ESPN’s Sando Sees Deep 49er Trouble if Smith Falters

Mike Sando at ESPN.com says that if 49ers' starting QB Alex Smith has a forced extended layoff this season, the Niners will tank. He ranks his confidence level in the team's ability to win without Smith as 35%.

My guess is that's a bit pessimistic because I suspect Colin Kaepernick would rise to the occasion after a game or two of adjustment time and that the confidence level then would rise, but not any higher than 50-60%.

As Smith goes, so goes the franchise this year.

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