Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith

Here is a link to my Thursday column about Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick. The full column appears below. An old friend returns to the Bay Area on Sunday. Alex Smith will play quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Raiders. I pull for Smith. I bet you do, [...]

By | December 12th, 2013|51 Comments

Alex Smith vs. Colin Kaepernick, straight from the Bible

Here is the opening to my Friday column, previewing the showdown, of sorts, between Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick in Kansas City. Well, it's not actually the opening, but it's close: It is almost biblical what happens tonight in Kansas City — Alex Smith vs. Colin Kaepernick. Esau vs. Jacob. [...]

By | August 15th, 2013|18 Comments

How we should think of Alex Smith after he’s gone

Here is the opening to my Monday column about Alex Smith: We assume Alex Smith will not be a 49er next season. We assume the 49ers will trade him. They will not release him because they would get nothing in return, and that's just bad business. One way or another, [...]

By | February 25th, 2013|19 Comments

Alex Smith — a note

I always approved of Jim Harbaugh subbing out Colin Kapernick for Alex Smith. I still do. Here's what's complicated. I don't think Smith could have brought back the Niners the way Kaepernick did, to make it a close loss in the Super Bowl. I also don't think Smith would have [...]

By | February 3rd, 2013|18 Comments

Was Jim Harbaugh decisive with his quarterbacks?

Here is the opening to my Tuesday column about Jim Harbaugh's handling of the quarterback switch from Alex Smith to Colin Kaepernick: SANTA CLARA It is take-stock time for the 49ers. As they approach Saturday’s do-or-die playoff game against the Packers, it’s time to answer two significant questions: Was Jim [...]

By | January 7th, 2013|22 Comments

Joe Webb, really?

It's possible the Vikings will win this game. The Pack is not that impressive. But backup QB Joe Webb simply has no feel for passing the ball. At least he doesn't through most of the first half. So I wonder, is this really the Vikes' backup QB? This is the [...]

By | January 5th, 2013|3 Comments

Lowell on Kaepernick and Roman

I have received emails and comments this morning by readers ticked off at me because the Niners' offense hasn't been boffo. Many write that Colin Kaepernick is doing no better than Alex Smith, and they seem steamed at me for backing the switch to Kaepernick. Fine, I can take it. [...]

By | December 10th, 2012|18 Comments

Alex Smith vs. Peyton Manning

I know Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman attended a top secret workout for Peyton Manning and, according to them, never fell out of love for Alex Smith. So I ask you -- who's a better QB, Smith or Manning? Does Harbaugh still think Smith is better?

By | December 6th, 2012|17 Comments

A serious 49ers QB question, seriously

If you were running the 49ers which quarterback would you start next week, Alex Smith or Colin Kaepernick? I'm serious about this. I would love to hear from d harte on this one to get things kicked off with a bang.

By | December 2nd, 2012|60 Comments

One more thing about Harbaugh and Alex Smith

The fact that Jim Harbaugh dumped Alex Smith -- yes dumped -- so unceremoniously after an injury shows what he really thinks about Smith and what he always thought. I can't say I disagree.

By | November 29th, 2012|42 Comments