Alex Smith is a better QB than Harbaugh was, says Harbaugh

SANTA CLARA – Here’s what Jim Harbaugh said at his Monday press conference about Alex Smith’s development as an NFL quarterback.

HARBAUGH: I can’t tell you how much respect I have for him. He’s played so well, handles himself, does all the things that I wish I would have done as good a job as he has done on and off the field (when I was a player).

Q: Are there any parallels between him and you in 1995? (Harbaugh was cut by the Bears in 1993 and had the best year of his career with the Colts in 1995).

HARBAUGH: He’s better.

Q: Why do you say that?

HARBAUGH: He just is. Better player.

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