.

  20. seabronco says: Oct 30, 2012 4:25 AM

    Hahahahaha those are the stats for the best game of his career?

  21. discosucs2005 says: Oct 30, 2012 4:31 AM

    Harbaugh, the World Series parade isn’t until Wednesday so save whatever you just took.

    It’s worth noting that the incompletion came on a drop that hit a wide open Walker in the hands, and the 49ers could have easily let Smith throw one more at the end but decided just to run out the game.

    Arizona isn’t that bad of a team, but a mixture of injuries in the running game, and an O-line that isn’t good enough to protect a mediocre running back, or any of the QBs there is too difficult for anyone to overcome.

  22. joetoronto says: Oct 30, 2012 4:39 AM

    “I don’t think there was ever a question there,” Harbaugh said. “I think it’s just a lot of gobble, gobble, turkey. You know? Just gobble, gobble, gobble, turkey from jive-turkey gobblers.”

    Other than people in nut houses, who talks like that?

  23. bleedgreen says: Oct 30, 2012 5:34 AM

    Is everyone forgetting that his throwing hand was hurt? Its been 3 or so weeks since that news, so maybe its healed by this point?

  24. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Oct 30, 2012 5:47 AM

    Harbaugh can gobble gobble on this! Know what I mean?

  25. rickyspanish says: Oct 30, 2012 6:57 AM

    Gobble gobble? Jive turkeys? That is awesome, Jimmy is always there with a good quote.

  26. flavordave says: Oct 30, 2012 8:08 AM

    His this generations Trent Dilfer. Just dont turn the ball over, run it, and D up the other team.

  27. yayarea3 says: Oct 30, 2012 8:23 AM

    I love when people twist facts to fit their argument…. “When Alex Smith plays well against a good team let me know. Beating teams led by John Skelton, Russel Wilson and Ryan Fitzpatrick is one thing, beating the elite of the league is something else.” Aaron Rogers and Matthew Stafford are conveniently left off the list…

  28. hart089 says: Oct 30, 2012 8:40 AM

    thermalito says:Oct 30, 2012 2:10 AM

    When Alex Smith plays well against a good team let me know. Beating teams led by John Skelton, Russel Wilson and Ryan Fitzpatrick is one thing, beating the elite of the league is something else.

    Sure, how about Aaron Rogers, Mathew Stafford, Eli Manning (last year), Drew Breez (last year) just to name a few

  29. ceteral says: Oct 30, 2012 9:00 AM

    seabronco

    Don’t mean to rain on your parade, but 18 of 19 for 230 and 3 TDs, when the incompletion was a drop, that’s a better day than all but a handful of QBs have had. Taking out the legends, who has done better than 90% completions, better than 200 with three TDs and no mistakes?

  30. dirtdawg54 says: Oct 30, 2012 9:08 AM

    I’m no Niner or Alex Smith fan, but this talk of sitting him down is silly. He leads the league in completion percentage, is fourth in QB rating and before you yell “Captain Checkdown”, let me remind you he is fifth in yards per attempt.

    His passer rating is better than Tom Brady’s, Big Ben’s, RG III’s and Eli Manning’s, and no one is talking about sitting him down. And geez, he has more ints already than the five he threw last year? Seriously? Five last year. Five. Not twenty-five. Five. Pretty hard to repeat that.

    Know how many times Brady has thrown 5 ints or less? Once. Know how many times he’s thrown 10 or less ints in a year? Twice.

    Heck, I’d be willing to bet that the majority of Hall of Fame QBs have never thrown 5 ints or less in a year. So please, let’s stop with the irrational responses to Alex Smith and the silly comparisons. The guy is winning and he isn’t doing it just by showing up and handing the ball off.

  31. lurch61 says: Oct 30, 2012 9:31 AM

    JaminJake says:
    Oct 30, 2012 1:45 AM
    You have to be openly supportive of your QB after you try to replace him despite the fact he nearly got you to the Super Bowl. I still think it would have been great to see Miami pick Smith up instead of him resigning with the 49ers.

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    remember there was an offer on the table for Smith to sign long before he went shopping at Miami. he refused to sign it, until he came back from his trip there.

  32. dankinator says: Oct 30, 2012 9:33 AM

    “When Alex Smith plays well against a good team let me know. Beating teams led by John Skelton, Russel Wilson and Ryan Fitzpatrick is one thing, beating the elite of the league is something else.”

    So well, umm….you’re an idiot.

    He isn’t playing any of those guys, he’s playing their defenses. And considering that up until this game, both the Cards and Seahawks had top ten defenses, shows that you really don’t have a clue as to what it is you’re talking about Brainiac.

  33. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Oct 30, 2012 11:03 AM

    I would be a lot more impressed if Smith ever tried to throw the ball down the field. 18 dinks, dunks, and checkdowns aren’t such a big deal. There were some long pass plays, but they all resulted from YAC. It seemed like Smith never even tried to throw it more than 10 yards downfield.

  34. java49 says: Oct 30, 2012 1:07 PM

    Thermalito is the reigning champion of the player haters ball…Ay therm dawg, go put some water in seabroncos mamas dish

  35. thejohnsmith1122 says: Oct 30, 2012 6:01 PM

    I love when people twist facts to fit their argument…. “When Alex Smith plays well against a good team let me know. Beating teams led by John Skelton, Russel Wilson and Ryan Fitzpatrick is one thing, beating the elite of the league is something else.” Aaron Rogers and Matthew Stafford are conveniently left off the list…

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    For the record, Alex Smith and the 49ers did NOT beat Rodgers and the Packers. The Packers beat themselves.

  36. titimium says: Oct 30, 2012 6:57 PM

    Is Mr Smith anything more than a better version of Mark Sanchez? Trent Dilfer once won a SB with the Ravens. A average QB can win a SB with a lot of help.

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