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Better start -- Chiefs or Dolphins?
For the Kansas City Chiefs, 2012 was a bizarre disaster (six Pro Bowlers, two wins). For the Miami Dolphins, it was an intermittently successful rebuilding year (7-9 with a rookie coach and QB). For both, 2013 has been quite a bit better. With a 17-16 home decision over the Dallas Cowboys, the now-Andy Reid-led Chiefs matched their win total from a season ago. With a 24-20 victory over Andrew Luck's Indianapolis Colts, the Ryan Tannehill/Joe Philbin Fins also moved to 2-0 -- and matched their road win total (two) from last campaign. It's early -- very early -- but things are looking up for these long-scuffling franchises.
Alex Smith, having gone from starting quarterback to backup for the Super Bowl runner-up 49ers, needed a new team and a fresh start. The Chiefs, fresh off a 2-14 disaster of a season, were in need of a starting QB. Will the trade sending Smith to Kansas City for draft picks work out? Or will the team regret choosing Smith instead of drafting a rookie whom new coach Andy Reid could mold into a franchise QB?
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Lost in the 49ers' run to the Super Bowl and the remarkable emergence of Colin Kaepernick was the fate of one Alex Smith, backup quarterback, San Francisco. Smith was playing well before going down with an injury but couldn't get his job back thanks to Kaepernick's stellar play. Now, the 49ers say that it's "highly unlikely" that they'll trade him, but that doesn't mean he'll be in a 49ers uniform when the season starts. Smith was never able to lead the 49ers to a Super Bowl, but could he thrive from a change of scenery?
Jim Harbaugh has been vacillating like a pro on the question of whom he'll install as his team's primary starting quarterback. The 49ers have had success under Alex Smith, but Colin Kaepernick's performance when Smith suffered his concussion has intrigued 49ers fans frustrated with Smith's limitations. Should Harbaugh make a permanent change at the quarterback position?
On Thursday, "First Take" debated Jim Harbaugh's comments that the 49ers never pursued Peyton Manning. The 49ers coach said Alex Smith was always in the team's plans for this season and that Manning was never an option. Neither Skip Bayless nor Stephen A. Smith believe him. What's your take?