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Published: Thursday, April 28 2011 11:00 a.m. MDT

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Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Being a 49er's fan as well as a Ute fan, I'd love to see Alex Smith make it in San Fracisco. Maybe now that the lock out has been ordered over by the judge, they'll actually talk and get something done. If Harbaugh is as good with QBs as people say, he should be able to really help Alex.

Nice little article on Andre Miller. Seems like he still hasn't forgotten where he came from. That's good. He's a better person for it.

Ferron, UT

Nice article about Shakey Smithson. This Cougar fan's hat is off to him for stepping up to help his younger brother.

Salt Lake City, ut

I am huge 49ers fans and having Alex stay would help a lot. The franchise has suffered under bad management and coaching for almost a decade now. I am still a fan but its hard to watch my beloved Niners lately. Alex has not had the tools really to build around his whole duration there. Yeah they have Vernon Davis, Gore and now Crabtree but thats about it. They have had so many different offensive coordinators its not funny. I really hope Smith can redeem himself, if not time to move on to another team for Smith an new QB for SF.

Kearns, UT

As a Utah fan it would be nice to see Alex finally develop into a consistent starter. But at this point, I don't see that happening. Even with all of the turnover at the OC position, he just hasn't "got it" to this point. At best, I see him as a quality backup, who can serve as insurance. Could still be the best option for San Fran right now, unless they can go get Kolb, but now is the time for the 49ers to bring in a young QB and let him sit for a year or two while Smith competes. Problem is, no one this year at the QB spot is worth taking at #7. Maybe take a shot at the top of Round #2 with Dalton or Ponder and see if they can develop.

Lubbock, TX

I'd like to see Shaky in SF, Smith...not so much, he's had too many chances as it is.

Where's Stockton ???
Bowling Green, OH

The 49er's don't need to be looking for a new QB... Smith should be able to make the grade under Harbough. They instead should shore up one of their line positions such as getting a really good blocking OT or a bigger faster Defensive end. Besides there will be several relatively good QB's in the later rounds since QB's are not the key positions in highest demand right now. Despite his numbers for his Sr. Year Jake Locker should still be a good prospect. He should have gone in early last year. He hurt his market value by trying to help keep Washington alive. He may not...hmmm probably won't go as early as he was previously thought to go. Do the right thing 9er's and go for a A or A+ linesman. Cam isn't the answer and someone like Locker could be possibly just as good a fit to either help Alex step up or force him into the backup position.

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

newwest | 12:37 p.m. April 28, 2011
Ferron, UT
Nice article about Shakey Smithson.


It would be nice to see if the Utes could talk his little brother into playing in-state.

Fresno, CA

The more things I read about Shakey Smithson, the more I am impressed by him. He seems to be a class act.

West Jordan, UT

Nice article about Shakey. I know most Ute fans know this story but it is nice to see him get a little press outside of Utah. I had the chance to talk to Shakey at "The Man Show" and I have never met a nicer guy. He was kind, polite and very funny. He acted like he had all the time in the world to just talk. I hope Green Bay takes a serious look and him! And from what I have seen of his little brother, I hope he can stay in Utah and play for the Utes.
Good Luck to both Smithson brothers!

Salt Lake City, UT

Plenty of teams need quarterbacks. No need for Alex to force it at San Francisco. Drew Brees had great success leaving San Diego. Sometimes a team just isn't the right place.

Heber City, UT

Alex's lack of success in SF is not his doing, it is the doing of a franchise which changes leadership and coaches yearly and has failed to get the necessary personnel in place. He can't succeed if the guy over him is changed every year and the plays keep changing. He also can't pass if he is being chased because his O line can't keep anyone out of his face and the receivers have no idea that they are supposed to catch the ball thrown to them.

che loco
Springville, UT


Yes, but Brees was a Pro Bowler caliber player when he was in SD. Smith has not proven anything and he's had five years to do it. Time to cut ties, SF. The Alex Smith project has failed miserably. I don't care how many OCs you throw at him, Smith just does not have the talent & wherewithal to get it done in the League. I used to love SF, but once the Yorks took over, fired Mooch, then drafted Smith, I could tell it was a sinking ship, so I jumped off. The SF organization may have screwed Smith up, but the bottom line is he is damaged goods and they need to look in another direction.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

If the 49ers do draft another QB, they need to let him develop over time in a consistent system. Look at Aaron Rogers. He came out the same year Alex did, but was allowed to develop while backing up Brett Favre and now has a Super Bowl win to show for it. Rookie QB's who are basically thrown to the wolves as Alex was have a history of failing to develop properly. Hopefully Harbaugh can salvage Alex's career and put a consistent system in place to develop young players properly.

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

Mormon Ute | 3:45 p.m. April 28, 2011
Kaysville, UT
If the 49ers do draft another QB, they need to let him develop over time in a consistent system. Look at Aaron Rogers. He came out the same year Alex did, but was allowed to develop while backing up Brett Favre and now has a Super Bowl win to show for it.

Yep, it is all about being given the time doing nothing, not about playing the game.

Suppose Rogers would have been "thrown to the wolves", would he be a timid lamb today?

Is that your point?

Alex Smith has been given plenty of chances, and scenarios...

Mormon Ute... Do you think the guy can play, or should he just keep accepting paychecks for doing what he does... accepting paychecks.

49er Fan
Provo, UT

The 49er fan want Alex Smith gone, I knew it was the biggest mistake for taking him from the very beginning. I wanted Rogers, but everyone "the so called experts" said Alex had more of an upside to his game. Note to pros, never draft a kid who you "THINK" is going to have more of an upside.

For what it's worth I want the Niners to draft Tom Brady in the day, but no they drafted a kid who never saw the field.

At this point, here's to hoping the 49ers are in position to get Andrew Luck next year. Heck I think Carson Palmer still has some gas in his tank, and a change would do him good. A change could be good for Alex as well.

South Jordan, UT

I only wish Alex could have landed with a stable organization. Three offensive coordinators in three years and there might be another this year if he stays with the Niners. There isn't a quarterback that would have flourished in that sort of system. Alex has also had to run for his life with poor lineman. I always wondered what would have happened if Aaron Rodgers would have been picked first. Would Alex be an All-pro learning from Brett Favre and being in a stable system. We'll never know. I wish him luck.

Idaho Falls, ID

Get rid of him - he is useless.

Layton, UT

Sounds some of the same diatribe when Young was in Tampa Bay. How will it unfold?

Highland, UT


Alex Smith is no Steve Young. He isn't half the athlete Young was. I do think he could be better than he has been given a better situation but I doubt at this point anyone will give it to him. With good reason. But he is laughing all the way to the bank so I really don't think he needs any pity from us.

Salt Lake City, ut

@che loco
Yeah you sound like a bandwagon fan for sure. What NFL team are you a fan of this year? I can see you right now with your Green Bay Packer stuff on. I do agree with you on the firing of Mariucci was a very dumb move by management. The Yorks are the worst!
@49er Fan
Dude you know nothing about 49er football. Have you watched the franchise the last seven years? Smith was put in a terrible position with a very mediocre team and ever changing coaching staff. If Rodgers was drafted by them he would be in the same position. Granted he has to step up where he can but have you watched many games over the years? Smith has had a terrible O line and terrible receivers. It all starts with management, they have made dumb mistake after dumb mistake. Firing Steve Mariucci was very upsetting and then hiring Erickson was a huge mistake then Nolan, then Singletary. They finally have made a step in the right direction with Harbaugh. The talent has been there but never developed again that leads back to the Yorks and who they have hired.

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