Alex Smith’s Last Chance

As a devoted 49er fan, I have witnessed the ups and downs over the past decade. I remember being a little kid watching the Niner’s playoff game against the Packers where Terrell Owens made his mark with a last second touchdown catch to advance the Niners into the second round of the playoffs along with the 2-14 season they had in 2004.

I was watching the draft that April evening when San Francisco selected, the future of the franchise,  Alex Smith as the #1 overall pick in the draft bypassing  Aaron Rogers. Like they say hind sight is 20/20 and if the Niners had the opportunity again they would have definitely selected Rodgers who has proven to be one of the most lethal quarterbacks in the league.

I really tried to give Smith a chance, but year after year my optimistic hopes were shattered by disappointment. I watched Smith constantly make mistakes, miss throws, and underperform in big situations and after 7 years of that you begin to lose faith. Having discussed this topic with a number of sports enthusiasts I willing to give Smith one more chance, but it does come with high demands.

This is Smith’s year to really break out of his shell and show people why he was selected as the #1 overall draft pick. The Niners have given Smith every offensive weapon he could dream of and have also brought back their entire defense from a year ago. This season will be a failure for me from the quarterback position unless Smith is regarded in statistics with Brady, Rodgers, and Manning. I want him to have more than two 300 yard passing games in a season and have a touchdown to interception ratio that is among the best in the league.

The biggest problem I have with the entire situation surrounding Smith is that year after year everyone wants to take the blame of f Smith. Nobody wants to hold him accountable when he suppose to be the leader of the team; he is always supposed to be held accountable. People constantly blame it on the Offensive coordinators or the lack of weapons, but no one ever wants to say Smith needs to step up and figure the problem out. I am doing that today. Smith needs to have a career year to gain my support back and without one will lose it forever.

This year, Smith has such a wide variety of ammunition around him with Moss, Manningham, Crabtree, Davis, Walker, Gore, and rookies Jenkins and James that he should never have a problem finding someone who can make a play. Not to mention, he has his entire starting defense returning along with a good offensive line. That tells me is that it is all on you this year Smith. The Niners have figured out all the pieces to the puzzle except the one at Quarterback. This is the make it or break it year.

I don’t want to hear any more excuses be the leader of the team and get it done.  Show everyone what the Niners saw in you in 2005.

If the Niners would have landed Manning they are super bowl champions. I accredit that to how good Manning is, but also to how complete of a team the Niners have and it is time to make things happen.

 

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Golden Boy will go to the Golden State

I talked earlier this year that the Dallas Cowboys would be a good fit for Peyton Manning for the fact that they met a lot of the requirements that Manning was looking for. They have an owner, Jerry Jones, that isn’t afraid to spend money to get players that he wants and we know he wants to win. However, the Cowboys made no moves towards Manning and seem as though they will continue to put their faith in “Choking” Tony Romo. Romo has been a successful quarterback in the NFL but seems to lack that “Tebow quality” which is to win when it matters.

The three teams who seem to be serious contenders to land Manning are the Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans, and the San Francisco 49ers. All teams have qualities that appeal to Manning; the Broncos have hall of fame quarterback John Elway in their front office who has been able to develop a relationship with Manning that could get him to sign. The Titans are in the same state in which he went to college and could possibly provide opportunities for him after football. Not to mention, both teams are in the AFC where Manning has said he would prefer to stay. Lastly, we have the 49ers which I feel provide the most opportunity for Manning.

The Niners finished last season with a 13-3 record and made it to the NFC championship game with a mediocre quarterback. They play outdoors but being on the west coast experience warm weather most of the year so this shouldn’t be a deal breaker. They have a line that can keep Manning upright and give him the time he needs in the pocket, and a defense that will help out on the other side of the ball. The Niners really give Manning the best chance to win another Super Bowl.

San Francisco also has an excellent coach in Jim Harbaugh who was even able to make Alex Smith look like a decent NFL quarterback. There is one problem though; Manning and Smith currently have the same agent, Tom Condon, in which it is impossible for him to look out for the best interest of both players. This is more of a problem for Smith in that Condon will look out for Manning before Smith. Smith will most likely have to change agents unless he decides that he wants to pursue another team.

The Niners have made some very good free agency moves bringing in Randy Moss to stretch the field and re-signing CB Carlos Rogers. Moss has received criticism throughout his career for giving up in games, but seems excited to be apart of the 49ers team. A motivate Randy Moss is a very dangerous weapon. He will also have one of the elite running backs in his back field, something he hasn’t had since Edgerrin James. This will relieve some of the pressure of having to throw the ball 50 times a game. I think that the Niners give Peyton Manning the best opportunity to win, and at the end of the day he will suit up in the red and gold, while Smith will be in a different uniform for the first time in his NFL career. If Smith signs with another team I believe he will prove that the Niners success last year was a product of a great coach not a good quarterback.

I have waited seven years for the 49ers to make a change at quarterback and with that in sight I can’t wait for football season to start. I would love to know what the Says Who Sports fans have to say about this.