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Don't go handing QB job to Kaepernick just yet

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08:04 AM ET 08.04 | Has Colin Kaepernick taken the lead? [Kaepernick] has a five practice head start on Alex Smith, and he has looked good in each of them. But don't go handing the rookie the starting job just yet, tight end Vernon Davis said after practice today. "We expect Alex to be the starter," said Davis. Coaches have said there would be an open competition at every position, including quarterback. Davis? Eh -- he didn't think there would be much of a battle. "He's a good player," Davis said of Kaepernick. "He has a lot of potential, a very good future. ... (But) I don't think there's too much competition at the moment."

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August 4, 2011  08:52 AM ET

Nooooooo! Not again!

August 4, 2011  08:57 AM ET

Why interns WHY??

August 4, 2011  08:59 AM ET

They do it to torture us.

August 4, 2011  08:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Why interns WHY??

Because they're interested in this guy's Colin?

August 4, 2011  09:02 AM ET

Dude should do Colgate commercials.

August 4, 2011  09:12 AM ET

I am so tired of the niners already.

August 4, 2011  09:13 AM ET

Poor kid. "Beaten out by Alex Smith" is not what you want on your resume.

August 4, 2011  09:17 AM ET

And another team enters the Andrew Luck Sweepstakes...

August 4, 2011  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I am so tired of the niners already.

You won't hear nearly as much about them once the season starts and the losses mount.

August 4, 2011  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

You won't hear nearly as much about them once the season starts and the losses mount.

Seems to me we had lots and lots of Denver Bronkeys threads last year. So, maybe the interns just like horses.

August 4, 2011  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Seems to me we had lots and lots of Denver Bronkeys threads last year. So, maybe the interns just like horses.

At least the south end of northbound horses?

August 4, 2011  11:30 AM ET

Would be nice, once, just once you interns, for a NEW picture when referencing the 49ers.

August 4, 2011  01:03 PM ET

As a 49er season ticket holder, I have two parties to thank today.

1. The Niners front office, that through this free agency period, ensuring me that I???ll be saving over $400 by not having to buy playoff tickets this year. And...

2. The lazy, thoughtless, automaton type interns that hate the 49ers enough, to make me, and every other T&R readers sick of Niners with this picture, that we won???t miss, NOT seeing them in the playoffs this year.

August 4, 2011  01:05 PM ET

As a 49er season ticket holder, I have two parties to thank today:
1. The Niners front office, that through this free agency period, ensuring me that I will be saving over $400 by not having to buy playoff tickets this year. And...

2. The lazy, thoughtless, automaton type interns that hate the 49ers enough, to make me, and every other T&R readers sick of Niners with this picture, that we wont miss, NOT seeing them in the playoffs this year.

WE ARE SICK OF THIS PICTURE!!

August 4, 2011  01:06 PM ET

OPPS - sorry of the double posting...

but, WE ARE SICK OF THIS PICTURE!!

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August 4, 2011  01:32 PM ET
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that has been the plan from the very start. Throw the season to land the first pick so coach can get his QB.

It really is the perfect plan. Get rid of some dead weight players and the cap dollars. Go into the season getting your O-line and offense established so that it's Alex Smith getting killed and not your future QB, throw the season and get your boy. Perfect. If Alex tanks, so what. If Colin shows flashes that's even better because you need a quality backup in this league. Next year they can use the #1 on Luck and then picks 2-7 to add to their secondary.

August 4, 2011  01:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

It really is the perfect plan. Get rid of some dead weight players and the cap dollars. Go into the season getting your O-line and offense established so that it's Alex Smith getting killed and not your future QB, throw the season and get your boy. Perfect. If Alex tanks, so what. If Colin shows flashes that's even better because you need a quality backup in this league. Next year they can use the #1 on Luck and then picks 2-7 to add to their secondary.

Yep - it makes sense: Get rid of some dead weight players and/or high cap dollar players, that frees up a lot of room for 2012, and a possible run at a franchise QB.

Look at Bill Walsh's first year with the 49ers: 2-12... then he went on to be one of the best coaches of all times. He did a lot of what the new coach is doing - now if I could only remember what he looks like - so maybe there is a reason tokeep it mellow and rebuild this year...

August 4, 2011  03:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

that has been the plan from the very start. Throw the season to land the first pick so coach can get his QB.

That's what we said about Miami on Tuesday, and Denver on Wednesday. The question then becomes, what can you get with the second, third or fourth overall pick? Is that guy worth it?

There are teams in the league that will finish 2-14 or 3-15 without trying to tank the season. Nothing is easy in the NFL, even losing.

 
August 4, 2011  03:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#20):

There are teams in the league that will finish 2-14 or 3-15

3-13. Nothing is easy in the NFL, even arithmetic.

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