49ers notebook: In need of a QB, too

49ers notebook: In need of a QB, too

Dec. 26, 2010MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comST. LOUIS -- The 49ers will need a new quarterback next season to go along with a new general manager and a new head coach."We can't get a quarterback until the draft," 49ers team president Jed York said Sunday, following the 49ers' 25-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams that knocked the team out of playoff contention."Is that a need? Yeah, absolutely."Coach Mike Singletary switched quarterbacks four times over the past six weeks. Last week, he benched Alex Smith in favor of Troy Smith. When he told Alex Smith to begin warming up in the third quarter Sunday, Singletary and Troy Smith got in a heated confrontation."The bottom line was that I thought about changing quarterbacks at that time and he thought that at that particular time he could do this," Singletary said. "I decided to leave him in and give him some more opportunity."NEWS: Source: Singletary will not return as head coach
Troy Smith completed 7 of 19 passes for 153 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the game."Through the course of the game, obviously, you want to win," 49ers quarterback Troy Smith said. "Your competitive nature comes out."And, obviously, the passion that coach Singletary has for the game and the passion that I have for the game combined, I'm not going to say it'll lead to situations like that on the sideline, but with competitive natures you want to win. I understood where he was coming from."Throughout the week, Singletary and offensive coordinator Mike Johnson said Alex Smith was getting practice time so he could be ready if called upon. But Alex Smith said following the game Sunday that he did not receive any practice snaps in preparation for facing the St. Louis Rams."It's frustrating but it's part of this game," Alex Smith said. "I got put back in a different role. Part of being a part of this team is you have to deal with that and be there and be ready to go if my number got called."Alex Smith, who entered in the fourth quarter, completed 10 of 15 passes for 120 yards against the Rams.STATS: Alex Smith 2010 splits Troy Smith 2010 splits
Neither Alex Smith nor Troy Smith is signed for next season, and Alex Smith's career with the 49ers appears to be winding to a close. He was the No. 1 overall pick of the 49ers in 2005.When asked if this feels like the end, Alex Smith answered, "One more week. We can start talking about that after one more week. I understand my contract is up and what's at stake, but I still have a job here."Ginn's return: Ted Ginn provided a spark for the 49ers with a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown at the beginning of the second quarter with the 49ers trailing 9-0."It was our first kickoff or punt return for a touchdown with no penalties," Ginn said. "That was great for our special teams because we have been practicing so hard to make a play there, and when we did, it was exciting for us. We loved it. We just tried to keep capitalizing off it."Injuries: Rookie cornerback Philip Adams sustained a fractured left ankle while blocking on a kickoff return at the start of the third quarter. It was not immediately known if he will require surgery.Rookie linebacker Keaton Kristick sustained a concussion and did not return. Center David Baas sustained a ribs injury and missed some playing time. Tony Wragge filled in for Baas, who returned to action.Notable: Although Troy Smith's 60-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree appeared targeted for tight end Vernon Davis, Smith said the throw was definitely intended for Crabtree. . . . One of the 49ers' final chances ended when right tackle Anthony Davis was beaten around the edge by Rams defensive end Chris Long, who stripped Alex Smith of the ball while recording the sack. Defensive tackle Fred Robbins recovered the fumble with 2:27 remaining in the game. . . . Rookie running back Anthony Dixon, hobbled with an ankle sprain all week, carried six times for 17 yards.

Cosell: It's fascinating that Kelly clearly didn't want Kaepernick to throw

Cosell: It's fascinating that Kelly clearly didn't want Kaepernick to throw

Colin Kaepernick was benched after three quarters on Sunday.

He completed 1-of-5 passes for four yards.

"To me, what's most fascinating about that is what Chip's approach was," Greg Cosell said on KNBR 680 on Monday evening. "Chip (Kelly) clearly did not want him to throw the ball ... it was clear to me that Kaepernick does not throw a wet or a cold ball very well...

"He has small hands so I'm wondering if he just couldn't really throw the ball effectively in this kind of weather.

"Hey, Troy Aikman always said, 'I couldn't throw a wet ball.'"

Kaepernick was sacked five times for -25 total yards.

"Looking at the sacks, there were opportunities for tighter window, but NFL throws -- and first of all, I don't think Kaepernick is that guy under normal circumstances -- and my sense is, he didn't feel comfortable in this weather," Cosell added. "He certainly wasn't gonna cut it loose on those kinds of throws in this weather.

"Maybe Chip knew that, maybe he didn't. But to me, as I said, it's more fascinating that he didn't have him throw the ball at all."

Blaine Gabbert supplanted Kaepernick and completed 4-of-10 passes for 35 yards. He was sacked once.

After getting benched vs Bears, Colin Kaepernick to start vs Jets

After getting benched vs Bears, Colin Kaepernick to start vs Jets

Colin Kaepernick will remain as the 49ers’ starting quarterback on Sunday against the New York Jets.

Offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins made the announcement on Tuesday while coach Chip Kelly was in Maine for services for his father, E. Paul Kelly, who passed away on Friday.

Kaepernick has started the past seven games for the 49ers, during which time the club has gone winless. The 49ers (1-11) are on a franchise-long 11 game-losing streak.

Kaepernick went 1 of 5 on Sunday for just four yards in the 49ers’ 26-6 loss to the Chicago Bears. Kaepernick was also sacked five times for minus-25 yards before getting benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert. He became the first quarterback in NFL history to be sacked five times and have fewer than 5 yards passing in the same game.

"We have been playing really good football, good football on offense and the thing had been trending in the right direction," Modkins said. "Obviously, Sunday didn’t bear that and we’ve got to go to work today and figure out how to get it back going in a direction we had it and obviously it has to be better than what it was on Sunday."

A week earlier against the Miami Dolphins, Kaepernick threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 113 yards as the 49ers rolled up 475 yards of total offense.

Kelly said the 49ers made the switch at quarterback early in the fourth quarter on Sunday against the Bears in hopes Gabbert would provide a spark. Gabbert started the 49ers’ first five games of the season before Kaepernick replaced him.

"Kap is going to be the starter and we’ll go from there," Modkins said. "We just decided during the game to try to see if Blaine could give us a spark. Kap is back being the starter. It’s nothing other than that.”