49ers, Bills look wise for standing pat

Teams that changed starting QBs in lockout-marred offseason are a combined 12-28

Originally Published: October 12, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Fast starts don't guarantee successful seasons, but they sure help.

So five weeks into the season, it's interesting to see how quarterback decisions have affected how teams started. The 49ers' Jim Harbaugh and the Bills' Chan Gailey are off to 4-1 starts, in part, because they stuck by their quarterbacks from last season.

Few in San Francisco wanted Alex Smith back, but his efficiency has the 49ers in a good spot to win the NFC West. Many in Buffalo thought the ...

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