Alex Smith is in the News

For all the haters (and fence-sitters) this has to be a tough time. There were thousands of fans banking on Alex Smith being the biggest problem with this team lo these past 6 years. 2005.  The year that brought Teflon Mike Nolan, a 20 year old Alex Smith, Frank Gore, and Adam Snyder (among others) to the 49ers. Alex Smith’s star-crossed, injured, and angst-ridden time here in the City by the Bay has been rocky at best.

Alex Smith was thrust into the starting spot in week 4 of the 2005 season due to injuries to Tim Rattay. He then struggled through that season, but went 3-4 as the starter, and missed 5 games of his own due to a knee injury. His 2nd season saw a new OC in Norv Turner and general improvement across the board. 2007 was the beginning of the struggles that would do him in for 2 seasons. 2008 and 2009 saw the jettisoning of Mike Nolan, Jim Hostler, JT O’Suckagain, and Mike Martz. In their place were Aluminum Mike Singletary and Jimmy-Hat Raye. The Niners were competitive, and were robbed by Favre one last time, but ended up in 2nd place at 8-8. Smith’s numbers were still imcrementally improving, but the natives were still restless.

Then the wheels fell off for Singletary much like they did for Nolan. The 2010 season that was supposed to be the triumphant rise of the 49ers instead started with a 5 game losing streak, the firing of Jimmy-Hat, and the mind-numbingly bad coaching of Aluminum Mike, and the revolving carosel that became the QB position. Troy Smith got some starts around Alex getting hurt, David Carr-wreck’s uninspiring half vs Carolina, and Mike’s benching of Alex yet again.

Fast forward to the present. Alex Smith is the 7th rated QB in the NFL. He’s now on the Comeback Player of the Year list (with Tony Promo, Steve Smith, Matthew Stafford, and Jermichael Findley), and the league is grudgingly giving him the respect due him. As late as last week, Justin Tuck was calling the 49er game plan one that pussy-foots around Smith, instead leaning heavilly on Frank Gore to move the ball. After Smith beat them, Tuck’s tune changes some. And, (shock of shocks) contract talks have at least been on the radar for the newly annointed team leader (not so much a coach-killer now).

Sure, there are still plaenty of haters out there. People who are waiting for the team to fail so they can pin it solely on the quarterback. Well, teams win as a group, and they lose as a group. For years, all the blame has been placed squarely on Smith’s shoulders. If that is true, then these 8 wins belong there as well. The reality is, coachng had a LOT to do with the crapitude of this team. From Nolan and Singletary’s reluctance to to much more than run up the gut, to the revolving door at OC, to the numbingly retarded offense of Jimmy-Hat Raye, we are finding out that there really was a talented QB in Alex Smith. Whatever this year brings, it has been a revelatory experience watching Harbaugh and Roman coach up Smith, and let him loose.

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29 Responses to Alex Smith is in the News

  1. twinfan1 says:

    I can’t get NFL Network here. I’ve forgotten where those games are usually available on line. Any help? Thanks for all the responses to this on the last thread, I know some of you guys watch these games on line,

  2. phil fan says:

    I almost feel sorry for the ‘haters’. They’ve been reduced to doubling up their meds, kicking the dog/cat and watching their string of futility grow and grow. Almost. Naw not really.

  3. snarkk says:

    I’ll admit I ripped Alex many times, and I think, deservedly so. I knew, as did most with half a brain, that his coaching was subpar, almost laughably bad in the instance of Sing. Nolan did not support him when he was hurt, which was total crap. Say the word Hostler, and no more be said. Still, despite the bad coaching, I thought he could have shown more in those years, lacked QB instincts, and gave up far too many stupid turnovers. After 9 games now under good coaching, he’s turned into more than serviceable. He won’t ever be in the class of Rogers and Brees and even a good-year Rivers, I don’t think. But, what he is evolving into is definitely good enough, obviously, to win in the NFL when the surrounding squad is solid, the D is excellent, and the coaching is top notch. Still, I am not convinced he is a playoff winning QB, because he’s never been there. There is a pressure to those games not replicable in the regular season, even though the NY Giants game seemed close. If Alex can win a playoff game, he’s got my vote to come back under a multi-year deal. However, if I’m Harbaugh, I’d still be looking to upgrade QB in the offseason. Alex and Kaep and somebody else should go into the 2012 season in a competition, with Alex having the job to lose…

  4. twinfan1 says:

    I’ll forward your tentative approval of a multi-year deal to the front office. BTW, it’s Alex who opted to wait until the end of the season, not the Niners. If he agrees to their proposal they won’t be bringing in competition. Obviously he’s confident in how things will go or he wouldn’t have gone public with his decision to wait.

  5. twinfan1 says:

    Of course, had Rodgers or any of those that Snarkk cites been drafted by Niners in 2005, they’d have suffered the same fate or worse as Smith did. Given his penchant early in his career to take sacks to protect his QB rating, Rodgers might not have survived at all…
    But as the only blog commenter who would ever be able to say “I told you so” after/if Smith led the team to the Super Bowl, I should not have to be the one to inject some sanity into the “elite QB” nonsense. As I posted at the time, Harbaugh’s timing wasn’t coincidental- it was because Eli and the Giants were coming to town. The ploy worked.
    Now- the elite are Rodgers, Brady, Brees, Roethlisberger-maybe Eli.I expect Alex to join that group soon, keep in mind this is just his second year with even acceptable coaching. He’s in a group led by Romo, with Schaub, Cutler, Rivers, Ryan…

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Wow. Sanchez looks like shit on a stick.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    But then so does Tebow.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Takes sacks to protect his QB rating? Really? Christ. What a load of shit that is.

    He took 50 sacks in 2009, but he’s gotten sacked around 30 the other 2 years.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    GB’s line has been fairly shakey. They don’t run block very well, and they have trouble pass blocking at times.

    Christ, this is the ugliest game I’ve seen in a while.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    This game is a comedy of errors. Fair catch on the 5?

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Tebow’s going to drop back and run every play.

    8/19, 88 yds

  12. unca_chuck says:

    Aaaaand Tebow scores on the bootleg! Ryan shoots his mouth off, and he looks to be eating his feet yet again.

  13. Psalm 23

    Tim Tebow is my shepherd; I shall not want.

    95 yd fucking GW TD drive. Unbelievable.

    • phil fan says:

      WhaddidItellya? Tebow is a winner. Yeah hiz skills leave much to be desired having spent his early years in that (not) hot bed of “American football” suburb of Manila, Philippines “Makati” and with missionary parents to boot. I didn’t see the game but I can see from here the beads of sweat breaking out on the wrinkled foreheads of the “Faithless”. Fuck ’em!

      For a football shepherd you could do worse than Mr Tebow. True you could do better too. Different subject….

  14. twinfan1 says:

    You finally get someone to talk to you and it’s Death Theat Denny. Funny, Chuckles,,I figured the phony slam on Rodgers would wake you up. 2 1/2 hours, though? You usually have instant radar.
    Anyway, that actually was a common take on him that year. I don’t neccessarily agree but it was out there..
    It was funny watching Elway, the better Tebow looked the worse John did. I bet he was puking under his jacket after the TD.,..

    • unca_chuck says:

      Shit, I go out sometimes . . .

    • phil fan says:

      Puking under his jacket? Are you nuts? WTF? Please explain why Elway would be puking under his jacket when their QB scored the game winning TD???

      • twinfan1 says:

        Pretty much the same thing was reported by ESPN- one of the better lines was that Elway was applauding about as enthusiastically as Selig when Bonds broke Aaron’s record…anyway, it’s common knowledge that Elway just acceeded to the demands of the lunatic fringe when he made Tebow the QB. He hoped and expected that Tebow would fail quickly. The “spread option” is not the “spread”, this short term success is fucking the team big time.

      • twinfan1 says:

        And it’s fucking Tebow. I don’t doubt the kid’s toughness and resolve, but if he can’t learn to throw with accuracy consistently, he’ll become another Bobby Douglas- another tough runner with no throwing skills.
        http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/D/DougBo00.htm
        Elway and Fox are doing him a disservice- they thought he’s face plant quickly….even if it took some losses with Orton or Quinn, if they really thought Tebow was the QB of the future, they needed to have a QB guru work with him on skills he’ll need to have to succeed long term.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    Empty backfield the whole time. 60 yards rushing for Tebow on the drive.

    NY didn’t keep the edges covered.

    • phil fan says:

      You mean it wasn’t Del Mars fault? But but mr Positivity sez he be the cause of all de shit in da world! You sure this is about football not some kinda blame game??

      (sharpens bayonet….)

  16. winder says:

    Smith has done a 180 and it is a pleasure to now watch him, but it wasn’t like that for the most part. What’s done is done and looking forward, I believe it would be prudent to keep Smith around, he truly is a team leader and the players all seem to play their asses off for him. I think the best example would be our OL, they are protecting him.

  17. unca_chuck says:

    The thing is, as someone around here has pointed out, Smith’s resurgence really started with the canning of JimmyHat Raye. Smith’s numbers have gone up dramatically since THAT point. Not the start of this season. Mike Johnson doesn’t get much credit around these parts, but he at least did a better job of play calling than Jimmy Hat could ever dream of. Smith’s interceptions went down quickly under Johnson, mainly because it wasn’t 3rd and 14 all the time.

    Shit, Mike Johnson (now UCLA’s OC) has UCLA poised to win the PAC 12 south. Well, 2nd, behind the heavilly sanctioned USC . . .

  18. twinfan1 says:

    That he played as well as he did last year with Singletary in his face from Game 1 on, is a testament to his perservence. And as many of us have noted, Mike’s idiotic decision to start Troy Smith against St. Louis ended up paying off for us- Singletary would undoubtedly still be the HC had he started Alex, A rare event in life- one man’s utter stupidity works to the benefit of millions..

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