Alex Smith is like an ex-girlfriend. You want to move on, but you can’t stop checking the internet for updates.
And ironically, Smith seems to be better off without a rewardless relationship with the San Francisco 49ers. He’s looking happier than say, Colin Kaepernick, the new beau in Scarlet and Gold.
Through four weeks, Smith has completed 88 of 146 passes (60.3%) for 957 yards, seven touchdowns, two interceptions and one fumble. Kaepernick is 68 for 117 (58.1%) with 856 yards through the air, five touchdowns, four picks and three lost fumbles. He also has 140 rushing yards (Smith has 151).
Furthermore, Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs are undefeated, as Kaepernick’s crew is sitting at .500. The 49ers’ strength of schedule is levels ahead of the Chiefs’ opposition, but excuses don’t cut it in the NFL. You play to win.
To do that, one must limit mistakes, and that’s where Smith and Kaepernick have differed. The Chiefs’ quarterback has been ridiculed for his inaccurate deep throws and conservative approach, but in coach Andy Reid’s offense the signal caller can unload the ball quick and play to his west-coast strengths. On the other hand, Kaepernick is a threat to score on every down but at times tries to do too much, which results in mental miscues. Case in point: an underthrown jump ball along the sidelines intercepted by Richard Sherman when the 49ers were trailing by 16 against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3.
This is why Smith, despite the short highlight reel, has been the better quarterback so far in 2013. He is the definition of reliable, whereas Kaepernick has been boom-or-bust. Not to discredit the current San Francisco captain (who still has room to grow), but the 49ers may have let go a keeper.