Nice guys finish last…
Alex Smith is 20-5-1 in his last 26 starts.
He ranks 1st in completion percentage, 5th in passer rating, and has thrown only 5 interceptions all season.
But all of that, and a 6-2-1 record that had the 49ers at the top of the NFC West division couldn’t protect Alex Smith’s job when the 8 year veteran had to depart a Week 10 showdown with the St. Louis Rams due to a concussion.
Colin Kaepernick took over for Smith in that game, and nobody was all that surprised when Kaepernick was called on to start the next game against the Bears. After all, the modern day NFL takes concussions very seriously and Michael Vick and Jason Cutler were also missing their starts a week after a concussion. And despite the fact that Kaepernick torched a Chicago Bears’ team that many believe to be a Super Bowl contender, many expected Alex Smith to be right back under center the next week.
But he wasn’t.
Despite a clean bill of health, and being activated to play in the following Sunday’s matchup against the New Orleans Saints, Colin Kaepernick once again got the nod to start.
The Niners once again won convincingly as a clearly dissapointed Alex Smith looked on from the sidelines, and many are wondering if Alex Smith will ever get his starting job back at all.
The truth is…Alex Smith did absolutely nothing to deserve losing his starting job. He had been a model of consistency the last two seasons, had the Niners ranked amongst the league’s elite teams and seemed to be doing everything that 2nd year head coach Jim Harbaugh wanted him to do at the quarterback position. But it was all unfairly taken from him due to an injury that he had no control over.
Colin Kaepernick is a terrific young kid. He is mobile, versatile, has a rocket for an arm, and effortlessly makes plays with his legs. He may very well be the future of the San Francisco 49ers.
But after 8 years, numerous head coaching and coordinator changes, and several different approaches to winning football games in a city in which Niner fans seemingly wanted him gone everyday prior to his 2011 ascension to prominence, Alex Smith deserved better.
Why is it that great teammates that keep their mouths shut and do what is asked of them always pay the price?
GOD BLESS YOU. YOU ARE LIKE AN ANGEL IN A RAIN STORM I DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS BUT THANK YOU.
Thank you very much.
I’m just a little tired of people trying to create stories and controversies that simply are NOT there.
Smith was hurt, Kaepernick did a great job, and Alex will be our starter next week.
That’s all there is to it.
Anyone that wants a QB controversy please see Jets or Eagles.
Go ahead and have your QB controversy.
It is only ever a QB controversy if your team is LOSING games.
49ers=winning football games
Smith is 20-6 the last couple of seasons. The job will be waiting on him when he gets back. No controversy here.
A Sunday without San Francisco 49ers football is a sad, SAD day….
BALLER OF THE WEEK (Week 8):
The 232 yards that Alex Smith threw for simply do not jump off of the stats sheet at you.
But the remarkable 18 of 19 passes that Smith completed, DO.
That kind of accuracy, along with the 3 TD’s that Smith threw to Michael Crabtree and Randy Moss simply cannot be ignored.
Alex Smith, this one’s for YOU.
NFL WEEK 8 IN REVIEW: 49ers 24, Cardinals 3
Alex Smith completed an unbelievable 18 of 19 passes for 232 yards and 3 TD’s, Michael Crabtree make big catch after big catch while catching 2 TD’s, Randy Moss’ 47 yard TD score marked his 18th TD scored on Monday Night Football, and my beloved San Francisco 49ers bitch slapped the Arizona Cardinals 24-3 on primetime television.
Perhaps even more impressive than the 18 of 19 passes that Alex Smith completed were the remarkable SEVEN rushing yards the Niners’ defense held the now 4-4 Arizona Cardinals to.
After jumping out of the gats 4-0 and looking as if they were going to be a contender to the Niners’ NFC West throne, the Cards have since dropped 4 straight and proved what I have thought all along. This team, that can’t even decide who they want to line up at QB is nothing more than a pretender.
My beloved Niners head into their BYE week at 6-2.
NFL WEEK 7 IN REVIEW: 49ers 13, Seahawks 6
The offense is still a long way away from where it was when it put up 1,002 yards and outscored it’s opponents 69-3 in Week 4 and 5 victories, but a win is a win. And offense will not be easy to come upon against ANY NFC West teams this season.
It’s hard to believe that this division was the joke of the league a mere two seasons ago.
Alex Smith, despite being a far cry from the efficient QB he was in the season’s first 5 weeks, through for 140 yards and what turned out to be the game winning touchdown to Niners’ tight end, Delanie Walker with 4:29 remaining in the 3rd.
The Niners’ rushing attack, however, returned to a form that has come to be expected of them over the last couple of seasons.
Frank Gore was in absolute BEAST MODE with 131 yards rushing and 51 yards receiving and the Niners’ offense managed 175 rushing yards against the Seahawks’ 6th ranked rush defense.
The bottom line is, expect all NFC West games to be like this this season. Hard hitting defense, solid ground games, and struggling QB’s.
The team that wins this division is going to have to win far more than 7 games.
My money is still on my beloved San Francisco 49ers.
Frank Gore in motherfuckin BEAST MODE with 131 yards rushing and 51 yards receiving!
Whose got it better than us?
Somehow, some way, I have to cast my feelings for my Yankees’ loss to the side to pull for my beloved San Francisco 49ers on Thursday Night Football…
Gonna be tough…
I love my Yankees!
NFL WEEK 6 IN REVIEW: Giants 26, 49ers 3
I don’t know what team the New York football Giants annihilated on Sunday, but it wasn’t MY beloved San Francisco 49ers….
MY San Francisco 49ers DON’T throw 3 interceptions.
MY San Francisco 49ers DON’T allow 6 sacks.
MY San Francisco 49ers DON’T allow 150 yards rushing, and they DON’T allow any rushing TD’s.
And MY San Francisco 49ers DON’T get held to single digit points, especially not in a home game.
So…I don’t know WHAT team took the field wearing the gorgeous red and gold jerseys I have become accustomed to seeing my players take the field in, but they weren’t MY San Francisco 49ers.
I’m not taking anything away from the defending Super Bowl champions. They are a very talented team that appears poised for another deep postseason run.
But anybody who says to you that they thought the Giants were going to go into San Francisco, hold the Niners to 3 points and win by more than 3 touchdowns is lying to you.
Congratulations to the New York Giants.
MY San Francisco 49ers WILL be back, replacing the replacement 49ers that no doubt played in their place this past Sunday, hopefully as soon as Sunday night.
I would gladly trade that regular season drubbing for post season redemption.
See you guys there.