Don Banks: Ken Whisenhunt breaks down Niners-Ravens matchup
Summary of 3 articles · Updated Jan 29, 2013
The Super Bowl pairing of San Francisco and Baltimore holds little surprise factor for Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt's Cardinals faced and lost to San Francisco this season with both Smith and Kaepernick at quarterback. We spoke with Whisenhunt late last week to get his impressions of this season's Super Bowl teams, and maybe no one was better positioned to assess the differences between the 49ers offense with Alex Smith at quarterback compared to the emerging Colin Kaepernick. The newly named San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator, and former Arizona Cardinals head coach, witnessed first-hand the rise of the 49ers in the NFC West these past two years. And with his coaching history in the AFC North he was a Ravens tight end coach in 1997-98, and a Steelers offensive assistant from 2001-06 he's familiar with all things Baltimore as well. In Week 8 on a Monday night in Arizona, Smith completed a ridiculous 18 of 19 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns in a 24-3 49ers victory.