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Report: Alex Smith Willing to Return

Posted by Taylor Price on May 17, 2011 – 4:35 PM

Alex Smith is currently an unrestricted free agent, but the six-year pro told local reporters there’s a good likelihood he will return to the 49ers for a seventh season.

Smith didn’t want to be quoted by media outlets watching 49ers players go through player-organized workouts on Tuesday, but CSN Bay Area anchor Mindi Bach and 49ers beat writer Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee both relayed his comments.

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280 Responses to “Report: Alex Smith Willing to Return”

  1. By Kelly Thomson on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. When are the 9ers goign to learn he is not the answer. Not happy about this! good bye another season.

  2. By DieHard49ERFan on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith needs to go By BY. He sucked for over 6 years at San Fran. I would like to see the Niners Win Not Loose. If he is the Quarterback the Niners will LOOSE. GOD Please Please make him GO AWAY.

  3. By dryedmangoez on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Here’s hoping Harbaugh can work his magic with Alex and the Niners light up the NFC West =]

  4. By Jeremy on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    he is probably the best option we have plus hes got potential u got to admit we’ve seen him make some great plays, i hope with coach Harbaugh Alex will succeed

  5. By Tommy D on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    And David Carr is any better. Or bring in someone else as a free agent and waste money like we did with Clements? Stop hating he would’ve won the game against the number one team Falcons if Clements needed the ball. Lead an excellent comeback against the Saints. And you just want to hate on him. You will be like the other Fans of our team and jump on the wagon once he starts winning. But the wagon will be full. Trust Harbough, he’ll make him a winner.

  6. By Eric on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Get rid of him!!!!
    I want a chance to make the playoffs, I don’t want to sit around and watch this bum throw away another season

  7. By Tim on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    WHY? Hasn’t done squat in 6 years. What makes him think he will do any good this year? He and the 9ers need to part ways

  8. By dynasty80 on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    If he stays and succeeds, it will say a lot about Harbaugh vs. past coaches.

  9. By DieHard49ERFan on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith had 6 years to prove himself. He proved that he was a great College QB. He also Proved that he SUCKS as a Pro QB. If he comes back as the Niners starting or even back up QB. They will SUCK again.

  10. By keerut on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    hes ok but he just need a good coach that will stay more than one year he is a good hard working player

  11. By Tommy D on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Smith had a qb rating better than Farve, Sanchez, Bradford, Hasleback, and McNabb. with only play about ten or eleven games. What else can you ask for from a guy who never had an offensive minded coach? This year you’ll see an offense that is custom to his skill set.

  12. By bryan on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    how many years its gonna take to keep going with alex smith every year and end up having a loosing seasons. I say we go after a vet. quaterback

  13. By DadGummit on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    7th year is the charm!

  14. By DieHard49ERFan on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    All you Alex fans how old are you? The reason I ask is you think hes going to do somthing speacial. Yet he has not done a dam thing. I can remember the Glory days of Montana and Young. Those were real QBs. This guy is a JOKE. are you Alex Smith Fans young Kids or somthing? Really fopr Gods sake wake the hell up.

  15. By Kevin on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    You guys do realize its a 1 year contract, and right now its our best option because Kap is not ready to start from day 1. They’re going to be running an offense similar to last years, he’s already comfortable with the team. I’m not saying he’s the QB of the future but he’s the best option we have right now as a stop gap.

  16. By chris on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    smith is a grear player he has had a new offense every year, and he s learned many great offensives . that not something u let go. niners have struggled on the line when his mistakes are made I wouldn’t let him go especially that we have a true qb coach now. teams are ment to be built, whoever says let him goe doesn’t know football…..you let players like this go he is a leader when its time he will lead…….

  17. By DieHard49ERFan on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    We need to start are Rookie. What do we have to Loose?

  18. By BUCK on May 17, 2011 | Reply


  19. By Randy Garner on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Oh my freaking god, he is WILLING to return? Like I am WILLING to back over him with a truck. I’d say nice knowing you, but that would be a lie. If the Niners keep him on the starting roster for more than two games they will have proved themselves to be the worst decision makers in the league. F#$% you a hole.

  20. By Williyum on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    QB Alex Smith has potential, it’s the coaching problem he’s been dealing with. I myself am a QB for a high school, and i’ve been through 2 different Head Coaches and 3 different QB Coach, and it’s hard to transition to different playbooks from those coaches. I believe in Alexx, and I hope he does well in the 2012 season.

  21. By Tommy D on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    I’m 26 and remember the young days and Montana beating us in K.C. But those days are long gone. And being someone that remembers those days you would imagine you’d mention ummmmm…….. Jerry Rice, Stokes, Ricky Waters, and Dion Sanders as key components to those “Winning” teams. Also didn’t they have a great college coach, that went to the Pro game. What’s his name….. Bill Walsh. Yea that’s him. Don’t put all the blame on one position Crabtree should step up along with Ginn and Morgan. Clements should take a pay cut, bring in Asamua in and have on descent and one shut down corner and start winning.

  22. By NinerGolden on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith deserves a shot, A chance to prove he can take the 49ers to the playoffs and win a Super Bowl. I like the idea of this last chance it reeks of the possibility of greatness. Best of luck Alex Smith get it done man.

  23. By BUCK on May 17, 2011 | Reply


  24. By John on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith will lead SF to the Super Bowl in 2013

  25. By Quitterdan on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Wow! Like he’s gracing the Niners with his presence. When will the team learn he is NOT THE QB for us!!! Move on, kid! There;s gotta be some crappy team in Ohio that needs you….

  26. By Shaun on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    I like how you haters blame the quarterback for everything.. Not the rookie offensive line that can barely block, or the recievers that just slipped outta their hands in crucial moments or the defense that hasnt been up to par or The coaching staff that changes every year.. I think you people just need someone to blame.. The team will be great .. They just need to get people to fill the positions for more than one season..but if you don’t like it go watch another team .. I’m tired of seeing all you people whine..

  27. By DieHard49ERFan on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    What do we have Alex Smith Lovers here? Why would you thumbs down me for the idea of starting are rookie? He cant be worse then Alex. Plus why do you think they drafted a QB. To get rid of Alex. Those of you who thumb down me and who support Alex call yourselves 49ers Fans. Are nothinh more then Traitors to the Diehard 49ers Fans.

  28. By Rob on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Jim Harbaugh has my trust, and Alex is a great athlete, so bring him back. The kid from Nevada will probably win the job, thought, he seems awesome!

  29. By alexsmithsucks on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith sucks! And that’s the bottom line !!

  30. By bob maxwell on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    whats another year give alex smith another year under a new coach if he fails gets the sack please remember one player doesnt win superbowls its a team game and when we lost the whole team didnt play well plus the problems with the old coach up the 49er from downunder

  31. By DieHard49ERFan on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Yes it takes a team to win but. If your QB cant get the ball to his WR or TE how do you expect to win. You need a QB who also doent stare down one reciver. etc etc

  32. By Rob Bleeds Red and Gold on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Last years failures fall squarely on Singletary and the rest of the coaching staff – I was at every home game last year, and was successfully able to predict almost every single play that the offense was going to run – and if I was able to do that, the defensive coordinator of ANY team in the NFL was doubtlessly able to as well. “Hmmmmm… I think they’re going to run it up the middle. What do you know? They did! I think they’re going to try to run it up the middle again… Whaddya know? I called it again. Now it’s third and long – good luck!”
    If you put ANY qb in third and long on each and every drive, you will be lucky to have as much success as Smith had last season.
    Add to it a bunch of chanting idiots in the stands who start to boo their own starting qb because the coaching staff can’t run an offense to save their own lives and you’ve got a recipe for failure. Personally, I’m kind of amazed he had as much success as he did with that kind of support.

    All of that said, I do think it’s a mistake for Smith to come back to SF. The crowd is clearly against him and it’s probably best for everyone to move on… but with the lockout questions in the air, well, he’s definitely better than Carr.

  33. By Rui on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Smart Fan: Glad he is back, were screwed without him this year. Not going to explain all the reasons why.

    Dumb Fan who probably watches too much American Idol: GET RID OF HIM!

    Gotta love America.

  34. By Flor49endo on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Alex is a good QB with the coaches that are sucks. He just needed a good coaches. He won some games without good coaches. What do you expect from him in the past years without good coaches? He won some games with very basic offense that other team can figure out right away what the 49ers are going to call. West coast offense is a special offense that is hard for the other teams to defend. I believe in coaches that we have right now especially Jim Harbaugh. I believe in whatever the coaches and management will decide.

  35. By Tommy D on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    By DieHard49ERFan on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Rate This

    Yes it takes a team to win but. If your QB cant get the ball to his WR or TE how do you expect to win. You need a QB who also doent stare down one reciver. etc etc

    You still didn’t mention that both those guys worked with Walsh? You mean that either Nolan and Singletary were at his level? And by wasting money on a vet qb or throwing Kapernack into the fire……like we did with smith is going to be a better idea. You my friend are the traitor and obviously not a die hard member of the Niner Nation.

  36. By DieHard49ERFan on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Oh by the way Tommy. It was George Seifert who was coach to those at that time. You Smith fans make me sick to be a Niner Fan.

  37. By olbulldog on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    I remember YA Tittle, and I watched John Brodie in Kezar. If anyone can restore confidence in Alex it will be Harbaugh. Having said that, he can’t be compared to Montana and Young.

  38. By GreedyGreg on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    That’s a good view any other qb out there arent on the same page as Alex is with these receiver. Just deal with it for the time being, coach might pull out some magic and make Alex feel confident and play well to prove he isn’t a bust…..

  39. By disasterpiece13 on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    see people complain….but he has made great plays….yea he made bad ones….but last year he did good….he nearly led the saints victory…..but some bad calls came up n that bad punt dropping incident cost us big…saints was good….but clements gave up the ball again….coulda beat the panthers but david carr couldnt throw 20 yards for squat….the seahawks one the first week becuase they knew are plays….this past season was ours for the playoffs but dumb stuff happened…becuase bad coaching…i believe in harbaugh n i believe in smith…maybe not for the long term…unless he shows other wise this season…..but the the coaching this year will be a big difference the way we prepare a gameplan and the way we use our playmakers

  40. By Tommy D on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    So Die hard Seifert Traded for Young? OOOOO he drafted Rice and Montana? Please change your name cause you don’t even know what your talking about man. Why do you even call yourself a die hard fan, you seem like a die hard hater.

  41. By Joey on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Alex is unproven and inconsistent because he has had unproven and inconsistent coaching. You armchair QB’s questioning Jim Harbaugh’s decision are loyal to the 49ers, but without an understanding of football. Harbaugh was a QB, has recruited QB’s and has transformed QB’s into winners. Your idiotic second guessing is simply football immaturity. Heck I bet most of you knuckleheads slamming Alex Smith have never played organized ball.

  42. By Tommy D on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Of course Seifert was coached, but did barry switzer build the Dallas team that one. Just like Walsh, who left the team to him, Switzer get that Dallas team left to him by Jimmy Johnson.

  43. By jaime on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    I am a utah utes fan and a san fran fan and smith needs to go we have waisted to much time waiting for his potential to pro he is a wash sorry he doesn’t belong with san fran I would rather waist another season on a new person then wait for him to get enough money in his pocket for college football play. Sorry but give him the boot!!!

  44. By disasterpiece13 on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    By DieHard49ERFan

    What do we have Alex Smith Lovers here? Why would you thumbs down me for the idea of starting are rookie? He cant be worse then Alex. Plus why do you think they drafted a QB. To get rid of Alex. Those of you who thumb down me and who support Alex call yourselves 49ers Fans. Are nothinh more then Traitors to the Diehard 49ers Fans.

    yes he may be better than alex smith athlete wise…but mentally i dont think he’ll be there soon like other pro ready quarter backs like bradford…he came out of a pistol offense….taking snaps under center…take 3-5 step drops….when alex came in….2 seasons we didnt have anything on offense….no line really…..average running game at best…..okay tight end….so yea he’s been in 6 years…but two with nothing really….no line for protection…..and pracitically another two years with injury….so ur gonna hate on a guy whose willing to bust his butt off for a team with a fan base who boo’s him….he has a fire in him right now that wants to prove people wrong…that he has what it takes…i think it does…now that we have a legit coaching staff…..let him take the snaps n see what he does…..if he does fail…..then ill say get rid of him if not keep him as back up…becuase he’s better than most back up’s in the league today

  45. By OhSoGood49 on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    The Niners should have kept Nate Davis and cut Carr!

  46. By MIKE L on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    in a word BUMMER

  47. By Colin Hillsinger on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Wow, I cannot believe the ignorance of you some of you so called niner fnas! First off half of you know nothing about the game, you just sit on your couch every sunday ini your twenty dollar replica jersey ( while I’m wearing the real deal ), judging the game like you could do or know better.. Give me a break! lol.

    So, my point is this. You say Alex Smith is a bum? The truth is, the Niners have had bum coaches and a terrible O line the whole time he’s been there, not to mention having to learn a new offense every summer. But yet you say he sucks! LMAO. I guarantee you that if the Niners would have drafted Aaron Rodgers, he would have just as much success if not less than Alex Smith. A QB can only be as good as his coaches teach him and his O line gives him the time to actually throw the ball.. Its funny how you football morons say, ” see Alex sucks” every time he gets sacked! Lmao like it was his fault and not the O lines..

    To end this rant about the ignorance of most football fans.. Alex is the best QB option we have and he is a damn good one! Give the guy a break, and learn to take up your issues with the source of the Niners problems..

    Ignorance baffles me

  48. By DieHard49ERFan on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Tommy the more you talk the more you show the world how Dumb you really are. First off Bill Walsh drafted Jerry Rice. @nd he traded for Young. Get it right Chucklehead.

  49. By Colin Hillsinger on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    And to Diehard.. your pathetic man.. Die hard Niner fans have 49er FAITH in our team and Alex Smith not hate on them! Who are you dude? lol You’re probably some fat couch potato, never played sports in your life! lol

  50. By johnny wishbone on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    i am a die hard fan.. and i have no love for alex smith.. ever since we drafted him and i knew that dude in green bay was the real deal.. i say truthfully.. get mcnabb or another vet in there .. if we MUST go with smith.. we are in trouble. .you do not learn winning from a loser.. sorry alex

  51. By DieHard49ERFan on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Tommy Dude are you sure your not really 6 instead of 26 because you sound like a child.

  52. By Colin Hillsinger on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Wow Diehard the more I read of your posts the more ignorant you become to me…

  53. By johnny wishbone on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    ok.. if we must go with smith.. we are giving kaepernick time to acclimate himself to the league.. i am all for that part of it.. i just think if we go with smith we are gonna have dissention in the locker room

  54. By Kevin on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    No rookie QB in this draft needs to start from day 1, Kap could benefit greatly sitting the bench at least the first half of the season. And Smith is going to be the cheapest QB we can find to do that. Some of ya’ll act like we signed him to a 4 year contract. It’s only going to be one year!

  55. By Not again on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    please send alex to free agency …hes fleeced the niners too long. Kolb is out there Mcnabb is out there why why are all niner coaches going with Alex is he paying them with his rookie millions he J Russeled from us we are a joke to the other teams in our division we might as well call up finkle to kick field goals for us. Why would we buy tickets to a cow a tipping

  56. By Tommy D on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    I was making fun of you. Being your age you can’t get sarcastic. the way your responding make you sound like an idiot. Please man, you have no valid points, so now your trying to make it seem like i’m the idiot. Please man just continue to hate and try to make a point that most people in this room feel your an idiot for having. So for one last time Smith was better than sanchez and Bradford and you want to start a rookie and get him hurt, like smith? Please man with fans like you, booing smith instead of crabtree and Clements no wonder we had a loser mentality the past eight or nine seasons

  57. By Grayson on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Some people want Alex Smith gone, and don’t want him to have another chance in SF. Some people are willing to give him another year while Kaepernick is developing over the next year. I can understand either position. Whatever side you’re on, if Alex Smith is in a 49ers uniform, you got to hope for the best. Feel free to expect the worse, but hope for the best. Booing Smith while he’s out on the field isn’t going to accomplish a thing. I don’t believe that Smith is the future of the 49ers franchise, but I have hope for the upcoming season, and I support anyone in the red and gold. Even number eleven.

  58. By Ninerfan4life. on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    We had a chance to get Mallet and blew it!

  59. By DieHard49ERFan on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Tom I was a 49ER fan before you were born. So to say to me that Im a Hater and or a traitor is just stupid and a Lie. So have a good on Son.

  60. By Tommy D on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Of course you wouldn’t want to comment on the fact you can’t understand my sarcastic comments. DieHard your a joke and obviously don’t know anything about football. If Smith gets us to the playoffs this year please get another team, cause the wagon will already be filled and you’ll be eating a big bowl of shut your mouth.

  61. By murdah on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    alex is our best option, youngsters!! especially if we want the nfc west!! think about it. . . we wont have a full offseason. so, only like 2 weeks b4 preseason. who do u want throwing to our guys?? someone who already knows davis sweet spot or the best time to hit crabtree?? or someone with 2 weeks to not only learn the playbook but know our receivers?!! ;-)
    just words of wisdom from a fan since 1988!!

  62. By Tommy D on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    also get on your short bus and ride off to the sunset.

  63. By Nick on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Die hard niners fan needs to learn how to spell. Its not loose you idiot. Its lose!

  64. By Thekidgotgame on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    I think Alex can turn it around.He shows signs that he can play it’s just his consistancy.If he gets that dowm he will be fine

  65. By 49erHarleyRider on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Alex will do fine under the new coach. He’s done fine. He’s had bad games and he’s had good. No team loses because of one guy. As I recall, there were a couple games this last season that were ‘in the bag’, but the team couldn’t reel it in. Like Clements not taking a knee. Or DAVID CARR (the name DieHard49ERFan was probably chanting) throwing an pick-6 for the loss in the last 1:30 of a game. Speaking of Carr…he did so great that . . . Troy Smith started while A. Smith was injured…

    To those who want the rookie to start…Alex Smith has struggled partly (not totally) because he started before he was ready. I think the plan Coach H has is to keep Alex on long enough for Colin to get some experience and get ready to start. Great move. They aren’t aiming for the super bowl this year, but are building up to be serious contenders in the very near future.

  66. By Eric on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith needs to go!!! six years to prove he can’t do better than 1 game away from making the playoffs is long enough for me to be convinced that he won’t get us to the superbowl which is the ultimate goal. I don’t care if comes back and makes the playoffs I want a championship and he can’t deliver!

  67. By DieHard49ERFan on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Tommy Dude your the fool Sanchez and Bradford were better then Alex Smith you sound like a buffoon for making such a dumb statement Alex Smith Better hahahaha and for the record Sanchez and Bradford never got benched last year like smith dope.

  68. By Jack on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    2 choices Smith
    1) Get the 9ers to the playoffs
    2)Lose every game to help us get Luck then NEVER come back

  69. By Nicoya619 on May 17, 2011 | Reply


  70. By Grayson on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    You could make the argument that benching Alex Smith last year was a mistake though. Troy Smith wasn’t exactly spectacular…and Troy was eventually benched to put Alex back in.

  71. By Tommy D on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    21 Alex Smith, QB SF 342 204 59.6 2370 6.93 62 14 10 25 82.1 215
    25 Sam Bradford, QB STL 590 354 60.0 3512 5.95 49 18 15 34 76.5 220
    27 Mark Sanchez, QB NYJ 507 278 54.8 3291 6.49 74 17 13 27 75.3 206

    Smith has a 82.1 qb rating, Bradford was 76.5 and Sanchez was 75.3? What are you talking about. Please man I’m not even going to answer you after this one. Check your stats before you run your mouth SWEET PICKLE JUICE. Now your really sounding like an idiot, just stop arguing when you have no grounds to hold your debate point man.

  72. By Daniel Z on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith hasn’t proved himself as a starting QB or the number 1 draft pick! Yes he’s had 6 different coordinators but isn’t a number 1 draft pick that receives over 40 million dollars suppose to be a quick learner and able to adapt? I rather see Nate Davis get a shot for starting QB then Smith and Carr! The niners are a now team… The division is theirs for the taking but without a QB its another year wasted!

  73. By Tommy D on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Also he averaged more yards a game than sanchez and was only five a game off of Bradford. Your an idiot man. Nothing else to say to ya man, but to eat your own words man. He was better than both of them FOOOOOO

  74. By DieHard49ERFan on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Oh I see Little boy you have nothing more to say I geuss tommy I have proven my point

  75. By Cyrus on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    The most important statistic for a quarterback is wins and losses. Not rating, not yards, not TDs. Wins and losses. Great QBs find ways to win. Loser QBs find ways to lose. No ifs ands or buts about it.

  76. By Tommy D on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    I mean man you have no idea what your even talking about, what did you prove you idiot??????? My facts are on espn and you have not made one valid point the whole time we’ve been going back and forth this is like a nascar race and you trying to win with three wheels. Man please just admit that your old dust farting fanny doesn’t know what your talking about.

  77. By Stefano on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    YES! Alex will finally have a fair fresh start with a proven GOOD OFFENSE AND GREAT COACH. The niners being armed with Kaepernick and Smith will be beautiful. everyone says he sucks he needs to go because those are the people who dont know why he performed so poorly. Besides injuries the guys almost had a new coordinator and new system every year of his career he hasnt even had a chance to develop and perfect the plays. With Harbaugh and Kaepernick he now has a great offensive system and a great coach to learn it from while being able to split the time with a great rookie.

  78. By 49erGoldRush on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    I’m not surprised Alex is returning considering he and his wife are expecting a child. I really want Kaepernick to get the starting job, who knows he might be what we’ve been looking for all this time. If he sucks, then let’s see what Alex can do. After starting off last season with an 0-5 record, we really don’t have much to lose. But in the end, I am willing to trust Harbaugh and whatever decision he makes!

  79. By DieHard49ERFan on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Dude if i must explain to you that stats don’t mean everything then it’s just now this second i relize what i’m dealing with my god, first off Sanchez QB’d his team to not one but count with me TWO afc championships appearances as for Bradford he was the rookie of the year something only Alex Smith could dream of for gods sake man get a grip.

  80. By DieHard49ERFan on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    First off if they benched Sanchez or Bradford for like three games (not that they ever would) then there QB rating would go up they did after all play more games and i wonder why that is? hmmmmm.

  81. By Tommy D on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Stats are in the record book losing in count it TWO afc championship games doesn’t make him any better, the jets were a better built team. Take Revis and put him on Baltimore and they are where the jets were. Please man look at the stats and see that even tho they played in 16 games and Smith played in 12 at the most, Bradford had four more tds than smith, and Sanchez only three with four more games than smith. Please man arguing with you is making me feel even more dumb. This is like taking candy from a baby showing that your wrong with every statement you make. What’s your next point?????? So I can prove this one wrong to.

  82. By Grayson on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    The fact that the Jets went to the AFC championship in the last two seasons with a QB that has a lower rating than Smith just goest to show you that there are more holes in the 49ers roster than a QB. The Jets have a much better defense, and a stronger group of receivers than the Niners.

  83. By Doug on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Translation: Nobody else wants him.

  84. By Niners_woop_woop on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Niners All The Way!!

  85. By DieHard49ERFan on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Dude the Ravens have Flaco or you now going to explain to me that Smith is better then Flac so your whole Revis point makes no sense, stats are in the record book but so is Dan Marino losing to Joe Montana in the 1984 Superbowl Dan had better stats does that make him a better QB then Joe um NOOOO….again stats aren’t everything and again i contend Sanchez and Bradford are better QB’s point black so take you QB rating your stats turn them sum b!tchs side ways and shove them right up your candy A$$.

  86. By Anthony on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Really? No one wants you Alex, and that is probably the reason you are going to stay. Colin will replace you for sure! You are inconsistant and even though you have made SOME good plays, you couldn’t make the ones that would have taken us to the playoffs! I gave you a chance last season and once again I was let down. Alex Smith is not the way to go! I trust you Harbaugh so don’t let me down!

  87. By Grayson on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    I must admitt that watching this has been pretty entertaining.

  88. By Kyle Prater on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    dude be a fan and support your team if your kid was on that team you would still support them so show respect for your team

  89. By Tommy D on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Okay Rocky, you still haven’t proved your point man. I’m done your just an idiot and try making your own saying instead of stealing them for the 90′s and esp from wrestling. You are PATHETIC man. But if you want to stoop to that Level why with four games more then only had four or three more tds than Smith and in wrestling terms you my dumb friend can SUCK IT!!!!!!!!

  90. By Croc on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Lol at people already booing Smith. Just like all the people that’ll be booing at the game when he throws the first INT. Why can’t we just support the TEAM and help them win like the Seahawks 12th man. Instead we boo our most important position and try to ruin his confidence. Good thing he has armadillo skin because most QBs would’ve given up along time ago. Go Alex and GO 9ers.

  91. By Kyle Prater on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    I for one screamed and yelled watching Smith last season but i think i screamed more at the awfull calls that Singletary made constantly running Gore who was the offense last season but with the West Cost offense coming back he might very well exceed his expectations when he actually has a warm arm because he has been throwing the ball during the game

  92. By DieHard49ERFan on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Dude i made my point if your hanging on stats for everything then you must think Dan Marino was better then Joe Montana which of course is not true again stats aren’t everything there my point proven.

  93. By Quatro Cinco on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Alex is a great filler! If he wins it buys time for the rookie, if he looses it forces the niners to play the rookie. I say sign him and see what he can do under a better coach.

  94. By Joe on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    you alex lovers have been saying that every year….enough is enough, he’s not a winner

  95. By Scott M on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    If Alex can play four quarters every Sunday (and sometimes Monday and maybe Thursday) the way he played the last quarter of the 2010 Saints and Eagles games, then the Niners will win a Super Bowl.

    Alex is frustrating because he shows glimpses of being so good. Hopefully, Harbaugh can get the genie out of the bottle with the 49ers much-maligned #1 overall pick.

    Somehow, Alex reminds me a bit of John Brodie. Can Harbaugh lead Alex Smith on a similar resurgence? I sure hope so.

    I want the Niners to win. And if Coach thinks Alex Smith can do it, I’m right there with him!

    Go Niners!

  96. By DieHard49ERFan on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Dude i made my point, if your hanging on stats for everything then you must think Dan Marino was better then Joe Montana which of course is not true again stats aren’t everything there my point proven.

  97. By wkc5354 on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Booooo!!!!! He is sooooo hard to get rid of !!!! Well , hopefully he does better with Harbaugh ???

  98. By 84fxrs on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    In the history of football has there ever been a team that had 6 different offensive coordinators in 6 years? Add 2 head coaches with no offensive backround and don’t expect Mike and Mike to be head coaching soon. You’ve got to admit Alex Smith has been poorly handled. I’m not huge on Alex Smith but he’s our best option. I think Harbaugh can bring some continuity to the offense

  99. By joe on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    People forget how good he was when he had the proper coach! I think this is a good idea, because I think Harbaugh can turn him around!

  100. By Goodfella on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    All of you are forgetting the game that really came down to was with the rams..Alex beat them..and Singletary decided to go with Troy hahahaha if alex hadnt gotten injured we would have been in the playoffs i kno it

  101. By kainoa156 on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    I can’t believe that there are fools in this blogg.! Specially these haters on alex smith, give it up, you guys keep on whining like little girls..Why don’t you just just stop running your mouth and let HC harbaugh do his job.

  102. By kainoa156 on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Bunch of cry babies !

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  104. By forwardgunner49 on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    just believe man…. he deserves a chance with Harb

  105. By geo on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    we should have picked Jason Campbell in the 2005 nfl draft (chosen 1st round pick 25). he has better stats in every category that smith, the niners could have saved millions of dollars to use on real talent on a different position but NNOOOOO we are stuck with one of the biggest busts of 1st pick overall in nfl history.
    The only reason jim is keeping him is because of the lockout. This sucks!!!

  106. By SC_408_9er on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    If any of you Alex haters were REAL 49er fans you would not hate on your own team. go ahead and jump on the Alex Smith bandwagon of hate. It’s not gonna do you any good when the 9ers are NFC champions next year. Then I will call all you suckas out on it.

  107. By SC_408_9er on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Oh yeah and starting a rookie is a BAD idea. I would rather start Alex over a college quarterback that doesnt even have 1 NFL snap.

  108. By pinotguy on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    I’m not yet convinced that bringing Smith back would be such a bad move. I can vividly recall the season he had under the tutelage of Norv Turner as his QB’s coach. I believe Harbaugh knows how to push the same buttons and, more importantly, in the same manner. Still, I’d also like to see the ‘Niners make a serious attempt at acquiring Carson Palmer and let there be an open competition in camp. From what I can gather, he’s going to be available. It would be real interesting to see how the change in scenery and organizational philosophy affects him.

    Before all of these moves can take place though, we need to pray there’s going to be a season in 2011.

  109. By We Cut Who? on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    ***Alex, Start Winning*** Currently very few teams would be standing in line to put huge sums of money into him due primarily to the bad NFL tape on him. If he stays put he wont be looking at a huge contract either, but at least it keeps his life stable and with the new family addition I believe he’ll become motivated to succeed. The tape isn’t all bad mind you. If you use your eyes you’ll see that several (nearly 50%) of those interceptions were tipped at the line or mishandled by the receiver. One could easily make a case that Alex Smith is the single unluckiest QB to be drafted in the last seven years. In the distant past, under offensive coordinator Norv Turner, Alex seemed to be budding out as a competitive player. But under overlord Mike Nolan he wasn’t often supported and was actually scapegoated by Nolan for not being tough enough, freshly separated shoulder or not. Later on, Mike Martz electing not to start Alex Smith in favor of… who was that guy that he did start again?… was a pretty severe error in judgement. I mean really, Alex couldn’t have possibly lost that many games and had nearly salvaged the season that Martz had bungled away. Maybe just one more start would have done it? Mike Singletary was just a pure joke. Singletary shouldn’t even be allowed in the weight room. Good grief. So now comes Jim Harbaugh… are things supposed to just neatly work out this time? Yes. Will they? Probably…yes. I think they can. It’ll just take winning to prove it. Kevin Kolb won’t be coming to town since he’s far too expensive and we just rolled the dice on the Kaepernick pick. It’s less likely than some people will admit but an older free agent QB isn’t coming in here and taking Alex Smith’s job. He just has the physical tools, skills and whiteboard expertise to keep the job if his mindset is correct. He’ll have to win the team as well, long before he wins any game. And yes, it still seems like Alex Smith’s job to lose.

  110. By Davi9er on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah, this is really too bad that fans are so down on a player like Alex Smith. Yes, I’ve seen what’s happened also and Alex has had a miserable 6 years with the 48ers due to mostly lackluster teams, coaches, and offensive lines. As a long time 49er fan, I remember these same remarks about Steve Young before he won a Super Bowl….I think Alex Smith could still be a star in the NFL.

  111. By Juan on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    WOW so much criticism considering his the teams best option for the upcoming season(LOCKOUT) would you guys rather throw in Kaep in with no training camp and no preparation? might as well sign Smith, he did improve after his injury and he was also playing good before he got injured, also isn’t Harbaugh supposed to be a QB guru? Smith finished with the best TD/INT ratio in his career an he already has the chemistry down with the offense, he is better then most QB’s on most teams anyway according to his rating %, so quit whining and support your team people. GO 49ers

  112. By Juan on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    He also had a better season then Kevin Kolb and is better then him IMO.

  113. By James on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith is a good QB when given a fighting chance. Do we want a repeat of forcing a young QB to the wolves? If we do we will be drafting a new QB every 4 years and always complain about who we have. Alex is smart and has a arm. Give him a fighting chance and let the boy play.

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  115. By HW1 on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Some of our fans are very silly, Alex issssss the best option right now, ive always believed in him, He will do well and get u people off of his back! Harbaugh didnt bloom until late in his career as a QB and im glad we have a coach that understands that, so boooooooo to all of you Alex Smith Haters! He’s a great guy and have the respect of His teammates! and thats all that matters

  116. By HW1 on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Thats why i dont trust people today cause their r those that will pat u on the back today and stab u in the back tomorrow, they will love you today and hate u tomorrow! i cant stand people like that and do not want them around me! 4real, i hope Alex is gaining confidence because if i were him and read some of these comments, my confidence would b shot!

  117. By Daniel on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    After reading all these comments I can agree with most of them. Alex Smith is definitely the most unlucky QB. He does make some bad mistakes from time to time but what QB doesn’t. In all honesty I feel that he has more upside then down at this point. He has nothing to lose and with the new coach and staff I know he will step it up. He has all the tools with height, athleticism, understands our offense and white board knowledge. I’m not telling all the Alex haters to love him but understand that our D compared to those teams that went to the playoffs is a joke. I don’t believe Alex is the joke but I felt our D was going to dominate last year but that was not the case. If our D steps up it will make any QB’s job a lot easier. We do need better coners and Clements needs to take a pay cut so we can buff up our D.

  118. By 49ersfan559 on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    If the 49ers as an orginization cannot see and comprehend that this team will go nowhere with Alex Smith as their QB, why should we support them….they don’t support what we’ve been saying for the last couple of years……we spend our hard earned money to go see them play and for what? To see Alex bring us down…….we as fans should make a statement and protest at our home games. This is getting out of hand……almost a decade of losing seasons, this is a straight shame. I support my team all the way, but if they “Jed York” cannot see and hear what all 49er faithful fans do, whats the use. I am VERY dissapointed and honestly, do not look forward to the upcoming season as long as Alex Smith in the line up. ANOTHER LOSING SEASON…HERE WE COME……LET’S GO FOR 7 WINS THIS SEASON JED AND PRAY THE CARDINALS, SEAHAWKS AND RAMS LOSE SO WE CAN SQUEEZE INTO THE PLAYOFFS. WHAT A JOKE. JUST PLAIN SAD.

  119. By HW1 on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Diehard? ur not a real diehard niner fan ur a joke with no understanding! and this is not a kid but a grown man speaking trust me! now i love Alex even if he dont work out, thats comin from a real niners fan!

  120. By homersimpson91 on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    watch all you critics are gonna eat your words trust me i know what im saying. alex smith is gonna have a great season in 2011 in san fransisco just wait and see.

  121. By bryanb on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    I like the new coach but he already making a bad decision if he sign Alex Smith, why not start TROY SMITH he just need more playing time!!!!!!

  122. By Tcuyler407 on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    We still looking for Steve Young replacement our best atempt has been Jeff Garicia I really think we need to pull the plug on this Alex Smith experiment but if Harburgh see something in him we have to trust coach Leggo 49ers!!!!

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  125. By ninerfanintexas on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    give the guy a break. he has shown promise with nothing but bad coaching

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  127. By JR Baca in NM on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    Boy their are a lot of Alex haters in this blog. but their are a lot more 49er fans around the world that truly support Alex and our team. I believe that with the right coaching staff Alex will achieve greatness. Us fans just need to support Alex and the team 100% and all you Alex haters need to go find another team to support. A bunch of crying know-it-all’s who think they know it all, but know nothing about the game. May God bless Alex, his team members and coaches that they may have a winning season, that when 2012 comes they will be crowned 6 time Superbowl Champions!

    AMEN! GO 49ERS…………………………..

  128. By Pastor Bone on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    To anyone who says we need to start our rookie, do you remember thats what we did to Alex and it ruined him. OUr best option right now unless for some strang reason we can get Kolb which I think AZ has on lock. But even then Kolb would have to learn the offense. We need to keep Alex and see what a good coaching staff can do.

  129. By FriscoFan23 on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    First of all,I never did like Alex,but if you do not route for him your going against him wich makes you a traitor.Alex is all we have and as a Niner fan I will route for him until his last day as a Niner.I yet have heard anyone actually say one true meaning why he was kept,because yes he knows our offense but if he does good more power to Us if not well it may just set us up far enough in the draft where we may be able to aquire or trade up for A.Luck.So it maybe just that small cover many has yet to see.

  130. By DRIO on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    I love football and I love the 49ers, with or without ALEX SMITH…with or without VERNON DAVIS…with or without FRANK GORE. Players come and go but the team will still be there. If you are a real fan of the 49ers…SUPPORT THE “TEAM”! It’s really amazing how our society loves to give one person all the credit or all the blame in situations where there are “multiple” factors. If you really want to have a credible argument when it comes to judging a win or loss based on one persons performance…stick to watching sports like singles tennis, individual track and field events, or even bull riding.

  131. By dre on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    Good Luck! we’re all counting on you! and Don’t call me surely! Hi my name is……..? Alex Smith!

  132. By ccf172 on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    Smith needs to go! We need a new quarterback and to stick with that QB through the Ws and the Ls. That is one of the reasons we were not successful last season cuz we never knew who the QB was from week to week.

  133. By alex s on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith deserves a try with no pressure fromm all the a smith haters, he is a fine qb. and deserves a real chance, he has gone thru so many different coaches its not even funny, and finally he will get a chance to play some offense in which he is good, hopefully we can give him a game plan where he can throw the ball without being obviuos he is throwing it, game plan for the past few years has been run on 1st down run on second and of course 3rd and long, he has to throw when everybody is expecting a throw, come on give the guy some options and let him run the show.

  134. By Alpha49er on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    While not my favorite guy. I believe he should be given another year at least. For someone who has had to learn a different offensive scheme from some many different, and imho lousy, offensive coaches (what? like 5 or 6 over the last 6 yrs?) and none of them really worth anything. There aren’t any better options on the market right now and this guy is potential in a bottle. I believe he has it in him to do better than ever. He just needs a great coach which he now has. GO 9ers!!!!!

  135. By DeathValleyCarl on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    Alex may or may not be the 49er QBOTF but he’s as good as any other free agent available and Harbaugh likes him, so this is good news. I think the “experts”, who rated him a top prospect in the 2005 are correct. The 49ers have not provided him with consistency, adequate offensive weapons or decent coaching, so he has not developed well to date but those deficiencies have been recognized and addressed, so I want to see him for another year or two. If he blossoms into the QBOTF, resign him. If not, Kaepernick will have some time to develop by the time an informed decision is ready to be made. The losing seasons are a team fault and Alex should not be looked at as the face of that. Get over your bias, haters.

  136. By Libertarian T-bone on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    He is useless with a bad attitude. If they re-sign him, it should be for the league minimum. Where is his room for negotiation here. He should see the writing on the wall when they drafted Kaepernick, who WILL become the franchise quarterback. Alex Smith is in the ranks of Ryan Leaf, Danny Wurfel, that fat former quarterback from Oakland, etc…..all PATHETIC football players.

  137. By ninerfan22 on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    It comes down to Smith is our QB, you love niners like I do, get on board. Harbaugh is awesome. He will tailor the offense to Smith (who is our best option right now)
    Carr, he sucks,
    Kap, keep him on the bench, let him learn and not get hurt.
    What happened to Troy? I liked him. Especially with a new offense, they are on equal ground.
    I place my faith not in Alex, but in Harbaugh. I have seen some greatness in between all the crap from Smith. Hopefully Harbaugh can get more greatness and less crap. IF YOU LOVE THE NINERS GET ON BOARD OR BECOME A RAIDER FAN. Young and Montana were awesome not doubt, but they unfortunately are not under center.

  138. By Oh no..no no on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    So yeah Alex will get better…its been six long years. So yeah 4 more years and Harbaugh will be run out because he couldnt get Alex a good running back or tight end or recievers or good line. Maybe by then Joe Montana will be a coach for us and he will say yeah Alex is our guy he just needs a few more years to develope …and mayb e by the time he is 38 Alex will get us into the playoffs. Some have said he doesnt have what he needs to be a good QB. So your saying our whole line our TE our RB our WR’s and our defense are not good enough for Alex….let him be a free agent and find a team that has everything he needs. His reads are bad his accuracy is bad and at what point do we admit hes a bust and move on …why is no one crying for Ryan leaf or Jamarcus Russell to get better players so they can do something ….

  139. By joe on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    I think that Alex Smith coming back for another season is a great idea. If there is a season. I kind of can imagine the niners starting with the digital system of last year’s playbook and moving into the WCO gradually. If Smith stays and is able to stand out among the competition, then why not let him play. And actually, if things don’t go well and turn south, then perhaps the niners will be lined up to take Luck next year. That could be an interesting situation.

  140. By Rick on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    …and next year……”Harbough didnt have enough time to prepare A smith to be successful” lol. Havent we heard enough on why he didnt play good? he could probably be a good quarterback, but with the 49ers he should be done like years ago.

  141. By Oh no..no no on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    Why do u think hes had so many coordinaters because they were not paid multiple millions of dollars it easy to make them the scape goat. Every coach has either had to pull him or had issues with him. I guess because they agreed hey Alex we dont have an all pro everything for you to succeed so sorry. If we ask all the former coaches if they made the right decision to go with Alex what would they say …really. I mean they were fired for not getting into the playoffs….

  142. By Oh no..no no on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    tommy you are right he did do better than sanchez and bradford. OH wait didnt Sanchez get his team into the playoffs…i think they were rookies and he barley had higher numbers really thats what your going with

  143. By Oh no..no no on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    Sorry of course he is coming back no one will take him in free agency. Maybe the Browns or Rams to mentor Bradford

  144. By Oh no..no no on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    Omg Alex really we need to get him a game plan so no one knows hes gonna throw. Everyone knows manning is gonna throw and still he gets it done. why dont we get him a game plan that has no one on defense ..there you go thats the ticket

  145. By WRIGGY kNITE on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    If you think Alex is the reason we’ve been losing so long, you need to get your head checked.

  146. By ninerspirit on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    I feel the same way you all do but Alex is the best QB available to play for us this year. Anyone other then Carson Palmer is a washout. We stand a better chance with Alex. And take it easy on him. He is a good person. I have been a niner fan for 31 years. We have had worse. Remember JT O Sullivan ? lol

  147. By ninerspirit on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    I think Alex will be better with the right coach. He really has not had much help. Harbaugh will prepare Alex .

  148. By ty on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    Now that we have a west coast off. Alex will be a great QB with his speed and arm hes gonna be Great this year Keep in mind that they lost some very close games to high ranking teams because of coaching We got some great picks in this draft like Ronald Johnson out of USC who will be a pro bowler trust me he is a dog great hands and rout runner very strong off the line good blocker this was on of the best drafts in a long time I see eight of these picks making the team our def. will be ranked in the top 5 in the NFL all we need is one excellent CB out of free agentcy we will be fine oh watch out for Taylor Mays this year

  149. By KEVIN T on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    It’s to tell if the guy is good or bad. He makes bad decisions all the time and is not a great runner. what the 9er’s need is a QB that can pull the ball down and run. if you look at most great teams including past 9er’s teams, Montana, and Young made great discisions with the ball under pressure,lioke when to run and where. They also had a great line for protection.
    Smith being a great college QB does not have the time and the presence of mind in the faster game to make good decisions under pressure, and we have seen this time and time again. I’m not haten just staten the facts.
    Coaching might help some but I dont think so. Let’s see what happens with a line. no more than a game maybe two.
    I think the 9ers should go to the new rookie after that at lease a quarter or two per game, he proably will out perform Smith like most backups did last year.
    I almost s**t my pants when Smith came back from injury and started losing.
    Good or bad? NOT EFFECTIVE GO AWAY.
    Also too much money out of college kills motivation for some (like Smith)

  150. By MrSqueaksDad on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    Really? That loser Alex Smith again? I thought he said no way he was going to come back to the Niners and he was going to test free agency. His agent must have told him to stay with the only team that would take him. The Bengals #3 QB would beat Alex Smith in a QB competition, not to mention they’re getting rid of the wrong Smith. What a joke Alex Smith is. Here’s to another 6-10 season or worse.

  151. By ty on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    our corners back need to go they got burned to many times they gave away way to many points

  152. By Keith Gentry on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    We finally have a coach that is worth a dam. Alex is gonna do fine with a little good coaching

  153. By DeFaMe on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    How old are you? The reason I ask is because you can’t spell special correctly.

  154. By 49er Joe on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    When Alex Smith DOES take us to da playoffs everyone talking smack will be da first ones trying to buy his jersey……I owned his jersey since year 1. Aint no shame in my game, i still rock it to da fullest. A. Smith will do great under coach Harbaugh…Give him another chance coach and lets get it….LOYAL NINER FAN…..dueces

  155. By SD on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    Only one Comment: Last year, was our offensive line horrible or was the quarterback? or do you think the receivers were horrible?

    If offensive line was horrible to protect Alex smith , change them, if receivers were horrible, change them. but if both offensive line and receiver were Not horrible, then I think we have to think about who is going to be the next quarterback.

    That should give us the answer.

  156. By steven w on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    Alex has talent. We should have won at least 4 more games than we did. The losses were not his falt. The ignorant fans of the Bay Area are many. This guy can play, it’s a team sport. He needs some help. Just ask Steve Young. You same people were down on him. Remember?

  157. By bookbum75 on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith should be resigned -for two years! David Carr is not the answer. Colin Kaepernick isn’t going to be ready this season, especially with OTA’s and preseason likely shortened as well. In fact, Kaepernick probably won’t be ready to take the reins in 2012 either. The last two head coaches Alex has had have been defensive minded. He has never had an OC longer than Jimmy Raye, and under him and Johnson he couldn’t throw the ball unless it was third and long or in the two minute drill. Alex should thrive under Harbaugh, and I hope he gets more than just one year to do so.

  158. By 916 Faithful Niner Fan on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    Our TEAM will need our full support. We must trust in the coaches to be able to turn things around for all of our players, including Smith. Regardless of WHY Harbaugh wants him, we must respect his decision and give him support. Give the coach a chance to do some work! GO NINERS!!

  159. By Gus on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    I disagree with everyone saying Alex Smith is our best option. I am by no means trying to hype Troy Smith up to be a franchise quarterback, but when compared to Alex which Smith was it winning games? Alex Smith has his moments where he looks like a very decent quarterback but those moments are few and far between. Give Troy the ball and look out there for other options once this lockout garbage is over. I am still a believer that we might be able to get a veteran like Kyle Orton this season.

  160. By justin on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    man i hate alex smith and im youn he needs to get of the 49ers and quit football we need kevn cobb

  161. By psully24 on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    ONE player does not a pro football team make! How many millions of dollars are these guys getting paid? For what? Entertainment. Pull it together. Show ownership at every position and get the job done that WE are paying you for. Or, join Coffee in the early retirement world.

  162. By Rickniner on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    Bottom line is Alex Has showed potential, and he is the best option for right now. We will have to see what happens with Alex now that he has Harbaugh a coach that is known to be on a hot streak and a QB groomer. Then add the thought of draft pick Colin Kaepernick and you have a battle. while those two are testing each other i think we need to get rid of Carr and bring in an older veteran player at the QB position. Someone who can come in and show these young guys how to win. Preferably someone who has won before. Give it a couple of years and build on what we have, dont make any more major changes. let the team build chemistry.

  163. By JR Baca in NM on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    I AGREE WITH 49er Joe, All the Alex haters will be ashamed when he takes us to the Superbowl and we win this next season, I still believe that the Alex Smith 9er haters need to go support another team. We don’t care what you say, we overrule you 9er haters. If you can’t support Alex, you are not supporting the team. Go join the crappy Raider team across the Bay.

    Loyal 49er fan of over 30 years!!

  164. By Niner_Mexicano on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    A. Smith Is the worst QB ever!!! Get rid of him!!

    Alex Smith = Loosing record = No playoff!!

    A la mier.da!!!

    Please do not bring him back!!!

  165. By Keith N on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    Alex can be great with Harbaugh. Give him a chance to prove himself under an offense oriented coach and then make your decision. The past 6 years have been an experiment with defensive coaches which is why he didn’t succeed. Give him a chance and see where it takes us next year. Going with a new quarterback will take a couple years to develop so what is there to lose?

  166. By Marvin Ly on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    AYE!!!!!!!! why u guys hating on him, hes good but he just needs a little work

  167. By jose on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    For me it not like I hate Alex, he just have not proven himself to be a 49er QB. Maybe because of all the weak coach’s and weak Off-Coach’s he had but if we can go to the super bowl with him, find if not just get one who will. I think we should give him a change, if he has a losing recoded by week 5 or had more picks then TDs then he has to go no matter if throws 400 yards a game., If he has BY WEEK 5 13TDS BUT 20 PICK I mean you know its time for a change.

  168. By lamont on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    look u “true” 9ers fans he never been n da same off. 2yrs running.each yr he has 2 learn a new off.how u think he is going 2 progress when everything n people change.name a QB that has changed as many systems n was a success

  169. By Derek on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    This is the first time Alex Smith has had a decent head coach with a proven record (college standpoint). He’s had a proven offensive coordinator back in 2006 when Norv Turner was making the calls. I thought he did a decent job that year and could’ve had a winning record the following year if Norv Turner stayed. Alex Smith deserves another chance to prove himself with a good coach. Coach Singletary and Jimmy Raye didn’t have any chemistry so I wasn’t surprised it didn’t last long.

  170. By All 4s and 9s on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith has already wasted 6 years of our lives, you really want to give him a 7th!?! You think yet another coach coming in is just going to somehow change him into a good quarterback. You give a quarterback three years, THREE, to show that he has the potential to take your team in the right direction, not seven. If he does not help your team win, you move on, it’s that simple. Since we drafted Alex Smith he has been nothing but terrible, and these sparks of brilliance you see always seem to come in the first game back after being benched 4 games for being terrible, then he has one good outing and we put the rest of the season on his shoulders and end up in third place in the weakest division in the NFC. I would rather have any other BACKUP qb in the league as my starter rather than Alex Smith.

  171. By 49erHarleyRider on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    As I said yesterday, a team can do well with a crappy QB. Look at the Bears, for example. If the QB has a rating that Smith has had and they still lose, it’s more than the QB. If they change out the coaching staff and still lose…it’s more than the QB and coaching staff…if they draft a solid O Line and still lose…you get my point.

    A football team is a package deal. The team does not have to be perfect at every position, but it cannot be weak in so many. Alex Smith is no the fault nor is he the only constant in the last decade (almost) of losing seasons. In fact, i recall that their losing streak stared before he was done with college in Utah. I’m sure the ’03 and ’04 seasons weren’t his fault.

    What we need is to strengthen the offensive coaching (which we probably have with this move) and defensive backs. The lock-out is hurting us far more than Alex Smith ever has.

  172. By J Parker on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    If Harbaugh sees something in Alex Smith, then I say we give him another chance. I believe Smith will excel under Harbaugh’s West Coast offense.

  173. By lamont on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    they addressed da o-line n draft now they should b able 2 keep smith upright.now try stayn n da same offensive scheme more than 1yr n c what he can do.he was a beast @ utah but he was always n shotgun.he got out of that n has improved thru da yrs but da changes @ offensives coaches crippled him as a QB n those schemes

  174. By 9erfaithfull on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    Smith has been with us for 6 seasons and was coached by 5 different coordinators. Its hard to have to start over that many times, the decent season he had was when Norv Turner was OC. Now what does that tell you…, most of the blame is on the front office, for not being able to keep a Coordinator! Smith would, and will thrive in the West Coast system. I say, bring back Smith! And for those of you who can’t see that…, stick to your beer, bowl of chips and the couch, let the real ballers play!

  175. By Joseph W on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    First of all, does anyone in know how to spell in here? Alex does have all of the physical tools to play quarterback in the NFL. However, after all the film I have seen, I do not think he has the mental speed to play the position. Maybe, just maybe Jim Harbaugh can help him in that department. Now that we have drafted a quarterback to be the future (fingers crossed) Alex is the best option for us as appose to getting a free agent and spending too much money. He is the best option for our team at this time. Do I like Alex? Maybe a little. Lets just hope he is better next year than last. A bigger concern for me is our head coach. Everyone has already anointed him the savior of the franchise. Has everyone forgot that most college coaches do not do well in the pros? Not saying that I don’t like him, just saying I really liked the Idea of Gruden coming back to the bay. I really think you get us turned around Mr. Harbaugh!!!! Gooooooo Niniersssssssss!!!!!!!!!

  176. By Joseph W on May 18, 2011 | Reply


  177. By Junior Tapafua on May 18, 2011 | Reply



    GO NINERS!!!

  178. By HW1 on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    Again i love Alex Smith, He did not do well last year! Hell, the whole team did not do well last year, I watched every game, every play of every game, I saw balls bouncing off receivers into the hands of the other team, bad defence, no pressure on the QB, and because of no pressure the corner’s were getting burnt! we should have won at least 4 of those games!

  179. By HW1 on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    Im wit JR Baca, Alex will come back, and he will win the starting job, and he will lead us back to the playoff, his teammates believe in him,the head coach believes in him,i believe in him, only some nuckle heads with no understanding will not support him and who cares, get over it! jerks!

  180. By HW1 on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    like the coach said, Alex is a niner, even if he doesnt come back he still will be a niner at heart! but im thinking some of you dont understand that because you r not real niner fans! Make it happen Alex, Go Niners kick some butt this year! thats if it be a year! fingers cross! lol

  181. By san101 on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    cant wait to see alex show up every hater! lets goo niners!!!

  182. By john m on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    i vote for troy smith

  183. By Daniel on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    Go NINERS!! I love my team thru the ups and downs!! If you are talking trash about our players then you are not a true niner fan! I believe in our new staff and coach. Alex will have his best year in 2011-2012. Plus I am excited about all our draft picks this year. Ronald will be great as a slot reciever. Plus last years picks should do even better this year, our O line will dominate even more, and Mays will shine with his hard work ethic. Go Niners!!

  184. By johnny war on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    alex smith is a really good man but not a good QB he does not play well when the game is on the line the fear in his eyes are seen by all how many times has he come off the field shaking his head and clapping his hands in frustration?in the NFL you need nerves of steel and smith just doesnt have them

  185. By johnny war on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    his teammates do not believe in smith just ask patrick willis

  186. By Oh no..no no on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    HI again so now its the corners getting the blame for Alex’s short comings. I as well watched those all the games and if u watch not only football but know anything about football….its a game of athletes and strategy. That being said…yes the corners got torched after 4 …3 and out series, or not doing anything for 2 quarters. The defense can only be on the field so long before they get a little winded and if u dont run the game as your suposed to and give the defense some rest they wont be fresh …so 4 or 5 series of 3 and outs as we have all seen means the defense is out there for the other teams 4 or 5 series where the quarterback actually moves the ball down the field. So yeah they will get burnt when the Alex cant drive the ball for more than 3 plays. I’m sure Alex is a great guy and yes Harbaugh has said Alex should be able to do it …..but so have so many other former coaches.

  187. By carlos santana on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    Alex needs to go!!!! Niners need to realize this!! 6 years!!!

  188. By rodrigo on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    nooo! please no!!!!
    by the way… thank you niners for letting mallett go.. twice… i guess we fans are ready for another 3-5 years of dissapointments (hope i’m wrong!)

  189. By jay49ers on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    I dont like all the Smith hatersI hope he proves all you guys wrong!

  190. By ivan rivera on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    Like most 49ers fans, over the past 6 years Ive become frustrated with Alex Smith’s inability to create plays. My hopes were high when he guided the 49ers to tie the Game against New Orleans Saints on the second Monday Night football game of the year in the final 2 minutes. I saw potential in him as a scrambling QB. His ability to scramble really opened doors for the receivers. Then, as the season went along, and games lost, I didn’t see any more scrambling. Its like he was scared to get hit or the coach didn’t want him to run but rather stay in the pocket. It is pretty difficult to run an offense when your offense is prediictable. Every defense was stacking the box against the 49ers. Additionally, Alex Smith throughout his career has had a defensive minded coach. Im not making an excuse for him but somehow I think Jim Harbough can resurrect his career and help him blossom into the #1 pick the niners choose in the draft. As 49ers fans, lets give him one more chance to prove his worth.

  191. By Gunny Guenther on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    AWWWWWW YOU HAVE GOT BE KIDDING ME ?!!!! I can Hear “DANDY DON ” Merideth sing ing “TURN OFFF THE LIGHTS…… THE PARTY’S OVER”…….(From his grave). Realizing that the season is shortened due to NFL Lockout BS – But give me a Break !!! The “Flatline KID” needs to go- second only to Gary Coleman’s ordeal (saving a body in morgue 1 year “suppossedly”)
    SAN FRANCISCO has kept ALEX SMITH for 6 Long years . Listen – I will personally buy JOE MONTANA #16 a new pair of SKETCHER SHOES /CLEATS if he’d comeback and play instead of ALEX . NEW CHANT for Fans in STANDS – ” AAAAAAANYTHING BUT ALEX- AAAAAANYTHING BUT ALEX-AAAAAAANYTHING BUT ALEX ” Sing it now FANS – Gunny

  192. By Gunny Guenther on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    ALEX SMITH WILLING TO RETURN????? I guess I would too- seems he’s found a better answer than “un-employment”. Is’nt it bad enough SF is a sanctuary city and now our team is actually concidering another year of ALEX SMITH???? Say it aint so JIM? Even the welfare system has limits- Shheeesh!!!
    Collin K could be the next Sam Bradford (RAMS) work with that scenerio instead. “PLEEEEASE”!!!! -Gunny

  193. By Johne B on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    Why not get a “Vince Young, Donavan McNabb etc. for experience” and use these new “kids” as backups ready to jump in case of an emergency. This would also give the “younger quarterbacks” some invaluable experience behind proven “pros”?! I’m not sure that the quarterback in Greenbay didn’t steal a thing or two from Brett Farve on his way to Superbowl VIP…I’m just saying….!?YESSSSSSSSS, you could even keep Alex Smith (as a backup of course, learn the system or move on)

  194. By Oh no..no no on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    lol Gunny right on the nose. I think when the lock out is over we should all get together like they did in the movie Major League and why hes sleeping we move all his stuff out side the stadium AND LEAVE A PINK SLIPand a sign saying …NA NA NA NA…NA NA NA NA…HEY HEY HEY …..GOOD BYE!!!

  195. By Oh no..no no on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    The niners need a hard nosed QB like Steve Young to grab this team and put it on his shoulders and say hey this is a winning organization lets put SF back on the map as a get it done team with talent and outright will to win.

  196. By T-REX on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    I am so sick and tired of the naysayers! Just shut up and be a faithful fan for once or find another team!

  197. By 49ersfanhn on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    Really all u smith lovers are 49ers fans? think u really are SEA ARI or something than 49ers fans… Alex has sucked every season hes been a 49er… time for a new begining… our football team is filled with talent we just good QB play… cya later Alex!

  198. By JR Baca in NM on May 19, 2011 | Reply


    GO 49ERS, GO TRUE 49ER FANS>>>>

  199. By Oh no..no no on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    Lol the raiders got rid of their bust dont compare us to them we still have our bust. If thats not true then we will see if Alex can prove how good he is after 6 years and bashing our hard working line saying they arent good enough when it is he who cant make it work watch the film before you put up your pompoms for someone who laughs while hes on the side line …pulled from the game and hes thrown 3 picks.

  200. By Oh no..no no on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    Jpphnny War you said it all he just doesnt have it no fault of his own not everyone can be a QB in the NFL. Now i want our team to win and cheer and see some awsome plays and see a superbowl for our players as well, they work hard and train hard at what they do. The QB position is not just hey give the guy 9 or 10 years he will get it you either have it or you dont …. its all mental when you have 300 pound monsters spitting and trying to tear your head off it takes a special guy to do that…Alex weve all seen the fear heck i cringed when i saw him get blitzed its hard I would suggest you go free agency and maybe get to tutor a younger QB on the sideline

  201. By Josh on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    Wasn’t Bradford a rookie last year with a new system and guys he never played with. Yes and in his first year allmost took his team to the playoffs. Sanchez took his team to the AFC chamionship in his first year adn did it again the following year. I saw the Lions improve with a former 49er Q.B. I have been a 49er fan since I was 3 and am now 28. I didn’t like Young and I still didn’t when he won a Super Bowl, Thanks to the defense for getting us to that Super Bowl. Norv is ngone so stop bringing him up. Mike McCarthy said he left because they drafted Smith in fact he told the 9ers to draft Aaron Rodgers. I hate being called a traitor because I won’t support Alex but give me a reason to. He allways plays good enough to keep his job and that is it. I will say one good thing about him. He’s better then O’sullivan. If they resign him I will cheer for a different team this season like a lot of you pretend 9er fans are telling us to do that don’t like Alex. I say if they resign Alex i will cheer for the Packers because they have the Q.B. the 9ers should have drafted.

  202. By JD708 on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    Im not an Alex Smith guy but the 49ers do not have any better options. It’s not as easy as saying “lets just get another QB and we’ll be good” Good QBs dont grow on trees and there arent any answers out there anyways. The 49ers will stuggle this season because of the lockout. Alex Smith will struggle. Training camp is important especially with a new system being implemented. I love how excited everyone is about Harbaugh but he will struggle in year 1. He may be a good coach but the NFL is full of “great coaches. I think he’ll bring something positive to 8-8 would be a great season for us in 2011.

  203. By JR Baca in NM on May 19, 2011 | Reply


  204. By minnick2002 on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    Bunch of Alex haters but I dont think he has ever had a fair shot. Line has been crap, offence has change every dam year he has been there ,and besides davis and gore there hasnt been anyone to throw to sence byrant left.I still think he is a good player and we all have seen him make throws that make you say wow when he just lets it fly.Anyway love my niners and hope we can get back to our winning ways. Go Niners !!!

  205. By Gus on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    I think Jim Harbough is a great coach and will do amazing things for the 49ers, but you can expect him to polish a turd. Every year fans are saying this year alex smith will do better, its different this year. We all need to just face the facts, its time to move on and drop this obvious weak spot in our lineup. I’d start a bum off the streets before I make the mistake of putting my trust behind alex. I’m not a hater I’m just not an idiot believing in fairy tales.

  206. By Buck on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    theonion.com says it best……….
    SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco’s newly minted general manager, former scout Trent Baalke, asked the NFL head office for clarification on a point of order Monday over whether the team is required to exchange its draft picks for a football player. “Our roster has plenty of guys on it, so I believe the franchise should look to address other needs through the draft, like for instance we don’t have a trampoline or a pontoon boat,” said Baalke, who said he would consider trading the seventh pick in the first round to any team who could offer him a set of beanbag chairs. “If we have to get an athlete, I’m thinking maybe a power forward. We don’t have one of those right now.” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to deny the request, saying the last time he allowed San Francisco to use a draft pick for non-football player purposes they wasted them on Utah’s Alex Smith

  207. By HW1 on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    Its the team that wins championships,like i said i seen every play of every game we should have won 4 games against playoff teams like the saints,we should have beaten atlanta it was the defence that lost that game, how about phili? no pressure on the QB, kolb had all day in the pocket! and he’s not that good trust me i would rather have Smith! Carolina? come on man! we push those teams around and we still lost the game!

  208. By HW1 on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    i seen QBs light up our defence because their was no pressure, watch the film! why do u think we didnt draft QB#1cause it wasnt our#1need, why do u think we didnt draft The Prince or moved up to get Peterson?cause corner wasnt our #1 need! watch the film, no pressure no pressure on the QB!

  209. By HW1 on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    Can someone say Aldon Smith! Great Draft, we went after our #1 need, and glad the niners saw it and addressed it! QBs always gets the blame, I agree Alex did not play well, but his teammates and the coaching staff didnt do well also! So like JR Baca said support Alex cause he WILL be our QB or find another team!

  210. By HW1 on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    And u cant ask our corners to cover all day, i dont care who u r!

  211. By bill lofgren on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    I blame the past years on the couching staff They suck.Bill team great .made the team now give Jim a chance.Back to the west coast ball.Alex will be fine with a good coach

  212. By TJ on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith is TRASH….NO COACH can make Alex Smith good…Alex Smith cant play at a NFL level!!

  213. By CAD on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    Clements did mess up during the Falcons came, but who’s INT got the falcons back in the game in the first place. That’s right Alex Smith….If Alex was just a decent QB that game would have been won and we would not have been in the position to need an INT to try to put the game away..

  214. By CAD on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith will not prove us wrong…because he as proved us right for the last 6 years…he is a bust and it is time the 9er realized that.

  215. By dubl-j on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    Alex dude its time you rode off into the sunset, let some else take a shot at QB!! take Carr with you and let just get Kolb e and lets see what he can do with Harbaugh!!!!

  216. By SFann007 on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    You Have 1 More Year 2 Prove What You got Alex.. if He doesnt ” Show up ” in the 2012 season, Then Say Goodbye to a WASTE of a 1st round 1st overall Pick .

  217. By tom@NJ on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    Gotta have faith in harbaugh! I think Alex will play as good as when Norv was with us in 06…Question then will be what to do at the end of the year! You can’s compare most Qb’s in the league to Joe or Steve either… WE WERE SPOILED!

  218. By justin on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    omfg alex smith blows i will not watch one 49er game if this retard is back he is horrible bring back troy smith let him get a chance he about 1 million times better then what we have

  219. By justin on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    oh nm our coach is the smartest guy ever let alex smith start to make sure we go 2-14 get number one pick get luck good thinking coach never thought of that but thats the only thing that makes sense

  220. By Richard Francis on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    Relax, he’s been through 3 different offinsive co-ordinators in 3 years. The niners should be a run first offense. Singletary was lost offensively. Harbaugh will run the offensive at lot better. Although Smith had a lot of rough games he is capable of delivering the ball. he needs protection. He needs to get out of the pocket to have any sucess considering the way the front line gave up a few times on him last season. Sacks aren’t always the QB’s fault. Make him earn it in camp. until someone else comes were stuck. not a fan of Troy Smith GO BLUE.

  221. By Just sayin on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    Lets face it we need him. David Carr is a 3rd depth QB and Kaepernick is in the molding, we dont want to rush him and have another QB debacle. Also in his 6 years Alex played he had 4 different coaches that were all defensive minded(side note mike martz (OC) didnt work with alex’s abilities, too much long ball). Step in Harbaugh and he sees something he can probably use or develope. give him a chance lets see if its all hype or if he is the savior coach. On top of that we are locked out, no point in a free agent because they wont even practice and we cant even sign one!!! so kudos to Harbaugh for making the smart move and sticking with smith

  222. By David on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    Who else are the Niners gonna start at QB?

    Smith knows the players on this offense, he’s built up some chemistry with them and if they brought in a veteran to be the next QB, that person would need a FULL offseason and training camp build up that chemistry and timing. With the lockout in place, there is no offseason for the coaches and players to have formal workouts.

    The rookie is not ready…if he were ready to be a starter, then he would have been drafted by another team in the first round and would not have been there for the Niners in the second round. Kap needs to learn the NFL and sitting on the sidelines for a year or 2 is the best way to do it. Look at Rodgers in Green Bay…he sat for a few years and is now a pretty damn good QB.

    Smith can keep the QB spot warm for Kap and then when Kap is ready, the job will be his.

  223. By Prastvn on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith has had to learn alot of different offenses he has had a new offensive coordinator almost every year he is a smart player harbaugh will help him a ton

  224. By Manfredo Incognito on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith…. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! RUN THAT BUM OUT OF TOWN!

  225. By Rich on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    I’m willing to give the guy one more season to prove he can get it done and that’s it. Theres no doubt he has potential , but if he cant shine under Jim Harbaugh’s system then he has no hope.

  226. By Kerstina on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    I think that Smith is a great QB I just dont think he had the option to be great. I love the 49ers but we need to protect our QB or of course he will get hurt and not do good. Also we need to have him work with one solid person for more then 6 months to a year. I think that if he comes back it will be good to have him with a good front line and a great coach. Go ahead Smith prove them all wrong and show them what you can really do. Bring the 49ers to a victory just like you did here in Utah.

  227. By julz on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    we should have never lost nate davis. time will prove what a great natural talent he is. moving forward, look at carson palmer. good fit. from the bay. and keep alex around. but dont start him again this year … please.

  228. By George Ross on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    I would like to comment on Alex Smith. While I don’t think much of him what else are we going to do this year? JH has been buttering him up because there is no other decent choice (due to the lockout). Do you really think JH would say Alex sucks but we will take him back anyway? JH is trying to make the best of a bad situation. You don’t really want him starting Carr? If I ran the 49ers I would cut Carr even if I didn’t have any other QB. For the Nate Davis lovers out there, he was recently cut by the Seachickens so they didn’t like him either. For you Kolb lovers out there he doesn’t look much better than Alex. In fact without Alex’s stupid fumble in the Eagles game the 49ers would have won.

  229. By niner 4 life on May 20, 2011 | Reply


  230. By HW1 on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    Again, Kolb stood all day in the pocket! No pressure on the QB! thats why we lost!

  231. By Dan E. on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    Is R y a n L e a f available???

  232. By Eric on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    Let me remind everyone who says that we should give him a chance under JH….we have given him multiple new chances under multiple HCs and the fact still remains that the head coach is not on the field, the head coach can not read the defense for him and tell him who to throw to and who is open, and the head coach can not provide leadership on the field during the game. the fact still remains ’05 – 1 TD 11 INT ’06 16 TD 16 INT ’07 2 TD 4 INT ’09 18 TD 12 INT ’10 14 TD 10 INT for a grand total of 51 TD and 53 INT. Those are cleveland browns statistics not acceptable for 49ers.

  233. By Tru49erfan on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    I would like to see any of the haters out there do better, oh i forgot your only good at blaming Alex Smith. I always thought football was a team sport…. how about no O-line for the first few years, or no real threat at wide receiver, or how about the same predictable dumb calls week after week. So let’s just blame it all on Alex, WOW, my son has more sense and he is only 12. Alex has potential, and will be a good QB under the right Head Coach, and I think we finally found one in Jim Harbaugh.

  234. By Ronnie on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    i just dont understand alex smith = another coach getting fired dont they no this

  235. By Diaz on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    OK look. i know Alex hasn’t done much in the past 6 years. but he has experience on taking the snap. we cant just trow a rookie in and thing hes going to do better. if we do well have a repeat of Alex smith……….. whats next?

  236. By Shannon on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith i dont really like Alex he not a confident QB, he always looks scared to me he never sits in the pocket like he owns it and thats not what the 9ers need. We need a QB that can handle the pressure.

  237. By Shannon on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    And to the people that say he had better stats then Farve,Rogers so what we would have been in the playoff if Alex Smith was that good.

  238. By HW1 on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah i hear yah but some blossom later than others! He has been kinda gun shy in the pocket but i would to if my balls r bouncing off the receivers hands into defenders everytime i throw the ball, i have seen many of His interceptions not even His fault

  239. By johnnyq713 on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    every year we hear the same thing; he’s got new coaching, this staff will make him a good qb, he will be better now that so and so is gone. at the end of every season it’s the same thing; he had bad coaching, he had a new OC again, blah, blah. it’s true it’s not all alexs’ fault, but some of it is. he should have learned some things just from 6 years of experience. he’s not very good at reading defenses, not very good at avoiding the blitzer, not very good at finding the open guy and not that accurate past 10 yards. he’s good at the 3 yard check down which explains his completion percentage. some of these things can’t be coached, some of them are raw talent. it’s not like it’s been a completely new system every year either and if he’s as smart as some of you say he is, he should have grasped some of it by now.

  240. By JR Baca in New Mexico on May 21, 2011 | Reply


    GO 9ERS

  241. By TrickyChaos on May 21, 2011 | Reply

    Ive watched Alex’s career since he started, with all the crappy coaching what do you expect to happen. Harbaugh has watched the film as I have watched him play. Theres alot of hope there, Alex is a good QB when he’s put in good situations with good play calling as are a lot of good QB’s. He has Harbaugh’s trust and that is going try give him the confidence he hasnt had because the other coaches hav never beleived in him they rather run the ball and get a loss of yards then put the blame on Alex when no one is open on a 3rd and long and he is sacked cause the offensive line sucks and can’t block anybody. He is gonna blow us away this season when he plays like the number 1 pick he was.

  242. By Marcus on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    Did we start Alex right away? I am an Alex Smith fan and i think we should have given him MORE practice time before we started him. He’s looking better and besides, we should give our new rookie more practice time before we start him.

  243. By scott on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    look do i think he can get the 9ers to the promise land no, but in all respect to smith he has had like what 6 different coaches all with different systems and when smith has ran a fast paced offense which harbaugh is going to run. maybe they r betting on him busting and trying to get luck in next years draft never happen but maybe. fact is the 9ers were a good team as long as the defense can rest we had the saints, falcons, and vikings beat that right there wins the division. his biggest problem is that he stares down his receivers to much.

  244. By 9ers4life on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    good ol jim will make smith a winner for sure alex has yet to have good a coaching staff and with this next season he will have it and it will give our new QB some time to watch and learn. 49ers 4 life.

  245. By joe on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    i strongly belive in alex smith he can get it done.once he learns how not to panic when the pocket is collapsing.also when you come to think about it look at the coaching problems in the past years.he’s not to blame for everything.he is a mobile qb has a desent arm.i belive harbough will get him inm the rite direction.harbough was a sucessful qb for 14 years in the nfl.he getting hands on training from a good qb.

  246. By CL33 on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    I’m surprise Alex can last this long with the 49ers that’s a world record for a losing QB in any teams. If he managed to stay this long then it’s destine for him to achieve greatness pretty soon. I can not believe it.

  247. By JR Baca in New Mexico on May 22, 2011 | Reply


    Alex Smith isn’t often mentioned in the same breath as Peyton Manning or Philip Rivers. But when it comes to throwing to his favorite target, tight end Vernon Davis, Smith is at least in the neighborhood of the NFL’s elite.

    Alex Smith to Vernon Davis, 114.3
    2010 (11 games): 40 of 64, 588 yards, 6 TD, 0 INT (124.0)
    2009 (11 games): 55 of 87, 697 yards, 10 TD, 4 INT (107.3)
    Total (22 games): 95 of 151, 1,285 yards, 16 TD, 4 INT (114.3)
    Smith’s overall QB rating since 2009: 81.8

  248. By Bret on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    I’m not even gonna chime in on the Alex thing (not this time) – what I do want to say is: PLEASE read your post before you submit. It is so hard to read some of these posts – the grammer/spelling overall content is crazy and stupid! If you want to be taken serious write something that makes sense, that is atleast readable – COME ON people. WTF is the matter with some of you, you are Niner fans – Not Raider fans! Show it with your comments – I’m no english major (and I know my spelling and grammer is not great). But atleast you can read my comments, without having to re-read and get a headache trying to figure out what the heck I’m trying to say. Some of these are like a riddle, you are not texting. Thank you.

  249. By 49erSFLfan on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    I believe Harbough will help our offense big time.Alex has the skills to make it happen for our team.He didn’t lose us any games. He’s got a QB rating better than any NFC West QB. Our offensive line has to step it up the most. We go as they go. They are truly are weak point offensively.

  250. By AlexMcD32 on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    the reason Alex Smith might not be performing at his greatest potential is because of all the people who boo him and show him no support. No quarterback would do well with the way you guys treat him. A different coordinator every year, which means a new playbook every year, and not much support…sounds like a winning recipe. If you guys want to set the team back 3-4 more years then keep pleading for a new quarterback but if you want results this year than stick with who we have. Last time i checked the San Francisco 49ers were an NFL football team which means they win as a team and they lose as a team…Not one player can carry a team to a Super Bowl victory. BE A REAL FAN AND SHOW SUPPORT NO MATTER WHAT!!! Thats what loyal fans do at least.

  251. By stjohnsellers on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    Remember that young was not thought to be good either. It took a lot of work and he developed over years before he did good things. also smith has been hurt. we have supported the team for the last ten years, stop complaining and keep supporting

  252. By stjohnsellers on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    Josh, you supporting aaron rogers over the 49ers, good riddance, he would not have been any better if he hadnt sat behind farve just as we had a chance to get tom brady who wouldnt have been any better if he hadnt have sat behind bledsoe.
    fair weather fan, we dont need you, go jump on the packer band wagon like evryone else

  253. By Gunny Guenther on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    BE A REAL FAN ?, BE A “REAL” Fan ????? How about ALEX SMITH BE A “REAL” Quarterback???? 6 @#$%’N Years !!!!! ADAPT or LEAVE !!!! NO MORE CHARITY I OWE HIM ABSOLUTLY NO LOYALTY…… DON’T Preach to ME, Now grant him a 7th year? You people are “BRAIN DEAD”…. YOU need a leader in a QB….= He leads the team to either VICTORY or DEFEAT. I’ve Been with this team since 1979 when a YOUNG JOE MONTANA came to camp. This is also why you people let my beloved San FRANCISCO become a “Sanctuary city” Bunch of BRAIN DEAD/ NEW MATH IDIOTS!!! Do the REAL MATH Alex does’nt ADD UP- WAKE UP!!!! REPLACE YOUR A SMITH!!!!! He’s NOT my QB…..Give me the kid #2 Collin !!!!!

  254. By Gunny Guenther on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    Whew!…..Thank the Good LORD Above for the San Francisco Giants FINALLY WORLD CHAMPS!!!! Keep the Bay Area SPORTS Tradition ALIVE!!!!! We WIN !!! WE create DYNASTYS !!! BAY AREA HISTORY- SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES(NASL) SEALS SHARKS (NHL) -IN PLAYOFFS) OAKLAND A’s THIRD DYNASTY= 5 division champion titles (NO JUICE-Steroids) SF 49ers (5 time CHAMPIONS) The land of “DIRTY” Harry Callahan !!!!! WE RULE!!!!!! I am a FAN !!!!!! Now get US a QB!!!!!!! -Gunny

  255. By True Niner Faithful on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    You know it’s sad to see show many fair weather fans supposably being niner fans. Any body who knows anything knows that Alex isnt going to be Joe, or Young in any sense, but considering the current conditions of a this lockout, he is the best solution. Sure he has lived up to his potential, but what’s to say he cant lend us a hand in molding our true QB. Kap isnt ready, not for long shot. Let Smith come in and get us through this season, which is pretty much going to be a wash since the lockout has almost but killed the off season and any legit opportunity of training our draft picks. So come on “TRUE NINER FAITHFUL” let’s stand behind our team.

    And you so called Niner fans, booing our own players. go ahead and jump on another teams wagon. trust me, you wont be missed.

  256. By Angel c64 on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    I think AlexSmith will adapt better now with this much better staff. I been a NINER fan 4 ever and let me say that Singaltary had 2 go way longer than #11…

  257. By Oh no..no no on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    The Atalanta game …come on really your trying to reserect his career off of the atlanta game. Bad form his performance was huh well its called being a QB to score during a game. Funny how when he scores 2 touchdowns people seem to think he did awsome. Thats something all QB’s have to do to win it ‘s not a huge deal. A awsome QB is the one who when the chips are down he can rally back and win the game with his skill. Just goes to show ya how bad he is. A QB should be able to run a good 8-14 series in a game at least and score at least 2 TD’s… of course Defenses get paid too… And things happen but not in every game. Just based on his interceptions he should be let go. Joking aside he should go and hopefully find a team with a spread offense wich is better for him than west coast under center… it apears thats not his specialty

  258. By Oh no..no no on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    I cant believe we are still going over this post from the 17th. Lol to funny must be a burning subject i have the …lets stay with Alex % at 42 and well thats not good. Really 42% lol come on people that shoulde be at like 15% or lower. Do you watch the games ..I mean watch them …yes some bad plays were called over the years quite a few of em but really. When he is missing wide open guys for TD’s and not reading the blitz and then throwing a int because of the pressure thats on him as a QB to dump to hot reciever or throw out of bounds if the pretection is not sliding towards the blitz basic stuff that he cant do because he cant perform at this level of the game. Not saying i could…but i would like to think if I was picked #1 overall and 6 years later i am still complaining about the protection and coaches i would hope someone would slap me and cut me so i could go and persue other avenues of work.

  259. By manuel on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    he sucks!! trade him!!!!! GO KAEPERNICK!!!!!

  260. By miggy auburn on May 23, 2011 | Reply


  261. By HW1 on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    Alex will win the starting Job and His teammates will supports him and thats all that matters!

  262. By HW1 on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    Gunny is a hater not a real fan!

  263. By 49ers4ever on May 24, 2011 | Reply

    Folks, Harbaugh is going to make a competition out of the QB job. Only problem with that is that Alex has won that competition every year.. because we have had no other QB worth even a penny. I’m sorry just because he’s the best we have, doesn’t mean he starts or needs to stay. You can’t blame the o-line for his inaccuracy, for his inconsistant play. He is not a good QB period. Six years is plenty to realize that he is not going to get better, He needed a veteran to sit behind for several years to mature him. It didn’t happen and this is what we have had to deal with. I would have rather picked up a QB in free agency, there are several better that him out there… Sit the just Drafted QB behind any one of the veterans that are free to pick up.. ( Not Alex ) dump Alex and move on. He is not consistant enough for the NFL. Again, just because he’s the best we have had, shouldnt make us have to be stuck with a less than mediocre QB. You won’t win in the NFL with a mediocre QB period

  264. By RNULPHJR on May 25, 2011 | Reply

    We need to be number one again with superbowl wins. Whether we get another QB or not, Harbaugh will mold this team to work with each other and get more wins. STOP HATIN….

  265. By miggy auburn on May 25, 2011 | Reply


  266. By ac on May 27, 2011 | Reply

    Bringing Alex Smith back is not and was not the issue. When will the niners finally start being more committed to bringing in the best coaching staff?? We had some of the best, Norv turner and MIke McCarthy. Under Norv, Gore had the best year in his career. LT = Hall of Fame. Mike McCarthy turned Rodgers into a Super Bowl quarterback. He played in the spread much like Alex did in College. The real question is, can this group of coaches make us a legitimate playoff team? Teams have reached Superbowls with a nobody at quarterback. Just to name a few: Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson, REX GROSSMAN, Jake Delhomme.

  267. By ac on May 27, 2011 | Reply

    I feel there is alot more emphasis on the coaching staff. I wonder how much of it is the doing of Eddie D. since he’s back with the organization as a “consultant”. I hope they dont ship Harbaugh out if he has 1 or 2 bad seasons. Thats what got us into trouble in the first place.

  268. By cutty302007 on May 28, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t know why you all are crying about Alex Smith. Saying that another season is gone is just not right. Why all of you are Boo Whoin about Alex Smith coming back understand that the head coach asked for him to come back. Arron Rodgers sat on the bench behind Brett Favre and learned the offense from him. Alex Smith had to go through 6 different offensive coordinators. Arron Rodgers had only 1 offense to learn. if Alex Smith was given the oppurtunity like Arron Rodgers to learn from a future Hall of Famer then you all wouldn’t be talking like this. I believe that Alex may end up being a better West Coast QB than all of these other rooty tooty offenses that he has tried to learn. Give the head coach a chance to coach him up. Not Dennis Erickson, not Mike Nolan, nor Mike Singletary had any knowlegde of how to develop a QB. I truly believe that when Alex Smith is given the chance to lead our team onto the field again this time he will lead us to the playoffs and all of you doubters will eat crow and say that you all shouldn’t have been so hard on Alex Smith. Just give the coach the chance to prove that he knows talent and that we do have a winner in Alex Smith.

  269. By ben on May 28, 2011 | Reply

    this coaching staff sounds like they know what they are talking about. A good coach is gonna build the offense around the most important position and thats the quarterback. If Harbaugh thinks that Alex is our best option in this lockout plauged season than you have to believe coach knows best, and if not than we are doomed know matter who are quarterback is. Walsh had a system called “West Coast Offence”; he drafted a quarterback that fit into his offense. Harbaugh has his system so if thats his system and he thinks alex can fit it than so be it. Sure if this was fantasy football I’m sure he’d pick Brady or Payton but it’s not so he can’t’ He has to work with what he has. Time will tell if he thinks there are better opions are available, but until the lockout is over and free angency is available he’s doing what he is supposed to, working with what he has, that is gonna produce the best results. A lot of people( if they studied football) know that harbaugh, by bringing smith back just made a VERY smart move. If the lockout isnt over until a week before, or even after the season is set to begin, than your gonna want somebody who knows this team and has a relationship with all of the players. For that reason and that reason alone Harbaugh gets a 10 in the football smarts department!

  270. By 49ers fan since the 80's on May 30, 2011 | Reply

    we got alot of QB’s hungery we need to look their this season

  271. By Cal1n1ner209 on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    I am a true Faithful FAN!! And Alex Smith Is a true faithful QB as well as a smart and a hard working captain, we as fans need to remain faithful. He’ll prove us all wrong rather if he stays or goes. I see allot of Steve young in him just give the kid a chance & QUITE BOOING OUR OWN TEAM.

  272. By nico2429 on Jul 3, 2011 | Reply

    We need to get rid of him!! he has done nothing for 6 years. I would rather see the rookie than him

  273. By Timothy Smith on Jul 5, 2011 | Reply

    For the record…Alex Smith is a good quarterback. I want to see you haters in his shoes going through 6 offensive coordinators in his career. That means 6 times learning everything all over again. No body can get comfortable under those circumstances. Give him a chance and he will shine.

  274. By JR Baca in New Mexico on Jul 6, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith is one of the best QB’s in the NFL, with Jim at the helm Alex is going to take our team to the next Superbowl. All the Alex haters need to go find another team because if you don’t like Alex you don’t want to be part of our team.

    GO 9ERS…….

  275. By STAN 78 on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    Continuity thanks Ben for your reasoning. You dont change horses in the middle of a stream. I believe the 49ers should bring in a serviceable veteran to compete for the starting job.MaNabb is a possibility west coast offence experienece with Ried in Philly and Shanahan in Washington.We could sign him to a 1 or 2 yr contract for veteran leadeship and wisdom.I like to see 49ers pick up Namdi from that incompitantly owned across the Bay What team in there right mind would let go one of three best shut down corners in league go?.We should benefit from there stupid mistake! Stan78 out

  276. By JR Baca in New Mexico on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith is a serviceable veteran and will start and will take us to the Superbowl!

  277. By formerfaithful on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    To all who thinks Alex Smith has a chance, probably is blind, a fool, no talent what so ever to judge talent, does not know football or from outer space.

    I have been saying in a few sites now, fire Harbaugh asap for another year of agony and heartache by naming Smith as his starter. It tells me he is not as good as advertised. Am I watching a different game than those who think Smith will be okay. Have the recent niners lull you young pants on the ground kids to mediocrity. Don’t let the name fool you. I’m a die hard but just sick and tired of what i’m seeing. It reminds me the the Warriors with Cohan and current owners (that’s another story). I have been spoiled by Eddie D.

    Smith simply can’t play. The most inaccurate qb I have seen at ANY level. He couldn’t hit a stationary elephant 10 yards away, pees on his pants when pocket closes, kills drives at the most critical moment by misfiring, fumbling, interception, you name it. If you can’t play, you can’t play, no matter who your coordinator. You blind so called fans can make excuses for him such as no line, coordinator(wrong! Martz, a respected guru) the weather, the sun or whatever, WAKE UP!

    Not even Jesus can save Alex Smith, last I checked, Harbaugh can’t walk on water.

  278. By Jeff on Aug 7, 2011 | Reply

    Looks like Harbaugh’s plan is to play Smith this year so we can lose and pick up Andrew Luck next year! This is the only way I see it….

  279. By JR Baca in New Mexico on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Quarterback Receiver TDs Total TDs Pct.
    1. Matt Ryan Roddy White 26 66 39.4%
    2. Alex Smith Vernon Davis 20 51 39.2%
    3. Philip Rivers Antonio Gates 42 136 30.8%
    4. Matt Schaub Andre Johnson 24 80 30.0%
    5. Tavaris Jackson Sidney Rice 7 24 29.2%
    6. Aaron Rodgers Greg Jennings 25 87 28.7%
    7. Joe Flacco Derrick Mason 16 58 27.6%
    8. Ben Roethlisberger Hines Ward 39 144 27.1%

  280. By Charels Martin on Aug 12, 2011 | Reply

    we kept the wrong smith alex is not the one we should of kept troy smith knew how to win games and that is all i have to say about that. As far as is attitude problem yes he had one, but anyone who would bow up to singltary is a man(especially when singletary would snap him like a twig)

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