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To: nickcarraway

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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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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