VegasUteIt must really hurt not seeing your Utes in the Las Vegas
bowl like the good ol' days. LOL
Little Ducky wouldn't have a life if it wasn't for Utah blogs. Sad
really.It is great to be a Ute!!
@uteologyI'm here because I'm the balance, deal with it.
But of course we don't know if Jimmer is being outplayed or not because he
isn't playing. But that isn't really the point anyway, it is utah
"fan" hypocrisy. In the smith situation 6 years of terrible play was not
smith's fault and proved nothing, in Jimmer's case he hasn't even
had the opportunity to play badly, he simply hasn't played. That after a
shortened rookie season with no training camp or summer league, a coaching
change, etc. Yet he is somehow a "bust". I love utah "fan"
hypocrisy. Very funny. LOL!
@DuckhunterOh I see. You are only here because some Ute
"fans" hurt your feelings about Jimmer.The difference:The reason Jimmer is NOT getting playing time is because he's being
outplayed by the #60 draft pick on the SAME "horrible" Sacramento team,
with the same coach.Smith is not being outplayed by CK, he just has
potential.So according to you Harbaugh is great "judge of
talent" by Keith Smart is not?
@cedarcityuteWell those are all nice sentiments but what do they
have to do with harbaugh benching smith? How does any of that prove smith to be
superior to kaepernick and harbaugh to be a poor judge of talent? You realize
harbaugh is trying to put the guy on the field he thinks is best and not the guy
that is the nicest don't you? @wookieI'm a fan
of a school, I am not a representaive of the school or the church. Like you I am
a fan. Just because I chose to be a fan of the school I chose it does not mean I
am somehow to be held to a higher standard than those that chose to be fans of
another school. That said I am one lone voice in a sea of crimson classlessness.
I do have some help these days with such great Cougar fans as sammyg and some
others. It is nice that we are finally getting some balance around here. It is
funny that you somehow think I carry more weight than any of 500 lame utah
@vegas uteSelf congratulations are a bit hollow. A person posting to
congratulate themselves only does so because no one else considers whatever it
was they did to be worthy of congratulations. But I suppose if that is all you
wookieOut of all the Star Wars movies I watched there was not one
utterance of Chewbacca that was intelligible. Nothing has
changed.Your bringing a religious undertone in criticism to
Duckhunter's opinion is bad form.I believe tolerance is the
politically correct approach these days.Ducky has valid points about
Harbaugh and Smith.And a shoutout to my follower Motortrike who just
cannot get me or Ducky out of his head.We're making a
difference.I don't think Harbaugh cares if Alex is a Ute or
not. Imagine that... we think a lot alike.
So what do all the people that criticize Alex Smith do? hm...probably NOT make
millions of dollars a year. It's fun to hear all of the 'armchair
QB's, whom mostly consist of BYU fans and utah bandwagoners. I'm sure
all of you couldn't handle half the crap he's taken. This guy has
stayed true to his team without quitting and is a great story about following
through with your commitment. So many players quit when it gets tough (Vince
Young throwing his pads into the audience ring a bell?). He keeps out of
trouble and just plays. He's a great guy, a great QB, and hopefully if the
49ers aren't the right team for him, I hope he gets onto another that is
the right fit for his style of play.
The little ducky's continued posting just proves my point over, and over,
and over again.Love it!!Great to be a Ute!!!
@uteologyWhy do you continue to post on BYU articles all of the
time? I love it when a utah "fan" asks me that question because it means
they feel defeated. They have no legit counter to my points so it is just them
wishing I'd go away.But as far as "why" I am here, well
let's discuss that.utah "fans" dislike me pointing out
smith's mediocrity which has been proven by 8, yes 8, extremely mediocre
years unbefitting a #1 overall NFL pick. Yet it has been non stop that utah
"fans" have posted demeaning, negative, caustic, things about Jimmer.
Non stop on just about every article about him. They tell us "he'll be
out of the league in a couple of years", was "over rated", is
"bound for Eurpoe", etc. Of course he plays on a bad team that changed
coaches from the guy that drafted him, has only played one lockout shortened
season, and has hardly been given any opportunity. But to utah "fans"
that is different. That is just utah "fans" telling it like it is,
pointing out the truth, setting things straight. That's why I
Duck why are you still posting?We know why you're here and it
has nothing to do with the 9ers. You're just hurting that BYU
has no NFL QB so you're trying to bring Smith down to the same level. So
that you can sleep better at night."BYU routinely signs top 20
qb recruits, just about every year, and sends them on to the nfl, utah routinely
signs a non top 20 qb recruit and promptly moves him to defense." --
Duckhunter (3:35 p.m. Oct. 16, 2012)@Swoop"Call us when
your #1 picks have actually accomplished something at the elite level of the NFL
or NBA."Danny Ainge was on a dynasty as well, which had more to
do with accomplishment then his own talents. What did Ainge accomplish after he
left Boston? Smith and Bogut were drafted by HORRIBLE teams. Smith
on a "great team" (like Young and Ainge) is a top 10 QB according to NFL
pebbles"They're just jealous because they have never had
one of theirs drafted as the first pick in the NFL or NBA."LOL!Jealous of a #1 pick that has only had ONE playoff win during
his entire NFL career.BYU has had TWO QB's who lead their teams
to Super Bowl wins.BYU has had a College Basketball Player of the
Year, who was a starter and an integral part of TWO NBA championship teams, and
was later the GM of another NBA championship team.Call us when your
#1 picks have actually accomplished something at the elite level of the NFL or
NBA.Stamp, double stamp, triple stamp, game over!
DuckhunterHighland, UT@uteology"Nope! He was a
bust on a bad team and became star on a dynasty:"So the 2 years
he spent in Tampa proved him to be a bust but smith's 6 years of ineptitude
in SF didn't? More utah "fan" hypocrisy.-----------I didn't label him a "bust", Tampa did (try searching the
internet). That's why they traded him. Apparently SF and Harbaugh did
think Alex was a "bust" because they gave him a contract.Just to be clear, I think Steve is one of the greatest QBs, so I am not
putting him down. The point is he did succeed only under a dynasty, a fact
proven by Tampa labeling him a "bust" and trading him after 2 years.
Delusion in Y/kitten land. I sight to behold. They're just jealous
because they have never had one of theirs drafted as the first pick in the NFL
or NBA. On the other hand Utah had Alex Smith and Andrew Bogut taken as the #1
picks in the NFL and NBA, respectively, in the same year. As to Alex Smith ,
he should get out of SF as soon as he can and leave Harbaugh in a bind when the
Kaep does like he does last week and leads the Niners nowhere good. I'll
Another Alex Smith sob story. Go Kaep.
@vegasuteDo you want some "reality"? My guess is you
don't but I'm going to give it to you anyway.Despite the
wailing and gnashing of teeth from utah "fans" like yourself coach
harbaugh has still benched the talent inferior alex smith for the vastly talent
superior Colin Kaepernick. Coach harbaugh does not care what any of
us think, he is simply going with the qb that he feels is the superior talent.
I have followed Kaepernick since his first start for Reno as a freshman. I was
excited when the Noners took him in the second round. He is a fun player to
watch and certainly has a different set of skills than Smith. That doesn't
mean they are better, just different. I think Kaepernick has the POTENTIAL to
be a better QB than Smith over the long run, but has not earned that distinction
yet, nor was it apparent in the Niners loss on Sunday. Harbaugh hurt his team
by creating this distraction. This is Smith's first year in the NFL
without coaching turnovers and upheaval and was (again) showing that he deserved
to be a starter in the NFL. Ultimately only time will tell whether Harbaugh
made a lasting error for the team, but in the end, Smith and his psyche will be
just fine!!!For Utah fans: Please stop confusing the trollers with
facts and statistics. They have one agenda only, and it does NOT include
Little Ducky does not care in the slightest who plays QB for the niners, he is
just trolling ANY Utah post to try to push his Utah hate. Sad that he
can't find something more productive with his time.BTW,
lil' brother, Smith has been VASTLY more productive and successful that all
of the QBs since Young COMBINED coming out the the .... cough cough .... "QB
factory" down south. No wonder you spend so much time chasing Utah stories
- it has to be boring being a southy!!It's GREAT to be a Ute!!
@wookieWhere does your angst stem from, and who authored that in
your heart? Seriously your over the top agony over my opinions is giving me more
belly laughs than I think you want to supply me with. You do realize this is a
message board about sports don't you? You do realize that in comparison to
such notable utah "fans" as chris b, naval vet, uteology, williary,
proud ute, pebbles, utah hawaii alum, 54-10, and a quite a few others, that I am
just a novice. One lone voice in a sea of caustic crimson comments? What am I asking here? Of course you don't realize that, you are blinded
by crimson colored glasses and all you can read is one side of things. I have no
doubt the ute "fan" comments about BYU just read as accurate assessments
of reality to you. LOL!
I am proud of the integrity, humility and sportmanship that Alex has endured
over his career at San Francisco. A lot can be said of him and his character.
I have always been a huge fan of the 9ers. Loved Bill Walsh and Eddie. I
understand that Pro Football is a business and thus Jim acts in his perceived
best interest of his job and that of the organization. However, I struggle with
his decision with Alex. I wonder what his teammates think of this situation? I
have never played anything past high school sports so I have no idea on how to
comment on this any further. I wish the 9ers and Alex all the luck in the
world. @ Duckhunter, where does your contention stem from, and who authored
that in your heart?
Duckhunter is a voice of reason in a crimson sea of delusion.
@uteology"Nope! He was a bust on a bad team and became star on a
dynasty:"So the 2 years he spent in Tampa proved him to be a
bust but smith's 6 years of ineptitude in SF didn't? More utah
Tune in to see the new version of Charlie Brown's Christmas, starring Jim
Harbaugh as Lucy and Alex Smith as Charlie Brown. Laugh at Lucy's antics as
she pulls the football away from Charlie Brown just as he's ready to kick
Keep waiting for the Niners to fall apart haters....I will be the laughing at
you all when they win the Superbowl.
@DuckhunterI don't doubt that you truly believe you are the
"BALANCE", but trust me when I say you are the ONLY one who believes
that to be true ... well, outside of maybe sammyg.
@wookie"sinister"? Good grief, this is a comment
board about sports. LOL!Oh by the way, I am the BALANCE.
We have watched Alex smith for 7 yes. Here in normal. Nie guy,decent qb. Irate.
He is shaky on the deep ball and often won't pull the trigger in tight
games. It was pretty obvious what kapernick could do right away. The better man
should play. College was a long time ago,time to grow up
Way to call him out Robinson. I agree with you 100%. I don't feel bad for
Smith, that's the business of football, a number 1 draft pick should have
proven himself a long time ago. That being said, Smith was doing just fine and
the 49ers looked very good.
re: Stargazer"Must have taken lessons from Coach Mendenhall on
how to work with quarterbacks."Except in this case, Smith is
Riley Nelson and Kaepernick is Lark. Instead of sticking with loyalty at the
expense of the team, he's going with the more talented player.
Thank you so much for writing this article. The handling of Alex Smith has been
a disgrace. The most accurate passer in the league, has done everything
requested of him for the last year and a half, he even gave up his body to gain
an extra yard for your team, and this is the thanks he gets?Kaepernick has some great skills, his abilities are endless, however it is not
yet his turn to "run" with the torch... To think that
Kaepernick has won games, or even managed them properly is hilarious.As
was so eloquently noted in this article, it was the defense who scored 14 pts by
themselves who won the game against the Saints. And the Rams, if it wasn't
for his turnover (no coach made that bad lateral pass), and the safety then the
Niners win that game.Truth is, if it wasn't for the rookie
fumbling those kickoffs, and handing the Superbowl invite to the Giants the
Niners could be defending Super Bowl Champs, with Alez Smith at the halm.Time to suck up your Pride Harbaugh, and put Smith back in.
@ Duckhunter:It is unfortunate that you have acquiesced to creating
contention among the aforementioned in your riposte. What is even more stunning
and sinister is that you revel in your efforts "Oh I am really enjoying all
of the Utah "fan" angst. LOL!" Your attempt to redirect attention to
those that challenge you with contentious statements exemplifies your
narcissistic denial. I am not excuses their responses, but you must recognize
that you reap what you sew. If you are a BYU fan and you are a member of the
Faith, then you should reevaluate your principles and the example you are
leaving for posters on DNews. Go UTES!!
Must have taken lessons from Coach Mendenhall on how to work with quarterbacks.
Oh and I am really enjoying all of the utah "fan" angst. LOL!
@wookieHmmm....I certianly enjoy your hypocrisy, like that of all
utah "fans". You ignore chris b, naval vet, hedgehog, 54-10, and all of
the "contentious" utah "fans" but single me out. I understand
this is because you are a hypocrite and hypocrisy does accurately represent utah
"fans" so you are simply holding true to utah "fan" principles.
@OHBUDidn't Singletary call out Davis for not being able to
"win" with players like him?Look I never said Gore and Davis
are not great players. They are. But it's also not only Smith's
fault that we struggled. We had horrible coaching.As far as Steve,
he also struggled at SF. He was benched for Steve Bono and plans were to trade
him to the Raiders.
As usual I love exposing utah "fans" for their hypocrisy. And just
claiming I said this or that is laughable. Let's go to the actual archives
shall we?"DuckhunterHighland, UTAlso
utah "fans" I actually agree that smith might give the 49ers a better
chance to win this year, but my guess is that Harbaugh and the 49ers that matter
don't think that chance is very good anyway or else they wouldn't be
doing this. 5:17 p.m. Nov. 27, 2012"There it is, with the
time stamp. Now I'll say it for the thousandth time, I think
Harbaugh is making the move he wanted to make. When smith got concussed it gave
him his chance and he took it. It tells me Harbaugh, who is the only one whose
opinion actually matters, believes kaepernick to be the better talent. He never
was sold on smith, he just got what he could get out of him for lack of a better
option. I know that hurts utah "fan" feelings but it simply is what it
is. Deal with it.
UteologySolid doesn't mean elite. Solid means good, not great.
In other words, they weren't the worst defense in the league. As you
yourself point out, most years they were mid-level, and a whole lot of mid-level
defenses get to pretty good regular season records. Also, Shaun
Hill? Really? Remind me where he's playing again. Sorry, we
had Gore and Vernon Davis...two of the best skill position players in the
league. Are you seriously going to pretend they're not good. Gore got
over 1,000 yards almost every year, making the ProBowl multiple times. You
don't do that behind a terrible O-Line. That's a far cry
from the Bucs where Young was playing, where it was "hike and run for your
@SwoopNope! He was a bust on a bad team and became star on a
dynasty:"Montana [was] forced to miss the entire 1991 season
[due to injury]...[with] Young the went 4–4. Young suffered a knee injury
and was replaced by Steve Bono. Bono led the 49ers to five consecutive
victories, playing so well that coach George Seifert decided to keep him in the
starting lineup after Young had recovered. It wasn't until late in the 15th
game of the season, after Bono went down with an injury of his own, that Young
got to play again.By the start of the 1992 season, San Francisco
came close to trading Young to the Los Angeles Raiders, but no deal was
finalized and it turned out that Montana would not recover in time to start in
the opening game.In 1993 [SF] wanted Montana to resume his role as
starting quarterback for the 49ers. However, a rift in the locker room had
developed, with players split on whom they wanted at quarterback. In the spring
of 1993, at Montana's request, San Francisco traded Montana to the Kansas
City Chiefs. Young was now the 49ers' undisputed starter.
Look at all the jealous 49er/Harbaugh haters rejoicing after one San Francisco
loss on the road in a divisional game (where their reliable kicker missed the
game winner). FACT: If David Akers makes that field goal in OT this article
never gets written. It's unbelievable how transparent and
easily manipulated you all are. Colin Kaepernick is a very talented
kid who made a lot of plays in the Rams game as well. If you don't see
that, you just don't know football. Fact: The 49ers have a
better coaching and quarterback situation then most of the league.Pound your desk all you want and hope the 49ers and Harbaugh
fail...You'll just end up disappointed as they will keep winning games
while Harbaugh's passion and brilliance ignites them into another playoff
Uteology"Steve Young was a hall of fame player ONLY when he
arrived in San Francisco, under a dynasty."Nope!Steve Young is a College and Pro Football Hall of Fame player who was
initially stuck in a train wreck. As soon as he escaped Tampa Bay, he was free
to demonstrate his true talent, which became so evident that 49ers fans were
soon calling for Steve to replace a living legend.Alex Smith has
never demonstrated talent even remotely close to the talent Young possessed.Smith is a decent scrambler and high completion percentage passer, IF,
the passing routes are kept in the 5- to 10-yard range.Smith has
maxed out on his talent. Kaepernick has loads of untapped potential. Which is
obviously why Harbaugh decided to go with Kaepernick for not only the present,
but also for the future.
If EITHER of these overpayed QBs 'confidence' is shot they should go
back to high school. What a bunch of pansies.
OHBUFair point, but the 9ers were not the Bucs. Smith had one of the
top running backs, top tight ends, solid defense and, given Gore's success
in that time-frame, a decent o-line. ----------Huh? They have a "solid" defense just recently. The had one the
worst defenses in 2006 #26, 2007 #25, and mid-level defense the rest of the
time.Those top TE, RB, and O-Line were so great that they failed to
go over 8 wins until last season, with or without Smith:A) In 2008
Shaun Hill was 12th ranked QB but SF finished 7-9B) In 2009 Smith was #19
ranked QB but SF finished 8-8 (first non-losing season). Talent and
coaching wins you games. Harbaugh is a great coach and we have the talent to
win a Super Bowl. But it wasn't Smith's fault why we didn't win
over the years.
@ Duckhunter:I have no issue with you commenting upon U of U
articles, or as others affectionately call it "trolling". What I do
take issue with is your constant contentious behavior and comments. Again, you
are truly not a BYU fan nor a member of the Faith it represents as you clearly
do not fall in line with the principles they espouse.
regisI am not saying the story didn't deserve front page
coverage. Just in contrast to winning the Heisman and being inducted into the
Football Hall of Fame it seems a huge picture of two quarterbacks standing by
their coach hardly is news to the point that is squishes every other story into
a small space. That's all. I'm not saying Alex Smith is being
treated fairly or not, but a little tiff over starting vs not starting, which
could change any game, isn't right up there with being inducted into the
Hall of Fame, is it? Or is it, to Utah fans? I'd feel the same way if
they had a story about college QB's from Utah this year and Chuckie got a
little blub and the big photo was of Riley Nelson. Some things are way out of
balance and sports reporters often aren't as objective as they would lead
us to believe.As for your point about U of U athletics, I guessed
you missed all the hype on Bogut and Smith a few years ago, not to mention the 2
BCS wins, and (sadly) Majerus this week.
toosmartforyouOpps, make that say "and the fact Ty Detmer, the
only QB from a school in the State of Utah that ever won the Heisman Trophy, got
only a small area on that page."Let's just turn that around
and say "and the fact that Alex Smith, the only QB from a school in the
State of Utah that was ever drafted #1 AND is involved in a current run to the
Super Bowl ..."Come one man, we both know what team dominates
the front page of the DNews ... this article was a very good read and is a big
deal in the NFL right now ... TODAY.That said, I give Detmer all the
props in the worlds and said as much in comments on that article. He certainly
deserves a chunk of the limelight right now.
@ UteologySteve Young was a hall of fame player ONLY when he arrived
in San Francisco, under a dynasty. In Tampa Bay Buccaneers he was a
"bust" who was replaced by the first overall pick in the 1987 NFL
Draft.-----Fair point, but the 9ers were not the Bucs.
Smith had one of the top running backs, top tight ends, solid defense and, given
Gore's success in that time-frame, a decent o-line. When the bucs moved on
from Young, there were trade offers. Before Harbaugh's arrival, the
consensus was Smith was done in the NFL. Not done as a starter, but done.
While Smith may feel slighted in this situation, the reality is that Harbaugh
has extended his career considerably. Smith will likely go to another
struggling team next year, someone like Arizona, and we'll see how he
performs sans Harbaugh.
@Duckhunter ... Dude, you've been completely exposed. You're better
off tucking tail on on this one and walking away. Trying to spin your
comments in a different direction this week is hilarious. And trying to call Ute
fans out for being hypocrites about not wanting to give Kaep a chance now when
Alex was given many chances over the years, is just plain irrelevant and you
know it. San Fran wasn't in the middle of a 2 year stretch of Super
Bowl contending football when they were giving Alex and all the other QB's
a chance to step up. This is far different in 2012 where the Niners are/were in
play for a Super Bowl run ... this is not the time for screwing with a good
thing. So get off your ridiculous "Ute fan hypocrisy" kick when it is
not even close to the same situation.Your only logical statement has been
that Kaep brings other tools to the table that could make him the better qb in
the future ... you haven't seen Smith/49er fans arguing much with you on
that. We're simply saying this is not the time to be playing for the
Gotta love the y "fans" commenting here. These were the same astute
observers who were telling us just a few years ago how Max Hall and John Beck
were going to tear up the League.LOL, indeed!
I think we need to take it easy on Ducky. He's just a hie hard Cougar fan
who's hurting inside since BYU has no real QB in the NFL. As
far as judging talent??"Of course those don't include the
actual sr starter Riley Nelson who is vastly superior to any qb utah currently
has" -- Duckhunter (3:56 p.m. Aug. 9, 2012)Nelson is "vastly
superior" to Utah QBs as much as CK is "vastly superior" to Smith.
@ToosmartforyouI guess different fans see things differently, but
I'm amazed that anyone could complain about the DNews devoting too much of
their front sports page to a story about a UofU athlete. From my angle, I see
about 2 or 3 stories every day on the front page focused on BYU football,
basketball, volleyball, soccer, tiddley-winks - you name it. Utah sports
normally gets covered with one small column to the side, usually without any
picture at all. How refreshing to see a positive commentary about a former Ute
take front and center stage.
To all the BYU fans on here. I don't know why your hating. I want all the
BYU players to do well in the NFL. I follow Austin Collies, Dennis Pitta etc. I
want all players from the state of Utah to do well in the NFL. Do I like them in
college? No. But I guess I'm just a classy Ute fan. Or to you BYU fans,
I'm being classless.
Agree with the article 100% as well. I can't believe that Ducky
actually came on this thread after what he was saying last week. You need to
take your lumps and move on. Don't rip Smith one week and then come back
and say that you said that he was your choice all along and the best choice to
win right now.Good stuff
Not a fan of the 49ers so I enjoyed both the game against the Rams and the
Duckhunter incoherent rants on this article.
@OHBUGreat qbs still look good even when the coaches aren't great.-------Steve Young was a hall of fame player ONLY when he
arrived in San Francisco, under a dynasty. In Tampa Bay Buccaneers he was a
"bust" who was replaced by the first overall pick in the 1987 NFL Draft.
Opps, make that say "and the fact Ty Detmer, the only QB from a school in
the State of Utah that ever won the Heisman Trophy, got only a small area on
All of you Utah fairweather "fans" feel free to go cheer for another NFL
team. I have been a niner fan for 34 years and of all the coaches they have
paraded out in the last 8 years, Harbaugh is the only one who has been worth a
lick. Whether his decisions are right or wrong, they are always made based on
winning. He admits it when he does make a mistake, and I can live with that.
Unless you are in every team meeting and practice, nobody has a right to
criticize him until this whole thing plays out. I may be a Y fan, but I never
wanted Young to replace Montana, and look how that turned out.
I don't have any axe to grind on this issue, except to say the DesNews
stubbed their toe when a QB controversy takes up the masjority of the front page
of the paper with a huge picture that doesn't say anything about the story,
really, and the fact Ty Detmer, the only QB from a school in the State of Utah,
got only a small area on that page.What are you guys thinking these
days? What is really "news" and "newsworthy" and what will have
impact beyong maybe two weeks? Sure, it's a story, but you are covering it
like it was the end of WWII.
Excellent commentary, Doug. Alex deserved much better. And I for one
would be happy to see the 49er's absolutely go into the toilet -- and Alex
get a trade to a team that values his skills.
I was floored by this. He spends all this time building up Alex Smith and then
for no reason basically says "just kidding" and puts in an inexperienced
quarterback who by the way cost them the game with St. Louis. As you say,
he's completely destroying team chemistry not to mention creating distrust
from all his players.
@motorbikeYou really have a comprehension problem. 1st of all I have
never said that harbaugh did the right thing by changing qb's, to the
contrary I said I though smith gave the 49er's the better opportunity to
make a playoff run this year than kaepernick does. It is right there in the
comments on that article last week for you to refresh your memory with.Also in my comment on this article I didn't say anything about it being
the right or wrong thing to do either. I simply pointed out more utah
"fan" hypocrisy as posted by utemiguel. His claim was the kaepernick was
a proven bust or "flash in the pan" after only 3 games and insinuated
he'll never be more than that. I simply pointed out that utah
"fans" gave smith 8 years to "prove" himself but they are
calling kaepernick a failure after 3 games, with a record of 2-1 in those 3
games I might add. Once again it has nothing to do with harbaugh
being wrong or right, it has everything to do with typical utah "fan"
hypocrisy on almost every subject discussed.
@uteologyI agree smith gives them a better chance this year, I
agreed with you on that point in the comments from the article last week. I also
think kaepernick is a vastly superior talent to smith so long term kaepernick is
the better guy. I also said it appears to me that harbaugh may not have thought
their chance this year was all that great anyway and that is why he made the
move. You and I can disagree with him as to whether or not they have a legit
chance to be in this years superbowl but it appears he doesn't think smith
gave them the chance to do it or he wouldn't have made the change.utah "fans" can try to make this about me all they want but it
doesn't change the fact that it is harbaugh that has made the decisions and
all I have done is commented on it. I understand utah "fans" have an
emotional investment in it, I don't, I just made some pretty good points
As a long-time 9ers fan, I have to say the whole situation makes me a little
uncomfortable. But here's the thing, Harbaugh has earned a lot of
"benefit of the doubt" from me. Let's be clear about
Smith...he's handled himself pretty well these last two years. But he
wasn't going anywhere in this league if he hadn't met Harbaugh. He
has yet to play spectacular ever in his career. Great qbs still look good even
when the coaches aren't great. Smith is smart, and can play careful within
the system. I think he should be the qb through the end of the year, at which
time we cut ties and go with the future. Kaep's just better, as far as raw
talent is concerned. His arm is stronger, he's faster, and he's more
accurate. Given time with Harbaugh, his ceiling is much, much higher. Actually, Harbaugh's career is much like Smith's: he was a
good, not great, qb who lost his job to a young talent with a higher
The sad thing is, the main stream media jumped on the kaepernick bandwagon last
week and this week they are dead silent but should be talking about how big of a
mistake this whole mess was.
Amen to most of the comments. I like to see local boys do well, no
matter where they played in college. It’s obvious that Alex has been
dealt many tough hands, but has shown tremendous character. This has the
potential of being one of the worst moves ever by a coach in any sport at any
level. There is no way to measure it, but I’m certain players of any
sport at any level (especially under Harbaugh) will now be more likely to
conceal their injuries – especially concussions – which will prove
to be very dangerous to some of them. Athletes are, of course, very competitive,
and don’t want to give up their starting spots. Then there is the
loyalty factor. If I am a player at any position for the 49ers, I now know that
Jim Harbaugh is the Judas, the Benedict Arnold of coaches. He even drove the
bus after he threw Alex Smith under it.
Ironic that Harbaugh as an ex NFL QB doesn't know how to handle his
QB's. He should leave Kap on the bench to learn a while longer and let
Smith have his day, as Bill Walsh would have done. Instead he messes up both
NFL coaches may get paid well but don't seem to brought sometimes.
I can't stand Jim Harabugh. He's a pompous arrogant coach. Why fix
what not's broken. Big mistake on the coaches fault. The Rookie QB is goint
to get pounded; especially when the 49ers come to Seattle.
Reminds me of how Riley Nelson became and continues to remain BYU's
starting qb. There must be more to both stories.
Still, Alex Smith is a mediocre QB and Harbaugh knows it. Somehow, Harbaugh has
managed to squeeze success out of a QB who can't throw long, who was on the
brink of being left out of the NFL because of his poor performance. Ok,
he's having a decent year, but no big numbers, no long passes. Harbaugh is
successful because he can see the future and he knows Smith is not the future. I
think Robinson has kind of gone ballistic here...must be a bit Utah fan, or
related to Smith, I don't know, but anyone with even a basic understanding
of NFL QBs knows Smith has a ceiling--and he has reached it, and Harbaugh knows
I don't blame Harbaugh for New Orleans. Another week rest from a concussion
injury when you have one game to give away is not bad coaching. Priority one;
keep Alex healthy for the post season. The win was a bonus.But, St.
Louis was all Harbaugh's fault. Announcing Kap this week makes me wonder if
Harbaugh has a concussion.
Good article. I agree, but add; the bad years with the Niners included not
protecting the quarterback and verbal abuse from Singletary, the worst coach in
the NFL. Firing Singletary turned this team around. Alex is sticking
around because a Super Bowl game would erase all the abuse from this team. No
Super Bowl and Alex walks.
Too much talent is a good problem to have. This is the opposite of a quarterback
problem.Harbaugh turned this team around in one season. But,
he's starting to look like the overconfident hare.
@ John Jacob whatever,Least we're going to a bowl.
Harbaugh has messed both QB's up. Terrible job of managing QB's. Of
course you bring Alex back as soon as he was cleared to play. By doing that you
keep both QB's confidence high. You tell Alex he is your guy - as he should
be and you tell Kap good job. Kap is not ready mentally and will falter against
the good defenses - then what? Too late to bring Smith back his confidence is
shot plus his skills are far too rusty. Kap should have been preserved for next
season and Smith deserved the shot at the playoffs since he won most of the
games this year. Pulling out Kap in the playoffs will kill his confidence going
forward. I am betting the 49ers falter in the first round this year and its
Only a BYU fan such as Duckhunter can jump in on a Utah related thread of a BCS
school that beat down BYU 54-10 and beat the WAC-Playin Cougars and dare to talk
any trash without anything to back it up. Sure you are going to a substandard
bowl BYU, but acknowledge that your house is built upon WAC sand. I
would rather be a fan of a BCS school taking its lumps and building up than
being complacent and getting fat and happy on WAC teams and LOSING to San Jose
State. 49ers would have been in the Superbowl last year had Williams
not messed up and turned the ball over twice. The rams have video on Kap and
they figured him out, made him panic and as happy feet QBs go, he took off in a
panic and gave away the game. Running QBs will only do one thing, get seriously
Is Alex "absolutely awful" as friend Ducky suggests?Alex
Smith QB rankings:2006 #21 (Just behind #21 Big Ben)2009 #19
(Just a head of #20 Matt Ryan)2010 #212011 #92012 #5Alex was disappointment but being a top 10 QB the last two years shows
he's capable of leading an NFL team. The 9ers are CK's team now but
Alex will be playing somewhere next year.
You're dead-on accurate with this, Robinson. All Smith did was overcome
seven years of instability in the 49ers organization (I.e. a different offensive
coordinator each year, and a different, losing head coach every other year) to
finally settle in on a season that led to a NFC championship game. This year
he'd again led his team to first place in his division before his injury.
Harbaugh has no one to blame but himself if this all blows up in his face.And duckhunter, give it a rest! You're always the first to pounce
on an article about Utah or one of Utah's players. What is the source of
your hatred towards all things Utah? You're not a good representation of
what true BYU fans are all about.
@DuckhunterA quote from you last week;"…his
extremely brief time as a starter has come to an end barring an injury to the
vastly superior Kaepernick."Clearly Kaep is vastly superior
… apples to apples (their only common opponent - the Rams) Smith was 7/8
passing for 72 yards with 1 TD (no turnovers) in just over 1 quarter. Meanwhile
Kaep went 11/17 passing for 117 yards with 0 TDs and 0 turnovers - though he did
fumble twice recovered by his team. Kaep's amazing *cough* stats were
accrued in almost 3 quarters of play AND an entire overtime. Then
Kaep goes 21/32 for 208 with no TDs and no interceptions. These stats also
include an entire overtime. Kaep grossly overthrows a pitch returned for a TD.
He also commits a penalty causing a safety.Smith's rating
against the Rams this year: 143.8 Kaepernick's ratings against the
Rams: 84.3Another of your quotes … "The running game and
defense are what won SF games. He (Smith) just didn't screw it up." - I
guess we now know why not screwing it up, is such a big deal.
Duckhunter, Utah lost to BYU this year, again, go back to your team who plays
WAC weaklings to get to a bowl.SMoth has been a better QB than any
of the BYU rejects of the past 8 years. This was a bad call by Harbaugh and Lap
got lucky because the Bears are so dysfunctional and their defense was on the
field far too much because Cutler was out. Harbaugh is making a big mistake and
it is OBVIOUS to anyone who knows football that Kap gave away that game.
@DuckhunterSo you were willing to wait 8 years for smith to do
something, anything, halfway decent, despite the fact he was absolutely awful
during that time.-------------I'm have been waiting
for the 9ers to do something halfway decent for 8 years not just Alex Smith. CK
lost the game last week and our defense won against New Orleans. CK is the
future but Alex gives us a better chance to win THIS year.
So Duckhunter, you're trying to say it's a good idea to screw with a
team most people saw as a Super Bowl contender by risking the ruining of your
qb's confidence and messing with team continuity? I guarantee coaches and
NFL management around the league have been laughing to themselves thinking,
"wow, we're trying to build a Super Bowl team while San Fran already
came a muffed punt away from going last year and looked even better this year,
yet they're going to screw with that and start developing for the future?
Wow!"So you tell me, based on your last comment, you're saying
that Utah or San Fran fans should be willing to give Kaep time to grow into his
role the same way the organization allowed Smith to grow into the role even
though it's evident that Alex has moved past that phase and is primed to
lead them to a Super Bowl? Sounds pretty smart to me.Bottom line ...
humble pie time for you this week after all you had to say last week.
@utemiguelSo you were willing to wait 8 years for smith to do
something, anything, halfway decent, despite the fact he was absolutely awful
during that time, yet you are declaring kaepernick finished after 3 games?
Typical utah "fan" hypocrisy on display as usual.
I agree with this column 100%, and I hope karma comes back to bite Jim Harbaugh
hard with many more regular season losses and an early playoff exit. Kaepernick
played great against the Bears but poorly-to-average in his three other
opportunities. He is already overrated (if that is possible after only three
and half games). Flash in the pan at most.