Originally written on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 10/21/14

SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 29: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on November 29, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
The 2012 trade deadline is already gone, but San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith’s future is pretty much finalized at this point the 49ers to trade Alex Smith. Smith’s job has been taken from second year quarterback Colin Kaepernick and it was all according to head coach Jim Harbaugh’s plan. After all, Smith was the wild card in 2011. Kaepernick was selected in the first round under Harbaugh’s first draft and that typically is a round reserved for developmental Franchises. Smith was merely a short-term solution, an insurance plan, a warranty and nothing more. That’s why Harbaugh pursued Peyton Manning during the 2012 offseason and is also why the second Kaepernick showed he could lead the team, was the first sign of Smith’s slow, downward spiral down the depth chart.… Read more
38 Comments:
  • yeah....except Kaepernick was taken in the second round......
  • If CK is so good what happened when he replaced Smith? He couldn't even beat the Rams and he had plenty of time to do it.
    Sorry coach, Smith should have hept his job.
    If not for the two interceptions the defense got he would have lost the game.
  • in Harbaugh we trust- i think not so this time. the team which Ck played against is not the team they were last year . Did u just see Drew Brees last night throwing an interception after interception? two games that are not solid measures of this change.
  • Hey, don't forget, the Offensive line did absolutely nothing yesterday, run or pass blocking, and numerous penalties.
    I've seen Brees, Rodgers, and both Mannings look horrible when the line
    doesn't pass or run block, and the receivers don't get open. Add to
    the fact that CK is inexperienced, and the mistakes usually follow. True,
    he made some serious errors that cost his team, but he also didn't drop
    the go ahead touchdown (Walker), and he didn't miss the winning field goal, (Akers).
  • good choice for the couch
  • Mark my word........Kaepernick will be out of there after 2 bad games. That's the way Harbaugh works. I wouldn't trust him regardless of there record.
  • smith should have known he was expendable when harbaugh went after manning this coach is doing the same thing to alex smith as elway did to tebow in denver i guess thats the thanks you get for taking your team to the championship game.
  • CK and the others should watch out. they will do to CK what they did to Alex if he even lose two games.
    This coach is dangerous. anybody can be benched.
  • Except that Tebow isn't good. Actually, he's pretty bad. There is no way Elway looked at him and saw the future of the Broncos. Look at Denver this year, no way they are 8-3 with Tebow. No way.
  • Harbaugh is nuts. This move will bite him back. Known quantity is playing A ball...K-nick is overrated and the first big hit will take him out for the year and possibly a career. Two games does not make a Montana or Young... Widgeon1 is right...the interception K-nick threw was BAD...just wait and see.
  • the scary thing is that we might lose the first playoff game with kaep! the NY giants are how they are because they are a seasoned team
  • Remember when they got rid of Garcia (After 2 trips to the playoffs and the firing of Mariucci) and replaced him with Rattay. Garcia made two more playoffs as a starter (Eagles and Bucs). Niners nada. The saving grace in this is that Harbaugh can coach. Good luck to Alex wherever he lands.
  • Wow, a sweeping decision made after seeing two games. Ooh, he beat a Bears team led by Jason Campbell, he must be legit. Everyone in the NFL named Harbaugh are stupid.
  • America has become so cut throat that there is no more loyalty. I wouldnt trust Harbough as far as I could kick him.
  • You guys are all idiots. Smith is very limited in his abilities and while he did manage a great record while serving as the starter, he doesn't have a very big upside and will not be able to lead the niners to a Super Bowl victory. He has won in large part due to the great run game, an outstanding defense and a conservative set of plays dialed up for him. He didn't make many mistakes, but the play calling while he was under center was super conservative. If they fell behind by more than a touchdown, they would struggle. Collin has more upside, is more athletic, has a bigger arm, more speed, and more big play ability. He can take this team to the next level. Will he struggle at times? Absolutely. But he does give the niners the best chance at taking the next step towards being a championship contender. Smith is good, but we've seen the best he can offer and it's not quite enough. There doesn't need to be loyalty, this is a multi million dollar business aimed at winning. Forget feelings. Harbaugh is ultimately doing what's best for the team and I commend him for it.
  • Thanks Nizzle, I've been a Niner fan my whole life and yours is the first intelligent comment based in logic I have seen yet. I have been hoping for the QB change since we lost the NFC Championship, I have never been an A. Smith fan, but the loss to the Giants last year made it painfully obvious that Alex first looks to dump the ball off for 2-5yrds and let the TE or WR do all the work after the catch. He does not look to spread the field and Kaepernick does. He is young and has a little work to do before he can be considered a top QB in the league, but he definately has a bigger upside that Smith.
  • All the people that think the niners should stick with Alex. Look at Passing stats to WRs from the NFC championship last year.

    ELI was 16-35 for 214yds (to all WRs)

    Alex was 1-9 for 3yds (to all WRs)


    Kaps would do far better than that.

  • I followed Kap at UNR. He is a winner. Sometimes he will make you scratch your head, but in the end, he wins. He has a rifle for an arm, it is pretty accurate and can run. P.S. there are 10 other guys on the field at the same time. As some great coaches have said, the QB gets too much credit for a win and takes too much heat in a loss.
  • UUUUUM...Isn't Smith a free agent after thes season? Last I heard you cant trade free agents
  • The 49niners lost because of the coach and the QB#7. Put back #11 Alex Smith. Thanks.
  • We'll that worked out real well. Get ready......Smith will be at quarterback next Sunday against Miami. I am sure Harbaugh ain't a happy camper right now. But Mr. Complainer ( every play ) will have to eat a little crow this week.
  • Yeah sure, your going to trade Smith after todays fiasco. The NFL uses Veteran QBs because they DONT give away the game with 2 minutes left. I posted last week that Harbough isnt very bright if he uses K over Smith, K was ALWAYS going to make Sophomoric mistakes. Its something that ALL rookie QBs do. Well it came true. Alex Smith has won 20 games over the last 2 seasons, you dont do that without being really good. 49ers do the right thing, Show some loyalty like your baseball team did this year. And get rid of Harbough. He's a horses ass.
  • If you are blaming Kaepernick for that loss you are an idiot. First let me say, I am a lifelong Niners fan and only want to see my team win. The loss to the Rams can be placed on the shoulders of the O coordinator that called a option play at the goaline, that is why they got their only TD. Or, how about the refs...you know the same refs that gave the Rams 2pts for a safety that wasn't a safety...or 15yrds on a phantom helmet-to-helmet hit that helped get the Rams into field goal position on their last drive! Oh, and let's not forget Akers, who missed a very makeable FG after Kaepernick set him up for the win?
  • If I were Smith and for some reason I replaced Kap on Sunday, I think I would throw every ball incomplete. Like 0 for 25 passes. Pass rating....0 Wouldn't that be great for Harbaugh. Harbaugh needs to be on Prozac.
  • If I were Smith and for some reason I replaced Kap on Sunday, I think I would throw every ball incomplete. Like 0 for 25 passes. Pass rating....0 Wouldn't that be great for Harbaugh. Harbaugh needs to be on Prozac.
  • Hold on a minute. It is no where time to throw Alex under the bus. If you watched today's game you would see a huge learning curve ahead for Kap. He may be the future but he isn't the now. There were too many dumb inexperienced plays made today. If Alex was the quarterback we would have one by three TDs. Kap showed in the past that he can make plays and is a winner but the previous games that he won as QB were pushovers in my opinion.
  • If you are blaming Kaepernick for that loss you are an idiot. First let me say, I am a lifelong Niners fan and only want to see my team win. The loss to the Rams can be placed on the shoulders of the O coordinator that called a option play at the goaline, that is why they got their only TD. Or, how about the refs...you know the same refs that gave the Rams 2pts for a safety that wasn't a safety...or 15yrds on a phantom helmet-to-helmet hit that helped get the Rams into field goal position on their last drive! Oh, and let's not forget Akers, who missed a very makeable FG after Kaepernick set him up for the win?
  • Last week I posted that using Kaper was a mistake. Rookies make rookie mistakes. Kaper gave away the game with 2 or so minutes left on the clock. The NFL acts like they are bipolar sometimes. They see a guy that can throw great or run great and they think that makes him a great QB. It doesnt. The most important asset in a QB is his ability to think. To read defenses, to track 3 or more receivers at the same time. Kaper proved my point, he will have to go through these sophomoric mistakes before he's even close to taking a team to the Superbowl. Alex Smith has already been through these growing pains. Thats why he won 20 games over the last 2 years. Harbough is the idiot that you need to replace. Not Smith.
  • At this point. We just watch and wait.4 games till the playoffs and we aren't a lock. 2 division games plus the Pats and we haven't clinched yet. Hold on boys. Hope Coach didn't shoot us in the foot. Not just QB play. Chemistry in the locker room could be questionable.
  • Last week I posted that using Kaper was a mistake. Rookies make rookie mistakes. Kaper gave away the game with 2 or so minutes left on the clock. The NFL acts like they are bipolar sometimes. They see a guy that can throw great or run great and they think that makes him a great QB. It doesnt. The most important asset in a QB is his ability to think. To read defenses, to track 3 or more receivers at the same time. Kaper proved my point, he will have to go through these sophomoric mistakes before he's even close to taking a team to the Superbowl. Alex Smith has already been through these growing pains. Thats why he won 20 games over the last 2 years. Harbough is the idiot that you need to replace. Not Smith.
  • whats really amusing......hearing all the armchair Head coaches out there.You need to watch thier progress & shut up.
    How did Smith's first 2 games as starter look ?? Harbaugh does
    know whts he's doing. He's alraedy proven that and doesn't need
    anyones approval.
  • After Kaeperpick's implosion against the Rams (he scored 8 of their 16 points) and upcoming failures against the Dolphins, Patriots and Seahawks, he will be 2-4 as a starter and 2-5 in games he's played more than a half.

    He will finish the season and then be benched. He will spend the rest of his career on the bench coming in only to clean up in lop-sided games.
  • Somebody take (SourceOfMoron)out of the game please!
  • Dont do it ,Harbaugh,wait.
  • Remember, this article is still propaganda, but may happen. Whether it does or not, I've lost all respect for Harbaugh, as a person. Kap may be the player of the future, but the manner by which Smith was removed from a position he worked for and earned, was horribly unethical. Particularly after Harbaugh stated, in a televised interview, "Alex Smith is my starting QB". An out and out lie, as Kap started the following week and lost. How can the players trust a man who is willing to lie publicly and show such disrespect to Alex, who has done nothing to deserve what he's getting. I'm sure there is dissension in the ranks, propogated by Harbaugh's inability to stand up and be straight with people.
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