The Misperception of Alex Smith

Funny, after leading his team to the NFC West division title, and doing it while working behind a fairly porous offensive line, getting the shit knocked out of him regularly, and hanging in there under usually a ton of pressure, Alex Smith is still percieved as a game manager by most of the wonks who comment on football. Even Trent Dilfer still says “he’s doing what they ask him to do.” What’s that, Trent? Win games? OK, gotcha. Nice point. Steve Mariucci, a guy who should know better, says much the same. Deion Sanders takes it even further, basically calling him worthless and lucky to be sniffing the playoffs. And if you ever want to hear a bunch of self-absorbed clowns who don’t seem to understand what they see on a day-to-day basis, listen to the NFL Network’s post game highlight show. Michael Irvin is truly clueless as well. Mooch is there as the comedy relief that the others (Sapp, Faulk, Dukes, Deion, and Irvin) don’t really pay attention to. Rich Eisen is fine, but the rest are way too emnamored with their own sweet selves.

Deion Sanders ‘loves” Stevie Johnson. Why? Because he’s a self-promoting WR who drops passes, concocts dumb-ass TD celebrations, and loses games for the Bills? Gotcha. It’s not how you play, it’s how you call attention to yourself. But Deion, who ‘smartly’ advised Michael Crabtree to hold out (for basically the same offer that was orignally on the table back in 2009), and lost Dez Bryant his senior year in college ball, all while working for the NFL Network, and thusly the NFL (conflict of interest there, guys?), merrily skates along talking nonsense and wreaking havoc on those around him.

You have to know that a lot of the animosity that surrounded Crabs and Alex Smith over the past couple seasons, and even this offseason (Crabs wouldn’t even acknowledge who his QB was this offseason) was fueled by Deion Sanders and his disdain for Alex Smith. I guess if you don’t all attention to yourself as a self-aggrandizing attention-seeking whore, you don’t get in Sanders’ good graces. Smith, to his ultimate credit, ignores all the bullshit swirling around him regarding the game manager tag, and all the negative hyperbole. When Justin Tuck called him a game manager before the Giants Niners game, saying, the Niners are “asking him not to lose games.” Well, he changed his tune after the Niners came back in the 4th quarter to beat the Giants. Lots of players who have faced him and lost now have a different opinion of him. 

The comparisons to guys like Trent Dilfer (I don’t know Trent’s feelings on this) are flat ludicrous. Trent was barely tolerable as the QB of the defensively dominating Baltimore Ravens, but his numbers were shit. He’s nowhere near what Smith is doing this year. Dilfer was hurt half the year, and threw for 1,500 yards. 12 TDs and 11 INTs. He had and epically awful 76.6 QBR. That’s a game manager. A hand-off guy. Not a guy who has 15 TDs on 5 picks and a QBR of 94.9.

So, while he ingores the shitstorm swirling around him, Alex Smith quietly goes about his business of winning football games, and shutting down his detractors. His road to winning the division this year is a long and twisted one. One that HE directed on his own terms. From the thrill of coming in as the #1 pick in the NFL draft as a 20 year old back in 2005 to the crappy teams, the injuries, mismanagement, bad coaching, revolving door coaching staffs, and the idea that he would try to make things right HERE, taking a pay cut, restructuring his contract given the opportunities that he could have bailed due to outright fan anger toward him, and the chances that he could have split and toiled in animosity somewhere else all must make this particularly satisfying for him.  He’s not going to be a guy that does any crazy touchdown celebrations, or infamously ask to have a monkey pulled from off his back, or even give a very compelling interview, but if ever there was a guy who deserves nothing but the utmost respect for the perserverence and dedication that he has shown the game and the people in it, it is Alex Smith.


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54 Responses to The Misperception of Alex Smith

  1. NinerDog says:

    Let me be clear, I think the 49ers clear, I think the 49ers can beat the Pack, but after watching the Pack, most noticably Rogers squeak one out Sunday, I want the Defense in his face!

    I went so far to tell a friend from Wisconsin that the 49ers will beat the Green Bay Packers 49-3! A month ago. I’m not worried Alex Smith leading the offense against the Pack, it will be a challenge to stop Rogers on Defense. Now I don’t believe they will beat the Pack 49-3 but I was sick of Pack fan’s gloating…but he is worried!

  2. twinfan1 says:

    It’s never been possible to have a reasonable disussion about Alex because his detractors are so wiiling to lie or prospose the ludicrous ( he’s Ryan Leaf). It reminds of what my late Aunt Wilma Scott-Heide, feminist scholar and former president of NOW, said about debating the odious Phyllis Schafly: feminists demanded that a neutral fact checker to be present because of Schafly’s penchant for fabrication. And so it’s been with Smith.As I posted when Harbaugh said he was an elite QB, of course he’s not- yet. The way he’s mastered the WCO, however, he could very well be there by next year. Currently he’s in that second tier- with Schaub, Romo, Cutler, Stafford..but Harbaugh’s declaration was not coincidental, with Manning and the NYGs coming to town- unexpectedly they went to the air and prevailed on a day when the top rushers were Hunter with 40 yards and Alex with 27…a final thought ( just for now, sorry) – the notion that Harbaugh doesn’t pass as often as most teams because he’s protecting Smith- this is Harbaugh’s game, folks. Pounding the ball is and always has been his choice of attack.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Well, the transformation of disses for Alex this season have run the gamut from “he can’t win any games,” to “he can’t win big games,” to “he can’t lead comebacks,” to “he can’t win the division,” to the current “he can’t win a playoff game.”

    I suppose the logical conclusion to this would next be “he can’t win multiple Super Bowls.” After Eli Manning won his Super Bowl with the Giants, I firmly believed that if he could win one, so could Alex.

    Yeah, I said somewhere that if the team is this good after the nominal preseason and truncated training camp, just inagime what this team is capable of after a full training camp, draft, and preseason. Things are looking up . . .

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Dog, yes, the Niners can beat GB. They are a one-dimensional team that doesn’t run well or much. The problem is, they usually don’t need to run. Rodgers is very effective in the air, and throws well under pressure. The pass late in the Giants game, he threw while backing up, and still put it on a line right on the money to his receiver for a 35 yard gain. It led to the game-winning FG.

    I wonder if Harbaugh is still playing it safe regarding showing too much. The niners have rarely rushed more that 4 guys on any given play. The rushers are disguised very well, and this usually is enough for most teams to falter under, but Balt took care of it pretty well. As did Dallas and the Giants at times. The conservative play calling in the red zone these last few weeks smacks of this as well.

    No need to tip your hand I suppose, but that is real forward thinking.

    • grumpyguy says:

      You want to beat GB: stop Rodgers.

      Easier said than done, but there it is.

      How? Show something on defense to him that he has never seen before, and is not prepared for. Find a way to get to him (but with his release you’ve got to get to him in two seconds or less, not easy!) and hit him early and often.

      At halftime, he WILL adjust. So come out with a SECOND, completely out of left field defense for the last thirty minutes. Stay ahead of his decision loop; never give him a chance to seize the initiative. No one is going to stop him straight up: you have to confuse him, get him thinking instead of throwing.

      IF you stop him, you win – GB has no real running game and is not that impressive defensively. He’ll still score 24 on you even on a bad day, but Alex is fully capable of getting 27 in a game against their defense.

      • unca_chuck says:

        The one game I give Singletary and Manusky a lot of credit for was the Indy game a couple years ago. The Niners did a great job of disguising coverages that day, and befuddled Manning all game. When the Niners went to a 2-minute no-huddle offense, they scored with ease to close the 1st half. Of course they stayed away from that strategy like the plague the rest of the day, and ended up with a nice moral victory . . .

        The point being, the key to beating Rodgers is to get him outof the pocket, and disguise coverages. This won;t stop him entirely, but it may slow him down enough.

        But, hey, let’s get the bye first and foremost. THAT is the key.

  5. grumpyguy says:

    Alex Smith is hard to peg. He’s been a work in progress since Day One, even more so than the typical NFL QB. He clearly was not ready in 2005. He clearly was better in 2006. He took a pounding and disappeared due to injury for awhile. He came back, suffered with the rest of the team through the Singletary and Raye comedy act.

    Where he is now is about where Mike says – solidly second tier, no more questionable than Schaub or Stafford. Maybe better than Romo and Cutler because those two raised serious questions about their playoff cred last year. Not “Elite” only because he has not yet been fully tested in the playoffs yet.

    He isn’t Ryan Leaf, he isn’t Aaron Rodgers. He is somewhere in between. And he’s done better here than a lot of other NFL QBs would have this season. Limiting mistakes to just 5 INTs in 12 games is nothing to sneer at – most guys go a whole career and never learn how to do that. A smart quarterback, as this town has seen before, can go a long way, even with physical limitations.

    There are always going to be questions about how far he can go, until he wins a Super Bowl or doesn’t. Frankly, since even most good QBs don’t, whether due to their own limits or those of the team around them, it’s pointless to debate. I’m just enjoying a great season; I’ll let posterity debate whether Alex was elite or not after the fact. Let’s see how he does in the playoffs, ON THE FIELD, before we dissect his theoretical performance based purely on speculation.

    Right now I want to beat up on our shitty division and the Steelers. Then whoever comes to Candlestick next in the playoffs. After that, we’ll see how far this crazy ride can go.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    AZ is always tough at home, regardless of how the team is doing. They are on a roll, winning 4 of 5, and they have a healthy Kevin Kolb back in the saddle.

    Yes, we should win this, but the formula must come to bear of getting on top early and forcing them to become one-dimensional. You know, just like the good old days.

  7. grumpyguy says:

    Oh, and one more thing: Alex Smith IS a game manager.

    And that’s a good thing. A quarterback is SUPPOSED to be a game manager. Part of the game is avoiding mistakes, being smart with the football, taking what is there, not throwing the foolish pass trying to do too much. Joe Montana was an OUTSTANDING game manager. In addition to his other abilities.

    Whoever the moron was who thought that “Game Manager” was a good insult for a QB does not know beans about football.

    Alex Smith is a very good game manager. Trent Dilfer, not so good. The Ravens were just good enough that year to win anyway. That’s the difference.

  8. NinerDog says:

    Smith’s experience combined with the playbook that allows him to use his experience, is the perfect storm.
    That is why he has so few INT’s and really, none that matter. A couple INT’s that were because of receivers playing volleyball with the pass, one that was so late in the game nobody cared, not me anyway, and of course the one in the endzone of the Raven game at halftime.(one against Seattle kinda grabbed me by the nards, I think it was Seattle)
    He ain’t gonna throw it if he don’t see an open receiver, he ain’t gonna throw it just to avoid a sack if he can’t get outside the tackle box, and if he throws long he is gonna make sure it goes by everybody if his own man can’t get it. He has been surgeon-like in the short passing game at times especially with Joshua Morgan. Verrrry patient. He knows from experience, the game is gonna give him another opportunity or I should say the Defense is gonna give him another opportunity, if he can’t get the first down. So why force it and make the mistake that could turn a game’s momentum around. One thing, for sure, I give this young man credit for, is not listening to his detractors and trying to be “all everything”…that is what hurt him most in his early career.
    What is in the past is in the past, can’t change it, don’t want to change it…’cuz it made him who he is now…and now is all that counts.

  9. robd says:

    I wasn’t as high on kyle williams as some here but i think we found our speed WR !
    imo as long williams catches it with both hands he’s a better option than ginn with the game on the line

  10. robd says:

    i say we trade our whole draft and 2nd round pick in 2013 for andrew luck !

  11. NinerDog says:

    Hey Rob, good to see you…you still out in the keys swillin’ kettle one? Or did they run you off?
    Hey by the way I meant to say Smith is NOT trying to be “all everything” anymore, not that anybody reads my trash! Glad to see you are still chuggin along though,
    talk to ya later,

  12. robd says:


    i have some oil stains here in the garage ! can you help me with that ?

  13. twinfan1 says:

    Not sure why that’s directed at me, I like Williams just fine. I just said that Ginn had a good game Sunday.

  14. NinerDog says:

    Hey Twin, I thought that was directed at ME? I like Williams a lot…I think he is the real deal as a slot receiver…A good guy to have between the Glory receivers like Edwards/Ginn and Crabtree

  15. robd says:

    remember the game we lost when ginn dropped a first down pass at the end ?

  16. NinerDog says:

    Wow Rob, you know how to hurt a guy! lol What would Chuck use to wipe up that garage floor with anyway!

  17. robd says:

    TWIN (pt 2)
    your comment to me was
    ” he had to thro to the open man ”
    my point back was that despite alex’s god rapport with ginn , both the coaching staff and smith should try to find a better option with the game on the line (, and imho speed is the issue )

  18. robd says:


    the reply thing is ok , but if you wait to long the other person might miss it … so

  19. robd says:

    oops … nice link

  20. unca_chuck says:

    Jeeeesus Christ, Rob. You heard of tinyurl?

    Put in your 1,469 character url and it shrinks it tp 14 characters.

  21. robd says:

    oops gotta go for now ! be back later !
    don’t forget 727-600-9540 for 24-7 niner talk !

    later !

  22. twinfan1 says:

    Thanks for the contribution, Denny, uh, I mean DickDickler..

  23. twinfan1 says:

    Thanks, Dick. BTW, besides alcoholism, one of the leading causes of Wet Brain is gastric bypass surgery. The poor soul who has had that procedure and also is an alcoholic is beyond help.

  24. Berger says:

    Dirk- Tell me where he ranks on fewest interceptions and QB rating. I belive that would be 1st and 9th.

    • twinfan1 says:

      Actually, I think he’s 7th in QBR. And we’ll notice that most of the categories where he ranks lowest are “elective” categories related to throwing the ball less. He’s simply more efficient than most QBs..
      But Dickie, I have a question: do you call of your tricks “Alex Smith” and what if they don’t go for it? Is that when you call them “Daddy”?

  25. twinfan1 says:

    DickheadDickeltstein, you’re not fooling anyone. Your shrink is not going to approve of this, she’s been trying to help you man up. You may not be able to help yourself, so thank goodness your session is tomorrow.You may not want bring up all of your “Alex Smith” “nephews”, however.

  26. twinfan1 says:

    The topic has been well covered, Denny, darn, I mean, Dickie, BTW, you often forget so I took the liberty of informing the Pinole authorities of your new screen nane.

  27. twinfan1 says:

    Don’t worry, Dickie, you won’t be posting here much longer anyway. BTW, what’s your hard drive strategy? Do you have a safe hiding place for the one in use, and a quick swap method for replacing it?

  28. twinfan1 says:

    Send me your physical address and E-Mail and I’ll consider it. Wait, I already have those..

  29. twinfan1 says:

    Here’s what I’ll do for you, and this the best deal you’ll ever get. I imagine you’ve been smart enough to take some precautions since you were first reported to 49er security, I won’t update them if you get back on the thorazine.

  30. twinfan1 says:

    If that’s all true, you’ve made your point so now you can go away.

  31. twinfan1 says:

    It’s not my site, you know that , Denny. Now I’m done with your new screen name. Or if you are really someone else, perhaps you can also find someone else to argue with. I doubt that many here discuss 49er issues with trolls.

  32. Berger says:

    From PFT:

    Regardless of whatever accomplishments he enjoys in the NFL, Jason Garrett will forever be known as the coach who iced his own kicker. But the criticism of Garrett conceals a more troubling truth regarding the final moments of regulation in the Cowboys’ eventual overtime loss to the Cardinals.

    Quarterback Tony Romo found yet another way to blow a game in the clutch.

    Yes, Garrett inexplicably called for a time out while his team was in field-goal position. Kicker Dan Bailey made the one that didn’t count, and he missed the one that did.

    Before it ever got to that point, however, Tony Romo failed to realize that the Cowboys had two time outs remaining, after a completion on third and 11 gave Dallas a first down at the Arizona 32, with 26 seconds to play.

    Instead of immediately calling for a time out, Romo rushed the offense to the line of scrimmage for a spike play. A full 19 seconds later, the clock had been stopped by the intentional incompletion.

    After the game, Romo clumsily explained that he didn’t call the time out because he didn’t know whether the Cowboys had gotten a first down. But the tape shows no hesitation on Romo’s part; he immediately urged his teammates to get in position to spike the ball, which means that he simply didn’t realize he had two time outs in his pocket. (Besides, if the Cowboys hadn’t gotten a first down, spiking the ball would have given possession to the Cardinals. Thus, if Romo had any doubt at all about whether it was first down or fourth down, his first move should have been to take the time out.)

    In fairness to Romo, Garrett could have called for a time out from the sideline while Romo was rushing the offense into position for the spike play. But Romo, if he truly intends to be a Super Bowl winning quarterback and to overcome a reputation for finding new and exciting ways to screw up with the game on the line, needs to know how many time outs he has left and when to use him. Otherwise, he’ll again per perceived as finding new and exciting ways to screw up with the game on the line.

  33. unca_chuck says:

    Shit, I go away for a little while, and shitblood reappears.

    He’s been banned again.

    He’s had his moment of fun . . .

  34. unca_chuck says:

    Berger, even if that’s all true, the coaches should have been screaming at him, the refs, and anyone under the sun to call a time out. That falls more on the coaches than Romo. Garrett is standing there watching the clock run down down the whole time doing what?

  35. twinfan1 says:

    So? They’re both idiots.

  36. twinfan1 says:

    Jesus, Chuckie, you might as well delete my responses, too.

  37. Berger says:

    Unca- The post about Romo was to verify the Spitblood posts. Del would never let anybody mess with his Cowboys and Romo. He loves the Cowboys and he loves Tony Romo.

  38. phil fan says:

    That was clever Bergs, posting on the Cows and Romo to see who the (now banned/deleted poster was). Spit? My my….well well “People don’t change”. I read 30 posts and thought “What am I missing? Seems twinfan is having an argument with himself?” Ok, the other side of the dialog got deleted, got it.

  39. phil fan says:

    Like Berger I really did sit and watch this site for a long time before coming over to join in. Glad it got cleaned up, good job Chuck. Looks like we”re having so much fun and good times over here that some of the old customers wanna get back in and start another food fight.

    If there was ever a time to chill and enjoy the blessings of being a 49ers fan in the last 8 years it’s right now! Glad the sheriff Unca Chuck is on duty!

  40. phil fan says:

    3 division games on the road as twin mentioned, that’s no easy task. Even if it’s the NFC West. Both Seattle and Cards are playing much better now so we have our work cut out for us.

    Well as we say in FAA (football addicts anonymous) “One game at a time!”

    If we can stick to the Harbaugh formula of jump on them early and beat them up by running out the clock we should be okay.

  41. unca_chuck says:

    new post


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