Originally posted by excelsior:
First, I think some of you underestimate Alex's stubborn resolve and toughness. In fact, any QB who would shy away from home fans booing couldn't handle hostile fans when playing away. NFL QBs are tough and used to adversity; indeed, they often welcome it as another challenge to defeat. This will not be the reason if Alex decides togo elsewhere.
Second, I am getting weary of the tired old dictum that "he won't be functional." That was what Meyers said about Alex when he was 19 and 20 years old. He has grown, matured and has absorbed about every scheme known to man (much of it not very good). It is my suspicion he can learn H.'s playbook as fast as anyone.
Do you not get it ? He is LOATHED by Niner fans. Evven when he has a decent game, he is booed on every incomplete pass he throws. There is no margin of error when it comes to Smith. Unless he can put up a perfect QB rating in each and every game he plays in a Niner uniform, he will be booed. This is not a Steve Young / Joe Montana scenario, where Alex is trying to replace a HOFer. This franchise has been in the abyss ever since our last functional QB (Garcia) left, and no one has been able to replace him.
I just dont see how some of you guys still think Alex is one coach away from being great. The best that Harbaugh can do is make him functional......he cannot make him into a SB quarterback.
If Alex is smart, he will cut his losses and find a rock to climb under (or as you would say.....become the next starter for the Pats/Colts and lead them to 5 more titles). But he is not welcome here in SF anymore.