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Kaepernick gunning to start for Niners

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08:03 AM ET 02.09 | Colin Kaepernick doesn't necessarily see himself as a career backup. The former Wolf Pack quarterback out of Turlock, Calif., didn't seem frustrated about being a bench jockey behind Alex Smith all season, but it helped fire his desire and competitive spirit. The 2011 lockout limited Kaepernick's ability to prepare for the start of the season, and now with a better grasp of the 49ers' complicated offense under coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman, Kaepernick plans to prepare as much as possible to wrest the starting job away from Smith when the 2012 season begins. ... "I plan on being in San Francisco and plan on trying to take the starting job. That's what your goal is as a football player."

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February 9, 2012  08:35 AM ET

When you're riding the pine behind a guy who took his team to the Conference Championship game, the smart thing to do is buy some sandpaper so you don't get splinters in your butt, because that's where you'll be next season, too.

Alex Smith has a lot of detractors, but he plays well enough to win and he's still getting better.

February 9, 2012  08:40 AM ET
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When you're riding the pine behind a guy who took his team to the Conference Championship game, the smart thing to do is buy some sandpaper so you don't get splinters in your butt, because that's where you'll be next season, too.Alex Smith has a lot of detractors, but he plays well enough to win and he's still getting better.

Second that

February 9, 2012  08:42 AM ET

Brady was more cocky - upon first meeting the owner, indicated he was going to be the starter...

February 9, 2012  08:44 AM ET

Good for Him, he's got a tough job ahead of him!!!

February 9, 2012  08:51 AM ET
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When you're riding the pine behind a guy who took his team to the Conference Championship game, the smart thing to do is buy some sandpaper so you don't get splinters in your butt, because that's where you'll be next season, too.Alex Smith has a lot of detractors, but he plays well enough to win and he's still getting better.

THIS....He has an uphill battle

February 9, 2012  08:53 AM ET
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When you're riding the pine behind a guy who took his team to the Conference Championship game, the smart thing to do is buy some sandpaper so you don't get splinters in your butt, because that's where you'll be next season, too.

This.

Smith is the starter next season. I'm interested to see if he can continue to play at the level he did this year.

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February 9, 2012  08:59 AM ET
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This. Smith is the starter next season. I'm interested to see if he can continue to play at the level he did this year.

He finally has a coach that believes in him and his ability. Another WR wouldn't hurt.

February 9, 2012  09:08 AM ET

Kapernick is obviously basing his delusions on the six touchdowns he threw in mop up duty against the Packers, or at least he is imagining it was himself who did it

February 9, 2012  09:10 AM ET
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Brady was more cocky - upon first meeting the owner, indicated he was going to be the starter...

And look how that has worked out. I'd call that confidence.

February 9, 2012  09:12 AM ET
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When you're riding the pine behind a guy who took his team to the Conference Championship game, the smart thing to do is buy some sandpaper so you don't get splinters in your butt, because that's where you'll be next season, too.Alex Smith has a lot of detractors, but he plays well enough to win and he's still getting better.

Agreed. But I also have no problem with Kapernick's comments. He wants to compete; it's to be expected.

February 9, 2012  09:14 AM ET

Given the potential for injuries and regardless of any public statements, back-ups had better be prepared to become starters (didn't Ditka release a back-up who publicly stated he was not ready)

February 9, 2012  09:23 AM ET

What's he supposed to say...." I look forward to carrying a clipboard."

February 9, 2012  09:25 AM ET
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Agreed. But I also have no problem with Kapernick's comments. He wants to compete; it's to be expected.

This... I want my back-up QB to believe he can be the starter... and work towards that end. If he is good enough, great. If he is but good enough and the other guy is better, even better.

February 9, 2012  09:28 AM ET

(be careful of using 'gunning' while referring to NFL players)

February 9, 2012  09:51 AM ET

What's he supposed to say...." I look forward to carrying a clipboard."

That's far superior than saying "would you like fries with that?"

February 9, 2012  09:57 AM ET
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Kapernick is obviously basing his delusions on the six touchdowns he threw in mop up duty against the Packers, or at least he is imagining it was himself who did it

Kaepernick was a pretty high draft pick. Just because you havent heard of him doesnt mean hes not got a chance to be a bigtmie QB.

 
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