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Alex Smith says Super Bowl berth 'a little bittersweet' but is happy to be with 49ers

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  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 3:08 p.m.

    Alex is a class act who puts his team above personal success. It's not whether you win or lose that defines you as a person but how you play the game. Alex has played it right and will be remembered long after as how a player should handle adversity to become a winner in life.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 3:22 p.m.

    It is refreshing to see a guy who actually gets it and doesn't display bitterness over it. He knows that Kaepernick is vastly superior to himself and unlike the utah "fans" around here will not hypocritically pretend otherwise. I wish him the best.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Jan. 24, 2013 3:55 p.m.

    Alex is the epitome of class. Certainly the classiest NFL QB to come out of this state in the last decade.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Jan. 24, 2013 3:58 p.m.

    Leave it to lil ducky to troll yet another story to leave yet another rant and backhanded compliment about anything Utah related. I am starting to feel sorry for this kid!!

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 3:57 p.m.

    Only bitter for me - I'm a Packer fan.

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 3:59 p.m.

    It's only a matter of time before Kap gets hurt. You can't keep running like that and expect to stay healthy. Kap is an awesome QB, but if he goes down, and Smith is gone, the 49ers may not even make it to the playoffs. Smith definitely needs to bail. His time in SF is over, and I hope he lands on his feet somewhere else. Best of luck to you Smith...

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Jan. 24, 2013 4:21 p.m.

    Dear Chip Kelly,

    Please bring Alex Smith to Philadelphia.

    --Naval Vet

  • AntelopeValleyUte Palmdale, CA
    Jan. 24, 2013 5:11 p.m.

    As hard as it was for me to hold back my anger when Smith got pulled, I had to get over it and understand that sometimes one of your favorite players isn't the best player on the team. If I like the 49ers enough to put Kaep that will give the 49ers a better chance to go to, and win the Super Bowl, I am all for it! Sometimes you have to not only put your differences aside, but put your favorites aside if it gives you a better chance to win. Sometimes your favorite may not be the best, and you want to go with the best. But Kurt Warner is right, Alex Smith would have probably been just as good to lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl. Go UTES! Go Niners!

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 5:14 p.m.

    "he did it better than any other Utah quarterback in history." ?

    I assume you were talking about Utah, Utes right? Then that would be true but no better than Jimmy Mac, Steve Young and Ty Detmer. It was too bad he didn't get it done last year which he was so close if the 49ers had won that NFC Championship game. Kap deserve to be there and yes he ran everywhere against the Packers but he didn't run much against the Falcons. Steve Yound did ran a lot which was not smart thing to do but he wanted to make sure he gets the W.

    Who knows Alex might get inserted if Kap gets hurt or do they have a backup? Good luck kid.

  • pacificblue55 SANDY, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 7:27 p.m.

    It's always nice to have some feel good story of long ago to fall back on.

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Meridian, ID
    Jan. 24, 2013 8:53 p.m.

    Hey, a SuperBowl ring with a clipboard chiseled into one side and the word "Backup" on the other beats no SuperBowl ring at all. Just ask every other former Ute QB.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 9:38 p.m.

    Smith is a classy guy and a great representative of the University of Utah.

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 9:51 p.m.

    As a Ute fan of course I wanted to see Alex continue to play. Kap is an outstanding QB no doubt, but they are different styles. Alex became a game managing type after dealing with horrible coaching before Harbaugh. That has been established by just about everyone who has talked about this situation. So it's a little unfair to say that because he plays it safe more often than being a gunslinger, that he can't win or his game isn't as dynamic. It's true, he's not as flashy and lacks the speed burst of Kap, but you can't deny that last year and the first half this year he was on it. High QB rating, good TD/INT ratio, and WINS. Credit Harbaugh for having guts to go with the guy he thinks is the future though, not a lot of coaches would have done that. I hope Alex goes to a team that respects his abilities and gives him a fair shake. I think he's earned that much.

    Dewie- Ya, it meant UTES, not the state of Utah. But even then 22-1 is the best record of any of those guys you mentioned.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Jan. 25, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    DEW Cougars:

    "...but no better than Jimmy Mac, Steve Young and Ty Detmer."

    Brian Johnson won more games than Alex Smith, so I'm pretty sure the author didn't mean total number of wins. At 22-1, Smith won 95.7% of his games as a season's starter. I don't know McMahon's, Young's, or Detmer's W/L pct is, but I doubt it was as as pristine.

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    Jan. 25, 2013 10:10 p.m.

    Too bad for Alex Smith, as a Philly fan I think the Eagles need someone who is a little more explosive than Smith. Smith's more of a game manager than anything else and I think that's why he is on the bench with Kap starting.

    As for the comparisons of Smith to Young, McMahon, and Detmer: Records are important, but I would say Smith is not near the quarterback that Young and McMahon were in the NFL and in college it was a completely different era. Detmer is a Heisman Winner, Smith is not. Smith is a great Quarterback who benefited from having a great team and one of the best college coaches of this era (Urban Meyer). Granted the Y did have Lavell.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Jan. 26, 2013 7:05 a.m.

    OCoug:

    So, in other words, what you're saying -- in your own Indy-WACey sort of way -- was that neither McMahon, Young, nor Detmer won more than 95% of their games, and therefore concluded that Smith HAD in fact "did it better than any other Utah quarterback in history" as was stated in the article.

    Case closed.

  • indycrimson Franklin, IN
    Jan. 26, 2013 8:16 a.m.

    I'm pulling for Smith and Reid to hook up in KC! He is perfect for Andy's version of the WC offense...he would not make sense to Chip Kelly if his pro set will be like his college set.

    Now, Reid and Smith would be better than Reid/McNabb...in my opinion!!

  • indycrimson Franklin, IN
    Jan. 26, 2013 8:45 a.m.

    BYU's best QB records....% Robbie Bosco 24-2... 93%...Alex better by one game at 24-1 96%.

    Most wins Ty Detmer 37-13...lots of wins but not great %...74%.

    Coach Duckster...twist these facts around and enlighten us all...

  • Barb Wire USA, UT
    Jan. 26, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    Unfortunately for Smith he plays conservatively (not to lose) compared to Kap. Do the Niner Fans forget all those mediocre years Smith had as QB? It's hard for me to forget how awful he looked and his mediocrity during those down years. What's wrong with taking a pay cut and still getting $2 million a year and only playing during practice on the San Francisco 49ers? I certainly would...

  • GO_COUGARS! Provo, UT
    Jan. 26, 2013 10:46 a.m.

    I sometimes still wake up in a cold sweat remembering what Smith did to us in college. His recent success in the pros has been hurting my ego as well, which is why I read and comment on every article about him to this day. Thank goodness Kaepernick came along to play better than Alex Smith, because that is what matters to me. I'm not bitter like all of you.

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    Jan. 26, 2013 1:02 p.m.

    For all of those that keep saying "game manager" and conservative style. First, what is wrong with that when it translates to wins, which Alex was able to produce once there was structure to the offense. Secondly, you have to remember that because of the way the offense was treated especially the QB position, for years while the 49ers went through 4-5 different coaches and styles of play, Alex had to play conservatively, because just throwing a pick was reason for benching under some of the coaches they had. It was a bad situation that ANY QB wouldn't have done well in. When you fear for your career every down, quarter and game, you learn to play it safe. I think when he ends up in KC or Arizona, you'll see the potential that he has always had. True, he's no Brady, Brees, or Rogers, but he will add enough to turn a marginal team into a winning team.

  • GoRed WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Jan. 26, 2013 1:43 p.m.

    @duckhunter

    In response to your comment, I guess Smith could, after all, have washed out like Max Hall, John Beck, Brandon Doman, Ty Detmer, etc., etc. So, for a BYU "fan" such as yourself, it's got to be eating at you that Smith led the 49ers to a 13-3 record last year, and would have been in the Super Bowl had it not been for 2 special teams errors. This year he was #3 in the NFL in QB rating before his concussion. Smith has nothing to be ashamed of. And I'm sure he's bringing home a lot more money than you are.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Jan. 26, 2013 3:03 p.m.

    @gored

    smith had multiple chances to win that playoff game last year despite the special teams and couldn't even get a 1st down. I believe it was something like 4 or 5 straight possesions. I do enjoy how utah "fans" like yourself wish to place the blame on everyone but smith, but of course his failings were just as great as anyone elses on the team.

    That said I have been proven correct, the vastly superior Kaepernick was the right move and he now has his team in the superbowl, something smith was unable to accomplish. There really isn't even a debate any longer, it's over, smith is finished in SF and probably for good.

    The only think left to debate is whether or not he is the worst overall #1 pick in NFL history. I'd say not the worst but definately top 3.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Jan. 26, 2013 3:24 p.m.

    Barb - Alex's down years reminds me of Young's down years, not to mention his bench sitting years. All things in perspective!

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    Jan. 26, 2013 9:43 p.m.

    -Naval Vet-

    Let me be more clear on what I was saying.

    In other words Ty Detmer= Heisman Alex Smith= no Heisman thus Ty is a better college QB and player.

    In other words Jim McMahon and Steve Young = Superbowl Starters and winners Alex Smith= Never started a Superbowl and hasn't done anything to win one (yet).

    In other words, as of yet Alex Smith has not proven himself to be a better Quarterback than Young or McMahon in the Pro's.

    In other words, Alex Smith was not as good as Ty in college.

    In other words, the U during Smith's years did have a better record, but the game is a team sport.

    Here's to continued civil dialogue with lack of name calling.

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 26, 2013 10:43 p.m.

    Alex Smith is a class act. In a league where there are very few role models, he has always acted in a manner that anyone can look up to.

    He went through some very tough years under a different coach every year with not a lot of talent around him. He never complained or made excuses, he stuck with it worked hard and even resigned for much less money because he knew his performance to that point hadn't been great. Once the 49ers got a good coach and established some consistentcy on offense, Alex elevated his game to become one of the top rated QB's in the league. He worked on his game every offseason to improve.

    Alex's last few years have proven he is a solid QB, no Ute fan has ever claimed he is the best or was the best number one pick but it is cool that he was the number one pick along with Andrew Bogut in the NBA. No school has ever had both #1 picks the same year. Only the Utes have done it and I'm happy it makes byu "fans" like ducky so bitter.

  • texor Round Rock, TX
    Jan. 27, 2013 7:50 a.m.

    Barb-
    It doesn't matter how much you earn, you always want more. I'm sure Kevin Durant, currently at $16m per year, will be looking for more in his next contract and wouldn't be satisfied sitting on the bench collecting it.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Jan. 27, 2013 6:17 p.m.

    OCoug:

    The bottom line -- as far as this discussion is concerned, as it relates to the article -- was did Smith, or did he not, do it "better than any other Utah quarterback in in history"? Your failure to refute that Smith's 95% winning percentage was lower than either McMahon, Young, nor Detmer only reaffimed -- in your own Indy-WACey sort of way -- that he had.

    Case closed.

    Clearly, this fact has been very difficult for you to come to terms with. This must have something to do with the fact that your cougars had been so WAC-ish and mid-majorey, while your big brother's relevance had far surpassed your own.

  • MLH SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 12:28 p.m.

    Duckhunter

    Why do you hate the University of Utah and anything that goes along with it.

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 4:34 p.m.

    Naval

    No Alex did not do it better than any other quarterback in Utah History. Winning is a team effort. As an individual player, who threw for more yards Ty Detmer or Alex Smith? Who threw for more touchdowns Ty Detmer or Alex Smith? Who won the Heisman Ty Detmer or Alex Smith? The argument you make is narrow.
    Once again Alex does have a better winning percentage, but that doesn't make him the better collegiate player. Of course we are both going to believe our teams players are the best.
    I'm just sorry that we can't have a discussion without name calling and belittling each other. Hope you have a great day.

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 5:28 p.m.

    Here's the relevant stats (according to me)

    Alex Smith
    Career TD's 62 Total (47 passing) approximately 20 a year
    Career Yard's 6275 17th MWC (5203 passing) approximately 2100 a year
    Career Passing % 66
    TD to Int Ratio 5.87 to 1
    College Record as Starter 21-1
    Heisman voting 4th 2004

    Ty Detmer
    Career TD's 121 Total approximately 30 a year
    Career Yards 15,031 NCAA record approximately 3800 a year
    Career Passing % 63
    TD to Int Ratio 1.86 to 1
    College Record as Starter 37-13-2
    Heisman voting 9th in 1989, 1st in 1990, 3rd in 1991

    If anything it's sixes between the two, no a slam dunk, case closed. Once again as a Y fan of course I'm going to believe Detmer was better, but its closer than I thought.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Jan. 29, 2013 3:48 p.m.

    OCoug:

    Here's the relevant stats (according to me)

    Alex Smith:
    (1) 21-1 as a starter
    (2) Fiesta Bowl MVP
    (3) #1 Draft pick

    Ty Detmer:
    (1) 37-13-2 as a starter
    (2) no relevant bowl games
    (3) 9th-Round Draft Pick
    (*) System QB who never really amounted to much before college (not very highly recruited out of high school), nor after college (career backup).

    And while Smith wasn't very highly recruited coming out of H.S., he DID play his way up to a #1 Draft pick.