Originally posted by Irish40Niner:
Originally posted by 9ersLiferInChicago:
Damn good question. I really can't disagree with either. It's clear - to me at least - that Keap. is being groomed for a seamless transition from #2 to #1. But it is also clear -again, to me at least - that JH & Co. isn't gonna just hand the keys to Keap. without out playing one Alex Smith first. And Alex is making an awfully strong bid for a long-term deal. I'd say that JH & Co. are in a wait-&-see mode. Definitely both are gonna be kept and neither won't just be let go or given away for nothing.
Good post man, I'm glad to see that objectivity still exists with some on the zone. Some people on here think you have to be all in on a certain player to be a dedicated fan. I respect Alex as a player and a 49er I'm just not all in. That doesn't mean I'm all in with Kaep either. I just like what I've seen the little time he has played pre-season/regular season, I think the kid has the IT factor (just a gut feeling). I hope he doesn't get out of SF without us finding out for sure, I bet Atlanta would like to have a do-over with Farve.
It is a good post but the belief there are many who actually side with one or the other is a mistake. Some are prone to hyperbole when they debate, but most people on this board respect the niner coaches and management now, enough to give both players credit for their positions.
A couple of years ago this might not have been true as many posters didn't really care that the niners had no legitimate backup--they wanted Smith gone! In historical perspective, this is terribly mild compared to the Montana versus Young debates; or the YA versus Brodie, or Brodie versus Spurrier, or...
It should be fine though for each of us to have a favorite, as long as we don't make outlandish pronouncements regarding their worth. If I had attended NVR I might really be pulling for CK to unseat Smith...but I am a team supporter and like all things niner...including these two.