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Alex Smith says demotion “sucks”

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49ers coach Jim Harbaugh’s first two seasons with the team have provided a twist on the time-honored formula for a big-screen love story.  Instead of boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl again, it’s been boy meets girl, boy publicly professes love for girl, boy evaluates second girl, boy professes love again for first girl, boy meets third girl, boy tries to date both as long as he can before kicking first girl to the curb.

The Niners’ version of Girl No. 1, quarterback Alex Smith, reacted on Thursday to the reality that, while he’s still one of Harbaugh’s guys, he’s no longer “the guy.”

I mean, it sucks,” Smith said, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.  “I don’t know what else to say.”

There’s nothing more to say.  Except, maybe, “This is why players hide concussions.”

Smith didn’t say that.  But everyone is thinking it.  When Smith told trainers during a Week 10 game against the Rams that he was experiencing blurry vision after being hit in the head, Smith set in motion a chain of events that could ultimately cost him a shot at earning a Super Bowl ring and $7.5 million in 2012 compensation.

So, yeah, it sucks.  Even though Harbaugh made what he believes to be the best decision for the present and future of the franchise.

UPDATE 4:03 p.m. ET:  Actually, Smith came close to saying “this is why players hide concussions.”   According to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, Smith also said, “I feel like the only thing I did to lose my job was get a concussion.”

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114 Responses to “Alex Smith says demotion “sucks””
  1. goraidersgospurs says: Nov 29, 2012 3:59 PM

    With the money he had & is making u demote me down to water boy and I would still be cheerful.

  2. number8nine says: Nov 29, 2012 4:00 PM

    “This is the honest truth: I could absolutely care less on yards per game,” Smith said.

    He shouldn’t care too much, he was never worried about stats.

  3. skeeeiins says: Nov 29, 2012 4:00 PM

    poor little fella…

  4. brenenostler says: Nov 29, 2012 4:01 PM

    Keep your head up, man. If you can get hurt and lose your job, then Collin can too. This team needs you.

  5. tduhe1 says: Nov 29, 2012 4:01 PM

    Not a 49ers fan at all, but this is a raw deal for Alex Smith. The guy perservered through all the BUST analogies, played his heart out, and won only to be replaced by the biggest A-Hole in all of sports. Jim Harbaugh will get his one day – count on it.

  6. fuglyflorio says: Nov 29, 2012 4:03 PM

    Just another stepping stone on Harbaugh’s path to glory. Fungible and disposable.

  7. skilaufenhase says: Nov 29, 2012 4:03 PM

    Players that are on the roster for a super bowl win get a ring whether they are starting or not…? And hes already getting paid his 2012 compensation…?

    Do you guys even proofread these things before putting them up there?

  8. edggy1 says: Nov 29, 2012 4:03 PM

    Alex just had surgery yesterday ……………to remove the ” Knife ” in his back

  9. manasewitsch says: Nov 29, 2012 4:03 PM

    Why are you talking about boy meets girl situations? This is the NFL and the best QB should start. Relationships are about emotional decisions football is about making logical ones.

  10. eastcoastninerfan says: Nov 29, 2012 4:04 PM

    It does suck and I hate it for him…

    I agree with JH’s decision, but after all of the things you’ve read about Alex (seven coordinators, dealing with Nolan/Singletary, starting Camp Alex during the lockout without a contract, caddying for Harbaugh, being involved in the community with the SF Giants or even getting involved in the search of the missing little girl) you gotta love him.

    I hope only good thing for him and his future!

    Go Niners and Go Alex Smith!

  11. peopletrains says: Nov 29, 2012 4:05 PM

    I guess the silver lining is that he can blame the concussion and not the fact that the 49ers are a much better offense with Kaepernick (growing pains aside).

  12. Kaz says: Nov 29, 2012 4:05 PM

    It is why players hide concussions and who can blame them?

  13. demolition510 says: Nov 29, 2012 4:07 PM

    I thought he said Demolition sucks

  14. dericivy says: Nov 29, 2012 4:09 PM

    Well, Dilfer and Brady both came in a won Superbowls riding their defense.

    Why not Kap?

    Personally though, I’m not a fan of Harbaugh, I’m not convinced he can maintain this trajectory with the team, something just feels ‘off’.

    Admittedly I am bias on that opinion though.

  15. ohenry78 says: Nov 29, 2012 4:10 PM

    He would still get a superbowl ring as a backup…

  16. wayne1693 says: Nov 29, 2012 4:12 PM

    However it happens, when there is a Super-Star waiting in the wings, it would be wrong for him not to get his chance to play. And another reality of the NFL says that, sooner or later, Alex will be back on the field helping the team. Nobody should be complaining too much as long as the team is winning!

  17. mintberrycrunch1 says: Nov 29, 2012 4:13 PM

    Alex Smith, starting QB for Arizona in 2013?

  18. jsho55 says: Nov 29, 2012 4:14 PM

    Bledsoe should give him a call.

  19. spfinne says: Nov 29, 2012 4:14 PM

    so wait… if smith is 2nd string, he doesn’t get a ring if the niners go on to win the super bowl and he doesn’t get paid for this season either. hahaha I’m pretty sure he will still get both guys. Let’s not over hype the situation any more than you already have. Kaepernick is Harbaugh’s pick. he moved up in the draft to get him. Harbaugh got all he could and then some out of Alex. Kaepernick is now ready and he has taken over as starter. it was only a matter of when not if he would take the tole as starter. end of story. As a 49er season ticket holder I am happy we have a coach with large enough onions to make the move mid season.

  20. rowdymon says: Nov 29, 2012 4:16 PM

    Alex, look up Wally Pipp.

  21. ken0west says: Nov 29, 2012 4:16 PM

    9ers will loose their first playoff game. Hope they go into the game a heavy favorite.

  22. eepobee says: Nov 29, 2012 4:17 PM

    Well, it may suck for you now, but how did it feel for Kaepernick being the better QB and sitting on the bench. So, Alex, be happy you had a coach who made you relevant again and gave you an opportunity to cash in on that relevance.

  23. mblade says: Nov 29, 2012 4:18 PM

    As a 55 year fan of the Niners, I agree it is unfortunate for Alex. Yes he had a raw deal and has the highest degree of integrity. But if you watch every Niner game as I have, the offense is pretty boring with Alex as the QB even when they win. Countless 2 yard passes on 3rd and 8 etc.

    With Colin, the Niners just look different, more exciting, and so far better.

  24. beavertonsteve says: Nov 29, 2012 4:20 PM

    I hope Harbaugh is held responsible if Kaepernick pulls a Rob Johnson in the playoffs.

  25. dirtybirds233 says: Nov 29, 2012 4:22 PM

    I’d be asking for a trade at this point. As said above, he made through all the bust talk, played his heart out, and got the 9ers in the playoffs last year and so far the 2nd seed in the NFC this year. There’s plenty of teams out there that would be happy to have him as their QB (Jets, Philly, Arizona, KC, Cleveland, Tennessee, Buffalo, Oakland). There’s plenty of options out there for this man.

  26. trollhammer20 says: Nov 29, 2012 4:24 PM

    Alex should get together with Matt Flynn for a long night of drinking sometime…

  27. daknight93 says: Nov 29, 2012 4:25 PM

    Alex Smith shouldn’t be surprised that he was demoted cause the writing was on the wall this past summer when 49ers were courting Peyton Manning to be their quarterback, but like an idiot he went back believing things were gonna change and he was just a backup plan all along and basically alex screwed himself by going back instead of signing with Miami from Day 1..I don’t feel sorry for Alex, accept demotion and keep it moving by supporting your team.

  28. rpiotr01 says: Nov 29, 2012 4:25 PM

    He’s already made $24mil off the 49ers so I don’t feel too bad for him. Besides, he may be a mediocre QB but he’s still a smart dude, don’t risk getting your brain scrambled when you’re already rich and have a hopefully long life ahead of you.

  29. huskylawyer says: Nov 29, 2012 4:25 PM

    “Welcome to my world.”

    Sincerely,

    Drew Bledsoe

  30. sftitan says: Nov 29, 2012 4:28 PM

    Pretty dumb move by Harbaugh in my opinion. The 9ers were doing just fine with Alex Smith. If it weren’t for Kyle Williams they would have been in the Superbowl last year. They were winning this season and he was playing great. He has all the experience and has proved he can do it.

    So why replace him now? Collin may have more upside, but not now. Alex Smith gives them the best chance to win the Superbowl, not CK.

  31. flik44 says: Nov 29, 2012 4:28 PM

    I’m a big Alex fan and I’ve been in his court through all of the crap he’s endured. I was upset about this at first, and it kind of sucks for Alex, but one thing you can say about Harbaugh… His loyalty is with the franchise and not with a particular player. He’s evaluating to win.

    Yes, Alex lost his job because of the concussion. There’s no getting around that. But, anyone can see Colin has a different element he brings. Fact is, Colin hasnt done much to be put back on the bench, either.

    Bad situation for Alex. Good situation for Niner fans.

  32. dolphins4 says: Nov 29, 2012 4:29 PM

    Hopefully Alex will be the QB of the Eagles next year leading them to the Super Bowl.

  33. golonger says: Nov 29, 2012 4:29 PM

    People, if Alex Smith hadn’t played average (at best) for years in the 49ers system, he would STILL be the starting QB. The other guy is BETTER, plain and simple. If Smith wanted to keep his job, he should have played like it. He didn’t. There is no CHARITY in starting positions.

  34. nflgiant says: Nov 29, 2012 4:30 PM

    Alex could not get his team past the Giants,the last 2 times they played,at home,even,thats why the Coach went with the kid,as a Giant fan I would rather see Smith,this kid Kap,has a much bigger arm,reminds me of Elway,and quite frankly I’m a little worried,come NFC championship time.

  35. makimaguro says: Nov 29, 2012 4:30 PM

    Interesting question for a reporter to ask while interviewing Harbaugh: While you were a player, did you ever not report a concussion so you wouldn’t lose your job?

  36. gcsuk says: Nov 29, 2012 4:32 PM

    skilaufenhase says: Nov 29, 2012 4:03 PM

    Players that are on the roster for a super bowl win get a ring whether they are starting or not…? And hes already getting paid his 2012 compensation…?

    Do you guys even proofread these things before putting them up there?
    ———————————————————————-

    More than likely, with Smith’s new contract this year, there were a lot of incentives as far as playing time. Like, he earns $10 million base salary if he takes 75% of the snaps, but $2.5 million if he takes less. Something like that, most likely.

  37. raiderdaddy says: Nov 29, 2012 4:32 PM

    awww…Alexis needs a hug!

  38. ppc50 says: Nov 29, 2012 4:35 PM

    I’m a San Francisco, and Bay Area, native for 3 generations (been a die hard Cowboys fan since’76), like the Niners, and think Harbaugh may be one of the best coaches in the past decade, but I think Smith got a bad deal on this situation. Smith has had 5 offensive coordinators, a couple of coaches, not much talent at the WR position, until recently, a running based offense, a tough legacy to follow (Title, Montana, Young), the pressure of being the #1 pick, and a fan base until last year didn’t cheer for him. Through all of these things, even when he had a chance to leave, he didn’t. He stayed aboard because of Harbaugh. He obviously has made a lot of money, but he took less to stay in San Francisco. I think that Cap will be a very good QB, no doubt, but Smith had a Super Bowl appearance locked up last year, if it weren’t for the 2 fumbles. As a Cowboys fan, I would much rather have a “game manager” than a gunslinger any day. I think Smith should go to Arizona next year.

  39. raiderlyfe510 says: Nov 29, 2012 4:36 PM

    All he did to lose his job was get a concussion?

    From where I sit I think his job was taken and not lost. I think Alex’s performances against the Giants, Vikings, and Seahawks weighed heavy in “The Decision.”

  40. realitypolice says: Nov 29, 2012 4:36 PM

    skilaufenhase says:
    Nov 29, 2012 4:03 PM
    Players that are on the roster for a super bowl win get a ring whether they are starting or not…? And hes already getting paid his 2012 compensation…?

    Do you guys even proofread these things before putting them up there?
    ===================

    He’s talking about the 7.5 million he was scheduled to make next year that he surely won’t get now.

  41. Nevis says: Nov 29, 2012 4:38 PM

    For anyone hanging on Alex’s % or QB stats, consider this:

    Against teams with winning records in 2012, Alex has 4 TDs, 4 INTs, 188 yds/game and a 82.33 QB rating — which ranks 24th in league.

    Bottom line, Harabugh knows he’ll need more in January.

    Alex is a class act, a grinder and a true professional — but he also happens to be the 2nd best QB on the team.

    Niners made right call.

  42. raiderswin00 says: Nov 29, 2012 4:40 PM

    Kaepernick has started against a couple of the crappiest defenses in the league. Ill hold my judgement until after the New England and Seattle games.

  43. ijahru says: Nov 29, 2012 4:40 PM

    Why wouldn’t he get a ring or get paid?

  44. ppc50 says: Nov 29, 2012 4:44 PM

    Daknight – Tannehill would have been drafted by Miami regardless. Smith would have been a backup there too. He could have left though, you are correct. Harbaugh convinced him to stay.

  45. imaduffer says: Nov 29, 2012 4:44 PM

    If Kaepernick gets hurt, Alex should just tell Jim that he has a headache.

  46. wizahdry says: Nov 29, 2012 4:46 PM

    The concussion thing is just an excuse because it is a hot topic. It could have been any injury that costs a player their job. Could easily have been an ankle or shoulder. Even if Smith had not reported the concussion he could have been pulled. If he stays in and throws 2-3 picks in a row he still gets pulled. A qb can’t hide blurred vision when he has to read defenses and throw in windows.

  47. brenenostler says: Nov 29, 2012 4:48 PM

    goraidersgospurs says:
    Nov 29, 2012 3:59 PM
    With the money he had & is making u demote me down to water boy and I would still be cheerful.
    _____________________________

    But some guys like Alex Smith actually want to play and don’t care about the money. He took a massive pay cut in 2008 to stay with the team.

  48. hor2012 says: Nov 29, 2012 4:48 PM

    This is wrong. And, trust me the 49’ers will rule the day they did this. Alex did everything he was asked to do the last two years including breaking my heart in the Saint playoff game last year. Nothing against CK but I don’t understand this. It’s not like steve young and Joe. I just don’t get this.

  49. oaktown49er says: Nov 29, 2012 4:49 PM

    If coach was to go with Smith, even though Kaep gives them a larger skill set, then people might be complaining about loyalty trumping winning. It does suck for Alex, and he is a truly great teammate. This doesn’t teach QB’s to hide concussions, it teaches them to slide, especially when your back-up is very talented. Alex is still a Niner and there is a lot of football to be played. He may get his shot again.

  50. footballfan84 says: Nov 29, 2012 4:49 PM

    I was never really an Alex Smith fan, but I kinda feel bad for the guy. His game really has developed over the years. His last game he went 18-19 and like 3 Td’s. One things for certain, San Fran is going to be strapped for the playoffs.

  51. geniusfan says: Nov 29, 2012 4:50 PM

    For all the people bringing up Bledsoe and Brady, Kaepernick is far more likely to be Rob Johnson, or Elvis Grbac than Brady.

    I think Harbaugh made the right call but this choice is going to go a long way towards defining his legacy. He has a lot riding on Kaepernick if he bombs in the playoffs then the he may lose the locker rpom for good.

  52. coltzfan166 says: Nov 29, 2012 4:51 PM

    The only reason I’ve liked the 49ers for the past two years is because it was cool to see Alex doing so well, but I won’t even go for them anymore.

  53. joetoronto says: Nov 29, 2012 4:53 PM

    You didn’t get benched and they never tried to get Peyton, Alex. :)

  54. justintuckrule says: Nov 29, 2012 5:02 PM

    Good article in the NY Daily News titled “Harbaugh makes GIANT decision”. The ONLY reason that Harbaugh is starting Kap is because he knows that Smith can’t beat the Giants….the team they’ll likely face if they hope to reach the SB.

  55. goldrush36 says: Nov 29, 2012 5:05 PM

    Colin Kaepernick – Against all odds

  56. bigperm33 says: Nov 29, 2012 5:06 PM

    I wonder if this could hurt Harbaugh’s credibility with players, not just his own, but potential free agents. Right now, his players seem to really like him and respect him and play hard for him. But players also stick up for other players – and Harbaugh said he stood behind Smith. Then he went for Manning. That didn’t work out. He then said he stood behind Smith. Then the first chance he got, he replaced him with someone else. It is a risk by Harbaugh, but if it doesn’t work, players may soon start to question anything he says and wonder what does he really stand behind. It is a little like Rex Ryan – all the stories were how everyone wants to play for Rex, how all the players loved playing for him. But Rex’s big talk has rung completely hollow, and now if he tells his team he thinks they are great, how can they believe him.

  57. erstwhiledoc says: Nov 29, 2012 5:07 PM

    This is bigger than Alex Smith.

    I wonder how 345 Park Avenue feels about this. Hard to (allegedly) encourage players to self-report concussions, when a starting QB gets demoted for his.

  58. truthfactory says: Nov 29, 2012 5:13 PM

    You should only hide your concussion if you feel like the guy behind you is better than you. I dont think P. Manning or Tom Brady get replaced if their concussed. So that means it was the fact that your inferior skills were to blame, not the concussion.

  59. damon089 says: Nov 29, 2012 5:16 PM

    mblade says:
    Nov 29, 2012 4:18 PM
    As a 55 year fan of the Niners, I agree it is unfortunate for Alex. Yes he had a raw deal and has the highest degree of integrity. But if you watch every Niner game as I have, the offense is pretty boring with Alex as the QB even when they win. Countless 2 yard passes on 3rd and 8 etc.

    With Colin, the Niners just look different, more exciting, and so far better.
    ————————————————–
    For how long though? It will only be a matter of time before he gets figured out. and trust me, he will. Then what will you do???

  60. lovefootball4life says: Nov 29, 2012 5:22 PM

    Hard to not feel bad for this guy. Maybe he can salvage the tail end of his career on another team.

  61. lanski5 says: Nov 29, 2012 5:23 PM

    If Kaepernick stinks up the joint in the next couple of games, watch out 49ers fans, this couple be a make or break moment for the team. Alex may have a bit of an attitude or just be rusty if Harbaugh decides to go back to Smith. This will be interesting.

  62. rajbais says: Nov 29, 2012 5:24 PM

    Poor guy. Personally, I feel that he will not be in San Francisco next year he will be a New York Jet with Rex Ryan (Unfortunately) Coming back. Let’s face it Alex Smith is better than Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. What does Ryan not value high enough? quarterbacks.

  63. Stiller43 says: Nov 29, 2012 5:27 PM

    Maneswitch,

    If you dont know that emotions play a role in who plays vs who doesnt, you should really try paying attention to the nfl sometimes

  64. phelbin says: Nov 29, 2012 5:30 PM

    golonger says:

    If Smith wanted to keep his job, he should have played like it. He didn’t. There is no CHARITY in starting positions.

    – – – – – – – – –

    Apparently you haven’t watched Alex Smith play the last two seasons. 20-6-1 as a starter. 5,370 yards with 63% completion. 35 TD’s 10 Int’s. That’s a passer rating of 95.6.

    He’s been fantastic the last two seasons. Anyone who says otherwise is putting too much stock in his reputation.

  65. 1phd says: Nov 29, 2012 5:31 PM

    Why all the focus on concussions? The result would have been the same with a knee or ankle. Bottom line is that the coach is putting the starter out there that gives the team the best chance of winning. Let’s not forget the NFC Championship game last season – Alex Smith was 1 – 13 on third down conversions and that might one have been on a penalty – I don’t recall right now. The team will never get to the big game and win it with play like that.

  66. FinFan68 says: Nov 29, 2012 5:33 PM

    Watch what happens when Kaepernick has a bad game–and he will. What will Harbaugh do? Hope Kaep’ rights the ship and wins the game or tuck tail and bring in Smith? Somehow I don’t think “My bad” is going to cut it if/when the 49ers lose a playoff game due to unfulfilled potential and the mistakes of inexperience.

    Smith got a raw deal. He was playing well and the team was winning. Kaepernick came in and the team continued to win. He is more exciting but did not play extraordinary. He didn’t put up ridiculous numbers at all. He’s just not Alex Smith and for some reason Alex is disliked by many fans/media. If you don’t think he has the ability/heart/toughness or whatever then you obviously did not watch the playoff game against the Saints last year. What he has lacked is consistency in system and leadership from his coaches.

    For those that think Harbaugh (who I like as a coach) just has the team’s best interests at heart–I disagree. I think the team’s best interests are served with Smith starting and Kaepernick as a back-up that can bring a “spark” when needed. I think this move puts Harbaugh in the spotlight and that is a place he enjoys being.

  67. redandgoldhitman52 says: Nov 29, 2012 5:34 PM

    after 8 years with mediocre play from alex. the 49ers finally know its time for change. before we didnt get a qb to replace alex. we just kept giving him chance year after year. the first hire that changed our losing ways was jim harbaugh. his first 2 picks in the draft are aldon smith and kaepernick. jim harbaugh is not a stupid man. he knows alex isnt good enough. thats why he traded 3draft picks to move up and get kaepernick. harbaugh has been grooming him for the last 18 months to have him ready for this years playoffs. all the alex supporters need to wake up. you can worry about alex smiths feelings. you need to think about the team overall.

  68. sucram619 says: Nov 29, 2012 5:34 PM

    Don’t understand why everybody feels sorry for Alex Smith he is the second best quarterback on his team and the depth chart resembles exactly that

  69. floriosbigtoe says: Nov 29, 2012 5:36 PM

    Lets be honest, it was only a matter of time. If he was better he would be playing, simple as that. He had a year and a half to impress Harbaugh and he didn’t do it. Truth is, Harbaugh has been hiding him behind a strong run game and stellar defense. Now that neither is as good he needs better QB play.

  70. sonoco says: Nov 29, 2012 5:41 PM

    As Greg Cosell has stated, (the obvious) Kaepernick gives the 49ers offense a different dimension. I appreciate that Alex came back and performed outstanding, but unfortunately for him Harbaugh and his staff got Kaepernick ready for primetime faster than expected and his upside is far beyond Smith’s . . . . if Harbaugh is making the wrong call at QB, it will be the first time in his head coaching career. Anything is possible, but I doubt this is the wrong call.

  71. footballhistorian says: Nov 29, 2012 5:43 PM

    That story is the PERFRCT metaphor for this team…

  72. lottofcents says: Nov 29, 2012 5:51 PM

    This IS like Montana/young. Do you hear LaMichael James or Brandon Jacobs complaining? This TEAM is loaded with talent. If Alex is a team guy, he will be happy that they are winning and want to contribute. He WILL get another chance to start. It may be with KC though. These coaches see these guys everyday and had Colin in every game plan this year. Coach had this situation in Chicago when he played. The bears stuck with him too long. If Colin fails, they can go back to Alex. These are the problems with having a loaded team. Do you really think Alex is better than the other elite QB in the league?

  73. billsfan1 says: Nov 29, 2012 5:58 PM

    Wait until the league catches up to CK. maybe he is this good or maybe the team is rolling right now.teams caught up to cam newton too

  74. JaminJake says: Nov 29, 2012 6:02 PM

    skilaufenhase says:
    Nov 29, 2012 4:03 PM
    Players that are on the roster for a super bowl win get a ring whether they are starting or not…? And hes already getting paid his 2012 compensation…?

    Do you guys even proofread these things before putting them up there?

    ________________________________

    “Smith set in motion a chain of events that could ultimately cost him a shot at EARNING a Super Bowl ring and $7.5 million in 2012 compensation.”

    Because Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich EARNED their rings.

    My question to you is whether or not you reread something before deciding your interpretation is correct?

  75. patsfan13 says: Nov 29, 2012 6:14 PM

    Keep your head up Alex. Brandon Spikes might get your job back for you in a couple of weeks.

  76. thelastwordyaheard says: Nov 29, 2012 6:14 PM

    It’s a big boy business & there’s zero loyalty. These guys catch flack for holding out, etc. but the second your deemed replaceable, a team will discard you like yesterday’s trash. Players will likewise terminate their agents on a whim in many instances. It’s the nature of the NFL beast & you have to check your feelings at the door. Alex Smith got beat out by the better player.. he should be glad he’s still in the league.

  77. goldrush36 says: Nov 29, 2012 6:15 PM

    lottofcents says: Nov 29, 2012 5:51 PM

    This IS like Montana/young. Do you hear LaMichael James or Brandon Jacobs complaining? This TEAM is loaded with talent. If Alex is a team guy, he will be happy that they are winning and want to contribute. He WILL get another chance to start. It may be with KC though. These coaches see these guys everyday and had Colin in every game plan this year. Coach had this situation in Chicago when he played. The bears stuck with him too long. If Colin fails, they can go back to Alex. These are the problems with having a loaded team. Do you really think Alex is better than the other elite QB in the league?
    ________________________________________
    Umm yes as a matter of fact Jacobs has complained a lot… James retweeting all his rants seems to suggest he may feel the same way..

  78. justintuckrule says: Nov 29, 2012 6:16 PM

    I’m telling you…the NY Daily News article makes perfect sense. Harbaugh knows that the SB for SF goes through NY and that Smith has proven he can’t beat the Giants. Harbaugh will stick with Kap for the rest of the year regardless if he lays a few eggs along the way because its SF’s only shot at beating the G-Men. Interesting strategy if you ask me and I totally get it know.

  79. goldrush36 says: Nov 29, 2012 6:20 PM

    floriosbigtoe says: Nov 29, 2012 5:36 PM

    Lets be honest, it was only a matter of time. If he was better he would be playing, simple as that. He had a year and a half to impress Harbaugh and he didn’t do it. Truth is, Harbaugh has been hiding him behind a strong run game and stellar defense. Now that neither is as good he needs better QB play.
    _________________________________________
    LOL Defense is #1 in scoring #2 in yards… Rushing offense is #2… seems FACTS happen to disagree with your analysis

  80. mrgrant23 says: Nov 29, 2012 6:21 PM

    For all the people saying they do not feel bad for Alex Smith because of how much he has been paid you are not the smartest person alive. Who ever says that has not played football! Period. they go threw more of a beating in one season that others do there whole life. especially in 2007 when he got hit so bad he was out for the season with a shoulder injury. but yeah all you madden sitting on your couch guys keep talking and not feeling sorry for the guy because you do not know real football.

  81. patsfan13 says: Nov 29, 2012 6:28 PM

    outside of the two minute drill, the QB runs the calls made by the Offensive coordinator. Smith ran the plays he was told to and did it fairly well.

    Before Bledsoe got hurt, the Pats seldom ran screen plays. It was always down field which took much more time resulting in sacks. Brady then took over and it was a lot of wide receiver screens etc. Bledsoe lost his job due to injury, but look what Brady has done for the team.

  82. chi01town says: Nov 29, 2012 6:32 PM

    Smith should call his agent and get out of there now. start beating a drum and make it messy because Harbaugh dont care. This is the second time this year he went after Smith’s Job. he tried to bring in payton remember

  83. southpaw79 says: Nov 29, 2012 6:50 PM

    If the league catches up to Kaepernick as many have said, you will see a simular game plan to when Alex Smith is behind the center. I am not a huge fan of this move, but I trust Harbaugh.

  84. southpaw79 says: Nov 29, 2012 6:53 PM

    Hey Chi01town, Smith did not have a job when the Niners went after Manning, remember? Smith’s contract was expired and he was a free agent. Also, Smith should be thanking Harbaugh one way or the other, because Smith was a wreck when JH took over, and now if Smith is not on the Niners in 13′ he will still get a start else where.

  85. cmroyer2012royer913 says: Nov 29, 2012 6:58 PM

    The Cowboys could really use you…

  86. mjkelly77 says: Nov 29, 2012 7:00 PM

    daknight93 says:Nov 29, 2012 4:25 PM

    Alex Smith shouldn’t be surprised that he was demoted cause the writing was on the wall this past summer when 49ers were courting Peyton Manning to be their quarterback, but like an idiot he went back believing things were gonna change and he was just a backup plan all along and basically alex screwed himself by going back instead of signing with Miami from Day 1..I don’t feel sorry for Alex, accept demotion and keep it moving by supporting your team.
    _________________

    “alex screwed himself “? I don’t think so. Hairbough the Liar screwed Alex. I don’t see how any of the players can trust him.

  87. vincelombardisghost says: Nov 29, 2012 7:06 PM

    I feel bad for him. He’s played great and gone, 19-5-1? The morale of the story here is don’t reveal injuries. Not what the NFL league office wants. Yet, Kaepernick has a great skill set and can run. What will happen to him when he gets a concussion, which seems inevitable for all QB’s these days.

  88. jollyjoker2 says: Nov 29, 2012 7:08 PM

    I wouldnt worry if I was smith. The guy that is replacing him is a two maybe three game wonder. After that, NFL defenses will eat his lunch. harbar made a mistake . that all.

  89. seabreezes51 says: Nov 29, 2012 7:16 PM

    Eagles.

  90. iowahbr says: Nov 29, 2012 7:23 PM

    Did someone see Smith signing up for food stamps today. If he is really as good as he thinks he is he will get his chance somewhere, if not with SF, then elsewhere. Until then shut your pie-hole as your paycheck did not get cut.

  91. joeychargers says: Nov 29, 2012 7:28 PM

    raiderswin00 says:
    Nov 29, 2012 4:40 PM
    Kaepernick has started against a couple of the crappiest defenses in the league. Ill hold my judgement until after the New England and Seattle games.

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    Are you kidding me?? We all know that New Orleans has been bad on Defense this year, but Chicago is a top 5!

    Seattle has a great Defense, and I’d like to see him against them. But NE? That’s a joke, their D has been terrible this year! (You can’t count the Jets, Sanchez did the work for them)

  92. ambitoos says: Nov 29, 2012 7:31 PM

    It’s just a matter of time untill the other guy gets a concussion.

  93. ernie ernie says: Nov 29, 2012 7:39 PM

    Alex, I posted a while back you were the weak link in this team. Did you not get that memo?

  94. ernie ernie says: Nov 29, 2012 7:40 PM

    Alex, do you not get you are still the one the coaches blame for the playoff loss last year.

  95. pandebailey says: Nov 29, 2012 7:42 PM

    Amazing how short people’s memory is….we’ve seen this movie…..diva Brett Favre retires once too often and while he was crying, Aaron Rogers finally gets a chance….remember?

    Absolutely nobody at the time thought “Hey wait, maybe the coach and GM aren’t 100% stupid and maybe Aaron Rogers is really, really, really good!” Now we know – he is better than Favre ever was. No wonder they made the change. Right?

    Here we go again and nobody sees it. Maybe its just not about Smith or his concussion…..
    maybe Kaepernick is really that good.

  96. blogatron2000 says: Nov 29, 2012 8:03 PM

    KC fans will give you Quinn and Cassel both for Smith…

  97. pftisterrible says: Nov 29, 2012 8:06 PM

    It was pretty dumb of Smith to not negotiate for more guaranteed money with this last contract extension. No team would give up high high draft picks for the guy and assume his contract. He will either take a huge pay cut to remain the backup or he will be cut so the Niners can retain players on defense

  98. 1standinches says: Nov 29, 2012 8:12 PM

    So long to Mr. and Mrs. Smith

  99. baymac408 says: Nov 29, 2012 8:12 PM

    I think Alex smith is a good person and good football player! I hope nothing but the best for him.. And I hope he stays a NINER His whole career starting or not!! I’m happy with the decision but at the same time I love both qbs

  100. oaktown49er says: Nov 29, 2012 8:17 PM

    geniusfan says:
    Nov 29, 2012 4:50 PM
    For all the people bringing up Bledsoe and Brady, Kaepernick is far more likely to be Rob Johnson, or Elvis Grbac than Brady.
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    As a long time 49er fan I can tell you for sure Kaep is not Elvis Grbac. Not sure I see the Rob Johnson comparisons either. Although I’m not saying he’s Brady. I also hear people saying he hasn’t gone against a good defense. The Bears are a solid D. So what if he has a bad game, Alex had bad games too.

  101. djjackson81 says: Nov 29, 2012 8:25 PM

    If the niners cut Smith to avoid the bonus money in march I see Smith signing with the Cardinals to be able to stick it to the niners in there own decision.

  102. mezanine10 says: Nov 29, 2012 8:31 PM

    To quote Jerry Glanville, the NFL stands for “Not For Long”. That’s a perfect description of an NFL career. You can get a career ending injury on any play or you can get hurt and someone comes in and plays better than you.

    The Chiefs are waiting for you Alex.

  103. db105 says: Nov 29, 2012 9:04 PM

    This sounds very much like the Buffalo Bills QB situation with Flutie and Johnson years ago. If I’m not mistaken the Bills haven’t made the playoffs since.

  104. realninerfan22 says: Nov 29, 2012 9:11 PM

    Its all good, once kap gets exposed the niners well regret this…

  105. msclemons67 says: Nov 29, 2012 9:20 PM

    djjackson81 says: Nov 29, 2012 8:25 PM

    If the niners cut Smith to avoid the bonus money in march I see Smith signing with the Cardinals to be able to stick it to the niners in there own decision.

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    I’m sure the 49ers defense will be shaking in their shoes trying to figure out how to defend 2 yard passes on 3rd and 8.

  106. go49ers says: Nov 29, 2012 10:29 PM

    Alex Smith has nothing to lose but everything to gain. If Kap messes up in one of his future starts, Harbaugh will switch QB’s. Hopefully Kap does well though. It’s a good problem to have I suppose.

  107. txnative61 says: Nov 30, 2012 1:17 AM

    There is simply nothing more sought after in the league than a veteran QB who’s battle tested at the highest level, like Alex Smith. The bottom half of the league are all looking for the piece that will elevate them to where he was last year. He tried to leverage this to a higher salary last year, but backed down when they talked to Manning. He’s a grown man that knows the score in the football business. He should quit whining and be ready to step back in through the playoffs, then the Niners would be foolish to keep two starters and trade one of them. Kaepernick is far from a tested veteran, but could be a talent to put the Niners over the top, which they are obviously seeking. Anything can happen along the way.

  108. joetoronto says: Nov 30, 2012 5:22 AM

    All these Niner fans that kept defending Smith no matter what are now against him.

    Stay classy, San Francisco.

  109. radrntn says: Nov 30, 2012 7:33 PM

    and to think he did the niners a favor for signing for “a home team discount” of only 25 million for three years…….he should have got at least 14 per season…….i know right now he is hoping the niners release him at the end of the season, and pay him the additional 4 million they would owe him and take the cap hit on that money next year…… I then can see him signing with the az cardinals next year, and haunting the 49ers for the next 6 years or so.

    really should have benched him when he was not doing good, but not when he is playing the best he ever has…….on the other hand Go Nevada WOLF PACK!

  110. dlmcc1010 says: Nov 30, 2012 8:56 PM

    Trade him to the Jets for some draft picks. Hes an improvement over Sanchez and Tebow and they run the type of boring offense he can be successful in. Alex Smith’s days were numbered as soon as they drafted this kid. If you watched him play in college you could tell he has real talent. Its a business and the 49ers are going to go with the guy that they feel can take them farthest

  111. 49erlifer says: Dec 1, 2012 10:39 PM

    No worries alex come next year you will be starting……Just not in San Francisco!

  112. richwizl says: Dec 2, 2012 10:27 AM

    It’s disappointing for Smith, of course, but anything can happen and he could be QB in the SB, so, keep working and be ready.

  113. kingpel says: Dec 5, 2012 9:45 PM

    Smith will be the QB for the playoffs.

  114. 49ersalldaykid says: Dec 6, 2012 12:20 PM

    Bottom line alex smith played one of the worse defense in football (during playoffs) won against a worse defense in football. Just like matt ryan if you cant win big games against good defense in jan. Don’t matter what your winning column for regular season. Better chance to take you to promise land? kaep.

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