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

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Highland, UT


That's one game, for that matter he had one good quarter, the rest of the game was so so on his part. Look he has done a good job with what Harbaugh has asked him to do. Harbaugh is very good at using players properly in my opinion, but Smith is not a great talent or a great qb. His qb rating is based on how efficient he has been in a scaled down and simplified offense. He's done a good job, not great, just good. If he was what many of you wish he was Harbaugh would not be doing this, Kaepernick is a 2nd round draft pick afterall and Smith was the number one overall pick.


I agree, running game and defense, no different than it has been the last 2 seasons. The difference is that Kaepernick has a vastly higher upside than Smith and Harbaugh is wisely seeing the time has come to make the transition to the better talent.

Hey I'm not the guy benching Smith, Harbaugh is. He is the guy making the call and my guess is if it was turned around most of you would be praising it.

East Salt Lake City, Utah


The difference is that Kaepernick has a vastly higher upside than Smith and Harbaugh is wisely seeing the time has come to make the transition to the better talent.


That's funny Since Harbaugh didn't take Smith out because of performance, it was because of injury.

Harbaugh moved up to draft to get Kaepernick, it's his guy and the future QB. I think Smith will be traded or cut and CK will lead the team next year.

Alex took us to the NFC title game and is the safer bet to do the same this year. I can't see CK doing the same this year.

We'll find out on Wed if Harbaugh agree with you and in 6 weeks if it was the correct choice.

Regardless, Alex has done more in the last 7 years then any BYU QB since Steve Young, so I'm not sure why you're here.

u mad bro?


Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

duckhunter sure seems to care a lot for a guy who claims he doesn't care.
Is Smith a hall of famer? No. Is he good? Yes.
Smith has beaten out a Superbowl winning QB, a #1 overall pick and a Heisman Trophy winning QB. All those guys had their shot and didn't prove to be better than Smith.
The says a lot more than some hunter's opinion from Highland.

South Jordan, UT

Well friends let me see if I can bridge the gap between the alleged "byu fans" (against alex smith) and the obviously ute fans (pro AS). Alex Smith is probably a Trent Dilfer esque quarterback. He is good enough. Not the guy you want leading the team on a game winning drive, but he might be good enough to win a super bowl if the running game and defense are dominating enough. CK probably has the tools to be something better than a Trent Dilfer esque qb. With how dominating the niners' defense has been, its probably too early to say whether he is an obvious choice. In the niners' current situation pretty much any qb that doesn't throw 3 interceptions a game is going to look pretty good.

Highland, UT


So all harbaugh is doing is trying to insert a 2nd round pick over a #1 pick because he drafted the 2nd round pick? Please he is going with the better talent. As far as smith getting benched becauuse of the injury is concerned, it is obvious that Harbaugh was looking for the opportunity to make the switch and that was his opportunity.

If smith was a stud this would not be happening, sorry to burst your delusions. He is ok, that's it, ok. You can whine about it, you can argue with me,you can claim harbaugh is just protecting a 2nd round pick which is really ridiculous if you think about it, or you can just admit that harbaugh is making the change because in his opinion kaepernick is a superior talent.

Smith was worse than a bust before harbaugh resurrected his career and it is obvious harbaugh knows what smith is. If it makes you bitter well that's to bad I guess. Doesn't change the fact that it appears smith is out and kaepernick is in and that overall number ones don't get benched for 2nd rounders unless they aren't as good.

Highland, UT


Hey ernie do you know what say's a lot more than your opinion, or mine for that matter?


He is the one that has found smith lacking and inferior, he is the one making the change. he is the one that matters here. I do enjoy how much this hurts the pride of utah "fans" like yourself but my pleasure in your angst doesn't matter to harbaugh, smith, or kaepernick. All that matters there is that harbaugh has measured the talent of the 2 and smith appears to have come up lacking. You'll just have to learn to deal with it.

Centerville, UT


Give it a rest. You've beat the dead horse. Repeating the same thing over and over and over and over . . . . doesn't make it true. I think you've convinced yourself beyond a shadow of a doubt. Way to go!

Gilbert, AZ


"Your" 49ers dynasty would have ended with Montana if not for Steve Young and many other former BYU players.

Much like the Utes, the 49ers can attribute much of their success to former BYU players.

Pa. Reader
Harrisburg, PA

I'm a BYU fan who is also a big Alex Smith fan.
He will land on his feet with another team if things don't work out in SF.
He is already a successful starter in the NFL and that's a club with few members.

The silly back and forth between some BYU and Utah fans is sad and boring.

Down under
Pullman, WA

Done. Just like the Utes.

Jazz Source
Alpine, UT

Kapernick/9ers loses the game without the two defensive pick-six touchdowns Sunday. Lets not forget.

No doubt Kapernick is a thrill to watch and clearly a far superior athlete to Smith. Capable of more throws and can get yards and out of trouble with his feet.

Alex Smith is less dynamic but the results are a proven commodity..not just a hope.

This will be interesting to watch what happens.

Harbaugh is clearly tempted by the explosive nature of what Kapernick brings but lets be realistic here..this kid is young and he is not going to be this good every week and bring the consistency the team has been enjoying. There will be some growing pains but in the end he could be the better final product.


I'm not a big Alex Smith fan, but i do think he is getting a raw deal if he is benched. That is how it works though in the NFL. @Uteology "it was injury that cost him his job not performance." Unfortunately that is how it usually happens. Look at Drew Bledsoe for the Patriots, injured and then we found Tom Brady. Poor Bledsoe again with the cowboys played ok and injuries led to the insertion of Romo. So, it usually is injuries that lead to permanent changes because until they are injured you can't see what the backup is capable of. I for one think this decision is too hasty. The grass isn't always greener. QB is the toughest position to play and now that Smith has been given a shot it is evident that he is more than capable. The 49ers have a great defense and a great running game in Gore. Stick with Smith as he gives you the best chance to win this season. After that if you think it is time to make a switch trade Smith or have a qb battle in the offseason.

Provo, UT

Kaepernick is at best a notch better than Tebow at this point in his career. Smith is a proven winner and is attractive to many teams in the NFL if SF decides to bench him.

East Salt Lake City, Utah


You said CK was "vastly superior" than Smith. Which is ridiculous considering he wasn't able to beat out the current #5 rated NFL QB until he was injured. I've said CK is more than capable leading the 9ers going forward and has a greater "potential". But I also said Smith is more than capable of leading a team without a QB, like Arizona.


Actually, Steve Young would have ended up like Max Hall if it wasn't for my 49ers dynasty. He was given the chance to develop under a legend and did so.

"The Buccaneers selected University of Miami quarterback Vinny Testaverde first overall in the 1987 NFL Draft because Young was deemed a bust, and he was traded to the San Francisco 49ers on April 24, 1987, to serve as a backup to Joe Montana."



It's so sad that you (first comment) had to make this a Utah/BYU thing. You look for anything to dis the U of U.

Alaskan Ute
Fairbanks, AK

Psychologically, I think Alex has already moved on and will demand a trade at year-end. No matter what happens in the playoffs, I would bet he wants out. Alex has played well enough that he doesn't deserve to be benched for an injury. He simply doesn't make many mistakes/turnovers.

My hunch is that Alex goes to the Chiefs. Just a hunch.

Cedar Hills, UT

too bad for Smith - he was having a decent year followed by a really good year last season. You do well and you get demoted...pretty harsh. Kaepernick is the real deal - big arm and good legs plus he seems to read defenses pretty good for a rookie. Smith needs to go some place else ... some system that maximizes his skills that needs a QB like Arizona. Alex is a good QB - he throws well and he runs well plus he is smart... he just isn't a risk taker and doesn't stretch the field as much as Kaepernick can. Kaepernick will struggle some against a really good defense like the New York Giants or the Houston Texans. I actually think I would prefer Smith against the better defenses simply because Alex won't beat you with interceptions trying to force things whereas Kaepernick most likely will. If Harbaugh does bench Smith for good then attempting to come back to him to rescue some playoff game isn't going to work. Confidence once broken is seldom regained in the NFL.

West Jordan, UT

I am a lifelong 49er fan. It is so silly to see this become a BYU/Utah thing here. Real 49er fans don't care who plays as long as the Niners win. All you BYU fans sound desperate. You can't beat Utah on the field, so the only thing you can do is bash one of their ex-qb's over his performance in the NFL. That's pretty weak. You Utah fans sound desperate too. If Alex Smith wins at the next level, does that really make your lame 5-7 record look better? This SF team is winning because of amazing defense and a solid running game. I'm happy with either guy as long as we win.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

Alex Smith is currently the 5th highest QB in the NFL with a rating of 104.1; 13 TDs and 5 Ints. Hardley the numbers of a bust. I will be suprised if he's benched, but can't see it being for long; if it does happen.

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