Red roundup: John Beck, Alex Smith breakdown

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  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 8, 2011 9:38 a.m.

    As a long time 49ers fan and Ute fan, it's great to see the team and Alex Smith both doing well. I attribute the success mostly to Jim Harbaugh. He's a great offensive coach who knows QB's and what it takes to be successful. The 49ers prior OCs and Head Coaches were trying to make Alex perform their schemes without considering his strengths and weaknesses. I think Harbaugh has built an offensive scheme that helps Alex succeed by having a strong running game and not expecting him to play outside his abilities. Also, a top notch defense helps by keeping the opponents score low enough that it doesn't take 40 points a game to win.

    Hopefully Alex can continue to learn and improve with the confidence he has gained this season. I don't expect him ever to reach Joe Montana or Steve Young level, but I think the 49ers will be playoff contenders for several years with Alex at QB. Hopefully Kaepernick will have the patience that Steve Young did to wait and learn until it is his turn.

  • EdCullen Orem, UT
    Nov. 7, 2011 11:22 p.m.

    Alex Smith has learned to play within his ability level and quit making mistakes. The 49er offense is nothing to go home and brag about, but their defense is great. The Redskins looked terrible, and John Beck didn't play well. Too bad they've lost all their play makers to injury. It's gonna be a tough road for John to retain the starting spot.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 7, 2011 10:48 p.m.

    Yes Northern, Ute fans/Alex Smith supporters CAN talk smack... its return smack for all those who got on these comment boards and trashed Smiths name the last 7 years even though anyone with any football knowledge whatsoever could see that there were major problems with that entire organization giving him little chance to succeed.
    Now that Alex has a few pieces in place and some decent coaching we're seeing what he can really be...and I anticipate we'll see better and better performances from him in the future.

  • Northern Logan, UT
    Nov. 7, 2011 8:13 p.m.

    Alex smith is not LDS.

    I loved watching him as a Ute. But serisously can you really talk smack when he has struggled for 7 seasons or so.

    Glad to see the 49er's make some headway.

    Nov. 7, 2011 7:54 p.m.

    Smith has definitely outperformed Beck this year. His 49ers are 7-1 (2nd best in the entire NFL) as opposed to Beck's 3-5. The interesting thing is, like the article says, Beck has actually put up some impressive passing numbers. But the bottom line is the wins and losses. As far as head-to-head competition, Smith has had the best of their matchups, going back to the '03 and '04 seasons at Utah and BYU, respectively.

    Good luck to both quarterbacks for the remainder of the year.

    P.S. I don't hear any of the local Smith bashers lately. Why not?

  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    Nov. 7, 2011 6:47 p.m.

    Are they both mormon?

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Nov. 7, 2011 6:14 p.m.

    Yeah. Let's blame John Beck for the fact that the Skins don't have a running game. Just like it wasn't fair to blame Alex Smith for the 49ers being horrible prior to this season. The author in the article even admits that if the Skins had the '9ers run game, either Grossman or Beck might be an adequate QB.

    Much ado about nothing.

  • Bleed Crimson Sandy, Utah
    Nov. 7, 2011 4:57 p.m.

    I wonder if John Beck cried after losing to Alex Smith again?

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Nov. 7, 2011 4:40 p.m.

    Interesting that the author of the article says John Harbaugh is the coach of the niners. No, it's his brother Jim. Not much credibility I suppose.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 7, 2011 4:22 p.m.

    As patriot said, to blame the QB for either the win or the loss is just plain dumb!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 7, 2011 4:18 p.m.

    I watched the Washington/49ers game and Beck did throw one pick but the reason Washington didn't score was because they fumbled the ball away on critical times of the game - not Becks fault. Both fumbles gave San Fran great field position around the 30 yard line and led to easy scores. Also, both fumbles would have produced first downs for Washington. Beck also had 3 other drops on easy to handle throws. If we want to evaluate the game fairly then let's do it but to save the QB is the reason we lost is just plain dumb.

  • PAC 12 loves U Sandy, Utah
    Nov. 7, 2011 2:39 p.m.

    John Beck 0
    Alex Smith 2

    Way to go Alex! keep proving those naysayers wrong. Go 49er's!

    -Ute Nation