I think its time to seriously rethink the quarterback position. Its been coming for a while. Athletes get stronger and faster every year in football just like they do in track and field. Because of this the quarterback position is going to have to change with the times. There are increasingly more speed rushers who can get to or disrupt a precise timing needed for a NFL level play to function. This means that either you accept that you have been stopped because the defenders are as fast as the offensive players or you think about how a quarterback can create more time to allow a receiver to get open. Another issue being missed is "situational football" if you have players that are not as fast on dead runs but can get open then you need a quarterback who can stay alive until someone breaks free. Some teams have fast receivers and their speed makes timing plays work. But the 49ers don't have any Dashon Jacksons on their team and their fastest guy is a tight end. This is an unusual situation. A traditional quarterback is not the answer. Just look at how Colt McCoy did in the preseason compared to how he was in college. Big difference. Colin represents new options. Now you can take guys like Boldin and Crabtree and let them work their way free and use their cutting and power to move the ball forward. When you get a receiver who can get open like Rice and still accelerate after the catch - great! But players like Rice are rare. So make what you have work for you. Colin is working great right now and with the right plays designed his offence could really be historic. Whe settle for status quo? Joe Montana invented the accepted modern quarterback. Manning, Payton, and, Brees will never be discussed without being compare to Joe. Colin has the opportunity to create a new and successful quarterback model. I say go for it and I would be glad to say I saw it from the beginning!
i just wanna say the seahawks are a bunch of chickens and they'll never have the caliber of a team that we have here. sure they beat us at seattle but take away all that goddamn noise from those over eager fans that have yet to even know what its like having your team IN the Super Bowl let alone win 5 of them, you see that its a much more fair match up. niners won't even have to play these punks in the playoffs anyway.theyll probably choke in the second round.just like they did last year. seahawks suck they always will. or at least until they get some decent looking uniforms..
and marshawn lynch is a bay area kid he needs to come play for the bay
All NFC roads to Super Bowl go through Seattle. We all know what that means: Sorry San Fran. The regular season is just a platform to amass the most wins in order to capture home field and punch SB ticket. Look, it's an arms race and the bye and home field mean everything in the playoffs. So be prepared to win more regular season games than the Seahawks over the next 5 years or you guys have no shot. Ponder this one: The Seahawks could very well go to the next 2 or 3 Super Bowls and that's not even much of a stretch.
Colin Kaepernick will never win a Super Bowl if he doesn't learn how to operate out of the pocket. This is not just my opinion or Glenn Dickey's. Joe Montana, who knows more about being a quarterback than just about anyone alive, says the same thing. Yes, Colin is a remarkable athlete, but he's, at the point in time, just an a great athlete trying to be a great quarterback. If he doesn't start getting it together soon, it may never happen with him.
I mean, under severe pressure, from the likes of the Seahawks or other play off contenders, he frequently loses track of time, doesn't know what to call with rapidly alternating defensive schemes, and runs first BEFORE simply standing in the pocket and finding a recevier. Any functional quarterback with time can throw a pass of approx. 60 yards to an open receiver. The question is: how do you react in split seconds under pressure??? We all know how Montana reacted. The question will Kap ever learn as Dickey says?
I have to agree with the other post on here. Are you watching the game? The pass protection was suspect all game. Which might be due to Iupati's absence as well as the strength of the Buc's D-line, which is fast becoming one of the better ones in the league. Kaepernick was under pressure for much of the game and still managed to move the ball with his legs and with some jaw dropping passes on the run. As bad as the Bucs may seem, their defense is loaded with talent and they've been winning of late. Heck, they almost knocked off Seattle in Seattle and their D leads the league in picks. I also thought Kap showed a great deal of improvement checking down when needed, something he seemed to struggle with in previous games. And frankly, your assertion that Kap did nothing in Seattle is crap. The end of half 2 minute drill in that game was a huge difference maker.
Wow, I'm in complete head shake mode. Glenn, do you actually watch the games or just comment on the box score? Kaepernick was extremely efficient and the Bucs had pressure on him all game of which he escaped and made plays. What is he supposed to do, sit in the pocket and get his head knocked in to prove to you he can throw out of the pocket. The only criticism I could see from this past game is that he scrambles to his right WAY too much but other than that I think he played a very efficient, smart game.
"Certainly not Seattle. Golden Tate is the only Seahawks receiver who could make the active roster for the Niners, and he’d probably be used primarily as a kick returner."
Are you kidding me. Tate is as dynamic as Boldin, and moreso than Manningham. Even Baldwin is better than Manningham. You 49ers fans are diluted on a major level if you actually believe the above assertion, given in the article.
Dickey your a idiot Pryor is another Vince Young /Cordell Stewart at best McGloin will be to the Raiders what Andy Dalton is to the Bengals your from across the Bay enough said Alex Smith will be around longer than Kappernick
49er-worshipping broadcasters a couple weeks ago had the 49ers positioned to swap places in the division with Seattle. Now, the 49ers are 3+ games behind the Seahawks.
Sorry, Stanford. This is still Cal country. I'll bet more people in the Bay Area rooted for Oregon a couple weeks ago than Stanford.
Stanford may win the game but Cal will win the pregame rally at the Greek Theater.
All of these comments against Tedford are coming from a bunch of Pencil necks that I bet do not know anything about playing football at Berkeley or on the collegiate level, smh. Great Article Glenn! Go Bears Jeff Tedford Era and Prior only! Sandy Barbour is out of her league, got it wrong, and is obviously dumbfounded when it comes to Football. Take a note from a True AD and established Football Program, Pat Haden and USC. Pre Jeff Tedford / CAL was 1-10; Post Jeff Tedford / CAL is now 1-10 soon to be 1-11. Numbers don't lie, as Forrest Gump said, "Stupid is as Stupid Does." The shoe fits, so wear it Sandy! CAL Football is getting what it deserves for being disloyal and not giving Coach Tedford atleast 1 more year at the new house he helped build, with a respectful ceremonial exit with former players. May they be cursed to never be successful until they apologize and give credit where it's due. - #91 Monte Parson 2002 and 2003.
C'mon Glenn - get real! You tarnish your stellar reputation and great career with such an argument. How many trips to the Super Bowl has Alex Smith made? Perhaps you should replay that 2011 playoff game vs. the Giants before you anoint A. Smith as the superior quarterback. I've always been a fan of yours but methinks you're off your game on this one.
The former San Francisco 49ers under the York regime has made many, many mistakes, imho. The next big error by the current Ownership decision making will be opening in 2014, I believe its called Levi's Stadium...It is an Ugly, ugly, ugly Stadium.! You'd think that with all the time & Money that went into Ownership plotting to remove the team from the SF, they would come up with a more befitting design for the 5 time Super Bowl Champions....But NO, go figure, they are from Ohio, they could care less, the current Ownership wanted something that looks cheap, and it does!
experts made Kap to be the next best qb ever... well he has fallen on his face.. you cant have a big name QB throw no tds for 4 games in a season....he is also the one who calls pass protections schemes...so when he gets blitzed, the coverage is on him..
Just another out of touch, washed up, sports journalist, trying to make a splash with a controversial title of an article. No facts, just a pure opinion piece. I'm surprised you didn't make a comment about his tattoos. There are many other problems with the Niners' offense right now, and you didn't even bother touching on them. You come off as just plain ignorant.
Alex vs Kaepernick - I get tired of hearing the comparisons. After reading the article in the paper this morning about how the 49ers chose the wrong QB, I decided to dig deeper into it. Here are my thoughts and some research I did to back my opinions. I'm trying to be as unbiased as possible, but of course I'm a long time fan so my views can be somewhat skewed.
1. First year QB’s play off of instincts, 2nd year QB’s make many mistakes because they are using learned knowledge to read defenses. Once turn those reads into instincts (through repetition), they can start to reach their full potential. Kaep is in his second year starting and isn’t making his reads fast enough yet. He showed his natural ability last season and can be even better in the future. Alex has never shown that he can be a true elite QB. You can blame the coordinators, the O-line, or an injury here or there, but the reality is that he doesn’t have good football instincts. Steve Young said it best, “At the end of the day you just need to make plays.” He only became successful when they limited what he is allowed to do. That is, look for your primary, look for your check down, throw it out of bounds or clutch both hands and take the sack. Do not force the ball into coverage and do not fumble the ball. It works for Alex because he’s smart enough to follow these rules. Kaep on the other hand can throw deep, make additional reads, and is very fast to run if needed. The upside is huge in comparison, but there will be a small growing pain.
2. Rookie contract vs 7 year veteran contract. Umm…there’s a salary cap to consider here. In order to retain all the other talent on the team, it makes more sense to keep a guy in a rookie contract vs a guy in his 7th year assuming all other things are equal. Oh, and we got some amazing draft picks out of it. So saved cap space and gained big draft picks = Huge Win. Also, we were able to sign Anthony Davis, Justin Smith, glenn Dorsey to multiyear contracts. In 2014 we have Boldin, manningham, Goodwin, witner, brown, brock becoming FA’s. That cap room will come handy.
3. Compare Smith’s stats with Kaep’s. They are damn near identical. Alex: 2184 all-purpose yards, 59% completion, 10 TD’s, 4 turnovers, sacked 26 times. Kaep: 1985 all-purpose yards, 56% completion, 12 TD’s, 10 Turnovers, sacked 21 times. The glaring difference is the number of turnovers. Alex has 5 games where he didn’t throw a TD (ran one in one of those). Kaep has 4 games without throwing a TD (one of which he ran one in). How would Alex have made us any better?
4. Chiefs vs 49ers Offense: 49ers rank higher in yards per game, rushing yards per game, and pts per game. Chiefs rank higher in passing yards per game. The chiefs have 8 more first downs. 49ers have a higher 3rd down conversion rate. 49ers have way more penalty yards (+130). 49ers + 4 TO’s, Chiefs +15. The glaring difference again is the Turnover battle. 8 Giveaways vs 14 Giveaway difference of 6, the same as Alex’s TO’s to Kaep’s. The biggest difference is that the chiefs defense has 8 more takeaways than the 49ers. They ave really benefited from their weak schedule.
5. Chiefs schedule: strength of schedule as of week 11: 25th. 49ers: 14th. Winning percentage of teams played up to week 11: Chiefs 39%, 49ers: 52%
6. Opponent power rankings in top 10: 49ers: Seattle, panthers, colts Chiefs: none. They will play Denver twice, and the colts so I’d be curious to see how they do against a top 10 team. And to be honest, the colts aren’t nearly as good as when they played the 49ers. They have been decimated by injury since then. The 49ers still have to play the saints, Seahawks,
So, I think the Chiefs are 9-0 because of their effective running attack, they make fewer mistakes (penalties and turnovers), and have been playing middle to bottom tier opponents. It has less to do with the difference in QB play as the article wants to make us believe. The 49ers have mostly struggled this year with inconsistent game planning, some lack of adjustments at half time, and a lack of a receiving core. A QB can be a game manager or a play maker. Yes, you want a QB that can manage the game. This is a very important part of the being a QB. The other side of that is being a playmaker. Playmakers have the potential to pop off big plays throughout the course of the game and do it regularly. People refer to Alex as a game manager because he doesn't fit the mold of a playmaker but can win games. His biggest asset is his game managing skills. These are learned skills. Playmaking is where your natural football instincts and physical talents come into play. They can’t usually be taught, but can be improved over time. Kaep has shown some great playmaking ability and will have to learn to be a better game manager. I’d take that any day over a guy that takes 7 years to show some success due to a limited QB role. Do you still think the 49ers chose the wrong guy? I truly don't and I'd bet most coaches in the NFL would have done the same.
I'm not going to go as far as to make a judgement on the decision that this piece is titled with, but I will agree with various points in this article. Essentially this teams components are built to be more successful with a style of play predicated on winning the time of possession. So they're game planning for what their personnel on the field can't even accomplish, that's on the coaching staff.
Alex Smith is more suited for our current roster, because what he lacks in explosiveness, he makes up in quantity of consistent, short, timing routes which makes distributing the ball tremendously easier. This article brings up one element that many ignore, the amount of rest that's given to the defense when the offense remains on the field on those long drive, allowing them to remain fresh and explosive on more plays to shutdown the opposition in less plays. And it's no secret fatigued players underperform and are more susceptible to injury.
Also in response to the comment that Alex wouldn't have won this and that game, we wouldn't know because the game plan would be different, defenses would fair differently because of the difference in clock management, meaning less possessions for both sides to score overall, thus the ripple effect the results are unknown.
We won't know who really won this trade/decision till at the very least, this season is over. But what we all know is, the formula for success at the QB position always begins with the QB's ability to move the chains with his arm consistently. If you depend on your legs first, it never stays the test of time.
Ditto on the pathetic. I purposely did not and will not read this Dickey piece because even the title is too ridiculous to give time to.
lol. pathetic. Alex is gone Glenn so get over it. We would have never gotten close to the Superbowel with Alex Smith as quarterback. last year. You are a fool to put the losses all on Kaepernick... Retire old man and move to KC
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