Originally posted by Jcool:
Early i saw Peter King on NBC Sports say Alex Smith was going to be a more sought after QB then Vick and he expects Alex to request a trade after the season.
He will be cut. I agree that Alex will get more looks this coming off season than last time. Like someone mentioned...last off season Smith was still viewed negatively and still had the "ONLY successful in Harbaugh's system as a game manager..." but it's clear he has gotten better. Sure he's no world beater but he's definitely a solid QB and that started before Harbaugh got here (see the games since "the booing").
People who think Alex will "be lucky to be a back up somewhere" are off base. Does anyone really think there aren't at least 3 or 4 teams that could use a 15-20 TD 5-10 INT 3000-3700 yards type of QB? Again...not a guy who will put the team on his back every week but a guy who won't lose games for you and can make the plays when he needs to.
Alex isn't as good as some think but he's also not nearly as bad as some think either. I can't imagine the Browns, Chiefs, Raiders, Eagles, Jags, Bills, and/or the Jets not at least consider Alex Smith a better option than their current starter(s) or at least viable alternative via a "camp battle."
I think Alex can immediately start on the following teams:
Chiefs - he would suck here though. This would be the worst move IMO.
Eagles - depends on what happens with their coaching situation. The talent is there offensively and what they need is a smart QB who can actually read a defense. Alex is no Vick but that's also a good thing.
Jets - People like to compare Smith to Sanchez and it's a fair comparison to a certain extent but at this point..I bet there are more Jets fans that would prefer Smith over Sanchez. Sanchez crumbles and makes awful decisions. Again..Alex isn't a gun slinger but he's also not going to give games away the way Sanchez has. Sanchez = Alex Smith 2007-2009.
Team where Smith is a viable alternative (i.e. compete for the starting gig):
Raiders - Palmer isn't the guy he used to be and even though he's putting up numbers it's because they're always playing from 21-0. IF the Raiders can get an O-line, a decent run game, and re tool their defense...well then I guess they'd just keep Palmer lol..BUT...Alex could be brought in as nice insurance. Palmer isn't getting any younger.
Jags - Gabbert may not be the answer and Henne isn't the long term answer. Alex could be brought in to compete.
Browns - Alex is younger than Weeden and he's a better QB.
Bills - I know the Bills are financially committed to Fitzpatrick but he's not playing to the level they want. Alex can compete for the gig.
[ Edited by LambdaChi49 on Nov 30, 2012 at 6:48 PM ]