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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 29 2013 11:30 a.m. MST

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Park City, UT

OHBU- I'm rooting for the 49ers, Smith had as much to do with their success the past two years as anyone. Kap is dynamic for sure and his game is different, but Alex and his accuracy and good decisions making (game managing to the ill informed) would have just as easily led this team to the Super Bowl. Too much focus has been on #7, we forget they have a great defense and Gore helps tons as well. It is as many analysts have pointed out, a very well rounded team. I'm hoping Alex gets a ring, he deserves one as much as anyone. I then hope he seeks out a good deal elsewhere.

Sandy, UT


How did Uteology eat Duckhunter's lunch, by simply demonstrating that Smith has a lifetime rating in the NFL of 79.1 vs Detmer of 74.7?

Neither one are beyond middling in the NFL.

Detmer's premier achievements came in College by winning the Heisman as well as the Maxwell, O'Brian and Baugh Trophies, setting over 50 NCAA records and ending up in the College Hall of Fame.

He was kept on in the NFL for 14 years primarily as a Coach. Show me other non-starting QB's which hung around the NFL for 14 years? His place in history is secure.

Johnny Football will suffer the same fate as Detmer, just as Flutie did.
It's still a Big QB's league, with few exceptions.

Now let's show what it takes to be the best in the NFL, which is what is demanded by the S.F. fans and Organization...

Steve Young..15 years

QB rating 96.8
Touchdowns-passing 232
Interceptions 107
Passing yards 33,124

Rushing yards 4,239
Touchdowns-rushing 43

Kaepernick as of now, in his young career....

TD's 10
Int. 3
QB rating 98.3
Passing yards 1,814

Smith vs Detmer...Detmer

Saint George, UT

A perfect day for Alex on Sunday would be that Colin goes down in the 1st or 2nd qtr with a ankle sprain (not serious of course) and Alex comes in and throws for 3-4 TD's and runs for 2-3 TD's and crushes the Ravens. Then move onto another team next year and enjoy a successful career. Does Vegas have any odds on this playing out?

Me, Myself and I
The Promised Land, UT

Not in the same category as Brees made me laugh. How soon we forget that Brees' first few seasons were ripe with mediocrity. All the while he had more talent around him and coaching stability that Smith didn't until the last two seasons. I will agree with DuckHunter that Smith going to the Cards would be a disaster. Smith has also denied at media day yesterday wanting to be released. Any which way it works out I wish Smith the best and hope we like Brees finds a system which showcases his skill set. Don't get me wrong I don't think he'll be a top tier NFL QB all of a sudden, but a solid starter who can lead a team to and possibly win a Super Bowl. He wouldn't be the first to do this, names like Dilfer, Johnson, Rypein and Hostetler come to mind.Smith is better than Dilfer or Johnson and as good as Rypein and Hostetler.

Columbus, OH

Cowboy Dude,

And what was Smith's excuse before Singletary? He wasn't his only coach. If Smith was truly great, he would have done something with any of the other 7 OCs he had. But besides that, nobody was interested in Smith by the time he'd gone through two HCs that couldn't do anything with him--and that includes OC Norv Turner who is quite respected for his work with qbs. Most people around the league and media expected Harbaugh to cut ties with him and draft a new qb and start over. He didn't. Despite the criticism, he stuck with Smith and revived his career. The bottom line is, without Harbaugh, Smith would be unemployed or third string somewhere. With Harbaugh, he's a pretty attractive option this offseason.

I feel bad for Alex, I do. But to not acknowledge Harbaugh as a great coach is naive. He took over a team no-one could do anything with for over a decade, and instantly made them one of the top teams in the league. He did the same thing for Stanford, though their futility dated back much further than a decade.

Park City, UT

OHBU- I agree with your remarks about Harbaugh. Sometimes it just takes the right people around you to bring out the best. Conversely, Smiths first 5 years were wrought with cancerous coaching, whether highly respected or not, they were guys who just weren't getting anything figured out at any level, much less with the QB's. It wasn't just Singletary, but a bad mix from the start. I do credit Harbaugh for bringing Alex back to life. I also believe he has every right to play the hot hand as he has said, as much as it stings to Smith fans, that is his right.

Me,myself- I made that comment about Brees because whether or not he WAS at a lower level, he isn't anymore. He is without a doubt a top tier QB in the NFL at this moment. I would love it if Alex could get there, but realistically, I don't see it happening. I do believe however, that he has tons of ability, and will make a decent team a playoff team.




Harbaugh did two things that I see as being very detrimental to the game:

1) He has re-enforced the concept that players that receive concussions should not say anything and keep playing, and
2) He undermined a quality player for a “flavor of the day”

I don’t like the 49ers right now because of the coach and his poor decisions. I believe that is a decent enough reason.

You are right however, Smith is a class act.

Bluffdale, UT

Flavors of the month don't take their teams to Super Bowls. Sour grapes.

East Salt Lake City, Utah


I'd stick around concussion boy and take the money coming to you. No one is going to pony up that kind of cash for your glass jaw.


What's Austin Collie have to do with this article?

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Seagull hunter: His best in the league QB rating contradicts your armchair assessment of his talent.

South Jordan, UT

he's giving up 6.5 million. I think that's a little silly especially in a profession where your working years are so limited and the guarantee of a job is zero. Why not wait till march to ask for your release? That way he gets the money. From a competitors standpoint I understand his desire to be the best and to win. I respect it. We don't have enough competitors with that same drive anymore. From a financial adviser standpoint I have to say that backup quarterback on a Superbowl contending team is the best job in the NFL. Your body will take the least amount of punishment, your salary will be high, if you want to you can do it for years (Warren Moon played till he was like 42) and you have a lot of time to study and brush up on your coaching skills to spring board you into a high paid coaching job. Seems like a pretty good life to me. Is changing teams really what you want Alex Smith?

Highland, UT


His mid season benching for a 2nd round draft pick says otherwise.


Sandy, UT

Duckhunter, what exactly is your problem? Inferiority complex?

Your assessment of Alex's talent is sub-par at best.

Park City, UT

Austin Collie! Now THAT deserves an LOL! Even Coug fans should get a chuckle out of that.

East Salt Lake City, Utah

Highland, UT


His mid season benching for a 2nd round draft pick says otherwise.



Yes it does. It shows how great of team player he is that after being benched after a concussion he wasn't a "distraction" in the locker room. Unlike, Heaps vs Nelson or even Steve Young vs Montana:

"Before the start of the 1993 season, team owner Eddie DeBartolo, Jr. announced that he 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."

Highland, UT


"great team player" does not mean "great player". Also the fact the 49ers lockerroom is not split pretty much confirms that all of them know the better guy is now starting.


Get back to me when he actually does something somewhere. I'll be here waiting.

Park City, UT


Detmer was a backup for most of his 14 years in the NFL. He simply wasn't big enough to be a starter, but his skills and coaching abilities were obviously good enough to warrant teams keeping him on NFL rosters more than double the length of the average NFL career of a player who makes a team's opening day roster.

As far as college careers:

Ty Detmer: 958 of 1530 (62.6%), 15,031 yards, 9.8 Y/A, 121 TDs, 65 int, 162.7 rating
Alex Smith: 389 of 587 (66.3%), 5,203 yards, 8.9 Y/A, 47 TDS, 8 int, 164.4 rating

Highland, UT


Quotes from utah "fans" on the most recent Jimmer articles.

"If the NBA was won by games of "HORSE" then yes, I see Jimmer being fit to play. But its not. And he isn't. Enjoy Euro ball Jimmer." - chris b

"I was never under any delusions that he would be a great NBA player; not even a mediocre NBA player" - y ask y

"With minutes, Jimmer would be an even bigger defensive liability." - fatman86

"Because we don't idolize and worship Jimmer, and we have a relatively dismal view of his professional prospects, that makes us "Jimmer haters" - y ask y (hmmmm...wonder if this guy has an "inferiority complex"?)

"The only NBA coach who has shown his opinion of jimmer (coach smart) thinks jimmer is a 3rd string guard, just like us "jimmer haters", but in reality just realists." - niners (hmmm....seems there's an nfl coach with an opinion of where smith belongs as well)

"I don't know what you were expecting, but Jimmer is NOT an NBA star. He might be a role player like Bonner is in San Antonio who Pop can put in to make some 3's but that's it. - utahcountyute

Provo, UT

@ Dackhunt

BYU: where the ancient heisman trophy winner we're still beating our chests about didn't have nearly as great of a career as the the quarterback we're obsessed with denigrating on these threads.

It doesn't bother us though! Not. At. All.

Salt Lake City, UT

Park City, UT
Austin Collie! Now THAT deserves an LOL! Even Coug fans should get a chuckle out of that

Personally, I don't find another person's serious injuries to be funny.

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