Take a deep breath, go for a walk around the block or just pour yourself a stiff drink. As I type these words, local sports radio is getting overwhelmed with calls pleading for Colin Kaepernick to be named as the 49ers’ starting quarterback. Read More
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith has been declared out for Monday night's game against Chicago with a concussion.Team medical director Dr. Dan Garza evaluated Smith, who was hurt eight days ago against St. Louis.The 49ers will start second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who replaced Smith in the 24-24 tie with the Rams last week.Chicago also is without starting quarterback Jay Cutler because of a concussion. Jason Campbell will start. Read More
When Jay Cutler got hurt last November, the Chicago Bears’ promising season fell apart fast, with no capable backup behind him.
The Bears went from 7-3 and looking toward the playoffs to losing five of their final six to finish 8-8 and with no postseason berth. Read More
When the 49ers drafted Colin Kaepernick, they did so with the express intent to someday — someday very soon — install him as their starting quarterback.
He’d just put up collegiate numbers, with his legs and with his MLB-drafted right arm, akin to the cartoonish stats posted by none other than Cam Newton. Read More
The best part of the 49ers’ 24-24 tie with the St. Louis Rams on Sunday was Dashon Goldson’s bewilderment at how the game ended.
“It’s a competitive sport, man — you’ve got winners and losers. You’ve gotta choose one. I never heard of tying in football — I really didn’t,” Goldson said. Read More
49ers quarterback Alex Smith threw a 14-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter of Sunday’s 24-24 tie against the St. Louis Rams while playing with blurred vision before coming out with a concussion.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that Smith connected with Michael Crabtree six plays after he began experiencing blurred vision on a 1-yard keeper early in the second quarter. Six plays earlier, he had taken a vicious hit from St. Louis linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar. 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
Niners left tackle Joe Staley claims he caught quarterback and seatmate Alex Smith checking out his trending Twitter self while on the team plane awaiting takeoff Monday night from Arizona.
Ha, says Smith, who insists he has no idea how to tweet.
“I don’t even have a Twitter,” Smith quipped with a grin Tuesday during a quick walk through the empty locker room. “I don’t know what Twitter is.” Read More
Three touchdown passes, one incomplete pass.
Not a bad night for Alex Smith, and it could have been better, considering that the one incomplete pass was dropped by a wide-open receiver.
The San Francisco quarterback completed 18 of 19 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns — two to Michael Crabtree and one to Randy Moss — to help San Francisco flatten the Arizona Cardinals 24-3 on Monday night. Read More
Arizona’s gigantic defensive end Calais Campbell talked this week about how he “hates” the 49ers “with a passion.”
That kind of remark might provide bulletin board material if this was some college showdown. These NFC West rivals have played each other enough to know what feelings are and aren’t involved, and that talk is usually just talk.
Besides, Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson noted, Campbell “doesn’t have a filter on his mouth.” Read More