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.
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.
Alex is the epitome of class. Certainly the classiest NFL QB to come out of
this state in the last decade.
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!!
Only bitter for me - I'm a Packer fan.
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...
Dear Chip Kelly,Please bring Alex Smith to Philadelphia.--Naval Vet
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!
"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.
It's always nice to have some feel good story of long ago to fall back on.
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.
Smith is a classy guy and a great representative of the University of Utah.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!!
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...
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
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.
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.
@duckhunterIn 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
@goredsmith 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.
Barb - Alex's down years reminds me of Young's down years, not to
mention his bench sitting years. All things in perspective!
-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.
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
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
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.
DuckhunterWhy do you hate the University of Utah and anything that
goes along with it.
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.
Here's the relevant stats (according to me)Alex SmithCareer TD's 62 Total (47 passing) approximately 20 a yearCareer
Yard's 6275 17th MWC (5203 passing) approximately 2100 a yearCareer
Passing % 66TD to Int Ratio 5.87 to 1College Record as Starter
21-1Heisman voting 4th 2004Ty DetmerCareer TD's 121
Total approximately 30 a yearCareer Yards 15,031 NCAA record approximately
3800 a yearCareer Passing % 63TD to Int Ratio 1.86 to 1College
Record as Starter 37-13-2Heisman voting 9th in 1989, 1st in 1990, 3rd in
1991If 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.
OCoug:Here's the relevant stats (according to me)Alex Smith: (1) 21-1 as a starter(2) Fiesta Bowl MVP(3) #1
Draft pickTy 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.