Tag Archives: Alex Smith

How the 49ers built a championship roster

This is my Saturday article on the gradual construction of the 49ers’ roster. By GRANT COHN After the 2004 season, the 49ers were the worst team in football. They had practically no talent, they had won two games, and they had one Pro Bowler, long snapper, Brian Jennings. This season, the 49ers are going to […]

Super Bowl MVP odds: Kaepernick 7-4, Flacco 11-4, Alex Smith 100-1

These are the current Super Bowl MVP odds, according to Bet Firms: Colin Kaepernick: 7-4. Joe Flacco: 11-4. Frank Gore: 7-1. Ray Lewis: 7-1. Ray Rice: 10-1. Michael Crabtree: 14-1. Anquan Boldin: 16-1. Vernon Davis: 18-1. Torrey Smith: 20-1. Ed Reed: 33-1. Aldon Smith: 40-1. Dennis Pitta: 40-1. Randy Moss: 40-1. Patrick Willis: 50-1. Terrell […]

Alex Smith wants the 49ers to release him, and I want a million dollars

As you probably know, NBC reported Monday morning Alex Smith wants the 49ers to release him before free agency starts in March. Sure, and I’d like to win the Powerball Lottery, too. Here’s a more realistic offseason scenario for Smith: After the smoke clears from Super Bowl week, he or his agent can give the […]

Report: Alex Smith wants 49ers to release him before free agency

NBC is reporting a source with knowledge of the situation says Alex Smith wants the 49ers to release him before free agency starts in a few months. NBC says the 49ers would prefer to trade Smith, but Smith wants to be released and to choose his own team, not get traded to a team of […]

Walker: “It’s a little different going from Alex throwing a nice firm ball to going to Kap, he throws a little heater.”

SANTA CLARA – Delanie Walker spoke at his locker Friday afternoon. Here’s what he said about Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick. Q: What’s the difference between catching passes from Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick? WALKER: It’s a little different going from Alex throwing a nice firm ball to going to Kap, he throws a little […]

Kaepernick: “My gift is my curse.”

SANTA CLARA – This is the transcript of Colin Kaepernick’s Thursday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers.   Hey Colin, what is it like to wake up as Colin Kaepernick these days, pinched yourself yet? “It’s the same as it was six months ago.”   Did you expect when you took over the starting job […]

Alex Smith: “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a little bittersweet.”

SANTA CLARA – Alex Smith spoke in the locker room Wednesday afternoon. Here’s what he said. Q: Is it bittersweet that the 49ers are going to the Super Bowl and you’re not the starting quarterback? ALEX SMITH: I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a little bittersweet. Yeah, I want to be out there. […]

Matt Ryan vs. Alex Smith

If you were an NFL general manager, which quarterback would you rather build your team around – Matt Ryan or Alex Smith? Ryan is a year younger than Smith. Ryan probably has a better arm, too. He made a couple of perfect deep passes in the first half against the 49ers. Alex Smith struggles to […]

Cosell: “Crabtree has become a big-time NFL receiver.”

Greg Cosell spoke on KNBR Thursday morning. Here’s what he said about the 49ers and the Falcons. Q: Was Kaepernick’s record-breaking performance aided by an awful Packers defense? COSELL: I think that’s fair. I think the numbers reflect that. He had three scrambled in the first half for 53 yards. All of them came against […]

Harbaugh on the Falcons: “They’re solid in every regard.”

SANTA CLARA – This is the transcript of Jim Harbaugh’s Monday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers.   How did DT Justin Smith make it through the game? “Good. Played well. Came out of the game as clean as possible.”   And did you expect him to kind of pick up where he left off? […]

Now Kaepernick takes advanced test

This is the first half of my Friday article on Colin Kaepernick. SANTA CLARA — There is a lot of romanticism about Colin Kaepernick, and he is very good. Jim Harbaugh may in fact have showed his genius by making the switch to Kaepernick midseason. But where is Kaepernick at this point in his career? […]