Let us be absolutely clear. If Alex Smith had been the quarterback, the 49ers
would be celebrating a Super Bowl victory right now. His ability to throw
accurate passes was sorely missed. Indeed, the lack of accurate passing in the
first half allowed the Ravens to build an insurmountable lead that proved too
big to overcome.
@ JCSThat's all speculation. If Mr. Smith was the absolute
answer he would have been playing.You forget about SF's
turn-overs in the first half? Maybe that had something to do with it, possibly.
Ya, and I can see Alex Smith running one in from 20 yards out. Kaepernick got the 49ers to the Super Bowl - not sure Smith could have done
the same. Unfortunate for the 49ers there was a terrible bad no call at the end
of the end that cost the game.
Great game and championship for the Baltimore Ravens. And, so sad
that championships are not built on "ifs".
John,The guys calling the game seemed to agree with your opinion as
well, as do I. Karma caught up to Jim Harbaugh tonight ... no loyalty
whatsoever. My prediction and the same prediction of many others came true today
... Kaepernick is super talented and may end up a super star, but he is young
and was prone to mistakes. Those early mistakes and jitters were the most
glaring things that cost the 49ers today. I just don't think Alex makes the
same mistakes and would've managed a better overall game. We'll never
know for sure, but we do know this, Kaepernick didn't get the job done and
Harbaugh should be thinking back to whether this was the year to make the switch
he made. Bottom line, congrats to the Ravens ... particularly Paul Kruger,
Ma'ake Kemoeatu, David Reed, Haloti Ngata and Dennis Pitta. And I'm
glad the better and classier coach won.
toosmartforyou"That's all speculation. If Mr. Smith was the
absolute answer he would have been playing.You forget about SF's
turn-overs in the first half? Maybe that had something to do with it,
possibly."Apparently you forgot that one of those turnovers was
a horrific pass by Kaepernick. HORRIFIC.
Alex Smith starting for SF = 49er victory? Nope, don't think so. Ravens
@toosmartforyouYes, turnovers cost the 9er's. Have you
forgotten that one of those turnovers was off a poorly thrown ball which was
easily intercepted? That turnover resulted in a score for the Ravens. I tend
to agree with John Charity Spring, it's likely the 9er's would have
won this game if Smith had been playing. But, only twit like Jim Harbaugh would
replace a QB that took them to the championship game last year and had a
brilliant season going until he got hurt.I'm no way a Alex
Smith fan. He is, after all, a product of the UoU. But, one thing I hate more
than that is the mercenary attitude the 49er's coach displayed and the
shabby treatment he laid on Smith. I was against the 49er's only because I
didn't want such a jerk like Harbaugh getting a super bowl championship on
his resume. People like him, people with a win at all costs attitude, are a
horrible example to hold up to our children. I was happy to see Colin K have a
mediocre game and contribute to the Ravens winning this years Super Bowl.
So many Alex Smith fans here. But the fact is, he didn't play, whatever
you guys want to say, 49ers and Alex Smith lost, end of discussion.
When Alex got injured, Jim went with the hot hand.No problem...Alex
received the same benefit when Brett was injured.However...When David failed to get the kicking job done, Jim brought in a person to
compete for the kicking job.Since Jim failed to get the job done for
the second consecutive year, Jim should understand and the 9'ers ownership
should bring in a Head Coach to compete for Jims' job.What goes
around should come around...What's good enough for the players
should be good enough for the coaches.
Tom in CA"Ya, and I can see Alex Smith running one in from 20
yards out." - Apparently you missed a lot of Alex's games the past two
years where he has shown that he too can run the football a little. His run for
a touchdown against the Saints in last year's playoffs was awesome."Unfortunate for the 49ers there was a terrible bad no call at the
end of the end that cost the game." - Sorry but just as the announcers said,
that was a great no-call. The defender grabbed at the receiver when the receiver
started attempting to create space. Had the receiver done nothing then it
would've been right to throw the flag ... but that was absolutely not the
case and the refs were right to let the players decide the game. GREAT no-call.
Thank you Brendon Ayanbadejo. Enjoy your success, and thank you for your
@utah "fans"Yea if alex smith had played there is no way the
49ers defense would have given up all of those points. Great insight by you
kaepernick made several throws, completions, that alex smith couldn't have
made on his best day. There was one to davis in particular that smith never
could have made and the 49ers finished that drive with a score. To think that
playing the vastly inferior smith, instead of the vastly superior kaepernick,
would have lead to a 49ers win is ridiculous. As I said the 49ers still give up
34 points whjether smith plays or kaepernick and several of the runs and passes
kaepe3rnick made simth is completely incapable of making. If smith starts that
game it is never even close, ravens win in a blowout.
Speculation on both sides. Fact is no one will ever know. I believe that Smith
makes a few of the throws that Kap floated. I mentioned on another post that
Colin has no touch. Something many others have said as well. He likes to show
off his arm strength, which is fine, except sometimes showing off, doesn't
do it. The run that Kap had for the TD, I could have made as well, it was wide
open, he did nothing extraordinary on that one. As pointed out already Smith
isn't exactly a non issue as a running QB. He isn't as fast, but still
runs as good as most NFL QB's. Different styles of player for sure, but
Smith throws a better ball (not harder, better, more accurate) and is much
smarter. Sometimes "game managers" are what you need. It would have come
in handy tonight for sure.
Duckhunter,Your logic is flawed. If Alex plays, chances are great
he'd have had a higher completion percentage which means they move the
chains more in the first half when Kaepernick was bumbling and stumbling. If
that happens (as Alex's stats prove likely) then the Ravens don't get
as many possessions which means less points.And while you talk about the
throws Kaepernick completed that Alex supposedly couldn't have, let's
talk about the interception Kaepernick threw that Alex most certainly
wouldn't have. That gift led to more of those Baltimore points as you may
recall.See how flawed your logic is? That's right, points aren't
always 100% the fault of the defense.Bottom line, Kaep is extremely
talented and gifted but Alex is more calm, level-headed and steady. This game
would've been less likely to have gotten out of hand had Alex's high
completion percentage and low turnover ratio been a factor in the game. You don't mess with a Super Bowl favorite mid-season, Harbaugh
should've finished the year with Alex at the helm. I'd have loved
there chances had he done so.
Can we not have better officials in the most important game of the year? I
watched my 49er's all year long earn the right to go to the Super Bowl and
poor officiating on the kickoff return, safety and 4th down make me sick to my
Correction ... I'd have loved THEIR chances ...Fell victim to my own
ImABeliever"Can we not have better officials in the most
important game of the year? I watched my 49er's all year long earn the
right to go to the Super Bowl and poor officiating on the kickoff return, safety
and 4th down make me sick to my stomach."Wow, that's a
serious stretch on all three of those. There's a little denial and bias
going on in your comment there.
Colin is the future.Smith is soft.
I'm just waiting for all the Ute fans to rise in righteous indignation over
Ray Lewis's comments at the end of the game:"When God is for you,
who can be against you?
@motorbikekaepernick extended several drives by running for 1st
downs, at least 3-4 of them that I can think of. smith would not have been able
to make any of those runs. kaepernick made several throws for 1st downs that
smith could not make either. Your "logic" fails in that all you focus on
are the points you think smith would have done better while ignoring the things
smith would have done worse or could not have done at all. In my
opinion the BEST smith could have done would be a wash with what kaepernick did,
that is at best. That still equates to a loss. Some of you utah "fans"
delusional take on smith's abilities are pretty funny though. The truth is
if SF did anything less than win the Superbowl you were all going to go on a
"smith woulda won it" tirade. None of you made a single comment on the
subject for the last 2 months while kaepernick carved up the NFL, but since SF
did not win the Superbowl it is now because smith, the far less talented qb,
didn't play. LOL!
@One more anonymous voiceThey're to busy rising in
"righteous indignation" over SF playing the vastly superior kaepernick
over the vastly inferior smith to be worried about that. Plus they were all
going for the ravens because of their "righteous indignation" over
smith's benching so they actually agree with lewis. They all really think
God smote harbaugh for his decision. You know the decision that actually lead to
SF making it to the Superbowl instead of losing in the playoffs and not being
able to make even one 1st down for the last 6 possetions of the NFC championship
As a seahawk fan, I'm just glad the 49ers lost. Harbaugh is a schmuck; and
for a lot more reasons then who he starts at QB. That's Karma, glad they
@spokane uteAs a Rams fan I agree with you completely.
Smith would not have made a difference other than the 49ers would have lost by
more. He does not have the talent. He has shown it in the past and will continue
to show it in the future. You can like him all you want because he went to the
u, but facts are facts and he is not that good. u tend to look at all the
positive things he has done in the past which everyone does, but fail to look at
all the negatives. Sorry, but you have to look at both and SF was correct in not
starting him or even putting him in. All these armchair coach's make me
laugh. The u is full of them.
Duckhunter,Your only rebuttal was that I ignored CKaep's
running. Yet I point you in the direction of the Super Bowl MVP - Joe Flacco.
Flacco had less running yards AND less passing yards than CKaep, yet the Ravens
won. There's also no saying that Alex couldn't have extended those
same drives by simply completing more passes as he has proven to do in the
past.Secondly, CKaep's running didn't help the Niners in
the first half when they had so many stalled 49er drives. Instead it was his
inconsistent passing of the ball and a terrible interception that helped dig an
ugly hole.Again I point you to the Super Bowl MVP who is far more
similar to Alex Smith than CKaep. Turns out being a game-manager type who makes
fewer mistakes is not such a bad thing after all. Alex would have been far less
flashy as CKaep yesterday, but I'd have loved the Niner's chances had
@motorbikeI also said kaepernick made several throws smith is
incapable of making. You realize kaepernick ran for those 1st downs because none
of the wr's were open don't you? Are you trying to tell us smith, with
a weaker, inferior arm would have been able to complete passes for 1st downs to
wr's that were not open?You also seem to forget, or maybe
it's just ignore, the fact that Baltimore was blowing SF out. They were
lighting up SF's defense. How does alex smith improve that poor defensive
showing? All you can claim is that he would have moved the ball better than
kaepernick and kept the Baltimore offense off the field. Based on what? Your
opinion? The truth is kaepernick is better than smith, it really
isn't even debateable. kaepernick got them to the superbowl, something
smith couldn't do. kaepernick brought them back from a large deficit with
his running and passing in the 2nd half. Frankly he played very well. Your smith love simply has you deluded into thinking his inferior talent could
accomplish more than kaepernick's vastly superior abilities. I find it
"I watched my 49er's all year long earn the right to go to the Super
Bowl and poor officiating on the kickoff return, safety and 4th down make me
sick to my stomach."Take off your 49er glasses....give me a
break. You know nothing about football. Since when is it bad officiating if a
player decides to run out of the endzone for a safety? Get a clue.
Silly to just assume that Smith makes all those plays and makes no mistakes
himself. Fact is San Francisco has struggled in the red zone for most of the
past 2 years no matter who is under center. This game was lost in the 49er
secondary and their inability to stop Ravens receivers on 3rd down. It was also
lost on special teams. Enough with the BYU and Utah myopia. There were a lot
of other people on the field besides the BYU and Utah alums.
Duckhunter,You're not grasping the fact that where Kaepernick
failed yesterday is where Smith typically excels. Many of us warned it would be
exactly this that would come back to haunt Harbaugh in a big game.Yes Kaep has the stronger arm, yet going for the big play equated to stalled
drives in the first half. Based on what we all know of Smith, he likely
would've been more patient and completed more balls by taking what the
defense gave him. That would in turn have led to shorter, more attainable 3rd
downs where they could've better utilized the run game to help. In the
meantime they'd have kept the ball away from the Ravens, keeping the
scoreboard in check. You in turn want to blame SF's defense even though it
was Kaepernick's big play mentality and errors that kept SF's defense
on the field in the first half.Put it this way, if the Niners
would've won, Kaepernick would've been MVP. If Smith had played and
the Niners won, someone like Gore would've been MVP. That said, I'd
have liked the Niner's chances more with Smith.
Duckhunter,"How does alex smith improve that poor defensive
showing? All you can claim is that he would have moved the ball better than
kaepernick and kept the Baltimore offense off the field. Based on what? Your
opinion?"____Just to be clear ... yes that is my opinion.
However that opinion is based on factual information ... namely, Alex
Smith's completion ratio AND turnover ratio. If Alex Smith plays an Alex
Smith kind of game, Baltimore has fewer 1st half possessions and isn't
given great field position on a TERRIBLE interception leading to a touchdown.That my friend is exactly what the Niners could have used yesterday,
you're just to bugged to admit it.
@motorbikeI'm not "bugged" by anything about this. The
fact is you have no clue about what smith "woulda, coulda, or shoulda"
done in that game. I KNOW this for a fact. kaepernick is a vastly superior
talent. harbaugh knows this and benched smith. smith was unable to even get the
team to the superbowl and when he had his chance last year he was unable to even
get one single 1st down on 6 straight possessions in the 2nd half of that game.
kaepernick actually got the team to the superbowl and kaepernick
played a very good game. Your smith delusions are funny, and fun for
me to mock, but they are just that, delusions. He was benched because he
isn't as good, plain and simple. Deal with it.kaepernick made
plays both thgrowing and running that smith could never make. With smith in that
game SF gets blown out, they never make a comeback they simply get pounded into
the turf. We know this for sure as well, smith got benched, harbaugh
deems him insufficient. You all thought harbaugh was a genius until he benched
smith when in truth benching smith is what made him a genius.
Duckhunter,"The fact is you have no clue about what smith
"woulda, coulda, or shoulda" done in that game." - yet you
seem to know exactly what Smith woulda done.____"kaepernick actually got the team to the superbowl" - Actually
Kaepernick AND Smith got the team to the superbowl. As for last year ... did
Kaepernick play the 2011/12 NY Giants? And let's remember at mid-season
Alex had most people predicting the Niners would WIN the Super Bowl - Kaepernick
fell short of that expectation.____"kaepernick made plays
both throwing and running that smith could never make." - Agreed.
Flacco couldn't have made those plays either, yet he's a Super Bowl
MVP.____"With smith...they never make a comeback" - Again I agree ... because there's no comeback to make. He completes
more balls, keeps the Ravens offense off the field, and doesn't throw a
pick leading to a touchdown.____"You all thought harbaugh
was a genius until he benched smith" - It's easy to see what he
likes about Kaepernick but he gave people like myself credibility for doubting
his decision when his super bowl caliber team came up short.____LOL!