Originally posted by Method:
What Hill did was go home instead of staying here to pass with Crabtree. If you tell me this didn't make a difference in Singletary's head when comparing the two Quarterbacks, you're being delusional.
We know Alex stayed behind. We also know that 1) alex continued on with meetings last year even after being out all year and he DID NOT have to (at least under the NFLPA collective bargaining agreement -- if you are hurt and out you don't have to attend team meetings); 2) take a pay cut to stay with the team and he felt he had unfinished business here; 3) alex swore for the first time this training camp (that we know of); 4) was patient and bided his time but support his good friend (Hill) during this season
Yet, they STILL call him Alex Leaf
The guy has been Nolanized, thrown under the bus, thrown on his shoulder by Rocky Bernard (courtesy of Larry Allen and Heitmann), questioned in the media and on this fora, called a prima donna, given a new word in the dictionary (Alexcuses), hated, loved, loathed, ridiculed.
All by the ripe age of 25.
Me, I don't know if Alex is the answer. I know what I saw against the Titans. I know that Gore ran pretty darn good out of the shotgun (4 times in a row). In fact, it was Gore's 2nd 100 yard game of the season. We know the other one where he ran for 2 80 plus runs, that doesn't really count now does it.
Alex has a report with VD, Crabs, and Gore.
I like Hill. I think he has a place on this team. He can come in and be effective for 3 or 4 games. Beyond that, his limitations shine through.
Alex will either take this team to a playoff record (9-7) or die trying.
I'm rooting for the kid because he wants to be here, to be a 49er.
The offense has a lot of youth. Only Gore has been to a Pro Bowl. This is VD's coming out year. Crabs and Morgan, both immature WRs. In 1988 (our 3rd Super Bowl) we had JR and JT, they were veterans by that time.
Instead of all of the negativity, how about some positive energy for Alex. If he tanks, and the season goes to hell, then YES, I would love to see Nate play. From what I saw in preseason, the kid looked good. But, not until the playoffs are totally out of reach.
This team needs to make the playoffs. Badly. Just like it did with Garcia and Giants in 02. Garcia will always be one of my favorite 49ers.