Originally posted by 4evrfan:
Originally posted by susweel:
Alex Smith should be on that list. His suckage and then his mediocrity was just good enough to keep him around for 8 years but his talent was never even close to being the #1 overall pick. The amount of time and effort they wasted on him kept the organization from moving on to someone else.
One thing is for sure the current administration would have moved on much quicker.
Granted Smith should not have been a number one pick, but your bias is blinding you. He was unfairly thrust into a situation no one should have endured, with unrealistic expectations and virtually no supporting cast and poor guidance. Add all those offenses and coordinators and all the pressure from the media and fans (such as yourself) and you have a certain formula for, if not failure, then at least unrealized performance. Give the poor guy a break. He doesn't even compare to such picks as Druckenmiller. Woods, Stokes (who cost us all those draft picks), Balmer, Jenkins, the list goes on.
Smith was also given more chances than any QB I can remember. His rookie year he produced 1 TD and 11 ints with a much larger rookie contract, actually hurting the team much more than helping. I'll take a Balmer, Jenkins, etc. bust over an Alex one any time. At least with those guys we can wipe our hands and move on. We were stuck with Alex, like it or not. He did ok later in his career, but by that time, how much went to him in salary cap that we could have used? Not worth one playoff season, sorry.