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Alex Smith: The Aftermath (Post SB)

He will be 29 when the season starts. Waiting around here as a backup for another year would be a terrible career move. He needs to start and set him self up for a big contract and a long term starting role somewhere.
Originally posted by cciowa:
at his age, at the things he accomplished last year and in the first part of this year,, he should not be ok being a back up and doing mop up duty for the rest of his life. if he is, then he is not the mentally tough person i thought he was. i think he wants to go somewhere, be the starter and prove the niners they were wrong. who ever heard of someone his age with what he has done, being ok as a back up??

I think he should go elsewhere, but look at it from the other side. He's made millions of dollars. He should know he is never going to go to the HOF. Just had his first kid, is in pretty good shape (shoulder), but not many concussions, broken bones, etc....

So, worth millions, married, kid, settled into a community, teammates that are his friends, I could see the lure of staying here as a backup for alot less money. Hell I would. Play with my friends, still get millions of dollars, not get pulverized 16 times a year. Play if called upon, then retire with his health, thats more than many players can say.
[ Edited by frozen49er on Jan 30, 2013 at 5:53 PM ]
Originally posted by Niners99:
If we cut him, and he goes to AZ, then our road to more division titles will be harder. Do what DEN did for Tebow. Gather offers, and pick the best few, and let him choose which team he wants to go to of those choices.

LOL

Come on. Alex isn't the type of QB that will give our defense trouble. What's he gonna do in Arizona? Get sacked 8 times by Aldon Smith due to their atrocious offensive line and dump down to Beanie Wells for 4 yards when he does get a pass off? Other than him knowing too much about our offense, Alex Smith going to Arizona (or anywhere else, really) doesn't bother me. Without Harbaugh, Alex is mediocre at best. It's always been that way and will not change.
Originally posted by Joecool:
I don't think it is a good idea to have Alex as a backup. You want your backup to be sort of a surprise or bring some element the starter doesn't bring. Teams know what Alex can and can't do so it will be an easy adjustment for them.

Having a guy like Tolzien or another QB with zero film, maybe Johnson would probably be more effective coming into an emergency role.

Also take into account hat Alex just isn't the type who comes in without actually preparation. The guy needs more time than most just to get on an average groove with a receiver. He's not the type of QB to be able to come in and wing it. He must not only know the playbill but have already played and practiced those plays out. Jim Harbaugh isn't a coach who recycles a lot of plays from year to year. So, Alex may know the playbook but will be trying to execute new plays for the first time if he ever has to come in.

I don't know, great character and hope he goes on a team that has tons of patience and backs him 100% but he's not as good as he's made out to be on here.
Yeah, I mean remember when he came in as a backup for Hill that one game against Houston. He was garbage in that second half.
Good luck to Alex wherever he goes!
If any team wants to offer draft picks you have to take the draft picks.
English - did NOT mean to imply that Alex was cancer. Just the opposite. Was talking in general terms, not specific to Alex.
Alex is from San Diego, his family lives there, so if he was released I could easily see him signing with Arizona and I don't think that is a good idea for the 49ers.
Alex is from San Diego, his family lives there, so if he was released I could easily see him signing with Arizona and I don't think that is a good idea for the 49ers.
You know I have been critical Alex in the past but I gotta admit I've gained a lot respect for him on how he's handled this situation. I wish him success in his future endeavors.
So if by some miracle we get a 4th or 5th round pick for Smith, can that be compared to taking a pair of pants that didn't fit back to the store?
Originally posted by fister30:
So if by some miracle we get a 4th or 5th round pick for Smith, can that be compared to taking a pair of pants that didn't fit back to the store?

Some miracle? we gave a 5th for ginn didnt we?

we will get atleast a second for smith. People are seriously under estimateing his value this off season
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Originally posted by Garcia:
Honestly, no.

Football is a business, if the 49ers let him go without a trade it's a mistake.

If they can't get a trade... obviously, they have to cut him...but a trade should be the goal.

I agree. Niners have to do what's best for them. They can always ask Alex where he'd prefer to go and if that team offers similar deal, then they can trade him to his preferred destination.
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Originally posted by IdahoNiner:
Some miracle? we gave a 5th for ginn didnt we?

we will get atleast a second for smith. People are seriously under estimateing his value this off season

This. I knew we'd agree on something.
Originally posted by dtcomposer:
Yeah, I mean remember when he came in as a backup for Hill that one game against Houston. He was garbage in that second half.

Good ole prevent defense when a team is up by a lot. Either way, Alex is the one who needs to prove his value.