Matt & Mindi: 49ers stick with run game, earn trip to Super Bowl
Alex Smith started nine games this season, completing 70.2 percent of his passes for 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. (AP)
Former NFL quarterback and NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner discussed 49ers quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith Tuesday.
On the most impressive thing about quarterback Colin Kaepernick:
“Obviously the ability to do so many different things is impressive, but what I’ve loved is to watch him progress as a passer. Early on when he first came in for Alex Smith, he looked to me more like a guy that was unsure of himself with where to go with the football so he tucked it and ran a lot. As he’s developed over these last nine games, he’s really gotten so much better and more comfortable in the pocket; reading coverages, getting the ball out on time and of course making accurate throws down the field. That probably has been the most impressive part of the progression for me.”
On if the 49ers could have gotten to the Super Bowl with Alex Smith at quarterback:
“When you look back at that game last year, we say Alex Smith couldn’t [lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl]. Well, Alex Smith played well enough in that game to get them to the Super Bowl; it was really other circumstances that prevented that. There is no question in my mind that Alex Smith could have gotten them to the Super Bowl because I believe this team has so many different ways to win. But we can’t mistake the fact that what Colin Kaepernick has done with his big play ability has been something different for the San Francisco 49ers and has been a big part of why they have become so dynamic, and I believe probably the Super Bowl favorite going in.”