Originally posted by wrongway9erfan:
Originally posted by Memphis9er:
Originally posted by FnkyPhantom:
You all have established good (and reasonable) tangible benchmarks for A.Smith to have to achieve in order for his services to be retained by the 49er's beyond 2010.
But I think "Kolohe" and "SouthoftheSlot9er" are on to something, when they hint that it's got to be more than just numbers for Niner management to offer Smith an extension. Smith needs to gain the confidence of his teammates and coaches; something that he doesn't truly have at this moment. He needs to show command of the offensive scheme and in the huddle during games. Wouldn't hurt to be a little more vocal in the locker room and off-the-field, without being a loudmouth. I realize that he's rather soft-spoken. Find ways to make his teammates better and successful. I recognize that he doesn't have complete control over every situation, but it's the intangibles as much as the actual "numbers" that are going to determine if he remains with the team in 2011 and beyond.
Seems he has that already at least according to the coaching staff, Morgan and VD.
Even Smith himself has acknowledged that what others are saying about his early annointment don't amount to a rat's a$#. It's up to him to show it on the field game after game after game and to gain a sense of consistency and a winning mentality. All this talk about stats and playoffs mean nothing if he can't lead this team week in and week out. When he gets that part of his functionality down, that's when we'll find out if he's our QB of the future.
That is Smith telling everyone that he isn't letting praise go to his head, he knows that he has to earn it. It is obvious that the team is behind him, I am sure he is well liked and respected because of his work ethic, which is second to none, and the big reason I expect bigger and better things from the QB position this year.