Originally posted by Born49R:
Originally posted by Thorhawk:
Since I am the one who mentioned ethics I have to take you to task on this. I don't give a damn about Smith's storybook ending. But to say that in life in general or, as this case in business, one should not behave ethically is ludicrous. That is what is wrong with this country and our government also, people like you who don't believe in behaving ethically because it doesn't suit there endgame. I am not angry with the switch, just the way it was handled and the bad message it sends to the other players because of Smiths concussion. You probably stick up for Lance Armstrong as well.
I really don't understand people being mad about Smith not getting his "storybook" ending. And I don't understand people being angry at Harbaugh for making the switch, when it is obvious Kaepernick is the better player. And all this talk about ethics is hilarious, this the NFL, players get replaced all the time.
This is strictly business, thats all. I always said that Alex had reached his potential or ceiling and if he had any left it wasn't very much. Colin's on other hand was so much greater and he has shown that. Even now, Kaep is still a ways to go. It'll be another two years before he does reach it and that is scary. He has surpased Alex. The better person was left in thats all. If you don't put the better person in, you let yourself (harbaugh) the other players, the front office and ownership down.
This is life, only the fitist survive. As Spock would say, the needs of the many outweight the needs of the few or the one. Sure, you'd like everyone to be happy happy joy joy, but players get replaced and lose their jobs all the time after injuries. If the Niners were not doing good the last year and a half, no one would have batted an eye. However, they were and Alex did better than he ever has. Along with Alex being a nice guy working out during the strike w/o a contract, that has put Alex in a lot of peoples hearts. Still, it was because of the defense and ST for the majority part of it that the niners were successful with AS doing his part from time to time. I have also said that no one here or in the media, if Kaep had what it takes or was ready other than the staff. Some (not all) of the same guys that back Alex also have talked about replacing players that started last year that did well, so why not Alex?
When JH was hired we all either hoped or believed that he knew QBs, its his job to put the best product on the field, yes we didn't know back then, but Harbaugh felt he did. Maybe, some would feel better, if he was straight up with the public/media and Alex when he decided to leave Kaep in and said Kaep is my man and I feel he is the better QB. However, JH doesn't want to tactless and say it and hurt a players confidence, after all, if Kaep got hurt, AS would have to play, and when AS leaves the team, he will still have some confidence intact and not totally destroyed.
This has nothing to do with Lance Armstrong and others like him, LA cheated and violated the rules! There was none violated here, the rule of not losing a job because of injuries is a falacy as I said, it is only because of AS's position (QB) and standing (good guy), the teams position (playoff team) and it being in the middle of the season, but it has happened to others. The rule is like the unwritten rule of not dating your best friends sister, not a real rule, just one of decorum to help keep things a little civilized. In the end, is it fair to Kaep if he is better, that we follow this rule?