Originally Posted by GP
Do you think, as I said a lott earlier in this thread, that this is typical Backup QB Saves The Day stuff going on here? And that once the job is now his, he sort of shrinks back to being a bit unreliable and just flat out average? As if the thrill of the hunt is gone, so what is there to fight for now?
It's easy to be a hero when you think you got nothing to lose by going for it anyways....and then once it's yours, and you're now THE starting QB...the pressure is too great to handle for those types of QBs. They know it takes a few slip-ups and you're back to being a virtual nobody again.
Just my two cents. Interested to hear your replies. And btw, man...I was watching the 49ers highlights...specifically Frank Gore's runs--I just laughed and grunted when I saw him busting those runs. That guy is nails. One of the toughest runners in the game. He can flat out brutalize defenses before they know what happens.
IMO Harbaugh wants Kaepernick to succeed because he was one of Harbaughs first draft choices and he needs to beat the Giants. Word around the campfire is that Harbaugh knows that Smith can beat the average teams but not the top teams that they'll meet in the playoffs. The last game against the Giants was the beginning of the end for Smith and his injury provided Harbaugh the opportunity to test Kaepernick in real game conditions.
While Smith makes almost no mistakes he also takes no chances which is great when playing with a lead but also makes it difficult to overcome one. I think Harbaugh wants to dictate to other teams and not let them get too comfortable. I'll bet we see some deep passes to Moss, Jenkins(#1 pick) and Manningham from Kaepernicks arm in the near future.
When the Niners last played the Giants knew where Smith was going with the ball and disguised coverages to lull Smith into thinking certain patterns were open then picked him off. They said it was through watching film and betting on Smiths tendencies. From SI.com-
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Antrel Rolle and the New York Giants studied Alex Smith so much they practically knew what was coming.
On one play in the third quarter, even running back Ahmad Bradshaw screamed from the sideline: "Trail. He's watching you." Rolle responded, pretended he was playing the deep ball and then sliced in front of Kyle Williams on a short hook.
"He threw the ball right to me," Rolle said.
Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/foo...#ixzz2EAPwgh9k
About Gore, what can I say other than I wish they made more of him. He's carried this team for so many years, I just hope they can reward him with a ring for all his efforts. I've seen the Niners since the last days of Brodie and saw Tyler, Craig, Rathman, Waters. All great players and while I am partial to Roger Craig, I have to admit Frank is special. He runs mad and smooth at the same time.
p.s. The knowledge in this forum is some of best I've seen around and I try to get to every upcoming opponents forum just to see what the inside info is. Texans fans sure do know their stuff.