Originally posted by BSofSF:
I wouldn't want this as a Niner fan ... but if I was Alex Smith I'd tell Harbaugh that if he doesn't put me back as the starter I'm done. They can suspend me, cut me, do whatever they want. The Niners would probably suspend and either trade or cut him. The Niners would be under tremendous pressure to go deep in the playoffs with Kaep, which they're probably starting to doubt right about now. Such a drastic maneuver wouldn't give Smith a bad reputation because everyone know what a hard working team player he's always been and how he kind of got jerked over. If anything, outsiders would probably respect him more for telling the Niners to stick it in their ear. If Harbaugh were to back down, which I can't imagine, Smith would get one more shot at winning a Super Bowl. He'll apparently need to win a Super Bowl to have any hope of retaining his job as the Niners starter. I think he's too nice a guy to do any of this. He'll probably "play" out the string and request a trade.
I like the thought, I was thinking something similar. But it's an emotional move, and not in Smith's character. He'll do what he always does, the logical, calculated thing that isn't popular. And it will end up being the best thing for his team - his TRUE team, his wife, future kids, etc.