ALAMEDA — The Oakland Raiders are changing directions at quarterback once again.The Raiders acquired Seattle backup Matt Flynn on Monday for draft picks, bringing an end to Carson Palmer's brief tenure as starter in Oakland even before they are done paying the steep price they dealt to acquire him. Read More
Jim Harbaugh watched how Colin Kaepernick handled himself when things didn’t go right for the 49ers, and that told the coach plenty more about his second-year quarterback with all of three NFL starts to his name.
Enough that Harbaugh is sticking with Kaepernick under center — for now, anyway — as his team gears up for Sunday’s home game against the Miami Dolphins at Candlestick Park. Read More
Alex Smith is trying to understand how he lost his job as starting quarterback of the 49ers a month after being named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
It’s not an easy thing for the NFL’s fifth-ranked quarterback to deal with this week, even though Smith already has experienced plenty of ups and downs in his tumultuous career since the 49ers made him the No. 1 overall selection of the 2005 draft. Read More
Colin Kaepernick has earned himself a third straight start at quarterback for the 49ers.
Coach Jim Harbaugh made the announcement Wednesday that Kaepernick would go Sunday at St. Louis over Alex Smith after the second-year pro led the NFC West-leading Niners (8-2-1) to victories in the past two games, his first two NFL starts.
“The rationale is we have two quarterbacks that we feel great about as a starting quarterback,” Harbaugh said. Read More
When the 49ers’ official depth chart was released Tuesday, the starting quarterback was listed as “Alex Smith or Colin Kaepernick.”
That type of clarity is what we’ve come to expect from the 49ers since Smith went down with a concussion Nov. 11 and Kaepernick rode in on his white horse.
Jim Harbaugh has watched each of his two quarterbacks lead the 49ers to big wins in hostile, road environments — Alex Smith in the season opener at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field back in September among others, and Colin Kaepernick on Sunday at New Orleans’ Superdome. Read More
When Alex Smith is good, he can be very good. When Smith is very good, the 49ers are practically unbeatable.
While the staples of San Francisco’s success this season remain a rock-solid defense and the NFL’s top-ranked rushing game, Smith’s play at quarterback has been a key variable that’s put the 49ers over the top in a string of lopsided victories. Read More
Before Jerry Rice said the 49ers should sign Peyton Manning, he should have thought back to the history of the team when he was there.
In 1993, Joe Montana returned after missing all but one quarter of one game in the previous two years because of injuries. Steve Young had been the league MVP one of those years, but coach George Seifert said Montana would be the starting quarterback going into training camp. Read More
As the game clock ticked to zero Sunday at Candlestick Park, the feat hadn’t quite sunk in for 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree.
“It’ll probably sink in when I get home. I’ve never been in the playoffs,” Crabtree said after helping his team secure the NFC West Division title after routing the St. Louis Rams 26-0. “It’s something new for me. I can’t wait.” Read More
He was wearing a 49ers hat the other day, to which you would say, of course. But Alex Smith more often is seen in a Giants hat. Or on occasion, as a salute to his first love, a team of which he always will be a fan, the San Diego Padres.
“I’ve always worn something,” he said about his personal preference. Read More