49ers review vs. Bills: Quarterbacks


49ers review vs. Bills: Quarterbacks

It was a near-flawless performance from the 49ers' quarterback position in the team's 45-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.Here's a breakdown of that 49ers position group:Quarterbacks
3-Scott Tolzien: Was inactive (coaches' decision).
7-Colin Kaepernick: He played 19 snaps in the game, including the final 12 at quarterback in the fourth quarter when the game was well in hand. Two of his earlier plays were nullified by penalties. On the other plays, he mostly lined up at wide receiver and ended up in the backfield. On those plays, the 49ers averaged 9.0 yards per play with Frank Gore getting the handoff three times for 24 yards, and Kaepernick rushing twice for 21 yards. . . After taking the pitch on an end-around, he fumbled at the Buffalo 17-yard line late in the first half. . . He came back, while lined up at quarterback, to score on a 16-yard scramble in the fourth quarter. He finished with 39 rushing yards on four runs. He also completed his only pass attempt for 7 yards.
11-Alex Smith: Started and played 53 of the 49ers' 67 offensive plays, including plays nullified by penalties. He completed 18 of 24 attempts for 303 yards and three touchdowns. His passer rating was a career-best 156.2, and he did not take a sack. . . He also gained a career-high 49 yards on three rush attempts. His best play was his first touchdown pass, a 43-yarder to Kyle Williams that was not designed to be a back-shoulder throw. But Smith made a split-second decision and Williams adjusted. "Pretty tough, pretty exceptional, to make that kind of snap decision without the muscle memory of really practicing it on that particular play," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "Thats something that's not the intent on that play. But Kyle made an adjustment and a cool-headed decision by Alex. And they were both in sync and executed it flawlessly. So I think that speaks volumes for both those guys."

Still unconvinced there is a place for Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL


Still unconvinced there is a place for Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL

I hadn’t considered the notion of Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles bombing quite so badly Thursday night, so I hadn’t considered the notion advanced by Pro Football Talk Friday morning that Jacksonville might be a great place for Colin Kaepernick.

That’s because I long ago stopped considering the idea that Kaepernick’s exile from football was, or is, about football. It isn’t. He is the example for future player/miscreants, and trotting his name out every time a quarterback in the new NFL vomits up a practice game on national television is simply perpetuating a lie.

Until someone gets so desperate that it isn’t any more.

That’s the problem with being so definitive about Kaepernick’s perpetual ban. It only takes one owner with a willingness to stick a middle finger up to the objections and say, “I own a football team, not some branch of the USO” to end this national spitfest once and for all. And yes, I say owner because this is an owner’s decision, solely and completely. In the hypothetical of Kaepernick the Jaguar, it will be made not by Doug Marrone, who is merely a coach, or by Tom Coughlin, who is only the general manager, but Shahid Khad, one of the brightest and quietly more powerful owners in the league.

But the odds still scream No Kaep For You, because it would mean that exhibition games matter for judgmental purposes (which they don’t), that Bortles is somehow worse than half the quarterbacks in the NFL (he is part of an amorphous blob of non-producers whose numbers are growing as the differences between college and pro football offenses expand), and that owners easily break away from the herd once the herd has decided on something (Khan is not a rebel in the Jerry Jones mold by any means).

In other words, I remain unconvinced that there is a place for Colin Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL. And he’s probably better off.

Zuttah ends up back with Ravens after release from 49ers


Zuttah ends up back with Ravens after release from 49ers

One week after center Jeremy Zuttah played his way off the 49ers’ roster in short order, he ended up back with the team that got rid of him to open the offseason.

The Baltimore Ravens on Friday announced the signing of Zuttah, whom the 49ers released on Aug. 9 after acquiring him from the Ravens in a March trade.

The 49ers determined center Daniel Kilgore was clearly better than Zuttah. Moreover, Zuttah he did not demonstrate any promise of being an asset at either of the guard positions.

Zuttah, 31, played the past three seasons with the Ravens after six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Zuttah was named to his first Pro Bowl after last season.

The 49ers originally acquired Zuttah in a swap of sixth-round draft picks. The Ravens received the 49ers’ pick at No. 186 and selected Virginia Tech safety Chuck Clark. The 49ers took over Baltimore’s selection at No. 198 and chose Mississippi defensive tackle D.J. Jones.

The 49ers are confident in Kilgore and offensive tackles Joe Staley and Trent Brown. However, there is concern at the guard positions.

Brandon Fusco appears to be earning the confidence of the coaching staff at right guard. But left guard remains a concern. Zane Beadles is currently the starter while Joshua Garnett rehabs from arthroscopic knee surgery to repair cartilage. The 49ers are hopeful Garnett will be available for the opening of the regular season.