It must be a sign of the lack of respect that Alex Smith has always received since being the first overall draft pick in 2005 that he doesn't have a thread even here. Smith lost his job because he suffered a concussion. If success is measured by wins and losses, he was the most successful quarterback in the NFL last year and this year before being replaced by Colin Kaepernick. Reading an AP article on his demotion, it's startling just how good he's been: The game he got the concussion he was 7 of 8 at the time with a QB rating of 143.8. The week before he had completed 18 of 19 passes with 3 TD throws, setting an NFL record with his completion percentage and was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week. Smith currently ranks fifth in the league in passer rating with 104.1, and his 70% completion percentage leads the league. He's 21-6-1 in his last 28 games as a starter, and led the 49ers to the NFC championship game last year when virtually no one thought the 49ers would even make the playoffs. He was spectacular in the playoff win against the Saints, about as good a performance by a quarterback in a big game as I've ever seen. As I mentioned in another thread, I'm hoping this move backfires big time on Jim Harbaugh, who's been a huge disappointment from a CF perspective since featuring Toby Gerhart while coaching Stanford. Harbaugh reminds me of a White version of the buffoonish Mike Singletary albeit smarter, saying and doing many dubious things in addition to being manic and almost psycho looking at times. He denied the 49ers were wooing Peyton Manning when of course they had; when announcing his choice at quarterback he said Kaepernick is the starter but so is Smith; the infamous overly aggressive handshake with Jim Schwartz, etc. Unless Kaepernick truly is a very good quarterback right from the get-go, he's likely to have some bad games and make stupid mistakes that Smith wouldn't make. (Smith was the most error-free QB in the league, partly because he's not a big down the field passer, but also because he's quite intelligent.) The benching of Smith could mark the beginning of the end of Harbaugh's honeymoon with the media and his almost all-black team. He's easy to ridicule, but because San Francisco keeps winning games he's been pretty much immune from criticism. I'll celebrate the day he's fired.