Should Alex Smith Get Ready To Meet Mr. Wally Pipp?

There are a few of you youngsters who have no clue who in hades Mr. Wally Pipp is. If you don't know who he is, then I'm going to redirect you and encourage you to read this first before you proceed.

Now, after a Monday Night Football monstrosity for the Chicago Bears, the San Francisco 49ers owned the home field with an impressive 32-7 win. While the rushing attack was strong all night and the defense was bludgeoning Jason Campbell at will, the story everyone is talking about is the play of Colin Kaepernick. The former Nevada signal caller completed 16 of 23 passes for 243 yards, two touchdowns and zero turnovers against the vaunted Bears defense.

Everywhere across the country, folks are beginning to call for Kaepernick to take the QB1 spot away from the currently concussed Alex Smith. You know, the same Alex Smith that had a career year in his first year under head coach Jim Harbaugh. The Alex Smith that was two Kyle Williams fumbles away from going to the Super Bowl. The same Alex Smith that has thrown just two incompletions in his last two games played (25/27 passing, 304 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs) as the Niners current QB1.

Yeah, that guy.

Plus, it's not like Coach Harbaugh's making things any easier for the quarterbacks (and most importantly, us) with these types of comments about who'll be QB1.

“We’ll see. Usually tend to go with the guy who’s got the hot hand and we’ve got two quarterbacks that have got a hot hand,” Harbaugh said.

Thanks coach.

People forget how shaky Kaepernick looked just last Sunday filling in for Smith versus St. Louis, just as folks are already quick to forget how good Alex Smith played last year. To demote Alex Smith in a time like this would be the ultimate confidence crusher to a quarterback who's grown so much in the last 18 months. Moreover, while Kaepernick did an exceptional job backfilling Smith, let's not act like Colin transcended the position of quarterback. Those passes were mostly of the dump-off/screen/slant variety all night. That's no diss, but that's nothing different than what Smith's provided, plus he's got the experience.

None of this will matter though, as you're going to wake up on Tuesday and be inundated with conversation of, "Who should start, Alex or Colin?" People will scream to the high heavens feeling one way or the other, but it won't matter. This decision is up to Harbaugh, and if Harbaugh decides that Colin Kaepernick is the next Lou Gehrig, then Alex Smith, please allow me to introduce you to Mr. Wally Pipp.

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8 Replies to “Should Alex Smith Get Ready To Meet Mr. Wally Pipp?”

  1. As a 49ers fan, I think practice should determine who starts. Kapernick looked good last night but not that good and Smith has been having a good year. That game was won by the defense last night though.

  2. This is killing me. How quick people are to forget, yet nobody forgets that Smith USED to be bad. He's having a career year, again, and many are so quick to shoo him out of the lineup. Most baffling of all is that Kaepernick really didn't do much different than Alex Smith has the last 2+ seasons. IMHO, Alex Smith should continue to start, and he will obviously now have a short leash when/if he slips.

  3. The Niners looked great and all, but I'm with the majority here. People should probably slow their roll here and remember that Alex Smith has been really good under Harbaugh. However, if Smith doesn't get healthy and Kaepernick continues to play well … you have yourself one of those Bledsoe-Brady situations.

    Should be interesting how Harbaugh handles all this. I suspect he'll go back to Smith when he's cleared to play.

  4. Keep this in mind as before being a semi-pro in covering the Giants, I grew up a 49ers fan. The only controversy here is for the people who want it, and those are people who still refuse to give Alex Smith his due.

    Let's not act as if this is Steve Young filling in for a hurt Joe Montana here. Beyond the stats reflected, I'm going to throw this at you: the Bears defense is a bit on the overrated side (y'all let me know when they can consistently stop the run, then we can talk). They got bullied ALL NIGHT LONG against an offense that practices against the best defense in the NFL over the last three years.

    Kap looked pretty good against Chicago, but for a team primed to make another deep playoff run, there's no way I'd entertain a switch. I'd imagine that he understands that better than anyone.

    Besides, as I like to remind people, back in January, the Saints gave ALEX FRIGGIN' SMITH too much time on the clock!

  5. good take Ed. I'll add that Wally Pipp left the Yankees lineup because he had a headache. A bit coincidental, I would say. If he keeps producing in this cameo, Kap could be headed for a payday from somebody. The Niners would receive solid returns on either of their quarterbacks should they decide to trade one of them.
    It's also worth noting that Smith felt disrespected that the Niners pursued Peyton Manning last offseason. If Harbaugh goes with Kaepernick over a somewhat healthy Smith next week, I think it's Smith who will ask to leave.

  6. 9ers fan checking in. Colin had the offensive looking a lot more explosive, but it was only one game. The main reason everybody is so happy is because it seems like all of our receivers especially V Davis was a major threat again. We put up 32 on the Bears like it was 7 on 7 damn near nobody thought that would happen, including me. I've been up and down with Smith but the last two years he has done nothing that should make him lose his job. Smith's leash will be shorter than Gary Coleman now which is sad but we did draft Colin in the 2nd rd 2 years ago. Jim will have to make a decision but the way he talked last night it might be 2nd string for Alex and if Vernon is picking Alex will have no shot. But after that long ass rant I think Alex should start unless he incurs a major injury or starts to bum it up.

  7. Why would anyone want to play for an asshole of a coach that throws his qb under the bus? Alex wasn't playing bad, he was injured. There shouldn't even be a question who their qb is given the stats this season, and yet none of his fellow players have his back on this. Why the hell would anyone want to play for those dicks?

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