Former Ute QB Alex Smith loses starting position on 49ers despite clearance from concussion

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  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 2, 2012 8:22 p.m.

    Smith's rating against the Rams this year is 143.8 whereas Kaepernick's ratings are 83.9 and 84.7.

    Dec. 2, 2012 7:55 p.m.

    Poetic justice the style in which the 49ers lost to a losing team. Defense was as dominant as ever, but the only thing that kept the Rams in it was Kaepernik. Ironic that the big-cannon gunslinger couldn't throw the ball past the line of scrimmage to avoid the safety, and then running the exact offense he ran in college, bombs the pitch over his man's head for a defensive TD. Alex Smith may not have been able to make that 50 yard run on the last drive of regulation, but he would have NEVER made those two bone-headed plays. That's the bed Harbaugh made for himself.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Dec. 2, 2012 8:47 a.m.

    @two for flinching

    Benched for a 2nd round pick. I don't know what else to tell you because that pretty much says it all.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 1, 2012 5:42 p.m.

    Duckhunter/U mad

    3rd in the NFL in passer rating.

    1st in the NFL in completion percentage.

    1st in the NFL in yards per attempt.

    If he isn't starting for the 49ers by the end of this season he'll be starting for someone else next year.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 29, 2012 10:15 p.m.

    If Smith ever does establish himself as a top NFL qb it will have to be somewhere other than SF. If he does go to another team and is able to take them to the playoffs and win games in the playoffs then we will be able to say he was given a raw deal. I don't think that will happen but he will probably get a chance. I do not think the demand for his services will be quite what some others think it will be though. And it won't be a top team that tries to get him, it will be a bad team with little in the way of options for qb's. If he can go to a situation like that and be successful then he will definately prove the naysayers wrong.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 29, 2012 10:10 p.m.


    You took that to litterally and perhaps that is my fault for not being more specific. I meant the worst thing for his career and development as a qb. Certainly he gained millions that he might not otherwise have gained, and yes over the last year or so he has had some nice moments, but I think his talent never justified him being the #1 overall pick and the expectations that go with that certainly hurt his development. If he had even been the #5 pick or something lower the expectations would not have been what they have been, expectations he can never, ever, hope to fullfill.

    I understand this is tough for you Utah fans to comprehend but he just isn't that good, #1 overall pick good. Sorry but he isn't. I still wish him well though as he seems to be a good guy.

  • govt rocks Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 29, 2012 7:28 p.m.

    setting the nfl record for completion percentage in a game is pretty great. Smith did that the week before he got hurt.

  • phantomblade Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 29, 2012 6:12 p.m.

    Based on the expectations for a #1 overall pick - Super Bowl MVP, NFL MVP, Pro Bowl, perennial playoff contender -

    Alex Smith has been a bust.

    Only 1 playoff win in 7 seasons in the NFL.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 29, 2012 5:48 p.m.

    It's odd how obsessed us byu fans are with Smith. Odd.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 29, 2012 5:21 p.m.

    Once teams have enough film on CK he will be exposed and Harbaugh will be fortunate if a shot at a Super Bowl hasn't been blown.
    The thing too many fans and even coaches don't seem to understand is that a steady, smart quarterback who makes very few mistakes is almost always going to be better in the long run than the sexy big armed gunslinger who may give you some eye-popping games but is constently walking the turnover line.
    Prediction ... CK will have some great games with some great stats, but he will ultimately have a couple of critical turnover plagued games that will cost the niners dearly. Again, just wait for defenses to build up enough film on him and watch things change.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 29, 2012 4:50 p.m.

    Duckhunter - I can think of an endless amount of "worst" things that could have "happened for Smith" than what you proclaim as the "worst" thing -- being taken as the #1 draft pick. Let's see, millions of dollars in the bank - check. Played and started in the NFL - check. Quarterbacked team to Conference championship game - check. Will likely sign with another team for more millions - check. Will continue to build a solid career as a starter or even as a back up for several more years - check.

    Not sure why that would be the worst thing that could have happened to him? Please give me more to support that theory. Share with us. Thanks.

  • u mad bro? WVC, UT
    Nov. 29, 2012 4:41 p.m.


  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 29, 2012 4:22 p.m.


    I have watched. Please tell me what smith has done that could be considered "great"? Yes hye had one good quarter in one playoff game. He also has some good, although not great, regular season games. But he hasn't done anything great. He hasn't lead any fantastic comebacks, he hasn't had any particularly huge game with 400 yards and 4 td's, he hasn't done any of those things.

    What he has done is played adequately in the system Harbaugh designed for him to play. I understand why Utah fans don't see this as they have an emotional interest in Smith but the vast majority of everyone else in the country does understand it. Kaepernick is just so much superior in talent and athleticism.

    I think the worst thing that could have happened for Smith was being the #1 pick. He never had the talent to live up to it and the situation was so bad for so many years in SF that he never had the opportunity to grow into the job. Harbaugh resurected his career, but even Harbaugh never had faith in him long term, it is obvious now.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 29, 2012 4:12 p.m.

    One thing Alex has never done is fumble 3 times over the course of 5 plays like a former Dolphin QB did.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    Nov. 29, 2012 3:29 p.m.

    @ Duckhunter:

    I agree with the majority of your comments. However, to claim that he never did anything great shows that you did not watch any games or pay any attention to his stats since Harbaugh took over the reins for the 9ers.

    I've been a 9er fan my whole life. I've seen this unfold before with the 9ers when Young replaced Montana. There I had mixed emotions as I loved Montana, but truly wanted to see Young prove himself after a horrible showing in Tampa. This feels different though and I am not certain. I feel that Alex should have been allowed to finish out the year but this is the reality of all sports.

    I also think that Alex did as well as he could given all of the changes that he faced through his career at SF. I hope that he finds another team to play for and that he is treated with the same level of respect that he deserves. He is a class act, always has been always will be.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 29, 2012 3:07 p.m.

    this is tough for Alex. You play well and lead your team for most the year and you end up on the bench. Really tough spot. If the 49ers win the Super Bowl Smith will have a big hand in getting them there but he will get zero credit. Hard to swallow. If I am Alex at this point I am playing for myself from here on. Alex will be traded at the end of the year most likely to Arizona or maybe Kansas City so he has to keep himself as ready as possible mentally for that opportunity. The RISK Harbaugh is playing here is if Capernick has a melt down against the Giants or some other playoff team you can't really expect Smith to jump in and bail you out. Smith would be steady and consistent the rest of the year but the 49ers wanted more I guess.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 29, 2012 3:01 p.m.

    I've already said it but I'll say it again, I think it is obvious that Harbaugh was looking for his chance to do this, he got the chance and he did it. The way he pursued Peyton Manning last off season, and the way he has so uncermoniously benched Smith shows he never really had any faith in Smith as a long term viable NFL qb. He made due with him because he is what he had, he designed a very simple offense that didn't require much for a qb to run other than just not make a bunch of mistakes. To Smith's credit he ran it efficiently but the truth is he still never really did anything great, he just didn't screw things up.

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    Nov. 29, 2012 2:57 p.m.

    Unless Kaepernick falters or is injured, this may be the end of Alex's playing days for the 49ers.

    One minute you're the starter. The next minute you're cast aside like a tattered old t-shirt.

    Such is life in the NFL.

  • Redweek KIMBERLY, ID
    Nov. 29, 2012 2:50 p.m.

    Disappointing for Alex. But ironically, that is how he got his chance with the Utes in 2003. If it wasn't for Brett Elliott's injury late in the game against Texas A&M, Smith may never had his chance for stardom. Urban Meyer's decision to stick with Smith was obviously a good one.