Tag:Alex Smith
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:25 am
 

Sounds like Alex Smith will stay in San Francisco

SmithPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Though 49ers QB Alex Smith made his first meeting with the media this offseason an off-the-record session (meaning that he asked reporters, including Comcast Sports Net’s Mindi Bach not to quote him directly), he also made it pretty clear that he expects to return to San Francisco in 2011.

Though he looked pretty much good as gone at the end of last season – it was certainly a mutual feeling between him and his team – and despite the fact San Francisco proclaimed its next QB of the future by drafting Colin Kaepernick in the second round of last month’s NFL draft, Smith said he and new coach Jim Harbaugh are getting along well.

The fact Harbaugh is an offensive-minded head coach – as opposed to the 49ers last two hires, Mike Singletary and Mike Nolan – also plays well in Smith’s mind.

There are also other reasons why Smith’s mindset has changed. Smith’s wife, Elizabeth, gave birth to their first child last week, meaning he’d like to stay put for now, and with the lockout freezing free agency, he hasn’t had a chance to look elsewhere for a new organization anyway.

The 49ers also appear to want him back, which could be why Harbaugh already has presented him with the team’s 2011 playbook, featuring Harbaugh’s West Coast offense terminology.

And now considering the lockout could extend into training camp, which would profoundly effect incoming college players, it makes sense to have a more experienced QB who’s taken plenty of NFL snaps as the team’s starter, rather than a rookie who has shined the past few years in the WAC.

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Posted on: May 4, 2011 9:31 am
 

NFC West draft truths revealed

Posted by Andy Benoit

One of the best things about the draft is that from it we can find out what teams really think about their current players. Excluding examples of teams filling obvious needs, here are some of the more revealing draft picks from 2011, with a quick blurb of what the team was really saying by making this pick.

Arizona Cardinals

2nd round, Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech
We’re not sure Beanie Wells can stay healthy. Or that Tim Hightower is really all that good.

San Francisco 49ers
C. Kaepernick (US Presswire)
2nd round, Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada

Remember when we said that Alex Smith is still our guy? Yeah – that was a lie.

4th round, Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State
Glen Coffee screwed us last year.

Seattle Seahawks

1st round, James Carpenter, OT, Alabama
Sean Locklear is lazy and not worth signing.

St. Louis Rams

1st round, Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
Do you believe James Hall is as good as his 10.5 sacks last season suggest? Neither do we. Also, let’s face it, when we say Chris Long has a great motor (which he does), we’re also saying he’s not an elite athlete.

2nd round, Lance Kendricks, TE, Wisconsin
When the offensive starters are announced over the loudspeaker during pregame, we get a little squeamish hearing the name “Billy Bajema” called. For one, the guy should never start for any team. Ever. And for two, the name Bajema just sounds, you know, sorta dirty.

3rd round, Austin Pettis, WR, Boise State
We’re worried about Danario Alexander’s knees.

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Posted on: April 30, 2011 10:38 am
 

Niners still singing the Alex Smith tune

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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Posted on: April 29, 2011 7:48 pm
 

49ers make a move for Colin Kaepernick

Posted by Will Brinson

NEW YORK -- A pile of teams spent the first half of the NFL Draft's first round reaching for quarterbacks; the second day started much the same way with Andy Dalton going to Cincinnati and the San Francisco 49ers making a big-time move up the draft board to nab Nevada Colin Kaepernick.

As soon as the details of the Niners trade was announced (San Fran gave up their second-round pick, their fourth-round pick and their fifth-round pick for Denver's second-rounder), it was obvious that San Francisco had a pretty clear-cut guy they were targeting; otherwise they wouldn't give up such a bounty just to jump up nine spots in the second round.

It also gives off the notion that San Fran would've been content with both Dalton and Kaepernick, but when Cincy pulled trigger, Jim Harbaugh looked at the Titans and Redskins sitting above him, and knew he needed to make a move.
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So he did.

Kaepernick was our Chad Reuter's top-ranked quarterback on the board heading into the second round, and he makes sense as a guy that Harbugh can bring in to replace Alex Smith should the de facto starter a) return and b) only last a year in his new coach's system.

The only thing that's shocking about the move, however, is that it debunks any potential rumors that the 49ers might be interested in holding off and doing their best to nab Andrew Luck in next year's draft.

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Posted on: April 15, 2011 7:05 pm
 

Roddy White, for some reason, rips Alex Smith

Posted by Andy Benoit

Over the last four yearsR. White (US Presswire), Roddy White might be the most improved wide receiver in all of football. Once a bust, the former first-round pick has blossomed into Atlanta’s most dynamic weapon, racking up over 80 catches and 1,150-yards-plus in each of the past four seasons.

But in the NFL, no amount of success gives a player a free pass to take a random shot at one of his peers. That’s an unwritten rule throughout the league.

Thus, it’s bizarre that White would send out this tweet on Friday afternoon: “Why is the 49ers wasting their time with Alex Smith they need to move on better yet try to get luck next year would be good for them”

Though the Falcons have played the Niners each of the past two seasons, there’s no ostensible rivalry between the wideout and the quarterback. The best guess to explain White’s criticism is that thisis a case of a man forgetting that he’s a professional football player first and a fan of professional football second.

This is not the first time White has caused a stir via Twitter. This past season, before the Falcons’ Monday night game at the Saints, White trash-tweeted New Orleans, saying, "The grace of god gave them tht championship so tht city wouldn fall apart now and now they think they hot [obscenity].”

On that one, he later apologized for taking things too far.

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Posted on: April 15, 2011 12:33 pm
 

Offseason Checkup: San Francisco 49ers

Posted by Will Brinson



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The 49ers were doomed almost from the very start of last season. After all, check out their schedule for the first five games – the Seahawks, the Saints, the Chiefs, the Falcons and the Eagles (all made the playoffs and combined for a 51-29 record while knocking off the 49ers) – but two weeks after running through that gauntlet, San Francisco fell to the Panthers also. So, that’s not too good.

Neither, for that matter, was coach Mike Singletary, who was fired after Week 16, and neither was much of anybody else. The offense ranked 24th in the league – almost a miracle considering Alex Smith and Troy Smith traded off starting QB spots and RB Frank Gore missed the last five games because of a fractured hip – and though the defense was actually slightly better than average, San Francisco just couldn’t put it together under Singletary’s leadership.




Quarterback Issues

When Singletary named Troy Smith as his starting QB midway through the season, you knew neither of them were long for their respective jobs. When Singletary replaced andinjured Alex Smith with Troy Smith in Week 10 and then switched back to Alex the next week (and then continued to switch the two throughout the rest of the year), there was almost no chance San Francisco would win consistently.

Actually, the trouble began earlier in the season during that infamous Sundayy Night Football game when the San Francisco fans booed Alex Smith and demanding to see the backup QB, and Singletary thought hard about replacing him with David Carr. Smith then led a near comeback attempt vs. the Eagles. Still, not a great sequence for San Francisco.


1. Patient History
We gave the patient history of this position in the section above, so now, let’s figure out what the 49ers will do about it. They actually could keep Alex Smith – they’ve already offered him a one-year contract – but it’s unclear whether Smith will sign it. But yeah, it might make sense for San Francisco to look for quarterbacks in the draft. And remember, Kevin Kolb and Donovan McNabb are still out there as well.

2. Jim Harbaugh
He’s got zero NFL head coaching experience, but 49ers fans have to be excited about the possibilities (considering his success at Stanford and because his brother, John, has done such a bang-up job with the Ravens), and considering he’s getting paid $25 million over five years, he’d BETTER have more success than Singletary. And don’t forget: San Francisco also hired Trent Baalke as GM in the offseason. So, the 49ers are kind of starting over.

3. Cornerback
Nate Clements is fine at one CB spot, but Shawntae Spencer didn’t have a great year last season. Which is why it makes sense for San Francisco to grab either LSU’s Patrick Peterson or Nebraska’s Prince Amukamara with the No. 7 pick in the draft.




The defense is good enough to compete. The 49ers LB corps with Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes (and maybe Manny Lawson) is pretty darn good, and the defensive line, led by Justin Smith, does a nice job as well. The problem here is offense, and not just at QB either.

Gore is coming off a bad injury, and WR Michael Crabtree still hasn’t broken out in a big way. Assuming Harbaugh can get the respect of his team right away – something Singletary struggled with last season – San Francisco could get back to 8-8. Which means the 49ers could contend for the NFC West crown.

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Posted on: April 13, 2011 1:08 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Hot Routes 4.13.11: Now with even more sabotage



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • CBSSports.com’s own Mike Freeman, who’s been breaking news like crazy lately, writes that the NFL is trying to sabotage the NFLPA’s draft week events. 
  • Will already told you about the arrest of Titans WR Kenny Britt. Now, Britt has been charged with three counts (including eluding an officer, a felony), and his court date is set for April 19.
  • Although Peyton Manning has been awfully quiet about the birth of his twins, the Indy Star did some digging and found out they actually exist. So, an official Mazel Tov to the Manning family.
  • 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh asked an interesting question of QB Alex Smith: does he have baby deer skin or skin like an armadillo? He thinks the latter. I’m not sure I even knew armadillos have skin. I thought they had scales.

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Posted on: February 26, 2011 11:45 am
 

Hot Routes 2.26.11: I cry for Keisel's beard



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio thinks the previous injuries suffered by former Colts S Bob Sanders were fluky and he doesn’t judge them to be a current problem. That's good news for the free agent Sanders.
  • I’ve been meaning to mention this for a couple days, but Adam Jones – you know him better as Pacman – got probation for his role in the 2007 Las Vegas melee.
  • Titans DE Jason Babin and the Tennessee organization haven’t spoken recently. Sounds like the Titans want to wait until a new CBA is finalized before they think about a new deal with the Pro Bowler.
  • Apparently, if Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara is available for the Lions with the No. 13 pick, they’d be happy to take him. If not, it’s not expected Detroit will take another CB instead.

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