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Is Alex Smith For Real

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So it looks as though Alex Smith will return to the 49ers for one more season.  I have been against this move from the beginning, but lately I’ve started to see the light.  With the lockout keeping free agents from signing, Smith might be the only option.  It is well known that 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh fully expects Smith to be back this season; Smith already has the new playbook.  So, love him or hate him, it looks like Smith will be back for one more stint as the 49ers starting quarterback.  Says Dan Brown of the Mercury News:

“Smith, 26, did not want to be quoted directly but told reporters from the Sacramento Bee and Comcast Sports Net Bay Area they could summarize the gist of his comments. In short, the feeling is mutual between Smith and coach Jim Harbaugh, who has spoken optimistically all offseason about the quarterback’s potential return.”

There is a different feeling this time around though.  When the 49ers drafted Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick last month, the message was clear; he would be the future and a bridge would be necessary.  So why can’t Smith be that bridge?  I’ll be the first to say I was ready to cut ties with Smith for good when the season was done and I stayed true to that up until the draft, until Kaepernick was drafted.  As long as this franchise is not depending on him to be the savior anymore, I believe he can be a nice quarterback for another season or two until Kaepernick is ready to take over.  Let’s face it, there aren’t many options out there much better than Smith right now. 

Smith’s career has been one dominated by inconsistency; whether it has been through his play or numerous coaching changes, Smith has had a difficult career.  He has been provided with numerous opportunities, but has yet to take advantage.  He did put up decent numbers in his last two seasons, when Singletary decided to open up his offense.  He can be a pretty good quarterback, when given time to throw, and has some good weapons to throw to.  He has arguably the NFL’s best tight end in Vernon Davis, a receiver with a great amount of potential in Michael Crabtree and a great running back in Frank Gore.  The strength of this team remains in the running game and though Harbaugh will throw much more passing into the mix, this will still be a running team.

The bottom line is Smith is good enough to keep this team competitive and with the right coaching combined with a weak division, this should be the year the 49ers are NFC West champions again.  All of us critics just need to ease up on him especially now that we need him in order to buy time for Kaepernick to develop.  Hopefully this lockout nonsense will be resolved and there is a season to watch this year. 

Sources:  Mercury News

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Provided is the link to my detailed article on the 49ers draft.

Baalke Reaches for the Stars

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This post offers some insight as to which quarterback the 49ers should choose.  Check it out:

To Ponder or not to Ponder

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All the mock drafts in the world can’t really predict the way the draft will turn out.  With mere speculation, analysts will tell you which players teams will choose.  Sure some will be right on, but really they’re wrong more times than right.  It’s just feeding in to our excitement as fans as to which direction our favorite teams will go.  As a San Francisco 49ers fan, I can’t wait to see who they land in the draft.  Many draft experts are thinking the 49ers will choose either a pass rusher or cornerback with their first pick and then look for a quarterback in the second round.  I am in agreement with this depending on who’s available when it comes to the seventh overall selection.

If Blaine Gabbert is there when the 49ers choose, I think no matter who is on the board still, whether it’s Patrick Peterson or Von Miller, Gabbert is the choice.  I know there have been hidden gems in the later rounds, but statistics show the quantity of successful quarterbacks chosen have been greater in the first round.  Though the 49ers need a skilled pass rusher and cornerback, quarterback has to take priority in this situation.  It takes the longest to develop and is the most important position in football.  That being said if Gabbert isn’t there when the 49ers draft and it looks that way, then by all means choose the best player available at a position of need.

They can look to draft Christian Ponder, who I believe would be the next best quarterback, but it’s likely they would have to move back in to the late first round to get him.  Gabbert is the only quarterback worth taking in the top 10.  He has the size, strength and mobility to be a star in this league.  The best thing he has which a quarterback needs most is moxie.  Gabbert has that quality; he is a leader.  I don’t think Cam Newton is worth a pick in the top 10; he looks too much like a very risky project.  This is what the 49ers had in Alex Smith.

Smith was a project and played the game too safe; he never had that moxie which is why he is a bust.  Aaron Rodgers had that quality and had Mike Nolan and Scot McCloughan not gone for the safer choice, their puppet to be molded, the 49ers would have drafted Rodgers and been in a much better position now.  Who knows, they might have been contending for a Superbowl.

Either way things work out for a reason and though us 49er fans have suffered for the last eight years, I do believe the team has turned the corner.  Jim Harbaugh will deliver the right quarterback; he will deliver a winning team; he will bring the 49ers back to relevance in the National Football League.  With a strong draft and the right quarterback, I truly believe this team will contend again.

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With all the talk surrounding the National Football League (N.F.L.) lockout, the players union decertified and now the prospects boycotting the draft, I thought I’d leave that for another post and talk about my beloved San Francisco 49ers.

I can remember the incredible performance by the 49ers in Superbowl 24, it is the first game I remember watching.  A lot has changed since then, where the 49ers were always expected to be in the hunt for the Superbowl, now they are just trying to get back to a winning team.  It has been nearly a decade of futility filled with incredibly terrible coaching and poor personnel decisions.  Much of the blame has been directed on their owners, the Yorks.  Whereas the previous owner Eddie Debartolo Jr. did what it took to build a winner and remain a winner for 17 seasons with players like Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, John York has taken the inexpensive route and produced 8 consecutive seasons without a winning record.

In the last couple of years John has turned over most of the control of his team to his son Jed.  Jed York is a brash young executive with the same passion for the game as his uncle Eddie had.  His problem is he is young and inexperienced which led to him hiring, quite possibly one of the worst head coaches ever, Mike Singletary over two years ago.  That coaching situation ended badly as has every other coaching situation since 2003.  Still though he will have growing pains as an executive, I believe Jed will bring the 49ers back to relevance in the N.F.L.  It all starts with the head coach he hired this year and his name is Jim Harbaugh.

When the 49ers hired him on January 7, 2011, it gave hope to a starved fan base longing for the good old days.  49ers fans can only hope this Stanford coaching product can be as good as his predecessor and mentor, Bill Walsh.  In Harbaugh I see a smart, confident coach who truly believes he can turn this franchise around.  I see a coach very knowledgeable in the x’s and o’s of football.  He does inherit a team with quite a bit of talent, only a few pieces away from being a playoff caliber team and dare I say, Superbowl contender.

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