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Jim Harbaugh wants Alex Smith back in 2012

Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:03 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2012 1:11 pm
 
Harbaugh is excited about bringing Smith back for another season. (Getty Images/US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

Jim Harbaugh said it over the summer and now, six months later, his story remains unchanged: he wants quarterback Alex Smith back in San Francisco next year. Smith's first six NFL seasons can kindly be described as tumultuous; a mix of ever-changing schemes and coordinators that resulting in inconsistent play and occasional benchings.

But under Harbaugh, Smith has flourished. The first-overall selection in the 2005 draft has benefitted from a quick-pass offense that relies heavily on the running game and a stingy defense. It worked so well that the 49ers went 13-3, won the NFC West going away, and now have a first-round bye.

On Monday, Harbaugh reiterated that Smith was his guy.

"I've told Alex that," Harbaugh said according to CSNBayArea.com's Matt Maiocco. "I wouldn't tell you (the media) something I wouldn't tell Alex.

"I told Alex, 'Hey, we're going to want you to come back here next year.' He's focused on the season, and that's where his mindset wants to be. And I totally respect that, and we'll talk about it and address it once the season is over. That's the way I understand it right now."

It's funny. Over the summer, Smith's NFL future was up in the air. The 49ers could've decided to move on, find a veteran quarterback to bridge the gap to 2011 second-round pick Colin Kaepernick, and turned the page on the Alex Smith era. Instead, Harbaugh kept Smith around, saved his career, and probably made him a lot of money in the process.

We wrote Monday that while the NFL might be a passing league but it's woefully short on passers. Smith isn't Joe Montana (or even Jeff Garcia) but in the right offense he's efficient and doesn't make mistakes. Based on the 2011 49ers, that can carry a team a long way.

And it's why Harbaugh wants Smith back in San Francisco for 2012. Beyond that, who knows. Which is why Smith might want to get while the getting's good, cash in on a lucrative long-term deal and play elsewhere next season. Then again, he owes Harbaugh for saving his career. Maybe loyalty is more important than money.

Either way, these are good problems to have. Usually this time of year we're talking about who should replace the current coach and/or quarterback. Instead the 49ers are preparing to host a playoff game for the first time since the 2002 season.

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Comments

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:57 pm
 

Jim Harbaugh wants Alex Smith back in 2012

Jim Harbaugh says that now until Peyton Manning becomes a free agent and expresses interest in playing for the 49er's. 



Since: Jan 19, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:14 pm
 

Jim Harbaugh wants Alex Smith back in 2012

DENVER --17

PITTSBURG--10!!




Since: Jan 19, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:02 pm
 

Jim Harbaugh wants Alex Smith back in 2012

Funny thing happened on the way to the Super Bowl

 TEBOW!




Since: Jan 19, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:54 pm
 

Jim Harbaugh wants Alex Smith back in 2012

Yadda,,yadda yadda!

Who fires the aholes of CBS, ESPN, etc,,that picked the Eagles in September? 




Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:09 pm
 

Jim Harbaugh wants Alex Smith back in 2012

I absolutely agree with you, mccleod1996!  I also believe that we haven't seen all he can do and would love to see him perform with a stronger receiving corp.  Alex has thrown a lot of good passes this season that have been dropped or should have been caught but weren't; unfortunately, those statistics go against him.  I think Alex has shown himself to be a class act and true professional through all the crap that has been thrown at him.  I look forward to watching him get even better now that he finally has the support and stability in coaching that he hasn't had before.  One can only speculate, but I believe that had Aaron Rogers been chosen in 2005 instead of Alex Smith, he would have been "damaged" too.    




Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:05 pm
 

Jim Harbaugh wants Alex Smith back in 2012

I absolutely agree with you!  I also believe that we haven't seen all he can do and would love to see him perform with a stronger receiving corp.  Alex has thrown a lot of good passes this season that have been dropped or should have been caught but weren't; unfortunately, those statistics go against him.  I think Alex has shown himself to be a class act and true professional through all the crap that has been thrown at him.  I look forward to watching him get even better now that he finally has the support and stability in coaching that he hasn't had before.  One can only speculate, but I believe that had Aaron Rogers been chosen in 2005 instead of Alex Smith, he would have been "damaged" too.    



Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 2:58 am
 

Jim Harbaugh wants Alex Smith back in 2012

Flynn  is no better then a alex smith just wait. people have high hopes on smith but he will fail big time in my eyes.smith will be with the 49ers till the end of his short playing career. you will not hang in a league now a days that is qb orinated hell smith didnt even throw for 300yrds all year really! sanfrans D is good but slants wont get you far in playoffs sry all.



Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:29 pm
 

Jim Harbaugh wants Alex Smith back in 2012

I have felt like Alex Smith got the worst deal of any drafted QB in recent memory.  Smith came in and never got the support that a QB should.  Smith has never had the same coordinator in back to back seasons.  Smith took a pay cut a couple seasons ago to try to make good on his original deal with the Niners.  Smith helped out Harbaugh in the offseason by holding mini camps during the lockouts to try to pass along the new offense to the rest of the players.  Smith has more than shown the willingness to try and do right by the 49ers.  I really like Smith and I have never thought he got a fair shot; until this year.  Harbaugh has been phenomenal for the 49ers and Smith.  With all this being said I don't believe that the 49ers have scratched the surface of how good Smith and the 49ers can be.  The 49ers play calling has been cautious at best in the red zone area and any long yardage situation.  The Niners can vastly improve if they begin to open up the offense a bit and get another receiver to help stretch the field.  The Niners should reward Alex Smith by signing him to a two to three year deal with not too much guaranteed money so they can get out of the deal if Smith snaps back into his old ways in the near future.




Since: May 24, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 3:00 pm
 

Jim Harbaugh wants Alex Smith back in 2012

Of course he wants A Smith back next year....to compete with Luck for the starting job. Yep, that's it, I'm predicting it right now, Harbaugh will try his hardest to make some trades and draft Luck. They need a QB with an arm and accuracy beyond 20 yards, and is also mobile. That is not Alex Smith. He'll publicly say he wants him and if he can't get Luck, he doesn't want his QB hating him. Smart move on his behalf.



Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:47 pm
 

Jim Harbaugh wants Alex Smith back in 2012

Which is why Smith might want to get while the getting's good, cash in on a lucrative long-term deal and play elsewhere next season.



Who in their right minds is going to offer Alex Smith a long term deal right now? It is as plain as day to see that his improvement this season is a direct result of Jim Harbaugh and the coaching staff. Furthermore, the 49ers have developed a good supporting cast of Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree, and of course Frank Gore. Smith has no business wanting to play somewhere else, and even if he did the market will quickly correct his perspective: there isn't a better place out there. He is not a playmaking quarterback. Period. The 49ers know this, but for the first time ever they have a system that utilizes his strengths and largely ignores his weaknesses. Kaepernick is not nearly ready to take over yet, but he will be ready some day and the 49ers will be a complete contender with a good defense and a real playmaker at the quarterback position. Now is the time, while Smith is still playing well, to develop the eventual QB of the future in San Francisco.


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