Originally posted by Wodwo:
Originally posted by ZRF80:
If you're in the league.........it counts.
I think the problem he had is that you said, "Six years of miserable play".
I don't think anybody counts Young's time on the bench as "play" time.
Not that I don't understand where you're coming from. It still sucks to have had him as, at best, this huge question mark hanging over the head of the team for six years. You still either had to endure broken dreams or frustration that he was still on the roster, depending on if you'd written him off. Six years of that sucks no matter how you slice it.
Sometimes, you just have to relax and not worry about the things you can't control. It's better for your health long term.
Remember that Smith has not even played 3 years out of the 6 years people keep talking about. He has been hurt for rougly 2 and 1/2 years and Hill played 4 or 5 games last year.
This all goes to the development issue and how the 9ers screwed up the training and protection of a QB. Nolan should have taken Smith's injury seriously but he didn't. The 9ers should have fired Nolan for that reason alone. Getting back to the development of Smith you don't just throw a young QB into a game like ther 9ers did in Smith's first year. The team was crap and didn't have the players to pass protection him (remember the Redskins game in year 1?) or the weapons to help him out.
Add to that the fact that Nolan decided to draft defensive players in the first few years of the Smith era and his FA offensive linemen turned out to be crap would any QB have any chance. And don't give me, "but the 9ers drafted V. Davis." Davis didn't show much production until last year (and we all know that wasn't Smith's fault since he wasn't playing).
In the end we will never know if Smith would have been better but I would guess he would have been. What I really worry about is the next QB we take in the draft because the 9ers history with Smith shows that the organization doesn't have a clue how to develop a QB. It's like the Keystone Cops are running this organization.