Originally posted by Jakemall:
Originally posted by Young2Rice:
To which I would counter that Alex could have left, leaving Harbaugh with nobody, and gone to another team and done a perform for your next paycheck contract.
Alex could of left yea? But for where? SF was the best opportunity for him to play, considering there was a lockout and he would not have a chance to get continuity with his new team and new playbook (which JH gave him before teh lockout) which is needed to be successful. Plus JH was a QB guru who could help revitalize his career. Alkex knew that. Without the niners, Smith may have been looking for a team until the lockout ended, by which time its too late to learn everything and would be a waste of season for him.
It has been said that Alex was already improving before Harbaugh got there. Harbaugh just recognized the talent and made a public show of going after Alex.
Alex also negotiated down his original contract when he didn't have to. They might have released him, but in hindsight, that might have been doing him a favor at the time.
As you said, Niners might have released him if he didn't renegotiate. So it sounds like he did HAVE TO restructure or risk being cut. Which he didn't want beacuse he probably knew SF was the best fit for him.
Again, that might have been doing him a favor considering the talent and the coaching at THAT time.
I think everyone will agree that Alex is at least an average to a top ten qb...he'd have found a home. No the 9ers didn't do him a favor...he was just being loyal...He wanted to prove everyone wrong.
Alex is average now yes, but before 2011 he was considered well below average, despite what people believed were the issues.
At the time, we didn't know it, but JH didn't need Alex; Alex needed JH.
I think maybe nobody really did the other party any "favors." Its a contract. Smith is on the team and has a job and 49ers pay him for that job. Both parties got something out of it.
You consider Alex average. I don't. Most of the pundents don't. Not anymore. I think eventually Alex would have proven it elsewhere. He looks to have that chance next season. The one thing Harbaugh did do is chance the perception of the public of Alex...he's no longer looked upon as a total bust. But he never was. You can't make something out of nothing.
I guess Alex being a good soldier is not doing the 9ers a solid in your book. I guess keeping a good mentality so that Staley didn't accidently let a few guys through to support his guy doesn't mean anything. (not saying Staley would really do that...but it has happened with other players and other teams.) Alex has been a role model player and coordinated the offseason the previous year...maybe that was in his best interest...but it certainly was doing more than is expected of a player...especially one not on a contract. Who by the way accepted a single year contract.
Sorry, yeah Alex is better then average. I was just using your adjective. You said, "average to top 10 QB."
But, anyway, that is besides the point and that wasn't the subject of our topic discussion.
As for your Staley comment we should not base our roster moves on the off chance that a player goes rogue and hurts the team because he was dissatisfied with a roster move. Can't run organizations on those types of off the wall hypotheticals.
[ Edited by Young2Rice on Jan 29, 2013 at 3:22 PM ]