Originally posted by kcfan11:
You know what. You guys can't argue that Andy Reid has had his eye on him for awhile even before he got to KC. That really speaks volumes to me, and as soon as Reid got a new gig he pulled the trigger and wanted Alex to lead his offense. What Alex did under Harbaugh furthered Reid's interest in him and made the decision a lot easier. I just watched a video of him slicing up a pretty good defense in Arizona and if we can get that type of performance from him, it will be like we struck gold. Especially with the playmakers we have, it will be really something special!
All of you that are negative about Alex Smith, go tell Andy Reid how horrible he is. As a matter of fact tell your coach 2 years ago. Were you guys saying the same thing even though Alex was winning games? It sounds like you guys are butt hurt that you guys were wrong or something.
Hey KCfan, welcome to the zone. Allow me to explain...
There's a decent percentage of the Niner fan base that are just critical of Smith regardless of what he does/doesn't do. The best way I can put it is this:
First impressions are everything in life to people. It's what we make judgments of people on, and even when evidence down the road points to the contrary, it is very difficult to overturn these judgments. Think of a best friend that turned on you.....how long it took you to even acknowledge it and *believe it*.
Now think of someone who was a d*** initially, and maybe changed for the better. He'll always have that stigma.
With Smith, a few years into his career a good # of 49er fan's impression of him was that he wasn't good. A combination of the 49ers not having a winning record probably multiplied by the fact that he was a #1 overall pick pretty much did him in. QBs for better or worse take the brunt of winning/losing regardless of outside factors.
At some point in 2009/2010, Smith was lost on the fanbase. There was a MNF in 2010 against the Eagles where a loud chant of "We want [David] Carr!" was shouted at Candlestick Park.
In my opinion if the 2011/2012 Smith performance magically showed up in 2008/2009, I think overall the guy is viewed far differently in SF and around the league.
This is my take. Although someone could say look at Mark Sanchez's first two years of straight AFC Championship game appearances, and then the last two years where it's been not as good, and now non stop criticism of the guy (that might just be a NY thing).
From where I see things, I believe that Kaepernick is the right choice not only because of the upside talent but perhaps even more importantly is that there is no baggage associated with him. Maybe Smith could have shed it forever had the Niners won the Super Bowl in 2011, but after losing that NFC Champ game against the Giants, it became apparent it would never go away.
Let's hope for a Drew Brees 2.0 situation out in Missouri. I'm a huge Smith fan and want all the best for him in his new gig.
[ Edited by JTsBiggestFan on Aug 2, 2013 at 3:23 PM ]