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Niners still singing the Alex Smith tune

Posted on: April 30, 2011 10:38 am
Posted by Andy Benoit

Colin Kaepernick is a 49er, which means Alex Smith is one no longer, right? Wrong.

"The plan for Alex is unchanged," 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said Friday, according to CSN Bay Area. "Everything we said from the very beginning: We want to get the best players on our roster that we possibly can and throw out the balls and let them compete.
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"Alex has the ability and the license to be the starting quarterback -- same thing I said about (outside linebacker) Aldon (Smith) yesterday. Same goes for Colin. Guys will run on their own gas. We believe in competition and earning your positions around here.
"With Alex, we are rowing and we're not going to miss a beat. Nothing has changed."

For months, many have speculated that Harbaugh is genuinely fond of the former No. 1 overall drafted quarterback. But that’s mere speculation, as Harbaugh and Smith have had minimal interaction due to the lockout.

Smith, at this point, is an unrestricted free agent, which makes it all the more curious that the Niners would insist he’s their guy. Most teams only discuss players under contract.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:21 am

Niners still singing the Alex Smith tune

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Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:44 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:06 am

Niners still singing the Alex Smith tune

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Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: May 1, 2011 3:08 pm

Niners still singing the Alex Smith tune

As a fan, it was tough to watch the Niners play last year.  It's been just as hard to watch Alex Smith play.  But the thing I like the most about Alex is he never quit, and he never said a negative thing about booing fans or poor coaching.  He knows his place regardless, and I think Harbaugh could be a very good mentor for Smith.  Alex is not a bust, and he's had to learn more offensive plays than any QB in this league the past 6 years.  He's had his share of injuries, new coaches, back lashing fans, and of coarse the media, but he's been nothing short of a gentleman about losing his job to Hill, O'Sullivan, and Troy Smith.  Maybe this doesn't make him a good QB, but he did show he was the better QB on the roster last season with TWO different offensive coordinators.  He's smart, he's young, and he's still learning, so I for one hope he gets the chance to prove he can handle the job.

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: May 1, 2011 12:58 am

Niners still singing the Alex Smith tune

So Eli is a failure?  He does have a championship ring, after all.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: April 30, 2011 5:53 pm

Niners still singing the Alex Smith tune

Alex has the ability and the license to be thr starting quarterback.


I have never heard anyone say that before. Well, maybe someone should revoke Alex Smith's license to start. Just kiddinf. As bad as Smith was with the 49ers you can't put all the blame on him. He never had proper coaching for 5 of six years. He played behind a very porous offensve line and had a very basic offense to run. Harbaugh knows that he can make something out of Smith...Norv Turner did and we all know how long in the tooth Turner is. What I meant by that is that Harbaugh is a bit younger and will work to maximize Smith's strengths. Turner had Smith follow Turner's offensive schemes rather than design ones that were tailored for Smith.


I'm happy that we got Colin Kaepernick. He looks like he can do some damage running or throwing. Andy Dalton....not so much.

You can coach accuracy, but you cannot coach instincts and physical abilities/prowess. At the very least, I'm glad that we did not get Greg McElroy a QB from the SEC. I cannot remember a SEC QB that has not failed in the past 15 years except for some guy named Peyton.


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