Originally posted by Shaj:
Originally posted by Shorteous:
Call me crazy, call me maybe but I think it is in the best interest of the 49ers to keep Smith and the reason didn't fully dawn on me till last night. Fist off, the requirement for smith to stay is obviously a restructured deal, couple that with Smith obviously wanting to be a starter in this league and I don't think it's possible for us to retain him.
The reason why it would behoove the 9ers to retain Smith, is to maintain the integrity of depth for the team. Kaep cross the line into full on option read QB and although he is more of a pocket passer, he will be running and he will eventually make a decision that leads to an injury. If we could have Alex as the backup QB, we could rest easy at night knowing that if the starter goes down, boy we are still barreling ahead to the trophy room.
If not, then I obviously hope to trade Alex and get some gain from him.
isn't it incredibly obvious that he would be a great backup for us? I don't understand why this is such a revelation for you or anyone else. It's not going to happen though. He is going to get traded for a 5th rounder to some bottom dweller in the league, where he will be an upgrade over some bust they have at QB. Jets, Jaguars, Cardinals, etc. Of course it would be great to have him as a backup, esp since Kaep puts his body at risk with QB runs, but Smith, after 5 years of killing coaches and losing games, has finally proved himself to be good enough to start in this league. It just won't be for a team like us that has a legit QB at the helm.
It wasn't a revelation that Alex is a good QB always believed that and believed in him. It was more about Kaep turning up his running another notch. He transcended mobile QB into running QB last night. Not that he's a run first QB obviously but that it's something that can become heavy in the game plan from time to time and thus chances of something unfortunate also rises.
Before, I don't think you could find one analyst that put him in the same catagory as a Cam or RGIII, but that's what he did last night he got part membership into their club. He also got part membership in the pocket passer club too and I think probably has a honorary membership in Alex Smith club of management.
So in finale, it was a realization that a backup QB is a necessity and who better for JH than Alex. See what I realized that was Alex had more benefit to us than to be traded by us.