Originally posted by Marvin49:
Jeez. I'm so tired of reading this. This doesn't have a damn thing to do with ego. Harbaugh would start Smith in a second if he thought it was the right thing to do. He's about WINNING. That's it. Nothing else. He will always play the guy that he thinks gives him the best chance of winning the Super Bowl. You may call it the "dumbed down" offense, but it's the same offense that Smith ran last year and half this year and the same one they ran at Stanford. They incorporated the pistol and read option from Nevada, but it is essentially the same offense.
I find it comical that people are being critical of Kaep when the defense allowed FORTY-TWO points. It's not like Kaep was turning it over deep in Seattle territory. Kaep actually drove them down the field a few times. One was blocked field goal. One was pick in the end zone. One was a fumble by Manningham when he tore his ACL. Smith only managed 13 points in the first meeting at the Stick, and this team is now better, at home, and in the elements.
Did Kaep play really well? No. Did he block for the field goal? Did he play any defense?
Please. I know some people still don't like the switch from Smith to Kaep and are determined every rough patch is Harbaugh and his ego refusing to admit that Smith was clearly the right choice. Guess what. It wasn't. It doesn't matter how much you want to be the case. The Niners may eventually lose a game that Kaep truly is responsible for (like the second Rams game). Even when that happens, it still will have been the right choice. People act like Alex had set the world on fire. Kaep has the exact same record this year through 6 games and I Highly doubt he would have won in New England. Nobody thought Brady could go beat teams in the playoffs...till he did. Nobody though Roethlisberger could do it...till he did.
Bottom line, this is NOT about Harbaughs ego. If anything, it's about the ego of peeps who have never liked the move who like to chirp about it even when they lose a game when the D allows 42 freakin points. Get over it.
i'm going to agree 1 billion % with this. kap had a bad game. he missed some easy throws and even on his completions he threw behind the wr from time to time. but he didn't have a god awful game. he had a 70 rating and threw for 244 yards, 1 td/1 int. Kap didn't lose this game. seattle did whatever they wanted on offense. i would give kap a C grade for the game and the defense an F. there was NOTHING we did differently from the first drive to the last. no adjustments at all. on offense we should've run gore more but whatever, our coaches get into that type of mindframe from time to time (see the vikings and giants games) where they just wont give the ball to gore.
this sounds like sour grapes but lets play the what if game from the seahawks game:
1. what if vernon davis doesn't jump for the ball early on and actually gets into the endzone on that play (as he should have)? +14 points
2. what if carlos rogers doesn't drop the easy pick of wilson in the 3rd quarter? +7 points (seahawks scored on this drive)
3. what if mccoys knee comes down about 6 inches further out on the 3rd down TD pass? +4 points (seahawks have to settle for a fg there)
4. what if manningham doesn't get cheap shotted, doesn't fumble the ball, and we get a TD on that drive? +7
5. what if kap just throws the ball away on the goalline instead of forcing it across his body to moss? +3
those are incredibly small things to ask for and amount to a difference of 35 points. now of course it's foolish to play the what if game because the only thing that matters is what DID happen. but you see we played maybe the worst game of our season and if a handful of plays go our way, we could have won the game. that is the way the NFL is and always has been. a handful of plays go your way, even in a blowout, and the result could have been different.
the sky is falling in san fran right now but everyone should just chill out. lets finish out the regular season and see where the chips might fall in the playoffs before we go jumping off bridges or asking for harbaugh to be fired or whatever other panic switch people are hitting