Mormon Ute With the 49ers drafting Colin Kaepernick early in the 2nd
round, it doesn't look like Harbaugh is convinced that Alex is the quarterback
of the future for the 49ers. No team with a proven starter would
waste the 36th overall pick in the draft for a back up QB.
Oh, and I can't stand the Packers. I was cheering for Chris Kemoeatu and the
@Mormon UteWell I suppose we'll find out eventually. We do know
this, to this point Smith has been a huge bust, no other way to put it. He was
the overall number one pick in the NFL draft and for the last 6 seasons has
performed like anything but that. Yes you have made alot of good excuses for
him, some might even be correct, but the overriding theme from most ute fans is
that smith has been so bad in large part because of organizational incompetence
and bumbling. That may be true.But if the organization has been so
incompetent and made so many poor decisions might it not just be possible that
one of those incompetent and poor decisions was making smith the #1 pick? If
they couldn't evaluate any of the talent they put around him isn't it possible
they made a mistake evaluating his talent as well?Like I said I
don't wish ill on him but I just can't believe that his problems have all been
the fault of others. At some point, and I would say 6 seasons is plenty, it
becomes obvious a player isn't good.
Duckhunter,No matter how much you'd like to marginalize Harbaugh's
career, he still has seen far more QB's in both college and the NFL than you
have and has much more experience evaluating talent. And he did say that he
watched a year's worth of film on Alex Smith within his first few weeks of being
named the Head Coach of the 49ers. That's a lot of effort for someone you just
want to keep around.
@mormon uteHarbaugh is hardly a proven NFL coach and the 49ers are a
joke of a franchise. I wouldn't predict much success yet. Also Harbaugh was not
a "successful" NFL QB, he was a pretty mediocre NFL QB.Alex Smith is a marginal talent and if you want to go by harbaughs assesment
that is fine but Harbaugh hasn't said anything to great about Smith, only that
he'd keep him around.I think Smiths upside is probably a Harbaugh
type career which you can google up if you want. I have no ill feelings toward
Smith but he has never impressed me as much of a talent and I think his career
thus far has shown us that. Certainly the situation a player is in has an affect
on his performance but I have seen far to many awful throws and unforced fumbles
from Smith to credit him with much of a chance.I don't think he'll
ever amount to much but if he does I would be happy for him. He seems like a
Duckhunter,With all due respect, I'll take Jim Harbaugh's evaluation
of Alex Smith over yours. Given he was a successful QB in college and the pros
and he has shown he knows how to coach QBs.At the same time, you are
right about him not being as athletic as Steve Young, but he has had a similar
road. How many years did Young flounder in TB without any real talent or solid
coaching to help him succeed? It wasn't until he was pulled into the San
Francisco with at Hall of Fame Coach and Hall of Fame mentor that he proved he
could make it in the NFL.That proves two of my points. One, most
QBs need good coaching and mentoring to succeed. Two, if a QB has what it
takes, they can succeed even if they have struggled. Now the coach is in place,
I just hope the rest falls into place for him. Of course he has to accept the
49er Fan,Rogers would not have faired any better under the
circumstances. Neither would Tom Brady. Both of them were brought into the
right situations where they didn't have to start right away. There are tons of
draft analysts and NFL experts out there pointing this out leading up to the
draft. Most QBs do best when they are not thrown into the starting roles right
away. ESPN's Todd McShay is saying Blaine Gabbert has the best chance to
succeed of all the QB's in the first round, because the team that drafted him is
saying they are looking at him as the starter of the future. They want to
develop him over the next couple of years, before they make him a starter. That
is the ideal situation for young QBs and history has proven this over and
over.I think Alex Smith is salvageable and I believe the 49ers have
proven they want to do that by not taking a QB in the 1st round.
Veritas Aequitas,Look at the history of QB's who have been taken
early in the draft by bad teams and then thrown right into starting roles as
rookies or second year players. It's easy to see the trend. Most of the QB's
who have really made something of themselves have had a few years as a backup to
develop. There are plenty of examples, not just Aaron Rogers. Tom Brady, Joe
Montana, Jim McMahon, Steve Young. In fact Steve Young is a good example of why
I think Alex Smith is still salvageable and can play. Steve went first to LA's
USFL team and when the USFL folded wound up with Tampa Bay where he got beat up
every game and never really accomplished anything. Finally the 49ers picked him
up and with some solid coaching and a good starting QB to mentor him, he became
a great QB.So, yes I believe he can play and will, if he accepts the
49ers offer and Harbaugh is allowed to really work with him.
@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 FanDude 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.
@ou812Alex 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
Sounds some of the same diatribe when Young was in Tampa Bay. How will it
Get rid of him - he is useless.
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.
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.
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.
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
@Moderate,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.
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.
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.
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!
The more things I read about Shakey Smithson, the more I am impressed by him. He
seems to be a class act.
newwest | 12:37 p.m. April 28, 2011 Ferron, UT Nice article about
Shakey Smithson.===Agreed.It would be nice to see
if the Utes could talk his little brother into playing in-state.
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
I'd like to see Shaky in SF, Smith...not so much, he's had too many chances as
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.
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.
Nice article about Shakey Smithson. This Cougar fan's hat is off to him for
stepping up to help his younger brother.
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.