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Old 11-21-2012, 09:04 PM   #1
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I didn't see a thread about this topic, if one exists, please merge. Anyhow, I guess Alex Smith is healthy but he's being benched for Colin Kaepernick. This is a ballsy move by Harbaugh IMHO.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:10 PM   #2
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Man talk about your fixin what isn't broken.
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I think that will be a mistake.


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Old 11-21-2012, 09:15 PM   #4
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Harbaugh did draft Kaepernick so I guess he was looking for an excuse to start him and the game against the bears is a good enough excuse. Harbaugh probably thinks the Niners offense has a lot more potential with Kaepernick. Still, it's pretty unheard of to bench your starter when the team is winning.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:18 PM   #5
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I love all the clowns on ESPN this morning who were saying: "well, you don't ever let your starting QB lose his job due to a short term injury..."

Tell that to Drew Bledsoe. Now tell that to Alex Smith.
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what little shred of confidence Alex Smith had, is now officially destroyed.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:24 PM   #7
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Not surprised Alex Smith is basically Brian Griese 2.0.
That 49ers team has scary, scary talent. . .Short term, they're probably going to take some lumps with Colin Kaepernick, but if he turns out to consistently be even 80 percent of what he was on Monday night. . .That's going to be as close to an unstoppable team as you get in the salary cap era NFL.
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Kaepernick had a hell of a game....and Harbaugh is drooling over that type
of performance.

On the other hand Harbaugh is just being an ass like he always is...it's his
M. O.

Frankly, I hope this bites him in the ass, and things go south from this point. It would serve him right....And then Smith turns back into The OLD Smith.

It would be funny if Seattle takes that division because of this.
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what little shred of confidence Alex Smith had, is now officially destroyed.
....and this move will be filed in the memory banks of every player on that team and around the league.

BIG MISTAKE IMO.
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I wouldn't mind seeing this move totally backfire on Harbaugh.
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....and this move will be filed in the memory banks of every player on that team and around the league.

BIG MISTAKE IMO.
except the team seemed to really be behind kaepernick. they saw the writing on the wall, they know alex simply can't do what kaepernick did against chicago.

still a risky as hell move though, not sure if I ultimately agree or not. there's no chance he loses the team, but if they lose two in a row or something you'll have ended up rocking a pretty damn steady boat.

but harbaugh knows what he's doing. he saw Alex Smith **** the bed against the Giants last year. it's super bowl or bust.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:30 PM   #12
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This is a smart move IMO. It's what the Pats did when they promoted Brady.

And why is it that the Niners always seem to have TWO capable QB's ?

I think their lead is too big for Seattle to catch them, but I wouldn't mind an epic meltdown, either. I just don't see that happening with their defense.

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Kaepernick had a hell of a game....and Harbaugh is drooling over that type
of performance.

On the other hand Harbaugh is just being an ass like he always is...it's his
M. O.

Frankly, I hope this bites him in the ass, and things go south from this point. It would serve him right....And then Smith turns back into The OLD Smith.

It would be funny if Seattle takes that division because of this.
My sentiments exactly.

Harbaugh inherited a team stocked with talent acquired by ten years of drafting in the top ten and struts around like he's the saviour of the team.

He just divided his locker room, but incredible pressure on his young QB and destroyed the confidence of his qb that got him where he is now all in the mist of a SB run. Egotistical Fool.
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And, AZ is starting Lindley too. That' is kind of strange too. I wonder what AZ will do when Kolb is healthy enough to play. If the team is winning I'm thinking Kolb sits on the bench too.
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my guess is Smith will get his job back in the next two weeks or so.
the league will eventually figure Colin out and then he'll struggle and get benched for Smith.
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I just hope Kaepernick plays like a STUD when they go to Foxboro.
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Harbaugh only said Kaepernick will get the starting reps in practice this week. He did not say he was starting the game. It's not OFFICIAL yet that Colin will start the game this Sunday. Probably, but not official yet.

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Harbaugh only said Kaepernick will get the starting reps in practice this week. He did not say he was starting the game. It's not OFFICIAL yet that Kyle will start the game this Sunday. Probably, but not official yet.
Who's Kyle?
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Harbaugh did draft Kaepernick so I guess he was looking for an excuse to start him and the game against the bears is a good enough excuse. Harbaugh probably thinks the Niners offense has a lot more potential with Kaepernick. Still, it's pretty unheard of to bench your starter when the team is winning.
See Shanahan in 2006.
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:43 PM   #21
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See Shanahan in 2006.
Helll, Shannyham, did this in 1999 when he benched Bubby Brister for Brian "Teacher's Pet" Griese.

All Bubby had done was start and win 4 games the previous season.

That's when I knew Shannyham had lost it and needed to go. Most of the clowns on the DPO site attacked me and Buster T Bronco relentlessly, but we were right.

The difference is that Collin is better then Alex, but Brian was NOT better than Bubby.
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Helll, Shannyham, did this in 1999 when he benched Bubby Brister for Brian "Teacher's Pet" Griese.

All Bubby had done was start and win 4 games the previous season.

That's when I knew Shannyham had lost it and needed to go. Most of the clowns on the DPO site attacked me and Buster T Bronco relentlessly, but we were right.

The difference is that Collin is better then Alex, but Brian was NOT better than Bubby.

You knew Shanahan had to go the preseason following a successful title run?

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Helll, Shannyham, did this in 1999 when he benched Bubby Brister for Brian "Teacher's Pet" Griese.

All Bubby had done was start and win 4 games the previous season.

That's when I knew Shannyham had lost it and needed to go. Most of the clowns on the DPO site attacked me and Buster T Bronco relentlessly, but we were right.

The difference is that Collin is better then Alex, but Brian was NOT better than Bubby.
You do also realize that since Bubby figured he had the starter position locked up he had done next to nothing in offseason preparation for the '99 season and it showed in training camp and preseason, when he couldn't move the offense to save his life, whereas Griese was much more effective right?

Whether it was right or wrong, given the evidence at the time Griese seemed like the right move. But when push comes to shove, arguing between who the better quarterback is between those 2 is like arguing Orton vs. Quinn. Both should have had roles as capable backups who should never start.

Now if you want to argue the signing of Dale Carter was ridiculous a few months after stating to the team that a player like Dale Carter would never be a Bronco, thats a better point.
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Kaepernick had a hell of a game....and Harbaugh is drooling over that type
of performance.

On the other hand Harbaugh is just being an ass like he always is...it's his
M. O.

Frankly, I hope this bites him in the ass, and things go south from this point. It would serve him right....And then Smith turns back into The OLD Smith.

It would be funny if Seattle takes that division because of this.

I guess you did not watch the game the other night. CK just had the "It" factor. He ran the offense like he owned it. The players bought into it and so has the head coach... If that makes him and ass, more power to him. Its about winning kids and sometimes you have to play the hot hand. CK adds another element to the game with his far superior running game.

I am shocked so many of you think Alex Smith is the answer.
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You knew Shanahan had to go the preseason following a successful title run?

this is generally how morons operate, don't worry.
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