Now if you have listened to my show at all in the last two weeks on the BTR Network (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/letstalknfl), you know exactly where I am about to go. The whole benching Alex Smith this late in the season for basically a rookie is just asinine. Now I am not an Alex Smith fan by any means, but common sense is common sense. You start a second-year quarterback (Colin Kaepernick) with no experience over a quarterback that has seven years of experience, that has the highest completion percentage (70.0) in the league, that has only lost five games in the last 25 he started, that hold the team record for most consecutive pass attempts (249) without an interception (blowing Steve Young and Joe Montana out of the water) and last but not least, the quarterback that has playoff experience?
I am all for the San Fransisco 49ers moving forward. Alex Smith is not an elite, pro bowl or even great quarterback and is only accurate when throwing for 10 yards or less. Even with that said, as a head coach, you don’t change-up your quarterback in week 12 when you are winning games, trying to win home field advantage throughout the playoffs or want to put your team in the best position to win possible. As a head coach you make this move going into this season after you already hurt his feelings trying Peyton Manning out or after this season win or lose it all.
As we sit and wait on Harbaugh to decide whether to start Kaepernick or Smith, I wonder how much butt kissing Harbaugh is doing to Smith. Harbaugh was wrong and Sunday showed us all by how much. Now with Smith already knowing he is out the door at season end, will he really care about the teams destiny or we will he put on one hell of an audition for his new team to be? I know it will take Smith being the bigger man and suck up his pride if Harbaugh goes with him next week or even worst, it will be a shot at his ego if Kaepernick gets the nod again next week after single handedly giving the game to the St. Louis Rams.
Colin Kaepernick went 21 for 32 for a dismal 208 yards, 0 TDs and 0 INTs. So you got exactly the same thing out of Kaepernick as you would of with Smith. But actually, no you didn’t. Smith would of probably completed a couple more passes and he wouldn’t of made two rookie mistakes to cost your team 10 points. The first mistake being the intentional grounding call while throwing from his endzone and the second mistake being the bad pitch to Ted Ginn JR leading to a Janoris Jenkins 2-yard touchdown fumble recovery.
Greedy is the only word that comes to mind when I think about what just happened in San Fransisco. Does Alex Smith deserve to be your quarterback, probably not. But, when you had a quarterback that has stuck it out through the good and the bad times, you have been able to successively playcall around his weaknesses and has sucked up his pride more than once, why shouldn’t he deserve the starting job? Harbaugh has been able to playcall and turn Alex Smith from the quarterback that was a 55% (at best) completion percentage, 51 TDs and 53 INTs to a quarterback that is almost 65% completion percentage , 30 TDs and 10 INTs.
I know Alex Smith is not the future, he is the past and present. I also know he has no arm and that is why the 49ers have supplied him with the best receiving group, to help mask is weakness. I am well aware that he is incredibly inaccurate over 10 yards and it gets worst and worst the deeper the throw. There is a reason he averaged a measly 196.5 yards a game in the regular season last year. But to make this move this late in the season is just plain ignorant and makes absolutely no sense.
I hope come next week, for the fans sake, Harbaugh finally makes the right decision again and even more, I hope Smith sucks his pride up and puts on the best audition ever displayed by a player knowing this is the end of the road with his current team.