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12:56 PM ET 10.15 | Alex Smith had one of the worst games of his career throwing three interceptions to no touchdowns in San Francisco Week 6 loss to the Giants. But that doesn't mean the 49ers will be looking to backup Colin Kaepernick anytime soon. "I highly doubt Harbaugh will bench Smith for Colin Kaepernick, will discuss the possibility of it, or actually will contemplate even the first few steps toward this drastic move," Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News reports.

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October 15, 2012  01:06 PM ET

No Love for Smith... even when they're winning.

October 15, 2012  01:11 PM ET

No Love for Smith... even when they're winning.

October 15, 2012  01:19 PM ET

You don't bench a guy who took you to the NFC Championship Game for one or two bad Sundays.

October 15, 2012  01:43 PM ET

Poor Smith .....nomatter what the guy do's He don't get no respect

October 15, 2012  01:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Poor Smith .....no matter what the guy does He don't get no respect

Could be the fallout from his 1st few seasons and if that's the case it's somewhat deserved

October 15, 2012  01:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Poor Smith .....nomatter what the guy do's He don't get no respect

It seems the only way that he will earn that respect is to take the Niner's to the SB.

October 15, 2012  02:00 PM ET

It is tough to show a ton of respect, when you can't bet the farm on him.

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October 15, 2012  02:20 PM ET

Peyton Manning should have gone to San Fran.


The greatest team that never was.

October 15, 2012  02:22 PM ET

How about the OVER-RATED controversy? NEXT!

October 15, 2012  03:21 PM ET

Do you think that the Giants defense might have had something to do with the way Smith Played. Is this not similar to what their defense did to Mark Sanchez?

October 15, 2012  03:48 PM ET

Now that's the Alex Smith of old I knew. You guys kill Vick for his bad QB play when the guy has been to several playoff appearances and WON but this guy gets sympathy? Why? He is a former number one draft pick who hasn't nearly lived up to the selection nor the hype that comes along with it. And deserves to be treated as such. He has made his way from complete and utter bust to game manager. Hooray!

October 15, 2012  05:11 PM ET

There is truth in what you say. But until yesterday, really, Rodgers was trash, too. I agree that Smith is no Rodgers - which is ironic because of how both got taken the same year in the draft, Smith at #1 and Rodgers way down the list, and how both are now - but he showed some things last year beyond game management. 49ers could still use an upgrade at Qb and the answer isn't Kaepernick.

October 15, 2012  05:12 PM ET

There is truth in what you say. But until yesterday, really, Rodgers was trash, too. I agree that Smith is no Rodgers - which is ironic because of how both got taken the same year in the draft, Smith at #1 and Rodgers way down the list, and how both are now - but he showed some things last year beyond game management. 49ers could still use an upgrade at Qb and the answer isn't Kaepernick.

October 15, 2012  05:17 PM ET

Smith could close his eyes and throw and still be closer than Kolb.

October 15, 2012  05:18 PM ET

Smith could close his eyes and throw and still be closer than Kolb.

October 15, 2012  05:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Now that's the Alex Smith of old I knew. You guys kill Vick for his bad QB play when the guy has been to several playoff appearances and WON but this guy gets sympathy? Why? He is a former number one draft pick who hasn't nearly lived up to the selection nor the hype that comes along with it. And deserves to be treated as such. He has made his way from complete and utter bust to game manager. Hooray!

There is truth in what you say. But until yesterday, really, Rodgers was trash, too. I agree that Smith is no Rodgers - which is ironic because of how both got taken the same year in the draft, Smith at #1 and Rodgers way down the list, and how both are now - but he showed some things last year beyond game management. 49ers could still use an upgrade at Qb and the answer isn't Kaepernick.

October 15, 2012  05:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

There is truth in what you say. But until yesterday, really, Rodgers was trash, too. I agree that Smith is no Rodgers - which is ironic because of how both got taken the same year in the draft, Smith at #1 and Rodgers way down the list, and how both are now - but he showed some things last year beyond game management. 49ers could still use an upgrade at Qb and the answer isn't Kaepernick.

Agreed, on everything except Rodgers being trash, at no point do I think that could have been debated. The standard I think is set so high for him that anything other than unbelievable stats and accomplishment is considered failure. If Smith had Rodgers numbers the first five games of this season in any of his previous seasons I think he would take that without hesitation in comparison to his production.

October 15, 2012  05:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

It seems the only way that he will earn that respect is to take the Niner's to the SB.

Trent Dilfer won with the Ravens - didn't get him any respect...

Doug Williams???

SB's don't always translate to respect.

 
October 15, 2012  07:08 PM ET

49ers got run out of their own house yesterday....It looked like they gave up...which is something that never happened last year.....Harbaugh needs to stop telling everyone how good the Niners are and start backing it up...

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