All Alex, All Day, Forever

Of course, this last chance was in 2010. Alex Smith has had more Niner lives than John Brodie and Steve DeBerg put together.

Might as well change the name of this blog to Alex Smith Forever. Some people just can’t get enough. Anyhow, in Alex Smith news, he participated in a limited practice again on Thursday, and seems to be on schedule to start Monday night vs the Bears. All he needs to do now is make it through a full-contact practice and he’s good to go.  Apparently, though, the airwaves are abuzz over the performance of erstwhile #2 and heir apparent, Colin Kaepernick. I don’t listen to those airwaves, so I’m not down with what’s being put out there, but it ain’t too hard to guess what’s being said. Bench Alex! Start Cappy! Cappy throws a better deep ball! Better pocket awareness! better chance of winning with him!

Be that as it may, Harbaugh and Alex (among others) have managed to garner a 20-6-1 record together, if you include the playoffs. Not too shabby. Would Cappy help or hinder this going forward? For all the good Cappy did last week in emergency duty, and he did look good (11-17, 117 yds), he still looks baffled at times at the speed of the game. He first few drives were pretty shakey, but he started the 4th quarter with a nice 11 play drive, throwing for 61 yards, going 4 for 4, and overcoming a 3rd and 18 after getting sacked and fumbling. He finished off the drive with a nice 7 yard run to the right pylon on a gift call from the refs. He then ‘engineered’ a one-play 20 yard TD handoff to Frank Gore after the fumble on the kickoff.  There were a few times where he was unsure whether to run or pass, and forced things.

Cappy fumbled 2 times, and luckily didn’t complete a pass to KW as time was running out. He did drive the team 63 yards for the game-tying FG, but I dodn’t like the play call on the last play. If Cappy completes the pass to KW, time runs out, and the Niners lose. Not sure if Cappy missed it on purpose, but it looked like Moss was supposed to drag all 3 DBs into the end zone while KW would catch and run into the end zone. It didn’t work that way, but luckily they didn’t connect and Akers did kick FG. In OT, Cappy got the Niners to the 23 only to see Akers miss a 41 yard FG, anf Zuerline made a 53 yarder only to have it called back for delay of game. He missed the 58 yarder, although it had the distance. To close out the game, Cappy took a sack on 3rd down in a spot that may have taken the Niners out of FG range. Although a long kick from there (~58 yards) would have been a big risk.

So, while Cappy had a good day, I think the QB controversy won’t be this year. If at all, it’ll be next year. The good news is Cappy held his own under game conditions. It’s good to know he at least looks like he can do the job should Smith go down again. In the words of George HW Bush, the prudent thing to do is stay the course, thousand points of light, no new taxes . . .

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47 Responses to All Alex, All Day, Forever

  1. unca_chuck says:

    The Chicago Sun Times is reporting that Jay Cutler is officially out for Monday night’s game at the Stick. Jason Campbell is his replacement. Last time the Niners saw Campbell, he was QBing the Raiders, and we stomped him pretty good to the tune of 8-23 for 86 yards and 2 picks. I don’t see it going THAT bad for him this time around, but one can hope. He’s a better runner than Cutlet, but then again, he can be very erratic when throwing on the run. This looks to be a slogfeat, as it shoulf rain all weekend leading up to gametime, so Gore and Co. better get their long spikes out.

    • Chico says:

      Monday night mud football… And my wife and kids will be out of town which means I can watch the whole game without any interruptions. Looking forward to it.

  2. Chico says:

    For any of you who comment on the Niner insider, I reported foxyroxy6969 last night for trolling.. The situation has been taken care of — ZAP!

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Haven’t been there in a while. Is foxyrocy Flying V? Or is he still going under bullitwongrazor?

    Guy is relentless to say the least.

    • Chico says:

      I don’t know because I don’t read much of it, only when stories hit the front page… foxyroxy is just a Niner hating troll – kind of a concern troll like Soph but nastier. Cracking jokes about heart problems, making fun of concussions, etc.. I think V is the guy who posts long inane rants about Alex if I’m not mistaken..

  4. rtfirefly says:

    V, in whatever guise, was the first guy who posted Jimmy Raye’s resume on the Insider. That was when I realized My Guy Sing was a lousy HC.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Sing’s problem is he didn’t have anyone lined up to take Martz’s job when he fired him. I think they would have worked well together, but Sing wanted his ‘yes’ man and got him in Jimmy-hat III.

    • rtfirefly2 says:

      Sing had a lot of problems, Chuck, mostly that he was a player/coach, not educated enough to run an organization, which is part of the HC’s job.
      I’d still take him on my team as an assistant HC any day.
      How are the Vikes doing this year?

  6. rtfirefly2 says:

    Wade Phillips left the Cowpatties in tears after he failed as a HC.
    Since he took over as DC of the Texans, they have elevated to real playoff dangers.
    Peter Principle, I guess.

    • unca_chuck says:

      For that matter, look at Atl’s defense. Teflon Mike has them giving up tons of yards (21st at 366 per game), but they are 6th in points allowed at 19.3 per game. Sound familiar?

      Not that it means anything. Teams that give up a lot of yards tend to give up points in the playoffs. We’ll see.

  7. rtfirefly2 says:

    I was perusing schedules today, and barring injury the Broncs will finish 12-4.
    The Vikes maybe 8-8, but that’s a huge improvement over last year.
    I’m still looking forward to a Broncs-Niners Super Bowl in February.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Ahhh. haven’t posted on the Insider for a couple years. V is now Captain Clutch.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    At least he gave up on the ultra positive pollyanna persona. Dude has some major issues.

  10. twinfan1 says:

    Alex who? Trebek:?

  11. twinfan1 says:

    Actually, it’s a fine week to talk about Gore, at age 29 having his best rushing year since 2006.Ideas on why… Hunter spelling him:? Reduced pass catching role the last couple years?: The OL? Improved passing game? All of the above?

    • barleyfreak says:

      I was one who thought Gore was not going to have much to offer — going into LAST year. He has certainly exceeded my expectations. Interesting thought on reduced pass catching. It seemed that before last year he’d catch a lot out of the backfield, then it quickly dried up when JH came. Out of the reasons you cite, I think OL (built to run block, not so much pass protect) and JH/Roman’s offense are the primary reasons. That is of course with the understanding that Gore is a freaking stud. That dude’s drive and heart is huge. Credit where credit’s due.

  12. NoFear49er says:

    Formations, play calling and run blocking. All improved, much improved.

    This week’s contest is what you’d expect from two top defenses with weak passing games. Probably the week’s lowest O/U, if you care about that aspect of the game. Their backup QB should present as many or more opportunities for our D as Cutler would have. still they have a running game with Forte and Bush and Campbell has an arm. Pretty sure they watched the Rams film, too. I hope for a solid win in a battle in the trenches. 20-16 Niners.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Yup. Lower than the Jets/StL. 37.5 (to 38.5). Bears get 6

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Snodfart shuts down the Ducks in the 1st Q. 0-0. Kelly goes for 4th and 2 on the 6 and falis. Stanford drives 15 plays for a TD after the turnover on downs.

  15. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Overtime in Eugene!

  16. Del Mar Dennis says:

    The Tree chops down the ducks in Oregon. Quack. Quack.

  17. Chico says:

    Jacksonville beats the Texans in OT. That was a fun game to watch.

  18. philippinefan says:

    Updated: Da Bearss . . . On Monday Night No Less. So who you gonna call? Step right up gentlemen:

    Chuck: 17-13 Niners. I think the Niners should shake off the rust for a win, but it’ll be close.

    barleyfreak: 20-14 Niners. No ass kicking prediction from this end this week.Close game. Kind of hard to gauge the up and down. If Smith starts, 20-14, Niners. If CK starts, or even sees action 27-21. I figure he’s good for an extra long heave/run, and a pick six.

    Phil: 20-17 Niners. A close one. Alex has a TD and the D has a pick 6. Akers redeems himself w/ 2 FGs. If its Kap…hell I dunno.

    twinfan1: 13-10 Niners.

    NoFear49er: 20-16 Niners. This week’s contest is what you’d expect from two top defenses with weak passing games. Probably the week’s lowest O/U, if you care about that aspect of the game. Their backup QB should present as many or more opportunities for our D as Cutler would have. still they have a running game with Forte and Bush and Campbell has an arm. Pretty sure they watched the Rams film, too. I hope for a solid win in a battle in the trenches. 20-16 Niners.

    • Del Mar Dennis says:

      Still crunching the numbers, my friend. On the off chance that Kaepernick gets the start, that will skew the numbers. Slanted, skewed and skewered those numbers would be that I would pick the 49ers to win. Maybe.

    • rob says:

      49ERS 6 BEARS 3

  19. Del Mar Dennis says:

    This just in: the Raiders continue to suck.

    How’s that Raiders AFC West champs prediction working out for ya, Chuck?

  20. rtfirefly says:

    16-7 Niners, Phil.

  21. Flavor says:

    Cutler’s horrible. Campbell improves them. They’ll score, hope we score more. 23-20 Niners…..

    • twinfan1 says:

      Yeah, I said the same thing about Cutler/Campbell.Campbell’s like those softballers who like to beat the Giants. Cutler would throw 4 picks, Campbell two. Just enough.

  22. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Big Ben may be a rapist and a shitty motorcyclist, but he’s also a 2X Super Bowl winner. Without him the Steelers are toast.

  23. Grumpy Guy says:

    And how bad are the Arizona Crapernals? “Spot them 5 picks, they still find a way to lose” bad.

  24. Del Mar Dennis says:

    With a gun at my head, and there’s usually one there at some point during the day, if I had to pick the Super Bowl teams right now I’d venture a guess of Denver and Green Bay. In a quarterback-driven league, those two teams have a couple of guys driving Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s. Our Niners have a QB driving a Ford Pinto. And he just upgraded from a Chevy Vega.

  25. twinfan1 says:

    With their pussy schedule, Denver actually does have a shot to meet the Niners in the Super Bowl.

  26. Chico says:

    Those Pittsburg unis were hideous. Fun, low scoring to watch though.

  27. Alleykat says:

    Alex ruled out for tonight’s game.Kappy and Campbell in the battle of the backups.Still advantage Kappy and the 49ers..Campbell sucks..

  28. twinfan1 says:

    If there was any doubt at all about his health, that’s the right call. Campbell is hardly a stiff, though.

    • twinfan1 says:

      Bizarre way to anniounce it on the 49er Insider- Eric Branch said Smith was not cleared by a “neurologist” (quotation marks are his). WTF is that supposed to mean? He wasn’t cleared by an actor playing a neurologist? Stupid.

  29. unca_chuck says:

    A bit surprising, but Smith didn’t pass the contact test yesterday. Campbell? He’s not very good, but the Niners definitely have to slow down Brandon Marshall Marshall Marshall. Campbell is mobile, but he doesn’t particularly throw well on the run.

    New thread is up . . .

  30. rob says:

    49ERS 6 BEARS 3

    my superbowl picks 49ers vs. patriots

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