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49ers unsure if Smith is the man in 2010

49ers unsure if Smith is the man in 2010
Posted by Michael David Smith on December 15, 2009 1:35 PM ET
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith didn't have a particularly good game against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night. But he has played fairly well since getting the 49ers' starting job back midway through this season.

The question now is whether he's played well enough to enter next season as the starter. And 49ers General Manager Scot McCloughan tells Peter King of SI.com that question hasn't been answered yet.

"He's making progress,'' McCloughan tells King. "Is he for sure the guy yet? I don't know. We've got three more games after tonight, and he needs to end the season strong. But we're encouraged. We're seeing more and more maturity, and he's growing in this system.

"He's had the benefit of working with Mike McCarthy and Norv Turner in their systems, and now with [offensive coordinator] Jimmy Raye in his system, and he's got much more talent to work with than he did when he first got here. We don't need him to be a superstar. We just need him to play within the system, which he's done recently.''

For McCloughan to say "We don't need him to be a superstar" indicates that the 49ers have accepted the fact that Smith will never be the kind of player the 49ers thought he'd be when they chose him with the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft.

But five years later, they might be willing to settle for Smith as their starter -- even as something less than a superstar.


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they are not going to come out now and say "yeah he's our guy we're drafting an extension right now". Same reason they waited to give Sing the job until the season was over, the decision will be known early in the offseason. Barring a meltdown from Smith I expect him to be given his 1st season with the same OC as the year before with a good team with some weapons around him.
Ooopa wrong thread


[ Edited by qnnhan7 on Dec 15, 2009 at 18:15:42 ]
Originally posted by Ronnie49Lott:
49ers unsure if Smith is the man in 2010
Posted by Michael David Smith on December 15, 2009 1:35 PM ET
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith didn't have a particularly good game against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night. But he has played fairly well since getting the 49ers' starting job back midway through this season.

The question now is whether he's played well enough to enter next season as the starter. And 49ers General Manager Scot McCloughan tells Peter King of SI.com that question hasn't been answered yet.

"He's making progress,'' McCloughan tells King. "Is he for sure the guy yet? I don't know. We've got three more games after tonight, and he needs to end the season strong. But we're encouraged. We're seeing more and more maturity, and he's growing in this system.

"He's had the benefit of working with Mike McCarthy and Norv Turner in their systems, and now with [offensive coordinator] Jimmy Raye in his system, and he's got much more talent to work with than he did when he first got here. We don't need him to be a superstar. We just need him to play within the system, which he's done recently.''

For McCloughan to say "We don't need him to be a superstar" indicates that the 49ers have accepted the fact that Smith will never be the kind of player the 49ers thought he'd be when they chose him with the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft.

But five years later, they might be willing to settle for Smith as their starter -- even as something less than a superstar.


Link


I dont think its a big deal. I think he just doesnt want Smith to relax. He needs to know that to be awarded a starting job WITHOUT a QB competition will require consistent good play. Nothing shocking about any of this.

Right now, Alex is playing well enough to remain with the team and be a starter next year (like Shaun Hill last year). Now he needs to show he is the unquestioned GUY going into 2010.
There's already a thread about that: http://www.49erswebzone.com/forum/thread.php?num=135211
Originally posted by LambdaChi49:
Originally posted by Ronnie49Lott:
49ers unsure if Smith is the man in 2010
Posted by Michael David Smith on December 15, 2009 1:35 PM ET
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith didn't have a particularly good game against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night. But he has played fairly well since getting the 49ers' starting job back midway through this season.

The question now is whether he's played well enough to enter next season as the starter. And 49ers General Manager Scot McCloughan tells Peter King of SI.com that question hasn't been answered yet.

"He's making progress,'' McCloughan tells King. "Is he for sure the guy yet? I don't know. We've got three more games after tonight, and he needs to end the season strong. But we're encouraged. We're seeing more and more maturity, and he's growing in this system.

"He's had the benefit of working with Mike McCarthy and Norv Turner in their systems, and now with [offensive coordinator] Jimmy Raye in his system, and he's got much more talent to work with than he did when he first got here. We don't need him to be a superstar. We just need him to play within the system, which he's done recently.''

For McCloughan to say "We don't need him to be a superstar" indicates that the 49ers have accepted the fact that Smith will never be the kind of player the 49ers thought he'd be when they chose him with the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft.

But five years later, they might be willing to settle for Smith as their starter -- even as something less than a superstar.


Link


I dont think its a big deal. I think he just doesnt want Smith to relax. He needs to know that to be awarded a starting job WITHOUT a QB competition will require consistent good play. Nothing shocking about any of this.

Right now, Alex is playing well enough to remain with the team and be a starter next year (like Shaun Hill last year). Now he needs to show he is the unquestioned GUY going into 2010.

This team needs stability. A change at QB or yet another QB competition IS NOT the answer.
Originally posted by Brazilian49er:
There's already a thread about that: http://www.49erswebzone.com/forum/thread.php?num=135211

Thanks Brazilian49er. Mods please lock it up.


already a thread on this