Before: Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick and Scott Tolzien. Grade: C+ Why: The Niners rolled the dice with two rookie backups last season – Kaepernick and Tolzien – who probably couldn’t have led last year’s team to the playoffs. So the Niners lucked out Alex Smith played all 18 games, even though he was inept on […]
If Alex Smith is Jim Harbaugh’s Steve Deberg, then who is his Joe Montana – Colin Kaepernick or Josh Johnson? I have an opinion, but before I give it I’ll make a case for both guys, as our friendly commenter DS94everXev suggested I do. That way, the Kaeper-nicks and Johnsonites feel I’m being fair. THE […]
Here’s the transcript of Josh Johnson’s first conference call as a 49er. Enjoy. Q: What was told to you about what you will be allowed to compete for here at the 49ers? JOHNSON: We didn’t actually get into the specifics. It wasn’t really that necessary. At quarterback, there’s only one guy out there at a […]
The Niners just announced they signed free agent quarterback Josh Johnson to a two-year contract. What does this mean? Jim Harbaugh is going to say it’s all about competition. But what this really means is the Niners think they can do better at quarterback. They’re not satisfied with the production they got from the position […]
Here’s why I think the Niners should let Alex Smith sign with the Dolphins, and then the Niners could sign Mike Wallace and Josh Johnson instead, and then let Johnson and Colin Kaepernick compete for the starting quarterback job in 2012. Last season, Alex Smith was a game manager who played his best when he […]
Look, I’m on the outside, but I can’t help but notice that Mark Sanchez just got a five-year contract extension from the Jets, $24 million guaranteed. Alex Smith is a better quarterback than Sanchez. It would be embarrassing for Smith and his agent to accept a three-year deal with less than $20 million guaranteed. The […]
Josh Freeman had tons of praise for the 49ers defense this morning on a conference call with Bay Area reporters, but towards the end of the interview he may have dropped a little piece of bulletin-board material. You be the judge. Here’s the transcript. Q: What are your thoughts on the 49ers? FREEMAN: They’re an […]
Assuming Alex Smith heads elsewhere, one of the five quarterbacks below could start San Francisco’s next regular-season game. Here’s a look:
In 2006, Johnson’s junior season at Division I-AA USD, Harbaugh declared that Johnson was the best quarterback in college football. Yes, that included the quarterback who was on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy at Ohio State with 86 percent of the first-place votes. Some guy named Troy Smith.
Before Josh Johnson and before Andrew Luck, there was Todd Mortensen, Harbaugh’s first quarterback during his first season as a head coach.
With that — and Tollner’s 40-plus years of NFL and college coaching experience — as a backdrop, it was interesting to get his impressions of modern-day quarterback guru Jim Harbaugh this week.