Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Glad I serve a useful purpose for you!
Harbaugh is known as a very straight shooter and he tends to take great care in what he says. I do not doubt that he sincerely likes Smith as a player and person. Not sure why you would think he is shining the world on.
So if Smith is resigned you will be shocked? Sad? Angry? Are you in denial? Does it really matter to you?
Because if Harbaugh decides to go with CK next year I will:
1) Hope the 9ers go to the Super Bowl
2) Wish Alex well in his future pursuits
3) Root like crazy for CK and the 9ers
4) Not loose any sleep over it.
LOL bro take a break from defending Alex Smith's honor for one second.
Haraugh first and foremost is a WINNER. He is always looking for ways to motivate his team. He's searching tirelessly for any little advantage he can have over the other teams in the NFL. Why might Harbaugh say "I do" even if he wasn't sure he considered Alex Smith his QB of the future? You're a smart guy, I'm surprised you haven't figured this one out.
Maybe, Alex Smith is known to have issues with his confidence and Harbaugh was thinking of that? Perhaps Harbaugh is toosmart to start a QB controversy during a playoff run by saying "Alex has played mistake free football but I think we can still get more out of the position in the future" or "I'm not sure if he is the QB of the future yet because we have quite a bit of season left to play and I'm looking for some more improvements from him".
I'm not saying that this is THE reason Harbaugh said what he did, or that he is in fact lying to everybody, I'm just saying there are other explanations that are just as valid at this point.
As for how I'll feel if we resign Alex?
I'll not be surprised one bit.
He generally played well enough to not lose games this year and at times played well enough to win tough games. If we sign him to a contract that reflects that value(2 years, 14-16 million), I'l be over the moon. Now, if we sign him to a monster of a deal (6 years 70-80 million dollar) I will be very dissapointed but not angry.
I like Alex the player and I am extremely fond of Alex the human being. I don't think at this point he deserves the mega-deal most franchise QB's get signed to, but if I had to give that kind of money to anyone other than Brees, Mannings, Brady, Rodgers, Rivers, Romo, Stafford or Schaub...I'd give it to Alex. At least you know you're gonna be getting 100% from him day in and day out.