The Earth Moved

Wow. I didn’t see RGII’s debut game or Cam Newton’s last year, but given the national stage, the playoff implications, and the quality of the opponent, I don’t see how either of those guys could have been better than Colin Kaepernick was Monday night.

The 49ers have had a bit of a Jeckyll and Hyde personality this year, and Monday Jeckyll showed up dressed to the hilt. Aldon Smith made a mockery of Bears right tackle Gabe Carimi, racking up a ridiculous 5.5 sacks. He also tied for second on the team in tackles, 4 of which were behind the line of scrimmage.

The two best defenses in the league were supposed to square off Monday night, but only one showed up. Most observers saw this as a tense 13-10 type of game with lots of ground and pound and Kaepernick merely trying not to fumble or throw interceptions. But Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman decided to come out throwing, the offensive line was outstanding, and Kaepernick was brilliant, showing us every aspect of his skill set that has caused people to drool since he was drafted in 2011. Reading defenses and making good decisions is what ultimately separates good QBs from throwers, however, and CK looked completely in control the entire game.

I admit I did not like our chances in this game at kickoff, but ten quick points in the first quarter kind of soothed my anxiety in a hurry. Ten more in the second quarter and I was in full loving it mode. What a shocking drubbing.

The rest of the league, and especially the northwest corner territory of it, must have felt the earth shudder watching this game. If the Niners play like this in the playoffs, nobody can beat them. Whatever momentum Pete Carroll thought he was gaining in Seattle may have just hit a brick wall.

The Bears obviously had no clue what was happening to them. They came out prepared to stop Frank Gore and clearly assumed CK would make rookie mistakes they could capitalize on. Their pass rush was non-existent and they were more concerned about CK’s running than his passing. We did not get to see how CK would function when under duress. Upcoming opponents will not make the same mistake and we may yet see the error-prone rookie we would not have been surprised to see Monday night.

Still, it’s not possible to play QB any better than CK did. The entire 49er locker room was just as amazed as were we fans. Long time Alex Smith supporter Vernon Davis was openly gushing. Harbaugh made no effort to dilute the idea that CK had seized control from Smith and it was now his job to lose.

Normally, this kind of situation involving two top notch QBs would spark a controversy. That would only be the case now if Smith remains the starter. The long running animosity and doubt toward Smith would make the 49er fan world rush to accept CK as the new 49er QB. Whether Harbaugh views it that way, or not, remains to be seen. And discussed.

Simply put, though, CK brings more skill and dangerousness to the position than Smith can ever offer. CK would have to puke away some winnable games for anyone to doubt he’s ready to take the reins for good. The long running saga of Alex Smith versus the Werewolves may have quite suddenly and spectacularly gone out of business.

It’s an exciting time for 49er fans. If CK is for real, this offense can go toe to toe with any high-powered machine in the league. And it just so happens, this scenario will be occurring next Sunday when the 49ers travel to New Orleans.

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  1. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    “…the offensive line was outstanding,…”
     
    This.
     
    Best pass blocking I’ve seen in a long while. It seems like only yesterday I was ragging about their pass blocking skills. I think I also ragged about our pass rush the other day. This is fun. What should I rag about next?

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    $9.95 beers.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Good call on the O line. It was some of the best pass protection of the year. It was similar to the Buffalo game.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If I’m Harbaugh here is how I handle the QB situation. I say if/when Alex is cleared to play for the NO game he will back up for the game. This is because we have the luxury of doing this since we have two good QBs with hot hands. This decision id being made for Alex’s health and because Kaep played so well. If Kaep struggles on the road, and with the crowd noise, Alex will relieve him and be the permanent starter again. If Kaep plays as well as he did on Monday he could be the new starter. The situation will play itself out. I would not be afraid of a QB controversy since both QBs are highly capable of starting in the NFL.

  5. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Guys, the O-line did look very good last night…but Kappy helps make them look even better…moving around when needed…throwing on the run.. and i love the way Kappy’s LOOKING DOWN FIELD to make a play and not the 3 yard check down. I’ve always thought highly of Alex, a fine young man with class and can play…but we all got a look at what the teams been missing. Kappy’s ready… will he have some bumps along the way? probubly…but he’s a star in the making…his accuracy…his poise THAT ARM…..how many times did he appear to change plays? …and not to running plays, but down the field throws…a ‘star’ QB is what this team was missing …sure seems like we have one….He WILL start against the Saints (a hot Saints team by the way) IM really excited about this team….i have been very pleased ….but now im REALLY excited…this IS a Super Bowl team…Goooooo Niners!

  6. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    As much as im sure Alex wants to be the starter, he’s a team guy too.he would accept a backup roll on this team…this is his home. has a wife and a newborn child…

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    tony- Kaep will need go against teams specifically game planning for him. It makes a big difference. I think Kaep does not have much problem with that but it does deserve mentioning. Plus Alex knows how to handle opposing crowd hoise, does Kappy? I’d still start Kappy but I could see the coach sticking with Smith.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Yesterday the Bears problem was we were hearing too much about their Oline specifically Rachal
    who’s the gift that keeps on giving.
    And names not being mentioned for the Bears were Peppers, Hester and
    Jennings.
    Except for a perfectly thrown ball we could say the same for Marshall.
    The Niners neutralized most of their playmakers on offense and defense except for Urlacher who remains a stud LB.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Blast from the past.
    Remember in 1980 when Deberg wore
    speakers on his back to amplify his voice?
    Probably not legal but with new technology you sould put micro speakers into shoulder pads.
    http://www.diehardsport.com/2011/10/20/1980-49ers-qb-played-speakers/

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The betting line on the Aints game has the Niners a 1.5 to 2.5 pt favorite.
    Also the game next Sunday starts at 1:25pm West Coast Time which benefits the Niners.

  11. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Berger…your right that teams will game plan for Kap..but didnt the Bears? besides the mobility, Kap has,the arm strength and accuracy to get the ball in that ‘tight’ window …thats whats been missing…thats why Alex would check down so much…he’s carefull with the ball.i feel thats because he doesnt trust his arm to get it there before the defensive player can react…hell one pass Kap threwto Moss dislocated Moss’s finger..i trust in Harbaugh and whatever he decides im good …but its Kappy’s time..

  12. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    My take on it is they know what they have with Alex. They don’t yet know what Kap can do week by week, but after the Ram game and now the record setting first start against the leagues best defense, if I was Harbs I would stick with Kap.

    It’s the higher risk gambit but he has the insurance of Alex off the bench so I think the kind of play Kap has shown he brings to this offense is worth the risk. Kap will stumble without a doubt, he lacks experience and there is only one way to fix that with 7 games to play before playoffs.

    The personal feelings of either QB have no bearing on the decision of which QB is more capable of winning the next Lombardi. VD likens Kap to Tom Brady in one particular throw, ironically he took over the starting QB position from Bledsoe in similar circumstances and after being benched Bledsoe came off the bench to win a game that year. Brady was back at starter the following week and has been there ever since.

  13. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    6 games to play

  14. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t listen to KNBR and talk radio in general but I’m sure the airwaves are burning.
    .
    It’s hard not to get a little giddy about that performance yesterday. But Chicago came out daring the Niners to throw. They were bound and determined to stop Gore, and we threw. VD was open because he was single-covered.
    .
    Along with being outplayed, Chicago was outcoached.

  15. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I think Harbaugh was still coming down from the high of coaching when he said what he said.
    .
    I think it’s a foregone conclusion that Smith starts IF he’s cleared to play. If it drags out one more week, and Cappy does what he just did, then all bets are off.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It’s a short week to prepare. And to evaluate Smith further. Makes sense to let CK have the reps this week and see how he does in a tough road game.

  17. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    From Barrows:
     
    “There’s no quarterback controversy in San Francisco until Alex Smith gets better. His post concussion symptoms were all but gone a couple of days after the Nov. 11 injury but returned over the weekend. That’s a concern, and until he’s entirely symptom-free and cleared by his physicians, Colin Kaepernick is the 49ers starter. That the 49ers are dealing with a shorter-than-usual work work only makes Harbaugh’s decision that much easier for the time being, at least”
     
    I had not realized that the symptoms returned over the weekend. Even if CK had sucked last night, the bottom line is AS should not go out again until they are CERTAIN that his symptoms have left. The short term decision may be easier than expected for Harbaugh.

  18. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    In view of the fact that Kaepernick is only an injury fill-in it obviously doesn’t take all that much to shake those cheerleaders who’ve been actively beating down every complaint and complainant and create a call to jump ship on their worshiped one.
     
    It’s a full time job to keep ahead of the curve now. Whatever will the ex-spurts do to keep their flagging know-it-all reps intact?
     
    Many will say they’ve been saying it all along, I’m guessing, whatever “it” is.
     
    Here’s a thought: Maybe Smith wasn’t all that after all if this is all it takes to unseat his ass.
     
    Continue with the wagon-straddling.

  19. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, coven membership has open enrollment for a limited period of time and yes the clock is ticking.

  20. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Bergs, I see you are bringing the rope to the hanging posse party.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Of the 23 passes CK attempted only one was to the middle of the field. 13 passes went to left and 9 to the right.

  22. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Lol. Boy Howdy. It looked to me like Cappy is ready. Of course once opposing D’s have a better feel of him his production will go down some. But, he looked like a pro QB last night. I am just thrilled.

  23. KaepKan!No Gravatar says:

    At first glace I’d say I was surprised that this blog could only really talk about the good pass blocking. But after you remember this blog is packed with Smith-lovin’ homers, you realize most Smith lovers are probably crying in their beer all day long so the lack of “WOW…. YIPPEEE!!! …. WE FINALLY FOUND US A QB!!!” on this blog isn’t that shocking.

  24. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yippeeee!
    .
    Uh, yeah. It’s been one game, skippy. Who knows how this all plays out. But it’s good to know Cappy can play when it matters.

  25. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, gee. A petty, constipated grunt from NoFear. What a surprise.

  26. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You don’t seem to read too good, Kaepcan, but glad you’re happy. You might notice we all are. Even the non-Smith haters.

  27. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Your sub-par reply is more descriptive of your post than mine.
     
    Either way, it’s a fitting place to take a dump today.

  28. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah I think everyone here is happy. There’s a couple of guys I have seen on other blogs who are not so much, but not here. The thing is, Kaepernick had a hell fo a game, but he’s still green as grass. The second unit of his education now starts: Blitzing 101. The Saints blitz decently, and otherwise suck the sh-t out of dead sheep defensively. And Kaep has limited experience. Guess what the Saints will doing Sunday? Roman and Jimbo need to work extensively on hot reads and screens this week. And if that works, Kaep’s prize is, teams work harder to confuse him, disguising coverages.
     
    Don’t expect this to be a linear process, with all roses and glory. The kid will require time and patience, and he WILL have some bad games. but his upside is clearly pretty impressive. And don’t count AS out for good. Once healthy, he is just one CK hit from being back in, even if he has lost his job for now.

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Unlike some the most important thing to me is the success of the Niners.
    Kaepernick did his job as the backup and stepped in and performed at a high level when the team needed him.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Another asinine statement from the clueless one.

    “Here’s a thought: Maybe Smith wasn’t all that after all if this is all it takes to unseat his ass.”

    Alex Smith’s stats from his last 2 games
    25 for 27 304 yards 4 TDs 0 Ints

    Time to stick your foot back into
    your mouth.

  31. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Unlike some, I put forth opinions that may or may not end up being right.
    .
    What’s your take going forward, Bullit? If Smith is healthy, who starts in NO?

  32. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Spoken like a true donkey, NF. Your conversion seems to suit you.

  33. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Just for fun. the pass at 4:20 is the best of Alex’s career.
    .
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55CzJt6nBJo&feature=related

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    At this point I would give Alex Smith another week to get well and err on the side of caution.

    Another concussion might end Smith’s season.
    Look at Javid Best who has yet to return after a year of being knocked out.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Why can’t you like all three of the Niner QBs?
    When one goes down you root for the other.
    This hate business makes you root for a Niner QB to fail and ultimately the team to fail.
    I root for anything that leads to the success of the team.

  36. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    WTFever that means, Skeebers.
     
    I saw two pro QBs on the post game show that were clearly at a loss for words to describe how impressed they were with Kaep’s performance and another HCing the 49ers that found himself unable to say Alex is still his starter after coaching it.
     
    But, yeah, just one game. And fans and players alike remember what a vertical passing game brings to the table.
     
    Write the eulogy wordsmith.

  37. robNo Gravatar says:

    the eulogy

  38. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Everybody was impressed with CK’s game, NF. Did you not read my post? Kind of a no-brainer. Duh. How does that diminish Smith’s fine work here over the past year and a half? If we get a better RB than Gore, do we have to shit on Gore? And you are correct, it was just one game. Alex has had a lot of great games, too. We’ll see how CK does when he faces some adversity. If he turns out to be a HOF guy, that’s great for the team and its fans. No need to apologize for supporting Smith. Sorry.

  39. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That’s not my question, Bullit. If Smith is medically cleared to play, what then? I’ve already stated what I think happens (Smith starts), but with this short week, they may not even have time to clear Smith.

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    I have answered your question.

    What are you fishing for?

  41. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    If Smith is having symptoms again, there is no way he plays Sunday. There is just not enough time to reset the clock and go through the whole league-mandated process again, which can only begin when symptoms end. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be Kaep in the Big Easy.

  42. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    ‘At my signal, unleash Kaepernick.’  

    – General Maximus in Gladiator  

    – also Greg Roman, 5 min before Monday Night kickoff  

    The gift has been opened way too early before Christmas. There’s no sticking this one back under the tree.  

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners signed and added Eddie Whitley 6′ 188 lb Safety from Va Tech to their practice squad today.

  44. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve been supportive of Smith and still am. Is it a problem I am a huge fan of Kaepernick? Reno is going nuts right now. Every sports fan is talking about him here. We love Kaep. I’ll root for Smith, Kaep or Tolzien, just win baby.
     
    My take is sit Alex one more game if he had recurring symptoms. If Kaep does great he is our permanent QB. If he struggles, Alex is the permanent QB. Anything in between, which I would expect, I’ll trust Harbaugh to make the correct decision. I’ll support either and be happy we have a good QB.
     
    It is obvious that some fans hate Alex so much it gets in the way of rooting for our team. Too bad they have to root in misery.

  45. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Vernon made the most poignant comment of the night IMO.
    Passes that normally don’t come his way……DID.
    With Brady-like accuracy.
     
    Alex is timid.
    Alex makes safe throws.
    Keep your stats for Fantasy Leagues.
     
    When Alex can drop a throw in the bucket like Kaep did to Kyle, I’ll be less critical.
    Kaep made numerous throws that Alex would rather take a sack for.
    When it comes to tight windows, Alex routinely won’t gamble.
     
    Kaep plays to win.
    Alex plays it safe.
     
    Great game all around.
    Kaep ‘Kaepitalized’.

  46. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- Alex had one game the entire year with the time to throw that Kaep had last night. It was the Buffalo game. He had better stats for that game than last night. He was also throwing deep all game. Time to throw makes a huge difference. I’m rooting for Kaep but I’m not going to dump on Alex to do so.

  47. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger the answer to the question isn’t hate.
    It’s evaluation for the future.
    Alex has already been advised not to talk regarding the QB situation.
    Kaep answered the bell on a big stage and looked unflappable.
     
    The difference is about playing to win.
    Kaep exudes confidence.
    Can’t say the same for Alex.

  48. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Alexz sure has a good winning record the last year and a half for a QB that doesn’t play to win!

  49. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Kaep pulls the trigger Berger.
    He doesn’t give up on the play quickly.
    If I’m dumping on Alex so be it.
    I’ve said the same things about Alex long before last night.
    Our Offense was clicking because Kaep made quick decisions.
    He also kept plays alive by moving in and, out of the pocket.
    Bears pass rush is a whole lot more formidable then that of the Buffalo Bills too.

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Winning record belongs to the Team.
    My point is specific to the QB play.
    Alex doesn’t hurt us most of the time.
    Kaep put the pressure on the Defense by making throws that Alex typically doesn’t even attempt.
    I know I’m the basher and all but, be honest.
    Kaep has poise and, sticks throws into windows you don’t see from Alex.

  51. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve been telling you about Kaep for a long time. You finally got to see what I’ve seen for years. Alex endured some of the worst coaching this team has ever had with more different systems that are even believable. He has been good for us, even though some don’t quite understand the importance of coaching. Now we are seeing a possible changing of the guard. Maybe not? I’m hoping so, but I will not discard the QB that has gone 20-6-1 the last year and a half. Carry on, that is your job. This is a good week for a posse/coven convention!

  52. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    So did the team win last night or did Kaep?

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- Don was telling about the Bear defense all week. I kept asking him who have they played? I told him the Bears do not scare me. You can call him and ask if you don’t believe. I am not in awe of the Bears defense as most.
     
    One more note. Don was also asking me who I would compare Kaep to. I told him Randall Cunningham but a much better passer. Gruden kept comparing him to Cunningham last night!

  54. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The Team won of course.
    We’re debating the QB play.
    We know the coaching argument too.
    IMO, Kaep is the type of QB we need to make the Team that much tougher to defend.
    You tell me?
    You’ve taken a position back on the fence with some of the comments you’ve posted on the topic.
    Which QB shows you more upside?

  55. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    One more thing about last night. We ran more spread formations than I remember seeing all year. Even when we weren’t in the Spread we ran some 4 receiver sets with bunch formations(3 receivers bunched) on one side and another wide on the other side. We had more use of WRs the last few games than we have ever ran under Harbaugh.

  56. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Kaep stood in the pocket and delivered.
    Randall was a scrambler.
    I hate comparisons but I like what I’ve seen of Kaep.
    Maybe Steve Young for me. Competitive and looking for ways to make a play.

  57. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve always wanted Kaepernick to be our QB. That won’t change now. Like I said earlier, Reno is going crazy over his performance and that includes me. I choose to be happy about a possible upgrade over an already good starting QB than to shit on the outgoing one.
     
    BTW, no fence sitting for me. I think I’m stating my opinion quite clear.

  58. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Randall never had the time to throw like Kaep did last night. Kaep will be quite the scrambler when the pocket breaks down.

  59. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We seem to forget just two weeks ago Alex was reunning more spread than usual and he was named the offensive player of the week in an historic night.

  60. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Oops, three weeks ago. I forgot about the bye.

  61. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s about choosing the QB that upgrades the position.
    Nothing implied about sh!tting on the outgoing QB.
    You choose to taint me as a hater of Alex.
    I think he’s adequate.
    Nothing more, nothing less.
     
    If you’re choosing Kaep over Alex then we both agree.

  62. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think Kaep proved that he belongs.
    Also, I think our Offense is a whole lot more diverse with Kaep under Center.

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Everything has been golden so far for Kaep.
    Even his 2 fumbles last week against the Rams were pounced on by alert teammates.
    The true measure will be when he faces adversity that shakes his confidence.
    That’s what hasn’t been revealed, how mentally tough CK is and do the other 10 guys in the huddle look at him as a leader? This can only be earned over the course of a few games in the line of fire.
    Success for CK means success for the Niners just like success for Alex is success for the Niners.
    Either way it’s a win.

  64. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I was impressed that Kaep walked in cold against the Rams, being behind on the scoreboard and, put the Team on his back.
    I do think he’s got the Offense buying into his game too.
    The kid isn’t there to learn, he’s eager to show that he can win.
    I’m impressed by his confidence and his ability to make throws all over the Field.
     
    He’s a pretty remarkable player.

  65. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Going on the road to NO wouldn’t seem like a tall order for him either.
    The Saints Secondary isn’t very stout either.
    Give Alex another week off and see what happens.

  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    If Smith were stinking up the place then turning to CK would be a no brainer.
    In his last 2 games before he was hurt Smith put up these numbers
    25 for 27 304 yards 4 TDs 0 Ints.
    That’s in less than a game and a half.
    Everyone likes the shiny new toy.
    Bradford was annointed the Rams answer after a good rookie season.
    Same for Newton last years wunderkind.
    After the DCs got enough film on them they’ve been neutralized and both teams are in the cellar again. Bradford is ranked 20th and Newton 26th with similar numbers to Gabbert who’s ranked 27th and also on a last place team.

  67. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not suggesting the Alex is stinking up the place Bullit.
    Simply that I think Kaep makes the better passer for this Offense.
    Hard to deny that Crabtree and Vernon had a little extra ‘zip’ in their attitudes.
    Both guys got TDs too.
     
    Kaep literally ‘threw’ his way out of a stacked box and clearly showed the ability to use the entire receiving group.
     
    Didn’t see a single instance where Kaep was indecisive either.
    That’s something I see regularly with Alex.

  68. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Did Jason Campbell look like a guy that had held several starting jobs before last night?
    Kaep was a cool, confident customer.
    Let Alex back up for a bit.
    Kaep will benefit from the work he gets in live action.
    We already know what Alex can do.

  69. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    NJ49er,
     
    We knew these jokers wouldn’t own all the vitriol they’ve been dishing. Now it’s all about who’s the better quarterback. Yeah, right. Isn’t that what some of us have been trying to get across all along and labeled haters for it? None of that ever happened here. They’re all perfectly reasonable blokes just interested in the team wins. LMFAO!
     
    I mentioned a couple weeks back that Vernon wasn’t being smothered in double and triple coverage, he just wasn’t getting the looks. I don’t think anyone believed me.
     
    Whatever happens now, everyone’s seen what we have been sitting on and Alex’s game manager style won’t be easy to take now, for the coaches or the fans.
     
    Pretty sure we don’t have the same game plan with Alex under center. And Kaep didn’t audible to runs by default. He would have easily set a record for first starts if allowed to keep playing aggressively. Not that I blame the coach for protecting the lead.
     

  70. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Well NoFear49er that evidence is now there for all the world to see.
    I’ve been witness to all that you’ve said here so, it’s kinda hard for anyone to argue the facts.
     
    Alex doesn’t trust his accuracy in tight windows.
    That’s no secret.
    That’s also the biggest reason he’s shut down so often and takes needless sacks.
     
    Kaep plays the game fast and furious.
    Gotta love his potential, especially when AJ and LMJ get added to the Roster down the road.
     
    The future may be now.
    No reason not to give Kaep some additional action IMO.
    The guys all seem to have more bounce in their attitudes with him on the field too.
    He sees everyone, keeps plays alive and isn’t afraid to let his Receivers make a play.
    That throw to Kyle blew my mind.
    I don’t think Alex has even come close on that throw.
    Very impressed with Kaep.

  71. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    You’ve got to admire the fact that he didn’t shrink on the big stage too.
    Kids’ a gamer.
    I’m looking forward to seeing this Offense come together with him at the controls.

  72. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Now I see why you were an advocate of Nate Davis.

  73. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    In the Ram game CK missed the fact that a WR (think it was KW)
    in the slot was uncovered and wide open from the LOS to 25 yards deep and he took a sack and fumbled. That would’ve been a walkin TD and there might not have been OT.
    It was an easy pre snap read. I suppose I’m nit picking but you said he was decisive throughout.
    Again I emphasize I’m rooting for whatever QB Harbaugh puts out there because I do not root for failure from any Niner players unlike some here.

  74. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m all for sitting Alex this week and starting Kaep. I refuse to make a knee jerk reaction based on one game. Kaep looked good but he got great protection and time to throw. I do think Kaep is our future but no need to rush him in. Chicago played very vanilla defense. That won’t happen this week. Will Kaep have the time to throw like he did vs the Bears? Alex has seen this and done well with it. He is 20-6-1 since Harbaugh arrived. To make a quick change based on one game where the QB got great protection and a vanilla defense is not wise. I have faith in Kaep but there is not need to rush the situation when we have the resources to approach this wisely. Let Kaep play this week and monitor the situation. If he plays great then we take the next step. If he doesn’t Alex will be ready in two weeks.

  75. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bullshit comment of the day
    “We knew these jokers wouldn’t own all the vitriol they’ve been dishing”
    This a typical comment from a troll who crawls out from under his rock every time Alex Smith does anything remotely negative.
    Case in point in the Ariz game when Smith was 18 for 19 passing the clueless one made the statement that it was no big deal because he didn’t throw 53 passes.
    Somebodys just a bitter hating troll.

  76. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- We need comedians here to lighten things up. Look at it this way, the Alex haters are free entertainment!
     
    We have a QB controversy that I welcome. Two quality QBs and one will emerge. Imagine being a Cardinals fan. They have a three QB controversy and not is nearly the quality of our two. I liken this to when Brady took over for Bledsoe, except Smith is better than Bledsoe was.

  77. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Lost in all the QB hoopla, Sopoaga had a real nice game this week.

  78. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If I were Harbaugh I would milk this and announce it to be a game time decision. Force the Aints to prepare and do double the work.
    I think the Aints are arrogant SOBs for what they did to Harbaugh in his first preseason game as a head coach.
    I also will never forgive Payton for having Ronnie Lott give his team an inspirational talk before a Niner game at the Stick in 2011.
    That’s freakin disrespectful especially before a national;ly televised game. Niners sucked at the time but I also have to ask Ronnie WHY??

  79. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    That talk was in 2010. Wrong year.

  80. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. NoFear had a real good post at 1:04 yesterday on unca’s blog. If he posted like that here he would be seen as more than just good entertainment.

  81. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Greg Roman’s name has popped up as one of the candidates to replace the just fired Tedford at Cal.
    He’s among the many names being mentioned along with Hue Jackson.
    Not that big of a stretch for Cal to hire someone from Stanford as they already did that in basketball with their Head Coach Mike Montgomery.

  82. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, you say “We ran more spread formations than I remember seeing all year.”
     
    So WTF do you know about anything? You’re full of shit pal and always have been.

  83. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    “This is a decision that will be made with a team aspect.” – Coach Harbaugh
    Rotten shame about McGahee’s MCL, though he could come back for the AFC Champ Game. My Broncs-Niners SB is out the window.

  84. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Roman ain’t no fool. I seriously doubt he goes to Cal. That is a dead-end job. Perfect for Hue Jackson.
    .
    As far as Kaepersmith goes, nothing happens until Smith is cleared to play.
    .
    Which he isn’t. Cappy gets this start. After that? Well, we’ll see. I’d think, if the usual protocol follows, then Smith gets his job back. If Smith is out for an extended period, then all bets are off.

  85. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Bears G Chilo Rachal has been placed on reserve/left squad due to personal reasons.”
     
    Poor guy still can’t get his head on straight. Or play G worth a crap.

  86. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The NFL is wide open this year. There are any number of teams that can get hot and ride it to the Super Bowl.
    .
    In the NFC you have Atl, GB, SF, NYG, and God forbid, Dallas. The Bears? Well, they don’t stand a chance without Cutler. Even with him they have a tough shot. The Bucs and the Saints are even in the mix.
    .
    In the AFC, NE is looking like it has a run game. They are still pretty weak defensively, but they are legit. Pittsburgh is in the same boat as Chicago. Without Worthlessberger, they are toast. Hou, Balt, Denver, and even Indy on the outside rail could make a serious run.

  87. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    In the NFC, the Giants are very dangerous when the weather gets cold, as we know.
    The Pack and the Niners are the rest of the class in the NFC. I like Ryan, but he’s pulled off Matty Choke once too often for me.
    And don’t count out the Skins in the Open East quite yet. Their defense is crap, but they have the best rookie QB I’ve seen in a long time. Good thing he’s on the Coyotes.

  88. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    In the AFC, I had the Pats, Ravens, Texans and Broncs in a Wild West shootout.
    Indy can’t be ruled out with Luck, either.
    With McGahee out, the Broncs have an easy schedule and a chance for home field, but no longer have a sure fire running game.

  89. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a memorable tweet from some guy at smartfootball.com during the first half Monday night:
     
    “Comparing a Harbaugh/Greg Roman game plan to a Mike Tice game plan is like comparing ‘A Brief History of Time’ to ‘Everybody Poops.’”

  90. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Are they sure Chilo left the team? Maybe he just missed the flight home. Lord knows he misses enough defensive linemen.

  91. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- Do you need some education about what a spread formation is? I’d be happy to help! Remember how much I helped you learn about the 3-4 defense. Since I’m your pal I’ll try my best.

  92. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Jaws just gave an unqualifed endorsement for Kappy against the Saints, even if Alex is cleared to play.

  93. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Teddy Bruschi, without whom the Pats have won 0 SBs, said that Alex is the QB.
    But, if Coach wanted to play games to confuse the Saints, LOL.
    This is gonna be great, Skeebs.

  94. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’m sure there’s a lot of middle fingers waving in the air in the Saints coaches’ room.

  95. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The other day I refreshed my screen and the site came up in a mobile phone type of look. It stayed that way for awhile, then went back to normal. Is anybody else experiencing this glitch?

  96. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Only when I try to get on with my wife’s iPad.
    .
    What a pain in the ass . . .
    .
    (the iPad, not my wife . . .)

  97. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It’s supposed to do that for an iPad, but not for a normal desktop PC.

  98. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    You’re back, Skeebers. That was scary.

  99. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Top 6 NFL HCs on the chopping block:
    1) Jerry Jones
    2) Norv Turner
    3) Romeo Crennel
    4) Mike Mularkey
    5) Rex Ryan
    6) Andy Reid

    Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Turkey and stuffing and sweet yams. I always hated cranberry sauce.

  100. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Where did my “pal” NoFear go? Happy Thanksgiving all! Time for some Jimmy Thackery and Alpha Dog IPA by Laughing Dog Brewery, then on to some IPA 395 by Mammoth Brewery! Oh, and some whiskey.

  101. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jerry Jones is going to fire himself?
    He’s not a head coach and he’s not a football guy.
    Schwartz and Rivera are not exactly safe.

  102. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I back Kaep simply for the fact that he’s more of a baller.
    He’s raw.
    I’m sure there are several things he’s missed along the way.
    He won’t improve any further without game reps.
     
    Berger calls me a hater for having my reservations about Alex, that’s fine.
    Hard to put feelings on a keyboard post but, Alex is a much more timid, calculated thrower IMO.
    He plays it safe.
    Takes a needless sack too often.
    Doesn’t see his progressions too often and, pulls the ball down.
    Perhaps all the time Kaep had on MNF was due to quicker decision making?
     
    Vernon saying he didn’t expect a specific pass on MNF sells that belief IMO.
    Alex doesn’t make that throw, Kaep did.
     
    The elite QBs in this league, Brees, Brady, Rodgers etc, take chances and trust themselves and their targets, in tough situations.
     
    All I’m advocating for is giving Kaep more reps.
    Nothing knee jerk about it.
    I think the kid earned some additional playing time based on his command of the Offense.
    I also think the concussion diversion affords Harbaugh that latitude.
    If Alex is cleared to play, great.
    We now force NO to devote time to both guys.
    I’d much rather see Kaep in a hostile environment now, in the regular Season, than to need him in the post Season, untested.
    Again, I’m a 9er Fan through and through, I’m not about making it a personal vendetta on Alex.
    We need to be prepared for a December race to the finish.

  103. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Must be torture for Harbaugh to watch up close and personal all these endless faults Alex has that are so clear to you from your couch in New Jersey, NJ.

  104. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Good problem to have Skeebs, just calling it the way I see it.
    Harbaugh will make the call.
    I’m interested in seeing more from Kaep is all.

  105. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think it spells nothing but positive accolaids for Harbaugh and Baalke, that they got another quality player in Kaep.
    Sooner or later we’ll need to run with the Big Dogs in the NFC.
    I’m in for whichever guy takes us over the top.
    Can’t have a situation like Sanchez and Tebow, where 2 QBs leave you with nothing but more questions.

  106. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    You’ve seen me post it plenty of times.
    Alex is often a ‘click’ slow and rarely throws into tight windows.
    Given his history, multiple OCs etc, he’s never gotten into overdrive.
    We’re on the threshold of being Playoff contenders.
    Alex has been fine under Harbaugh.
    Kaep deserves his opportunity to make his progression as well.

  107. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    BTW Skeebs, I tried to utilize your site via mobile device the other night as well.
    Couldn’t see anything but your commentary.
    Page didn’t load with the ‘comments’ option for me?
    Not sure why?

  108. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    HTML Issue?
    Saw text, no color or web design.

  109. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    What was the mobile device, NJ?

  110. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phone.
    Samsung to be exact.

  111. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Jim Trotter of SI.com reports that Colin Kaepernick will start at quarterback for the 49ers on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Trotter reports Smith was informed of the decision, which

  112. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    which was NOT based on healt

  113. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    health…..

  114. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Be interested to see if we activiate Jacobs for this one too Tony.
    I think Kaep getting a test in a hostile environment will actually be a good thing.

  115. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Our bigger concern will be to get Brees off his feet.
    Our D will be the difference in this one I think.

  116. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    NJ…i think your right

  117. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Saints run Defense isn’t anything to be fearful of.
    Vilma needs a steady diet of Goodwin and Iupati.
    Good spot to play keep away.
    Run it down their throats and, take advantage of their weak Secondary, when opportunities allow it.

  118. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Anyone paying attention to the twitterverse?
    .
    Harbaugh has named Cappy the starter going forward, or they are going to alternate, or Cappy wasn’t named the starter, or none of the above.

  119. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    ESPN refuted that tweet, Tony.

  120. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Perfect spot for Harbaugh to roll the dice Chuck.
    Use the concussion as a ‘precautionary’ move and possibly have Alex there to back up.
     
    Give Kaep the reps in practice, let him get the full treatment and experience a raucous road venue.
     
    We’ll be better off for it just to give him the game reps.

  121. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It just appeared to me that the Receivers seemed to be more motivated for Kaep the other night?
    The kid brings energy to the position.

  122. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, hostile environment and all that. It’s just craZy the shit flying around.
    .
    THing is, Smith still hasn’t been cleared to play. Everything else is just psycho babble rap to me.

  123. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Cappy did hurt Moss’ hand. . .

  124. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s also spin-logic Chuck.
    Playing time for Kaep is something we need to afford him.
    He’s obviously been brought here as Alex’s successor.
    Give him his opportunities in some tough spots and know where we stand.
     
    I saw nothing from Kaep to suggest he can’t handle the assignment.
    The easy answer is that we’re being cautious with Alex.

  125. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yes I saw that.
    Moss could use some additional reps with him perhaps?
    Favre was known for jamming a few fingers in his tenure too.

  126. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Mo Lewis of the NYJ launched the Tom Brady era.
    Maybe Jo Lonn Dunbar will be remembered for launching Kaeps’ career?

  127. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, they are already looking to sign Smith in AZ, according to the twitterverse.
    .
    I thought it would have been SMith to AZ before last season, funny enough. But the lockout got in the way.
    .
    Yeah, the Elway cross as well . . .
    .
    NO, for all the yards they give up, blitz a lot more, and they mix things up a lot more than the Bears, so it’ll be interesting to see how he handles the road, the noise, and the different looks he’ll get.

  128. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    No doubt Chuck.
    Need to see what Kaep has for more than one start.
     
    We own Alex’s Contract.
    He’s ours to deal.
    His deal costs us nothing if he’s not on the Roster on April 1.
    We can keep him or deal him.
    See where it goes.
    His Contract is easily moved for a plug in starter.

  129. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Best thing for us would be to deal him to the AFC like Atlanta did with Schaub.
    We control the option.
     
    In that scenario, opting to deal, KC/Jax/SD/Cleveland would come to mind.

  130. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Kaep should be the starter this week. Alex is the QB of the team unless Kaep shows something unusual. The Bears are not that great at defense unless you are a fantasy mavin. You know, like del mar dennis! Reality is nothing more than fantasy? Your life evolves around picking up Carson Palmer. Reality is Smith and Kaepernick if football makes you stop and emote. Anything else is fantasy.

     
    I’ll go with Smith over any other QB in football for a 49er Super Bowl unless Kaep legitimately takes his job. When Smith had the same time to throw as Kaep in the pocket he picked Buffalo apart with better statistics. Let NoFear and NJ tell us how Smith sucks. I do not believe in the Bears defense like MarcNJ does.

  131. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I would not deal a QB at all today or even soon. The QB position is the most important player on the field. Why play NJ politics here. Since NJ49er lives in NJ he will never have a reality of reality, just politics. You must have a good QB to win. Does it include the rest of the team? You’re goddamn right. Unless the QB is Alex Smith.

  132. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Take away Kaep’s scrambles and we split the pass to run ratio down the middle against CHI. Two reasons to run more than pass in the NO game; crowd noise and keeping Brees off the field. Whoever gets the start needs to keep the ball in our hands. Gore and Hunter in either case should get the lion’s share of plays. Crabs in the slot or crossing from the outside. Vernon Davis can hurt them if the QB looks his way.
     
    Kaep is actually the safe play here. If Smith gets kicked in the head again so soon it will have to be Kaep for as long as it takes. Crowd noise might weigh heavily into who starts if both are an option but maybe Kaep is a wizard at the silent count, too.

  133. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I have always said the most important position on the field is the D-line. The most important player is the QB. Would somebody please challenge that notion. I want the debate.

  134. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger show me where I’ve said Alex sucks?
    Your words.
    I say Alex is timid and safe.
    It’s been fine for us until something better comes along.
    Maybe Kaep is that something?
     
    You’re saying the same thing I’m saying except you’re disparaging me for saying it.
    If you’re OK with Kaep starting another game we’re both interested in seeing what he has to offer no?
     
    If you’ll ‘go with Smith unless Kaep takes his job’ you’ve clearly sat your backside on the fence again.
     
    I’m simply lobbying for the option to see if Kaep can take the job.
    We won’t know until we throw him into the fray.
    No politics involved.
    It’s simply giving the Team it’s best chances to win or improve.
     
    That’s reality.
     
    Sometimes the incumbent holds off the challenger, sometimes change makes you better.

  135. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- Good post!
     
    I’m more worried about crowd noise with Kaep. Smith knows how to handle crowd noise, but needs to sit. We have a freebie here. Let us show Kaep is the guy. I like Smith. He has shown to be a winner. Start Kaep, sell me. I want to be sold! I love Kaep! I want him to be our starter, I just can’t give it to him when Smith is 20-6-1.

  136. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Not mention NoFear49er that Kaep becomes another running threat.
    As stated, safe play as you state, is exactly how I see it, only using the health issue as a safety net to avoid the dreaded ‘QB controversy’.
     
    Yes Berger, I’m a DLine guy too.
    We can agree there.
    As for the QB?
    Roll the dice.
    We know what Alex can (and can’t), do.
    We may need Kaep to get to the promised land this Season.
    Get him as ready as possible.

  137. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Get off the fence Berger.
    You’re gonna get splinters in your A$$.
    You’re saying the same thing I’m saying, though not saying anything related to arm strength, tight windows and using all the Receivers.
     
    We won’t ‘give’ the job to Kaep.
    We want to see if he can earn it.

  138. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger the Bears Dline is no joke is it?
    Our OLine won that battle.
    What impressed me with Kaep was the ability to throw them out of the box.
     
    You can’t debate the accuracy issues between Alex and Kaep unless you just enjoy debating.
    Alex is limited.
    Kaep may bring our Offense up a notch.
    Keep an open mind.
    Alex will still get paid.

  139. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You are right, Kaep might bring the offense up a notch. I am very excited about that. He has not been game planned except for the NY Giants game. We all saw how that played out. Smith has been game planned for years. He just keeps winning. He is a Bob Griese IMO. I like that. I love Kaep but he isn’t going to shove Bob Griese away over night. I feel you and your posse are getting a little too giddy to hang somebody(Smith) so you can move on. Nobody is a bigger Kaep fan than me, but can we all just get a grip on reality?

  140. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- The fence is up your ass. My butt hole is all about a clean shit. Yours is about obfuscation. Got any fliers to throw out of a plane? Youre flier should say Alex Smith can’t win!

  141. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Define reality?
    IS it possible Smith might get upstaged?
    We won’t know until Kaep is battle tested.
    Reality is a bitch.
    Sometimes all the things you’re comfortable with take a bullet to the skull.
    If you’re a Kaep fan you’re obviously anxious to see what he’s got at the Pro level?
     
    I am too.

  142. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    C’mon Berger.
    Obfuscate?
    What am I unclear about?
    I’m saying the same thing you’re afraid to say.
    Alex has limitations.
    Alex doesn’t have a stronger arm than Kaep.
    Kaep is more accurate.
    Kaep brings speed to the position.
     
    Alex has won. Alex is adequate.
    We know what we have with him.
    If I were dropping leaflets out of the cargo door it would read…..
     
    Give Kaep a CHANCE.
    He’s RAW.
    He needs PLAYING time.

  143. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve got to tell you yahoo’s, this is really tough on me. I am a big Alex Smith fan. I think we win the Super Bowl with him this year. I live in Reno and am more of a Kaep fan than a Smith fan. Ultimately I want what is best for the team. This whole debate is about what is best for the team. I know what we get from Smith and think we can win the SB with him at the controls. I think Kaep is ultimately a better QB but switching QBs in a SB run is risky. I can’t say what is the best decision. I would extend that decision one week and use Alex’s concussion as the excuse. In the mean time I would hope Kaep has a great game vs NO to make the decision a no brainer. Anything short and Alex is the QB for the rest of the year. Just my opinion.

  144. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    And before I forget.
    Happy Thanksgiving my Friend.
    Have a few cold ones for me later.

  145. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger we’re saying the same thing here Pal.
    We don’t make the decision.
    We’ll live with it naturally.
     
    Just come over to the Dark Side and admit that some of us like Alex too but, ultimately feel we’re limited with him at the controls.
    It’s a Great problem to have.
    We’re all about getting better.
    Alex is a known commodity.
    He’s safe.
    Some of us here in Coven Country simply want to see what other options are available.
    You don’t make improvement without taking some risks.

  146. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- No one here loves you more than I do. Happy T-Day youself. Please give me a call tomorrow, I’m off to bed.

  147. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLmSRt1MMrw
    Be ready for the playoffs, Alex.

  148. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    12th I think it’s a safe time to roll the dice for Harbaugh.
    It’s a Win/Win no matter the outcome.
    We either unveil the future with Kaep or, we turn back to ‘Ol Reliable Alex.

  149. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Amen!
     
    Good night!

  150. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Whenever CK put the ball in the air on Monday night, I stood up from my couch. Haven’t done that since Young used to go deep to Rice.   

    That 57 yarder to KDub was a thing of beauty. He almost did another 50+ yarder to Davis, but overthrew him. Like Young said, if you’re going to miss, miss it over the receiver.   

    Greg Roman can now dust off the ‘deep outs’ playbook from the shelf in his office. Randy better be working on his wind sprints in practice this week.   

  151. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Show me how many Teams in the Playoff hunt have a reliable back up.
    Bears got skunked with Haney and will likely miss the Playoffs because of Campbell this time around.
    I like our situation no matter the outcome with our Starter competiton.

  152. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Franchise I’m with you on that Kyle throw.
    Absolutely perfect pitch and catch.
    Gorgeous play.
    And, the kid made numerous tight window throws all night.
    Surveyed the Field, bought time with his legs, always fought to make a play.
    Very cool customer.
    Just seemed to ignite the Offense.

  153. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    I agree. I have had to listen to “coach knows best” for a while, does coach still know best or is he reckless? Maybe coach knows exactly what he is doing. Kap started last week, same plays, same players, vastly different look to the offense against a good defense. Harbs traded up for him, has had him into his second year and has him at practice. He knows what he has in both guys, this is not based on 1 game like I keep reading, that’s a stupid observation. Harbs created a great scheme for Alex and he has been very successful in it, maybe, just maybe, the guy who created this offense has a better grasp of what he can get out of each of his QB’s?
    Change is hard for some to accept but it’s a constant in life.

    If Kap falls flat, and that’s a possibility, this ends up being a dumb move. Ifhe repeats what we saw on Monday and it seem’s like that’s what Harbs expects, we have a star QB on our hands and become very hard to beat in any scenario.
    I like this move a lot if it turns out to be true.

  154. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Bye, bye Alex.

  155. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Well said 12th, we agree there.
    Some here like the safe route, which is fine but, we won’t do Kaep any favors by giving him 1 start.
    It’s a risk worth taking here.
    I think the Offense needed this shot in the arm quite frankly.

  156. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Skeebs, if this report is factual, I’ll see if Coach is interested in my Couch.

  157. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m overdue for an upgrade anyway.

  158. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, as I have said before, Alex is an average/slightly above average QB on a strong team in a well designed offense for his skill set and he has flourished in it. He is a known commodity but he is limited in some respects that most superbowl contending QB’s are not and it affects the dynamic plays. I think Kap has better tools to work with and allows all of the offense to perform at a higher level. He lacks experience and there is only one cure for that. It’s a risk but probably not that big a one or Harbs wouldn’t do it.

  159. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We should see plenty of Turkey Day media hype over this report too.
    Take that Jerruh.

  160. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    12th c’mon now?
    You, me, and NoFear49er are founding members in the Coven Society.
    We all knew Alex was a solid guy but lacked some key attributes.
    He’s a standup guy, intelligent and durable.
    This isn’t personal for me, it’s simply football progression.
    Improve or lose.

  161. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    No matter the result with Kaep on Sunday, both guys have been competing for the same job since Day 1.
    Harbaugh has a job to do, win games.
    None of us here risk anything by having an opinion.

  162. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Double, double, toil and trouble it is for us then.

  163. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, did you miss someone on the ABA train?
    5 years I’ve beem waiting for a QB.
    On Skeeb’s blog one must be careful.
    Bye, bye Alex.

  164. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    If all this ends up being hocus pocus and Alex is still the starter we are no worse off and still likely to be in the NFCCG, he is having a career year and we only have 2 losses. If he is the back up we probably have the best back up in the league.

  165. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    RT, Skeebs is a big Alex fan but I have rarely seen him stifle debate, a few quips is about the extent of his censorship.

  166. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    The NO game is not an easy win regardless of which QB plays. They are on a roll and in their house would love to exact revenge for last year.

  167. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Kaep could be the answer to that RGIII/Luck envy.
     
    I settled in for the MNF game expecting a trenches battle and a fight to lead in turn overs. Kaep comes out with play action and scanning the field and escaping pressure like he’s been the starter for five years.
     
    You can’t have watched that game and thought “Hey, Smith could do that against these guys.”
     
    It was a great game to watch until the final whistle. Who can watch that and not want to see more of it?

  168. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Well then RT, a Covenite you are.
    I’ve been the guy getting lambasted along with NoFear49er of late but….it’s all good here.
    We share opinions and keep it clean.
    What’s not to like?
     
    Either way 12th, smokescreen or not, we know Coach feels as many of us do, Kaep can play.

  169. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Got that right NoFear49er.
    I had a buddy at the house, Bears Fan at that, thinking 17-14 either way with a turnover tipping the game.
     
    He left early, saying ‘where have you been hiding this guy?’

  170. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Happy Thanksgiving All.
    Hope it’s an enjoyable day with Family and Friends.
    Be safe, be happy.
    Go Redskins!
    Screw the Cowpatties.

  171. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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2020 Schedule
9-13: L Cardinals 24, 49ers 20
9-20: W 49ers 31, Jets 13
9-27: W 49ers 36, Giants 9

10-4: L Eagles 25, 49ers 20
10-11: L Dolphins 43, 49ers 17
10-18: W 49ers 24, Rams 16
10-25: W 49ers 33, Patriots 6

11-1: L Seahawks 37, 49ers 27
11-5: L Packers 34, 49ers 17
11-15: L Saints 27, 49ers 13

BYE

11-29: W 49ers 23, Rams 20

12-7: L Bills 34, 49ers 24
12-13: L Washington 23, 49ers 15
12-20: L Cowboys 41, 49ers 33
12-26: W 49ers 20, Cardinals 12

1-3: L Seahawks 26, 49ers 23

2020 Draft Class
1. DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
1. WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
5. OL Colton McKivitz, West Virginia
6. TE Charlie Woerner, Georgia
7. WR Jauan Jennings, Tennessee
 
2020 Prognostications (Mulligan Version)
WINNERS:
Bullit: 6-10
NJ49er: 6-10

LOSERS:
Skeebers: 7-9
Winder: 4-12

ABSTAINERS:
Grumpy: DNP
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