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Published: Monday, Nov. 26 2012 3:55 p.m. MST

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Highland, UT

No one should be surprised by this as even at his best he has only been ok. Yes I know he has had a few good games, but week in and week out he has been no better than average, and for most of his career he has been pretty bad. I know utah "fans" have spent the last year proclaiming he was on his way to greatness but nothing about his talent, or performance, has ever lead me to believe that. The fact Harbaugh wanted Manning last offseason showed how little confidence he has in Smith and this has simply confirmed it. He may become a backup somewhere else but his extremely brief time as a starter has come to an end barring an injury to the vastly superior Kaepernick.

Nampa, ID

I really like Smith, but that Kaepernick can play. He has a lot of zip on the ball, he can air it out, and he can run. He's had a couple of good games. I think the classy thing to do is keep Smith the starter and work Kaepernick in. This way you can squeeze all the juice out of Smith without pushing Kaepernick too hard and injuring him early in his career. Let him work it in and take the spot. Both are doing well now, but Kaepernick is physically superior to Smith right now, and its obvious.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

I suppose I should defer to Duckhunter who, as a BYU fan, has a lot more experience following backup NFL QB's than I ever will. That said, Alex Smith has a higher average QB rating in 2012 than Kaepernick has as his all-time best, a better command of the offense than Kaepernick, and he led the niners to within one dropped pass of going to the Super Bowl. I highly doubt Kaepernick will take them that far, but I guess we shall see.

Here's what's going to happen: They're going to go with Kaepernick the rest of the way, then halfway through their first playoff game when they're losing, they'll insert Smith. He won't be able to pull it off and SF will exit the playoffs early, blaming Smith all the way. He will get traded to the Cardinals in the offseason and QB them to a 2-0 record against SF because he knows their offense better than they do. The Niners will go 8-8 next season with Kaepernick.

Salt Lake City, UT

Smith proved he cannot beat the Giants......I say stay with Kappy and let him develop! He is already just as good if not better than Smitty? Smith should get out his resume....KC needs a good QB!

West Jordan, Utah

Smith has always been under appreciated in San Franciso. He cmae from a spread attack at Utah, was thrown to the wolves in his early years in SF running a pro set with an terrible Niners organization and coaching staff. Smith had some injuries, was presecuted by the fans and media, and had 6 coordinators and three head coaches in 7 years. Finally he got a good coach in Harbaugh and went 13-3 running a new offense yet again last year. He did that with no training camp because of the late lockout resolve. Smith took the Niners to the NFC Title game, and by no fault of his own, watched Kyle Williams two fumbles cost the Niners a Super Bowl appearance. Alex played great in last years playoffs and won a shootout (putting up points and numbers) against Drew Brees and the Saints. This year, Alex was 6-2 as the starter, but Harbaugh is going with the young talent and cheap contract of Colin Keapernick. Alex and his contract migh tbe traded. Don't forget that Smith was offered the starting job elsewhere but he has always been loyal to a team that never had his back.

West Jordan, Utah

@ Duckhunter

"The fact that Harbaugh wanted Manning" is not because he had little faith in Alex, it's that we are talking about Peyton Manning. Harbaugh wants to win any way he can. Smith has been really good the last two years going 22-6 as the starter counting the playoffs. Now Harbaugh is going with raw talent in Keapernick. It doesn't mean Smith is weak. He overcame nearly being lynched in San Francisco, and despite never having any stability around him with all the coaches and coordinators, Smith never lost his belief in himself. I applaud his toughness.

I think the same of John Beck. He could shine if put into the right situation. Some guys never get the chance.

East Salt Lake City, Utah

As a 49er fan I think Smith's tenure at San Fran is over. Three years ago I would have agreed with Duckhunter that Smith is a good NFL backup QB. But over the last two years AS has proven he can lead an NFL team.

Most 9er fans will get their wish and CKap will be the QB going forward. I don't think CKap, even with our great defense, will lead us to the SB this year but I think he has the skill set to carry the team.

Look for Alex Smith to be starting in Arizona next year.

BTW Ducky, if CKap was "vastly superior" than Alex Smith then please explain why he needed an injury to beat to overtake the starting position. The fact is our defense and running game rule, and as of today CKap only has potential.

Sugar City, ID

My biggest concern about Smith is the concussion. He may be wise to get out before he is more injured. It's a vicious game and a lot of players have had their lives ruined by their injuries--especially concussions.

Mission Viejo, CA

Amazing to see BYU fans dissing Smith. He was a great college QB and not bad at SF. Give him credit - most great college QB's never start in the pros. I hate the Utes too. But I don't hate their guys. I wish Alex Smith the best and Kaepernick too. He was awesome at Nevada. And I enjoyed watching Smith demolish Alabama.

Qwest Perfected
Salt Lake City, UT


It was Brian Johnson who destroyed Alabama. Alex Smith was the starting QB when the Utes first busted into the BCS in the Fiesta Bowl. He destroyed Pitt in that game and was the number one pick in the draft that year.

Just thought you might want to know who you were talking about.

As far as Smith goes, there aren't very many players with his level of character in the NFL. He has done nothing to deserve losing his starting position. He has been one of the top ten QB's in the league the last two years. He was one pass attempt away from breaking the NFL's completion percentage just a few weeks ago. Hopefully Alex will find a team that appreciates his talent.

I know it's hard for some byu fans to accept Alex - they were mad that he was the first pick in the draft and the first QB to bust the BCS. It's too ad you can't see past your own jealousy to realize the guy is talented as well as a great role model in a league that has very few.

South Jordan, UT

There are 18 teams that would love Smith as their QB. He throws at a high percentage and controls the game well. He will be fine. Kap is good.

San Leandro, CA

I think it's unfortunate if this goes the way it's looking that it seems to relay the message to players: "If you get a concussion, you're better off pretending you're fine because you might lose your job..."

Salt Lake City, UT

Alex Smith has been the most successful NFL quarterback with Utah collegiate ties in recent memory. He has represented the state well, with a lot of class. We wish him well and continued success in football and in life. JSB has made a good point regarding the concussion.

Highland, UT

@gdog, uteology and all utah fans

Smith is no more than adequate. He has been running an extremely basic offense that has allowed him to be a game manager and not relied on him to win games, all they asked of him the last year and a half was to not lose games. He has done a good job at that but his talent is average.

And gdog my comment about Kaepernick was about his overall talent, sorry I didn't clarify that. He is vastly more talented than Smith, it isn't even close. He is bigger, has a much better arm, is faster, runs better, the only thing I don't know because it is hard to tell watching them is if he is as smart or smarter than Smith.

Teams will not be clamoring for Smith, he will get some interest but his talent is what it is and that is average at best. He was not able to perform until Harbaugh came along and inserted him in a ball control offense which minimized his opportunities to make mistakes. The running game and defense are what won SF games. He just didn't screw it up.

Highland, UT


Smith is a great role model, I'll give him all the credit in the world for his character, but that isn't the point. His TALENT, or lack of, is the point. If he was all you claim then Harbaugh would not be replacing him with Kaepernick. You don't replace #1 overall draft picks in their prime unless they aren't as good as billed. Smith could continue to be an adequate qb that manages the game decently but he is not going to win games with his arm or play, he lacks the talent to do so and that is why he is being replaced.

I understand the desire of utah "fans" to have him be more, you want to stick it to the BYU fans that have rightfully labeled him as a overall #1 bust. Sorry but it appears that will never happen and it is a neutral source, Harbaugh, that has decided this argument. He only cares about putting the best talent on the field and Smith does not appear to be the best talent. Sorry it simply is what it is despite the lamentations of utah "fans".

Cottonwood Heights, UT


You took the words right out of my mouth ... a player losing his starting position due to a concussion sets a terrible precedence. Concussions are already bad enough in the NFL, but this kind of thing will only encourage players to hide them.


I'm not going to completely disagree with your take on Smith because I do think he has his limitations (not the strongest of all arms) ... however, I believe you're selling him short. All you have to do is look at what he did last year and look at the QB rankings this year ... Smith is #5 and is only 1.5 percentage points behind the leader - Aaron Rodgers. The only other players ahead of him are #2 Brady, #3 Peyton Manning and #4 RG3.

Bottom line ... San Fran would've lost last week without 2 TDs from their defense, and if Kap becomes the fulltime starter I guarantee San Fran will drop some games they shouldn't and will end up underachieving this year. If that happens, it's time for Smith to walk away and let San Fran figure it out on their own.

Cottonwood Heights, UT


"He was not able to perform until Harbaugh came along and inserted him in a ball control offense which minimized his opportunities to make mistakes. The running game and defense are what won SF games. He just didn't screw it up."

I'm guessing the entire Saints organization would disagree with you - among others. I sure don't remember the running backs or defense winning that huge game for the niners.

Provo, UT


Brian Johnson was the QB of Utah when they beat Bama.

East Salt Lake City, Utah

He was not able to perform until Harbaugh came along and inserted him in a ball control offense which minimized his opportunities to make mistakes. The running game and defense are what won SF games. He just didn't screw it up.


Steve Young was a bust until he joined my 9er dynasty. So what's your point?

The running game and defense is what won for us last two week, not CK's QB ability.

Pocatello, ID

1. If the 49ers have any shot at the Super Bowl this year, it is with Smith.
2. Give teams a chance to get film on kaepernick, and he will start to struggle.
3. He went up against a bears d that didn't know what hit them, Gruden himself said he'd never seen some of he plays that the 49ers were running, and that was followed by a game against the worst defense in the league in terms of total yards, the Saints are 28th in scoring defense. Max Hall could have lit them up.

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