Steve Young says Alex Smith is, “The centerpiece of ‘If he’s successful, we’ll be successful.'”

Ralph Barbieri asked Steve Young about Alex Smith Wednesday afternoon on KNBR. Here’s what Young said. BARBIERI: I was never convinced the Jim Harbaugh fully trusted Alex Smith until the end of the Saints game. Is that fair to say? YOUNG: “Well, let’s get a little perspective. They’ve been together on the field for six months total. So, we talked about is before the first game: ‘Please, just start slow….

January 19, 2012

Nice going, Alex, now do it again (Lowell column)

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat just posted my dad’s column for Thursday, so I’m linking to it. When they post my article I’ll link to that, too. Here’s an excerpt from my dad’s column: “Alex Smith had one great game. Check that. He had one great part of one game. He needs to show it wasn’t a fluke, a one-time deal. He needs to do it again. Joe Montana and…

January 18, 2012

Steve Young on the Niners defense: “They’ll figure out a way to keep that score 24 or less.”

Ralph Barbieri and Tom Tolbert interviewed Steve Young on the KNBR this afternoon, and here’s what Young said about the Niners’ upcoming matchup with the New Orleans Saints. TOLBERT: What’s Alex Smith going through this week? What was it like for you your first home playoff game as a starter? YOUNG: “Well, way different from me, Tom, because I’d been around so long.  I think we had nine playoff games…

January 11, 2012

Steve Young on whether Alex Smith should be a Pro Bowl alternate: “It’s just fun to talk about Alex in these terms.”

Eric Byrnes asked Steve Young Wednesday on KNBR if Alex Smith should be a Pro Bowl quarterback. Here’s what Young said. Q: Should Alex Smith have been a Pro Bowl quarterback? Or if someone fell out – Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees or Eli Manning – should Alex Smith take his place? YOUNG: “Emotionally I’m attached to Alex and what he’s done this year. The story is so great. If…

December 29, 2011

Steve Young: “Whoever doesn’t think these guys are for real is kidding themselves.”

Steve Young spoke with Ted Robinson for a change this afternoon on KNBR. Here’s the transcript. Enjoy. Q: What did that win over the Steelers mean for the 49ers? YOUNG: “It was huge, just perceptually around the country. People look at the Pittsburgh Steelers – that’s a marquee name and a marquee game and a marquee record, and a big name, big players, big stuff, Monday night. So it’s perception….

December 21, 2011

Steve Young explains the over-my-dead-body quality in great quarterbacks

Here’s one more excerpt from yesterday’s Steve Young interview on the Razor and Mr. T show. Ralph Barbieri asked Young about Tim Tebow, and he replied in general terms about what makes great quarterbacks great. Q: What’s your explanation for Tim Tebow’s success? YOUNG: “There’s no question in my mind that there’s a relentlessness to his personality. All of the great quarterbacks – I always would see Dan Marino and…

December 15, 2011

Steve Young on quarterbacking in the red zone: “Be the artist and create something to get the ball in the end zone.”

Steve Young spoke with Tom Tolbert and Ralph Barbieri on KNBR Wednesday afternoon. Here is the part of interview I found most interesting. TOM TOLBERT: How do you cure Alex Smith – I shouldn’t say Alex Smith, I don’t know if that’s fair – but the Niners of their red zone woes? Can you make someone take more chances when he’s not a risk taker by nature? Some of the…

December 14, 2011

Steve Young: “You’ve got to test the boundaries of what the offense can do.”

Here’s the Niner portion of this Wednesday’s Steve Young show on KNBR with the Razor and Mr. T. Q: What are you looking for over the last four games from the Niners? YOUNG: “I’d love to see some no-huddle. I’d love to see something that felt like, ‘Man, we’re behind by 14, what do we do?’ Just kind of react as if it was happening. I think you’ve got to…

December 7, 2011

Steve Young says, “The offense is not ready for the prime time.”

Steve Young spoke on KNBR’s The Razor and Mr. T show Wednesday afternoon. Here’s an exchange from that show between Young and Mr. T, Tom Tolbert, on the state of the Niners in the wake of their loss to the Ravens. TOLBERT: What about the offense? I just thought we didn’t learn anything on Thursday, Steve. I think we learned what we thought we knew before. YOUNG: Eh… TOLBERT: This…

November 30, 2011

Steve Young: “Alex is slowly becoming part of the reason why they’re winning.”

Here’s the transcript of Wednesday afternoon’s Steve Young show with the Razor and Mr. T on KNBR. Enjoy. Q: Here’s Steve Young, who’s convinced us over the years that playing quarterback is an art. YOUNG: Did you see Tom Brady in the third quarter? I want to say at the end of the third quarter they were up sixteen to nine I want to say, and he drove 82 yards…

November 17, 2011

Steve Young: “Let’s the throw the ball 40 times just once, just to see how it goes.”

Steve Young spoke about Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers yesterday afternoon on the Razor and Mr. T show on KNBR. Here’s what Young said. Q: Talk about the 49ers. YOUNG: Well this is a phenomenal story. I actually don’t care what happens from here. What we wanted to do – and I do care, I’m over stating it – but what I’m saying is, what we wanted to do – we, now…

November 10, 2011

Steve Young says the time is now for the Niners to open up the offense

This is a little late, but it’s still pertinent and interesting. Last week Steve Young spoke on the Razor and Mr. T’s show on KNBR about a lot of things, one being the 49ers. So I’m passing along those quotes to you. The key issue he talks about is whether the Niners can and should open up the offense. What he says makes a lot of sense to me. Q:…

November 1, 2011

The lowdown on the 49ers quarterback meetings

Here for your pleasure and enlightenment, and because it’s a Bye Week and nothing’s going on, I wrote a piece about what happens in quarterback meetings, focusing on 49ers quarterback meetings. The article follows. SANTA CLARA — What happens in an NFL quarterback meeting? And specifically, what happens in a 49ers quarterback meeting? You’ve probably wondered about all that. A quarterback meeting is something you never can attend, a place…

October 19, 2011

Meeting Steve Young

This isn’t news, it’s the story of when I was seven-years-old and I met Steve Young. If you feel this is self indulgent, please read something else. If you have a meeting-a-49er story too, please share it in the comment section. It was 1995 and it was towards the beginning of the season after the Niners won the Super Bowl. Steve Young had thrown 6 touchdowns in the first Super…

August 20, 2011

Joe Montana vs. Steve Young

I just got back from a walk around the neighborhood with my dad, and on that walk I asked him this loaded question: You are the GM of the 49ers, and there is an NFL expansion draft, and every player who’s ever played the game is 22-years-old and draft-eligible, but you know what they are going to do in their career. So, who would you rank higher on your big…

August 4, 2011

Harbaugh: “It’s on.”

Jim Harbaugh strode into the press room at 4949 Centennial Blvd. with a big, confident smile on his face and announced: “Hello, it’s on.” He had an aura and a twinkle in his eye reminiscent of Willy Wonka opening his chocolate factory for the lucky little boys and girls of the world. Harbaugh even quoted Wonka, explaining that the 49ers have “so much to do, so little time to do…

July 25, 2011

Hoener to Panthers; Young gave Rodgers an assist

As if it wasn’t painful enough for Niners fans to watch Aaron Rodgers flourish, here comes this revelation via Green Bay’s quarterback received important career advice three years ago from Steve Young, one of his boyhood idols when he was growing up in Chico.

January 31, 2011