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Report: Smith Informed Kaepernick Will Start
NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Posted on 11/21/2012 11:05:16 PM PST by nickcarraway

Colin Kaepernick will start Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints over Alex Smith, according to a report.

San Diego-based Sports Illustrated writer Jim Trotter tweeted Wednesday evening that Jim Harbaugh informed Smith of his decision and that it was not due to the former No. 1 overall pick's recent concussion.

Just over an hour after Trotter's tweet, a producer with ESPN followed up with a tweet that complicates matters:

Trotter Tweet:
BREAKING: Jim Harbaugh has informed Alex Smith that Colin Kaepernick will start Sunday, per source. Said decision not based on health.

Seth Markman:
Alex Smith just told @TDESPN that Harbaugh told him Kaepernick would get 1st team reps but door open to start game based on practice

Trotter:
i have great respect for @TDESPN and alex smith, and stand behind my report. harbaugh to alex: "I'm going with Kaepernick. Alex, I'm sorry."

In his first career NFL start last Monday, Kaepernick passed for 243 yards and threw two touchdowns and no interceptions in the 49ers' blowout win over the Bears. Smith has passed for 1,731 yards and put together a 13/5 TD/INT ratio before sustaining a concussion in the 49ers' tie with the Rams on Nov. 11.


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This could be the first time in 7 years the 49ers have a future.
1 posted on 11/21/2012 11:05:22 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Hmmm...


2 posted on 11/21/2012 11:11:46 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: nickcarraway

UNR Wolfpack representin’! Kaepernick had a great game against the Bears, but he’s still quite young and raw. I would love to see him starting for the Niners in a couple of years, but thst’s a whole lot to be putting on his shoulders right now. He was a close second to Cam Newton in their senior year two years ago, and I’d love to see those kind of numbers from him in the pros. Plus, he’s from Turlock!


3 posted on 11/21/2012 11:19:56 PM PST by Last of the Mohicans
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UNR Wolfpack representin’! Kaepernick had a great game against the Bears, but he’s still quite young and raw. I would love to see him starting for the Niners in a couple of years, but thst’s a whole lot to be putting on his shoulders right now. He was a close second to Cam Newton in their senior year two years ago, and I’d love to see those kind of numbers from him in the pros. Plus, he’s from Turlock!


4 posted on 11/21/2012 11:19:56 PM PST by Last of the Mohicans
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Why a couple of years? The 49ers need a QB now. Alex Smith has a very limited range of what he can do, and he can’t lead an offense. It’s only one game, but Kaepernick can make passes that Alex Smith couldn’t do in 8 years. The 49ers never should have allowed themselves to come into this season without a first string quarterback, but maybe now they have one.


5 posted on 11/21/2012 11:24:16 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Last of the Mohicans

“He was a close second to Cam Newton in their senior year two years ago,”

You mean Kaepernick also played “steal and throw a laptop?”


6 posted on 11/21/2012 11:25:56 PM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: latina4dubya

It’s somewhat unfair Smith would be benched after a 25 of 27 stretch, but Smith got more chances than any other QB in NFL history. 6 years of awful play and they kept giving him another chance. He’s just not an NFL-caliber QB.


7 posted on 11/21/2012 11:26:37 PM PST by nickcarraway
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Cam Newton could come in as a starter primarily because his team sucked and there was no one else to fill the role. The Niners are definitely playoff bound and Smith has been there before and showed he was at least adequate. We’ll see how Colin does against the Saints. I just think he could use a little more seasoning. And believe me, I have no desire to see Smith there much longer. He is not a franchise player by any means, and he is clearly no longer the team’s future.


8 posted on 11/21/2012 11:34:15 PM PST by Last of the Mohicans
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To: Last of the Mohicans

This is Kaepernick’s 2nd year, not his rookie year. Smith hamstrung what the offense can do because of his limited skills and ability to make turnovers, unless the plays they called were severely limited. Last year, they needed every other part of the team to play fantastic to make up for Smith. They can’t always count on that. Agreed, the 49ers should have come into the season with more options at QB. I thought Johnson would be the starter. [By the way, there are 31 other teams in the NFL, but none of them wanted Smith. Two teams worked out Smith, and they went running in the other direction] Having said all that, Smith seems like a nice guy.


9 posted on 11/21/2012 11:44:08 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Last of the Mohicans

Wolfpack!

Anyone in Reno/Tahoe who isn’t a Niners fan is pretty much a jerk.

That said, I remain a Packers fan but it sure is great to see hometown talent leading the local NFL team.


10 posted on 11/22/2012 2:18:05 AM PST by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve been a 49er fan all my life... I think this will be a good move for them. Harbaugh has been able to coach Alex Smith up to the “do no harm” point, but I don’t see him going beyond it. OTOH, Kaepernick on Monday night showed quickness, an ability to read defensive schemes and raw talent that Smith simply doesn’t have.


11 posted on 11/22/2012 3:23:09 AM PST by ScottinVA (I've never been more disgusted with American voters.)
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To: nickcarraway

The kid looked good on TV recently.


12 posted on 11/22/2012 5:20:30 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: nickcarraway

I completely agree with you. With Alex at QB the Niners could never be a SB team.


13 posted on 11/22/2012 5:27:58 AM PST by tatown
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To: nickcarraway
This was the last piece of the puzzle they needed.

Kaepernick appears to be the real deal. As a Niner fan, I'm pretty high on this move right now.

14 posted on 11/22/2012 5:55:08 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Last of the Mohicans
The Niners are definitely playoff bound and Smith has been there before and showed he was at least adequate.

Adequate doesn't cut it in the post-season, though. The most painful part of the NFC Championship Game wasn't Kyle Williams' fumble - it was knowing that the 49ers wouldn't be able to convert on 3rd down at the end with Smith at QB. Smith puts together nice completion numbers in the regular season running the training-wheel passing offense that Harbaugh and Greg Roman trust him with.

But that doesn't work again good defenses which stop Frank Gore and force Smith to throw. Kaepernick is raw and will make mistakes - but he can make throws Smith never has. He lets Harbaugh and Roman take off the training wheels.
15 posted on 11/22/2012 11:28:14 AM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: ScottinVA

We’ll see what happens when the league figures Kaepernick out, will he be able to adjust.


16 posted on 11/22/2012 11:32:57 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway
It’s somewhat unfair Smith would be benched after a 25 of 27 stretch,

i just read that no decision regarding who is starting has been made...

17 posted on 11/22/2012 10:32:07 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: latina4dubya

Where did you hear that. Most places indicate Kapernick will start. (Additionally, Smith hasn’t been cleared to play according to NFL rules)


18 posted on 11/22/2012 10:53:24 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: dfwgator

Figure out what? In the last 2 weeks they haven’t been doing any wacky or wild cat type plays.


19 posted on 11/22/2012 10:55:44 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

According to a commentator on one of today’s games, Smith has been cleared to play.


20 posted on 11/22/2012 11:04:19 PM PST by Bob
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To: nickcarraway

i heard it on the radio today, and i read it here: http://bayarea.sbnation.com/49ers/2012/11/22/3680600/49ers-vs-saints-alex-smith-colin-kaepernick

the article is from this afternoon and does say that Smith has not been cleared, and that a decision has not been made...


21 posted on 11/22/2012 11:06:31 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: nickcarraway

i heard it on the radio today, and i read it here: http://bayarea.sbnation.com/49ers/2012/11/22/3680600/49ers-vs-saints-alex-smith-colin-kaepernick

the article is from this afternoon and does say that Smith has not been cleared, and that a decision has not been made...


22 posted on 11/22/2012 11:07:01 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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What’s your evaluation of Kaepernick after he’s had a few starts?


23 posted on 12/16/2012 10:59:55 PM PST by nickcarraway
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aside from his skill and his high-level of spatial awareness, Kaepernick has something extra... it’s something that i have seen personally in only a handful of people in my lifetime... and that is fearlessness... he has NO FEAR... fearlessness is different from confidence... and the few people i have known who demonstrate “no fear,” all have gone on to do great things... in my opinion, he has that... so with that, and his natural abilities and his potential, i say Harbaugh made the tough choice... the best choice... what is your opinion?


24 posted on 12/17/2012 3:02:04 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: nickcarraway

so what do you think they should do about David Akers? if anything...


25 posted on 12/30/2012 10:56:25 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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Well, he had a great season this year, and tied the NFL record for longest fix this year.

Since then, not so great. I have a friend who has been complaining since early in the season about Akers. I guess I figure he'll come back around at some point. I tend to not expect kickers to do well anyway. And having a good team and a bad kicker reminds me of the good days.

I guess if the can find a better replacement, they could bring him on. Based on Akers entire career, I imagine he'll be back to form next year.

Bottom line: They should never put their fate in the hands of a kicker.

I think they have bigger problems at this point. Both their defense and offense are not consistent and can disappear at times. They have trouble hanging onto the ball on returns. In the last 4 weeks their pass rush went away. If those problems are fixed, they won't have to rely on Akers. What do you think they should do?

26 posted on 12/30/2012 11:36:44 PM PST by nickcarraway
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at this point, i don’t think they should do anything about Akers... i don’t think they will... i don’t believe they have anyone to replace him... you are right... they should never put their fate in the hands of a kicker... as a fan, it’s just so annoying to watch those missed field goals... especially the standard ones... it’s his job!


27 posted on 12/31/2012 10:14:30 AM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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I wouldn’t go back to Mike Cofer.


28 posted on 12/31/2012 11:31:00 AM PST by nickcarraway
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ha! don’t remind me! at this point i would prefer Ray Wersching... :)


29 posted on 12/31/2012 12:22:10 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: latina4dubya

The 49ers signed Billy Cundiff and are having Akers and him compete. I’d rather use that roster spot for another football player.


30 posted on 01/03/2013 9:42:10 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

hmmm... i am really surprised by this... i didn’t get a chance to listen to KNBR today... i really thought they would do nothing about the kicker this season... thanks for the update...


31 posted on 01/03/2013 9:45:34 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: nickcarraway

did you catch the game today? what did you think? any surprises?


32 posted on 01/13/2013 12:25:19 AM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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Surprises? Yes. I always knew Kaepernick could perform this well, but I didn't necessarily think it would be this game.

The biggest surprise is that Roman/Harbaugh let Kap run free. It seemed like the trend was they didn't want him to run. 183 yards? That was the playoff record and overall record for a QB. The most postseason yards by any 49er. Amazing. And all, after he started off throwing an interception.

33 posted on 01/13/2013 1:12:17 AM PST by nickcarraway
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The biggest surprise is they won, and also how much they eventually dominated. I felt most the season they were underachievers. But they were impressive against a team that was holding tight.

I did say before the game if they were going to win, Gore had to have a game like their first game. He had a few more yards than last time. Which is amazing, considering Kap ran for so many yards. 323 rushing yards? Yeah, that's what they can do, and they can strive for. 43 rushes? Yeah, they should be shooting for that. Harbaugh and Roman should remember they are a rushing team, and they win when they hand off the ball. I worry that Harbaugh doesn't get that.

Playcalling was the best today in a long time. Some amazing passes and amazing catches.

Defense much better with Justim Smith, even with an injured wing. Pass rush was better than recent games, but still needs to be better. If I am not mistaken, they blitzed more tonight than they did all season.

34 posted on 01/13/2013 1:22:00 AM PST by nickcarraway
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i was surprised that GB did not stop Crabtree... all week long i heard how they would double team him and he wouldn't be open for much... i was also pleasantly surprised how they kept getting the TD--not having to rely on the FG! i have to say, when Akers went for that one FG, i left the room--i could not watch... haha! and that off-sides call on the 4th down was quite a gift!

one last surprise--i was surprised at how much Crabtree looks like Lenny Kravitz...

btw--what do you think is better for the Niners? facing the Falcons in Atlanta or the Seahawks at Candlestick?

Go NINERS!

35 posted on 01/13/2013 11:06:34 AM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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I’m not sure who is better for them, but part of me would love to see the Seahawks again to settle up that series.


36 posted on 01/13/2013 11:13:51 AM PST by nickcarraway
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It is amazing Crabtree got so many yards. But he wasn't always open. For example, on that one TD over his shoulder, the DB defended him about as well as possible. Kap just put it in the right spot and Crabtree made a great catch.

Yes, I saw Crabtree in the post game, and thought he looked more like a musician than a football player.

37 posted on 01/13/2013 11:24:35 AM PST by nickcarraway
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But he wasn't always open.

you are right about that! and that's what made it more surprising and exciting... i love when QB and WR are able to do this... such expertise... beautiful to watch... (like Montana to Taylor in that SB winning TD against the Bengals in '89)...

38 posted on 01/13/2013 11:41:41 AM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: nickcarraway

so... what are your thoughts on the upcoming NFC Championship? any expectations?


39 posted on 01/15/2013 5:29:47 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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I think the 49ers should win. I think they match up well against the Falcons, I think.

They played so well against the Packers. The only hesitancy I have is that this season, sometimes they just don't show up. Hopefully that won't happen here.

As always, Harbaugh/Roman just need to sure they run the ball. If they establish the run in the first half, they always seem to win.

40 posted on 01/19/2013 11:33:42 PM PST by nickcarraway
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thank you for sharing your thinking on this... i hope you’re right! but i’m feeling nervous... i wanted the Niners to play the Falcons... i believe they are the superior team... but like you said, sometimes they don’t show up (a la Rams)... i want them to play muy well...

Go NINERS!


41 posted on 01/20/2013 12:50:09 AM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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It is not possible to beat a team in the playoffs when the team take a 17 point lead at their home. Especially if they are a #1 seed.

(Unbelievable)

42 posted on 01/20/2013 4:11:37 PM PST by nickcarraway
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I kept saying, even if they were down, the 49ers have to stick with their run game. Thankfully, they did. 29 rushes for 149 yards. They set themselves up for victory.


43 posted on 01/20/2013 4:13:05 PM PST by nickcarraway
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i still can’t grasp how the NINERS won this game... i watched it in agony, even when we finally pulled ahead... i have to watch it again without all the frustration... but i am happy!


44 posted on 01/20/2013 5:22:56 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: nickcarraway

so what are your thoughts on the Super Bowl? i’ve been watching ESPN and just about every commentator it seems thinks the Ravens have this... first they set it up as the NINERS being the better team... the younger team... the team that has so much on so many levels... but in the end they say the Ravens will win this... “peaking at the right moment” seems to be the reason...


45 posted on 02/02/2013 8:33:01 AM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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They are saying that? The Ravens do look better than they did during the end of the regular season. But the same can be said of the 49ers. Their last 2 game impressed me as much as any all season. I think the 49ers have what it takes to win. I hope they run Gore early and often.


46 posted on 02/02/2013 1:14:46 PM PST by nickcarraway
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music to my ears! go NINERS!


47 posted on 02/02/2013 3:57:07 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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I think Justin Smith will be healthier. I heard Brooks injured his shoulder in practice, but not sure if it’s bad.


48 posted on 02/03/2013 9:02:11 AM PST by nickcarraway
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I really thought the play-calling on offense was the best it's been all season in the last two games.

I think it's interesting. They didn't run Kap at all the last few games. Then they did in a major way against Green Bay. Green Bay was unprepared for that. Then the Falcons spent a lot of time preparing for that, but the 49ers barely ran any designed plays for Kap.

49 posted on 02/03/2013 9:07:16 AM PST by nickcarraway
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Then they did in a major way against Green Bay. Green Bay was unprepared for that. Then the Falcons spent a lot of time preparing for that, but the 49ers barely ran any designed plays for Kap.

this is what makes them dangerous! and Kap's coolness under pressure... throwing that early pick in the Greenbay game--but not letting it define the rest of the game... down 17 points against the Falcons, but coming right back... he's got the makings of someone who's been doing this forever...

50 posted on 02/03/2013 10:32:35 AM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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