Originally posted by bzborow1:
Ummmmmmm.........as I recall every team we faced when straight man-to-man, brought everyone else in the box and dared Alex to beat them. What Alex became very adept at was making small adjustments at the line to create some space in those short-medium passing situations which enabled him to be more effective. Is he a top 10? I suppose so. But is he someone a team is going to trade for at years end and the 49ers can expect to get a lot in return (a la Matt Schaub to Texans)? I doubt it.
Having said that, if I'm the Jets, the Jaguars, the Titans or even the Arizona Cardinals I'm taking a long look for a QB for the next 3 years of re-tooling.
Perhaps a better question is, would you - right now - build a franchise around Alex Smith? I wouldn't, but I would bet more than a few would answer yes to that question if the QB was Kaepernick.
Incidentally, what is happening now with Kaepernick is an example of what happens when a QB is brought along the right way. Perhaps things would have been different for Alex had he been afforded that same opportunity years ago, but that is in the past and of no consequence now. I would feel sorry him because I like the guy, but understand this man has also walked away from the 49ers with about $50 million in his pocket.
We will soon see. Personally, I don't think you can build an organization around any QB other than maybe the top 3 or 4 guys at best. Everyone else needs to be part of a system. I don't think Alex is in bad company there. Is he a top 10 QB? I think so. Do you build around him? No. We're not in disagreement there.