Originally posted by 1swift:
Originally posted by D_Niner:
Originally posted by 1swift:
Originally posted by bigmike55:
Originally posted by excelsior:
The common attitude that I get from most Alex critics is to get rid of him and get someone better. That sounds so simple on the surface. But it bespeaks a failure to appreciate how difficult it is to play QB in the NFL. It is the most difficult position to play and that is why there are so few really good ones.
Consider all of the QBs starting for about 200 major college teams. We have about 80 QBs on 32 NFL rosters. Assuming a 10 year career span, that is only 8 QB rookies going into the NFL each year. Yet, of the 32 teams, there are probably 10 that you would call "elite," the kind a 49er fan demands guide his team in the years to come. On average, that represents only 1 QB coming out of college each year. There may be a few more on rosters that someday will be considered "elite" but history suggests that it isn't many.
Some claim Alex is the worst QB in the NFL, which is a laughable claim. Others, however, complain that he is only average, which he may be, but some teams would love to have just an average QB at the moment.
Some demand that we trade for Kolb, Orton, Palmer, etc. But do not forget that there a at least 10 other teams looking to upgrade their QB and the competition for these guys will be intense and their price will be inflated.
The upshot of this discussion is that I think Harbaugh realizes this as well as any; after all he struggled to be a quality QB himself. He knows that most teams must find a way to win with a QB who is not elite.
Harbaugh probably realizes that Alex is the best available for the moment. It is not certain that Orton, Kolb, Palmer are better than him, and they will cost in valuable draft choices will be excessive, while Alex will not cost them any d/c. So until his critics can point out a truly intelligent alternative path, they should hold their tongues.
Alex Smith has been garbage for his entire career. Anyone is better than him.
This is my only issue with the Alex Smith hate...Some haters, just as some supporters, are so blind that they'd really think ANYTHING is better than alex smith...Case and point: Troy Smith...to me Troy smith was just terrible, far worse than Alex at his worst...yet he has some feverish support just for the fact that he's not alex
David Carr? Nate? just Anyone, really? thats not the answer
Come on now, Troy didn't know enough of the playbook to be fairly evaluated; but even with his limited knowledge, he directed some nice comebacks and had a couple good games.
With as many excuses people make for Alex, I cant understand why they cannot see a simple fact like knowing the playbook helps a QB execute the O.
I think its fair to say that harbaugh is at least a good QB evaluator...HE hasnt coached a down in the NFL but i think its safe to assume he can evaluate...I think theres a very good reason why he's pretty much dissed Carr, and theres been NO word of contact with troy smith though he constantly says he's keeping all options open so to speak....troy is a joke of an NFL QB and only a Alex hater who is happy to see anyone other than #11 at QB would want him as your QB...You can do far worse than Alex is all Im saying
The problem with your logic is that people are asking Jim about Alex. He's not coming out and saying all this stuff just because he thinks Alex can be good. That's where you nut-swingers are blowing things out of proportion... He's saying positive things about Alex because reporters are asking him questions and it doesn't do any good to badmouth a player in the media. Have you heard any reporter ask Jim about Troy?
Now, I have heard the reporters ask about David Carr, and Jim threw out some nice positive things to say there too; but, that's not getting much play around here with the Alex fans...