Nov 27, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT
I’ve just started listening to 95.7 The Game in San Francisco: after four years as a country-western station, it switched to an all-sports format in April of 2011 (yeah, I’m a little late … sorry). The first interview I heard was 49ers’ offensive tackle Joe Staley (74), talking (of course) on the team’s quarterback “controversy”, or what I prefer to call a media conundrum. Or sometimes, a sportswriter pillow fight.
Because this is barely a story, really. Your real quarterback controversies involve losing teams. Winning teams don’t have controversies. They have choices.
Anyway, the 49ers have not had a similar embarrassment of riches at this position since Joe Montana/Steve Young/Steve Bono. As a fan, I don’t feel this situation is the least bit controversial.
Much of that is because Alex Smith is being such an adult about the whole thing. As is Colin Kaepernick. But according to Staley, Smith’s tranquil Mt. Fuji demeanor is hiding an inner Mt. Vesuvius. Staley:
He wants to play. He made his feelings known yesterday with the comments that he made. He’s itching to play, and he feels he should be out there, but it’s the coach’s decision. That’s the way he’s handling it. … I know it’s eating him up inside, but I know Alex, the kind of man he is, the kind of character he has, and he wants to see the team win. But he wants to be out there on the field.”
Can you blame him? No QB has worked harder to get where he did … one step from the Super Bowl last season, and the league’s third-best passer rating this year.
Staley, on Kaepernick:
“He can do some things with his feet. … But the offense is the same — same game plan, same called plays. We just expect to go out and execute the offense, regardless of [the quarterback].”
“I’d love to have [Smith] out there. He knows how I feel. … But regardless of who I’m out there with, my job is to be the best left tackle I can be.”
“Personally, I feel just go with one of them. Let’s roll.”
Exactly. Enough of this “hot hand” malarkey. Super Bowl is that way, Harbaugh: pick a lane and stay there.
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