Originally posted by fastforward:
Originally posted by JustaFan45:
Originally posted by Ruhl:After seeing our defense against Brees and Rodgers who cares!
If we don't retain Alex, we'll be playing him twice a year. You can take that to the bank.
But it'd be scary if Smith joins the Cardinals and manages to find real rapport with Fitzgerald. He has learned a lesson with the 49ers. Stats don't mean anything until it means everything. He might have lost his job because he truly believed in the first part.
Alex would have little-to-no success in Arizona. Have you seen their O-Line? Fitzgerald would be one unhappy dude if Alex was his QB. Even cats like Skelton take chances and allow Fitzgerald to make a play on the ball. Alex has proven he won't do that.
Bottom line is most of the league sees through his #3 rank in QB rating and his TD to INT ratio. He takes very few risks and WILL NOT carry a team on his back. The situation here is as good as it gets for Alex Smith. Great defense, great running game, not being asked to do much and just playing it safe is what works for him here. Most other teams don't have those pieces and will need a QB that can actually lead them to victory. Alex Smith is not that QB. There's a reason analysts and even some players have tagged him with the "game manager" title, and it's not because they don't know what they're talking about, as many on here suggested in the past.
As for trade value? We aren't likely to get much, even if teams didn't know they could probably get him as a free agent. Will another team snatch him up? Obviously. Will he succeed somewhere else? He probably won't be anything more than mediocre unless he can land a spot on another team with an elite defense and top-notch running game where he won't be asked to do too much. Any other teams like that out there?