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Baalke: 'Obvious' that 49ers don't have future QB

Posted on: January 11, 2011 2:10 pm
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Posted by Will Brinson

The 49ers have handled two of their three biggest problems, by promoting Trent Baalke to general manager and hiring Jim Harbaugh as their new head coach. Well, they've addressed the problems; it remains to be seen if the gentlemen can actually handle the issues at hand.

One of those issues is probably the biggest problem held over from the previous regime -- no clear-cut starting quarterback on the roster. Alex Smith's the former franchise quarterback who's clearly not the answer. Troy Smith provided a glimmer of hope during the 2010 season, but he clearly can't handle a complex offensive system. And David Carr, well, let's not get into that. Baalke apparently agrees, as he told Mike Florio on "Pro Football Talk Live" that he doesn't think the Niners' have their

"We've got three ways that we're going to approach it," Baalke said. "Obviously, you've got the draft. You've got potential trades. And you've got free agency. Is the quarterback of the future on this roster? I think it's obvious that he isn't at this point, but things could change and they will change through one of those three vehicles."

Things could get complicated because of the labor negotiations though -- there's a chance that they won't have a chance to either a) sign a veteran before the draft or b) trade for a veteran or trade players to move up in the draft for a quarterback.

Which means that San Francisco will likely draft some quarterback when the weekend of April 28-30 rolls around.

And, on the bright side, at least Baalke's aware that the team need a significant upgrade at the position and that his first test in his new job's going to come soon.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:26 pm
 

Baalke: 'Obvious' that 49ers don't have future QB

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Since: Jun 22, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2011 5:44 pm
 

Baalke: 'Obvious' that 49ers don't have future QB

We need to trade down and draft Jake Locker. He is a QB that isnt fully ready right now but he can learn behind a now more stable offensive line and with a proven qb developer. Locker could become something incredible with Harbaugh. Besides that he shows the mental aspect you have to have. That I want to win and whether I have a bad game or not Im gonna do my best to get us the win.



Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Alex Smith is a HANDJ0B Moe.

Seriously, Alex Smith is horrific. The guy is not a QB, he's a joke. Seriously Moe, he's a waste of life.



Since: Jun 19, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Baalke: 'Obvious' that 49ers don't have future QB

Spartan,  I agree 100% that Alex Smith didn't have a fair chance in SF, but you can't compare him to Hasselbeck.  Matt H played in the same system from the day he was drafted.  His coach in 1998 was Mike Holmgren.  While Holmgren left after Matt's first year, Sherman Lewis was the OC for Matt's first two years.  In Matt's third year, the head coach was Mike Sherman, who had been the OC under Holmgren in Seattle... In other words, he had a great oppornity to learn a system and then grow into the position, neither of which was the case for Smith.  There's no reason to believe Alex Smith can be rehabilitated at this point.  He can be a serviceable backup.  And who knows... four or five years from now, we may see him come in and play pretty well and win a couple of games when called upon.  We'll all say, "Hey, it's that Alex Smith guy that was drafted first overall."  And then he will disappear again.



Since: Jun 19, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2011 4:33 pm
 

Baalke: 'Obvious' that 49ers don't have future QB

I doubt the niners can get a franchise QB out of the draft.  It's doubtful that there even is a franchise QB in this draft, and even if there are one or two identified by April, the 49ers will pick behind Carolina, Denver, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Arizona and Cleveland.  The Panthers and the Cardinals are just as desparate to find a QB of the future as San Francisco.  Denver and Cleveland may not be AS desparate, but still have major questions at the position, and could easily draft one.  In other words, even if there were top-flight candidates available in this draft, they wouldn't likely be there when the 49ers pick.  Add to that the fact that the last two QB's drafted #7 overall were Andre Ware and Byron Leftwich.

The best option for the 49ers will be to trade for a backup QB with the potential to step up the way Matt Hasselbeck or Matt Schaub or Matt Cassell did.  Huh.  Any named Matt out there?  How about Matt Flynn?  The Packers will be shopping him as he enters the last year of his rookie contract.  More likely is Kevin Kolb, but Philly will demand a lot in trade.  If the Bills see somebody they want at #3, then Ryan Fitzpatrick could become available, but he's got less upside than Flynn or Kolb.  If it's not one of those three, then you start looking at people like Tarvaris Jackson, Sage Rosenfels or Shawn Hill.

I think I'd trade for Flynn or Kolb.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2011 4:25 pm
 

Baalke: 'Obvious' that 49ers don't have future QB

Alex Smith is still only 26. SF fans need to chill out. Montana and Young are gone. As a Seahawk fan who watched Matt Hasselbeck evolve and come into his own later his career, I can tell you that Singletary is not a great coach and that Alex Smith has not been given a chance in SF.
I always knocked Smith, I won't lie. But after watching him play I think the kid still has a ton of potential.  And the fact he's gone through different offensive coordinators and offensive schemes year after year is probably a big reason why he failed.   Every time they started Smith, it was already in the plans to pull him if he fails at all. And Smith knew that.. tough to play with that kind of pressure....  that being said his time in SF is up.. it's done.  Time to move on and hopefully somebody gives him another chance.  Either way though, because there was no rookie salary cap the kid is filthy rich and doesn't have to worry about where his next meal comes from.... I think he's made over 25 million dollars in salary alone in his career..... not bad for a 26 year old kid.



Since: Jan 11, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2011 3:59 pm
 

Baalke: 'Obvious' that 49ers don't have future QB

Well we will give you Alex Smith for the very low price of "FREE". The guy just stinks!



Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2011 3:16 pm
 

Baalke: 'Obvious' that 49ers don't have future QB

Alex Smith is still only 26. SF fans need to chill out. Montana and Young are gone. As a Seahawk fan who watched Matt Hasselbeck evolve and come into his own later his career, I can tell you that Singletary is not a great coach and that Alex Smith has not been given a chance in SF. Hasselbeck put up very similar numbers to Smith in 01/02, then finally put up very decent numbers (26 TDs / 15 int) in '03. Part of that equation was that Mike Holmgren believed in him and that he was given a good two years to learn the system.


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