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Morning Tailgate: March 19

Posted by Taylor Price on March 19, 2012 – 9:50 AM

Now that we are a week into the 2012 free agency season, the league’s constant player movement continues to involve the San Francisco 49ers.

The recent reports of signings made by the 49ers could affect how the team uses its first-round draft pick on April 26. At least that’s the opinion of a respected NFL writer.

More on who the 49ers could target in the draft, the latest 49ers free agency headlines and other team-related news can be found after the jump.

According to multiple reports, the 49ers agreed to terms with New York Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham over the weekend. Manningham’s agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed the deal to The Associated Press. Manningham posted a career-high 60 receptions for 944 yards and nine touchdowns for the Giants in 2011.

Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports’ Shutdown Corner Blog has more information on Manningham, who caught five passes for 73 yards in the Super Bowl, and added 13 catches for 189 yards and three touchdowns in the playoffs.

With the recent reports of Manningham’s signing, Pat Kirwan of CBSSports.com believes the 49ers don’t have to target a receiver with their first-round pick. Kirwan speculates that Stanford guard David DeCastro (photographed above) could make sense with the team seeking a starting right guard.

Other guard options can be found on ProFootballFocus.com, which continues to update its list of the top 75 remaining free agents.

Quarterback Matt Flynn is no longer on that list, as the former Green Bay Packers backup has agreed to a multi-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks according to Seahawks.com.

Lastly, 49ers.com wrapped up Big Ten Week of our “49 in 49” series with weekend profiles of Michigan State Spartans quarterback Kirk Cousins and Spartans defensive tackle Jerel Worthy.

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Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still enjoyed our “49 in 49” profile on his collegiate career, and thanked us for giving him a new avatar, too.


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85 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: March 19”

  1. By Rose in Los Angeles on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    Alex will remain in SF, no one else wants him. If he was to leave to another team, he would only be a back up. In SF he’ll be a starter. I wish we could have gotten Matt Flynn, he looked like a young Brett Farve and Aaron Rogers to me. Now we have receivers but no one to throw to them. Alex can’t throw that far accurately.

  2. By seven years with Alex on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    the agent for smith and manning worked us over and were never going to let us get anything other than alex …cant believe that harbaugh didnt see that coming …coldon wored the niners and made them pay for not paying his hack client another 50 million dollars …way to play it condon …shame on niners for not seeing that happen he made us pay for not signing alex and made peyton wait till flynn was signed and left the niners with nothing …it appears the agents are running the NFL after all

  3. By 49ER FAITHFUL on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    not much will happen this week jeromy,,,I have been saying for the last few weeks,,the word on the street around here has been,,and this is something I have heard over and over again,,that coach harbaugh drafted kaepernick in the 2nd round for a reason,,,to take alex’s job,,not compete with him for it,,,SO,,,,if alex does happen to sign with the dolphins,,,kaepernick would become our starter,,,he can throw the deep ball with touch by the way,,and the 49ers would bring in a veteran to back him up,,,

  4. By 49ER FAITHFUL on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    that has been the back-up plan since last week tuesday when they decided to pursue peyton,,,c’mon,,,you guys honestly think they would have set this all in motion without having something to fall back on? they knew that by pusuing peyton they would run the risk of losing alex to free agency,,,but the non-exsistent market for alex they felt safe in doing so,,,,the ball is back in smith’s court,,,sign the current offer on the table to be our starter or kaepernick is our starter this year,,,

  5. By seven years with Alex on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    no way smith is gone signing a disgruntled QB who was insulted by a 30 million dollar contract …..no sir …niners have been more than gracious with him and his agent who formulated this whole thing with manning and smith after the niners refused to budge …..now it is wait and see the obvious choices are all gone and now it is up the people who get paid the big bucks to handle these cituations

  6. By DaCatch on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    Da Niners, will find the right QB. In Harbaugh we trust.

  7. By DYENNY on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    Thank goodness peyton didnt crash our cap and this mess is over. I; ll bet they wont win their own division with peyton . ALEX PROVED HIMSELF LAST YEAR LETS GO ALEX . LETS GO GET THE TITLE. LOOK AT THE WEAPONS THEY HAVE SET UP 4 YOU. WE COULD STILL HAVE CAP ROOM FOR WALLACE AND ALEX NOW GOOD JOB ORGANIZATION. I REALLY AM GLAD WE DIDNT GET PEYTON YALL WE WOULD HAVE HAD TO CUT AND TRADE PEOPLE JUST 4 3 YEARS AND I KNOW U GONNA SAY ALEX,S DEAL IS 4 3 YEARS BUT HE IS PROVEN AND YOUNG . ONE GOOD HIT 4 PEYTON HE WILL BE OUT 4 SEASON

  8. By Brad on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    Bring on Tim Tebow!

  9. By Sonny Belfast on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    Alex could win Super Bowls and wouldn’t get credit from this lot…

  10. By robert on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    I know for a fact that Alex is the qb we need…his team respects him and coach knows Alex has what it takes…we have the d and we now have more weapons for Alex….man this dude has been beaten to the ground by some of you so callled 49er faithful…I believe in Alex and hope he can get a deal done….when he raises that lombardi trophy a few times maybe then you will say…thank the good lord we have Alex Smith….man he has never had solid foundation under him until now…either be a true 49er fan and stick with your qb or get another team….Steve young was great and always had great stats and regular season record but only one the big one 1 time….it’s not easy…Go with what coach is doing and roman and fangio….Alex will lead us to the trophy…man he’s been through alot and hung in there…that’s what it takes to be a winner

  11. By Tchamek on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    Draft Devon Stills, dt, out of Penn State, he has fire in belly for motivation, stands 6’5 and weighs 305, tremendous fitness, he will shine for niners, provide help for justin and the defense line, youth for the line, defense will continue to smash opponents. The 30th pick in the first round will be a steal to take him in, if possible, trade up to get him.

  12. By gary potter on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    what else you 2 clowns got top say??? no way manning come here. he couldn’t work under coach JH. you boys think ck is answer?? maybe in year or 2. take your hate to another team.

  13. By DMT on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    I would rather have the management of my team gamble and lose, than be like most NFL teams, content with being also rans. As a fan of the Niners fan, I would’ve been upset if the management wouldn’t have made a play for Manning. I’m for lack of a better word a “corporate Niner fan”, meaning I only care about the bottom line, WINNING Superbowls! ANYTHING less is failure. I don’t care about any individual player, only who gives the 49ers the best chance to win it all. So if Alex feelings are hurt, and he signs with someone else, so be it.

  14. By DYENNY on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    7 YEARS W / ALEX YOU HAVE SOME GREAT COMMENTS . WHAT PEOPLE NEED TO REALIZE IS THE PATIENCE THE ORGANIZATION HAS HAD WITH ALEX IN HIS EARLY YEARS AND EVEN THOUGH HE HAD 5 OFF COD. WE STILL STUCK WITH HIM. I THINK HE DOES NEED A 4 YEAR DEAL. HEY LIKE OUR TEAM IS THIS YEAR WITH TALENT.!!! IS LIKE WHAT FLYNN WHO ONLY STARTED 2 GAMES HAD WITH GREENBAY WITH HIS FLUKE PERFORMANCE IN ONE GAME. ALEX IS A VETERAN. HE IS SMART HE WILL MAKE THE BEST DECISION.

  15. By Gabe on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    I think Niners will be drafting a WR even with the 2 additions they’ve made. I think instead of taking the GT receiver who I think the Raiders will end up drafting too high. I say take Marvin Mcnutt from Iowa. He’s sneaky fast with great size. He’s almost 6’3 215. He’s a much more reliable kid then the Alshon Jeffries kid. I bet you can get him in the 2nd or possibly 3rd round and he’d be a steal.

  16. By Ur Conscience on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    okay, first off, Seven Years and Jeremoy, you two were the one’s say Alex sucks and we don’t need him. Why the sudden change of thought and or belief now that peyton signed with Denver?! You two crack me up.

    Now with or without Alex, the Niners will be fine. Remember, all we accomplished last year, we accomplished without the benefit of OTA’s and Training Camp. yYes they had there own Team led Sessions but that wasn’t enough to build solid familiarity within the Offense as well as Coaches and there Coaching style. As the season progressed so to the familiarity. Now with being able to have the OTA’s and T.C’s, C.K and Tolzein can compete for the Number 1 QB and work with our starters. In all, we will be fine no matter what transpires. IMO, Tolzien should be the starter, I am still not to sure about C.K yet, he needs more time to develop as a NFL QB.

  17. By John on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    Now that Peyton is a Bronco we better get Smith to sigh really fast.

  18. By mattR on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    I agree the niners are better off without peyton and i beleive alex is crazy for not taking the deal we offered Colin is pretty good but im not sure he’s ready to be a starter even with the talent we’ve aquired this week rumor has it we are looking at Josh freeman who i think would be a good qb in the right system but i personally dont like him i would prefer picking up a qb in the first round over that i dea like Kirk cousins i have watched the way he plays and i beleive that he could come in and be successful as a rookie… it just crazy how we start to solve the WR problem then we start having QB problems lol

  19. By Jerry on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    OK LETS SIGN TIM TEBOW

  20. By Duke on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    Peyton will regret becoming a Donkey. Smith signs, Niners offer Wallace a deal, Super Bowl XLVII Niners beat the Manning led Donkey’s 49 – 10.

  21. By bo heel on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    manning is a sucker. he wanted more money. the 49ers were his best option and he shot that down. he could of had a least 2 more superbowls. this guys career is over.

  22. By NINERSS ALL DAYYY on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    OHHH BOYY Im just going to sit back and put my hopes in Harbaugh!!!!

  23. By Ladybug on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    Told ya so! I said last week that Manning could not/would not work with Harbough.
    Manning would never allow himself to be controlled by Harbaugh, who manages his quarterbacks closely…Manning like to run the game. I am not surprised he is going to Denver.

    Alex is sniffing around … might decide he likes Miami…so????? We got Kaepernick, who I believe will develop quickly under Harbaugh’s attention..he’s a smart cookie and has a good arm. AND he knows the system. Betcha he’s working out as we speak….

  24. By mike on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    What they need to do now is either resign Smith or sign Josh Johnson. Both are familiar with Harbaugh and his system. Now they can go for G in the draft.

  25. By temper on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    Has there ever been a player more deserving of respect, who simultaneously receives absolutely no respect, than Alex Smith? W just keep finding new ways to completely screw this guy…. Wouldn’t surprise me one bit if, next season, we physically tie one arm behind his back – or tie his shoe strings together just so we can all revell in him getting his head torn off. I sure hope he comes back becuase at this point, after all these years, I want to see him have the success he deserves… but SF fans don’t deserve anything from him except his two middle fingers.

  26. By temper on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    LadyBug said “Alex is sniffing around … might decide he likes Miami…so????? We got Kaepernick, who I believe will develop quickly under Harbaugh’s attention..he’s a smart cookie and has a good arm. AND he knows the system. Betcha he’s working out as we speak….”

    How many QB’s have come through here as the next “golden boy” and completely washed out under the same set of variables that Alex has been playing with? QB after QB haven’t been able to get it done, all while enjoying support that Alex never received. No QB can do it alone. We were 3 and 13 last year. Missing the superbowl by a freaking overtime field goal in a game in which we were playing with 3rd and 4th string WR’s and second string returner. Why the hell would we be talking about replacing our QB which had one of the better QB ratings in the league? Everyone has gotten so used to hating on Alex, you just want him gone before he keeps proving you wrong.

  27. By seven years with Alex on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    wow really tell me one skill that alex has …besides a gift for gab as he strung the niners along for years saying his famous line ….uh have to try and get better …no team wanted him or they would have signed him by now …no team saw anything last year that impressed them even though you seem to think he had a banner year all he did was stadn behind a great defense and throw checkdowns so our kicker could break records for field goals …he is a has been allready with no skills unless you can tell me one and prove it of course because i could tell you i am alex smith but yet i would have to prove it

  28. By seven years with Alex on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    the agent for the alex and peyton was not going to let us get peyton anyways and leave alex in the wind now he forces the niners to take back the bottom of the barrel at QB after he streatched out mannings announcement till flynn was signed so we had to take alex …i hope that coach is smarter than that and will not take back that has been alex he snubbed his nose at us so why bother with him if he cant figure it out that he is a non factor for any team

  29. By SHIP on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    Seven Years..your songs are tired. We were only 1 or 2 plays away from the SuperBowl with Alex. We sign Alex with reloaded WRs which we desperately needed and we win the SB. Yes…its that easy!

  30. By seven years with Alex on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    wow that logic then would have meant that alex was the huge signing frenzy if he makes the superbowll a automatic win ..i did not know that thank you and i only make comments when other try and say he is the football god and our only savior come on he has no skills because not one can mention any

  31. By seven years with Alex on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    lol let him prove us wrong somewhere else

  32. By seven years with Alex on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    why was alex not the bg star after he only had 5 picks and 3000 yards because it was a fluke every game accept for the TB game he was horrible needeing the defense and special teams to win the games and then you give him all the credit shame on you

  33. By David Whitaker on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    Temper I agree with you 100%, these so called 49er faithful, would have nothing to do but cut Alex head off, The guy finslly gets some good coaching and the system he can excell in and takes us to the NFC championship gsme and would have won it if not for a couple of costly tuirn overs nor his fault.

    go Alex and 9ers super bowl bound in 2012

  34. By SHIP on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah football people draft a guy #1 overall in the NFL Draft who have zero skills and an experienced QB like Harbaugh starts a guy for the whole season with zero skills & helped us be 1 play away to the SB with depleted WR’s with zero skills. No one is saying he is Joe Montana, but no skills…really?. You really proved us wrong with your rediculous comments. Seven Years…you are retard

  35. By seven years with Alex on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    by the way numbskulls ….a coordinator only makes plays and in those plays are outs and slants and go’s and curls and so on and yet alex had problems making those throws …right…after 8 years he still cant make them …coordinator changes nothing it is still the same throws just called by a different pattern ….learning the patterns should be cake for him he had high marks on the smarts test wich is why they got him instead of rodgers …hmmm maybe he cheated because after 8 years he should know how to throw a NFL football route

  36. By Ladybug on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    well, well, well….now we have Tebow in the mix. Who will the bottom of the barrel teams choose…Tebow or Smith? Hmmmmm. I sure hope our Coach does not consider Tebow….the Denver folks were mighty disappointed in his performance.

    That’s why they woo’d Manning.

  37. By SHIP on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    If you think a QB in the NFL can go 13-3 and 1 play away from the SB (turnovers not his fault cost us), based on flukes…in the NFL, you are the biggest idiot who is obviously biased and no matter what Alex does you will find an excuse to bash him. You and your crony Jeromy are pathetic as others have said repeatedly about you all over these sites.

  38. By brian on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    Hey 7 years the way you talk you must have been an NFL player No Maybe a head coach No.What has alex ever done to you .Lets see he never complains about his teamates ,He never gets arrested ,He takes all the crap people like you dish out .He just shows up every day does his job and goes home.Gee I wish we had 52 more players just like him.

  39. By seven years with Alex on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    still not 1 skill that alex has …has one of you pointed out …nuff said …..rah rah alex he can suck it up for 4 more years great

  40. By seven years with Alex on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    id rather harbaugh put on a jersey at this point ….alex go to somewhere and prove us all wrong

  41. By seven years with Alex on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    you can have 52 players like him go be a bengal fan …and stil not 1 can tell me a skill that alex has after 8 years ……

  42. By robert on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    Hey seven years with alex you really need another team….all you say is negative things about Alex….never one good thing do you have to say about the man…he is one tuff dude and he can throw and run when needed…..hope we get him signed so we can hear you wine a little bit more….be proud of wearing red and gold and get a number 11 jersey maybe you’ll feel better.

  43. By Ladybug on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    Ship..I agree with you. I am tired of hearing 7 years and Jeromy bash Alex…I know he has throwing issues…and it’s true our Defense and Kicker were instrumental in winning the games…but our last loss was due to downfield errors…not Alex’s fault. But he did some very good work last year….and I think he needs to acknowledged for it. In a stable environment…with on going coaching and attention he WILL improve. Remember…he really didn’t play constantly for 7 years…he had injuries that kept him off the field…one for a whole year ! ! 7 years and Jeromy conveniently forget that. And all the coaches..and changes to his training… just too much….

    I feel that 7 years and Jeromy know SOOOOO MUCH about how to run a football team…that they should go to 49er headquarters and give them the benefit of their oh-so-good advice. They probably have made in-depth studies of all the players available, and have seen them work and obviously have inside information on what is right for the 49ers…..RIGHT????? (snicker)

  44. By seven years with Alex on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    ahhh there we go run and throw lets see yeah he does run yet refuses to when the blitz is on he just stands there and gets wholopped …now throwing …hmmm really soo easy ..yeah dirt balls and behind receivers and gets more balls batted down at the line than any other QB and hmm throwing well never past the 20 yard line well unless the guy is wide open even then the accuracy is questionable ….hmmm throwing yeah he is the check down master must have thrown about 200 check downs maybe more can check if you like its like 40% of the time so easy to figure that out …..anyone else with a skill that alex has

  45. By bob on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    alex will sign even if after 8 years coach come in we go 13-3 coach can get that out of either qb we have left leave tebow alone PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESE

  46. By seven years with Alex on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    no i dont need anoter team i need a QB with a couple of good skills for the niners that i root for and see the team working hard and makeing progress except for the QB who has done the same thing since he was drafted ….look and play like a pop warner QB that was converted form TE….if he was as good as you say he would have been the huge story …he was not for a reason and not 1 team really wants him …we get stuck with him and you guys are happy with mediocre

  47. By bob on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    tebow poorer thrower then alex
    we dont want tebow

  48. By seven years with Alex on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    no i didnt forget and hmm alex was out because hmmm oh yeah he holds on to the ball to long same thing he did all year and all the years you say he has problems but then hitch the team to him that is my problem his lack of any skills and that our team is stuck with him when not 1 team thinks he is any good and then i have to hear how he took us to with in game when you just said it was the defense and the special teams …and yes it was his fault because the defense gave alex plenty of opportunities to score or even frive the field but yet he threw the ball in the ground and did not get 1 3rd down converted and who cares if the receivers were back up they are pro football receivers who get paid to play the same as alex so you are blameing them for being shotty and yet alex is cream of the crop lol right

  49. By bob on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    trade for henne

  50. By seven years with Alex on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    alex as the Qb the head guy is there to make those backups get in the game and make plays and tell them hey i will hit you here or burn that guy …so dfont make more excuses for alex based on other players he is the QB the head guy and if it dont get done yeah he is the fall guy and he has been for 8 years we need new leader in there that the team believes in and not a excuse happy QB who think s his value is so huge to turn down an offer from the only team that will have him …

  51. By Bruce on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    Everyone that is pissed off at the 49er Managment team take a minute and think……
    we offerd Alex Smith a contract and he didn’t sign it if anybodys feelings are hurt its the 49ers not Alex…. he should just sign the contract and say a million sorry’s to Jim and Trent.

  52. By seven years with Alex on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    wait training he needs training this guy went 1st over all and he still needs training wow never heard of that before …cam is starting bradford is starting so have the others he represented himself as a number 1 pick with skills and leadership and has been nothing but a burdon to all the previous coaches and coordinators and now this coach has figured it out and saw alex in action and gave hima contract worth his callibern and he snubbed his nose so there you go love the coach or love alex you choose i choose the coach who gave him his shot and he failed alex was carried last year and you know it …..face it and move on

  53. By NINERSS ALL DAYYY on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    Listen Guys I agreed all along that Manning would be great for us but now that is out the window….I still do not LOVE alex Smith and i still say people need to be realists when it comes to his game and stop looking at team record, start watching film and see his flaws, he is mediocre at best….BUT and i will repeat BUT!!!! He is now our only option, I hate to say it but we NEED him back!!!! If we can resign smith and get Wallace then I will say this offseason was a success!! We can not Put CK out there hes not ready and drafting a Rookie QB will set us back even Further!!!!

  54. By rjdniner on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    hey everybody check out Scott Tolizin high lights when HE was at WISCONSON there schedule and what he did. and do the same for Colin k between the two who is more ready to step in if needed ? lets hear it

  55. By anne beck on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    I PERSONNELY LIKE ALEX SMITH AND HAVE DEFENDED HIM FROM THE START. HE HAS DONE NOTHING TO CHANGE MY MIND. HE HAS ALWAY BEEN A GENTLEMAN AND RESPECTFUL OF THE 49ERS, WHEN I BELIEVE THEY HAVE THROWN HIM UNDER THE BUS AT TIMES. LETS GET HIM SIGNED QUICKLY AND STOP ALL THIS LESS THAN POSITIVE TALK. LETS TALK ABOUT WINNING OUR DIVISION, THE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP AND BEST OF ALL THE SUPERBOWL. GOOOOO49ERS

  56. By detroitniner on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    I guess everyone has forgotten alex against new orleans, detroit,nyg, pitt. yep no skills there. just come from behind wins yep no skills you all kill me, get a life and get over this and move on to what we are going to draft.

  57. By jeromy on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    ALEX SUCKS, SIMPLE
    there, now you babies got something to cry about, im gonna get stock in puffs plus with all you Alex loving scumbags crying all the damn time
    HE SUCKS, deal with it freaks, if he comes back all that we have built is for not, cuz with him it is unlikely we win the division, no matter how good the rest of the team is

  58. By detroitniner on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    the 9ers have put all the pieces together FINALLY some one to throw .
    face it even if the 9ers win SB Alex will still get no respect from you idiots.
    easy to hate on someone

  59. By jeromy on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    Alex against new orleans??
    you mean the game where the defense got FIVE turnovers, and he still could barely win, decent QB(not great, just decent) would have blown them off the field, putting them further behind causing even more turnovers
    you guys are really clueless as to the true nature of things
    let me help you, the rest of the team is running really fast, Alex has a rope tied to all of them & he is just sitting there expecting them to drag him, & he wants millions for it each year WHAT A JOKE

  60. By jeromy on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    garry potter, shut your mouth PUNK, grown folks are talking here

  61. By 16fan on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    Niners need tebow!!!!

  62. By detroitniner on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    jeromy are you like 3 yrs old or something? you do relize that there are 32 other players out there? why not any this hate for diva tree?

  63. By jeromy on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    you are all delusional if you think Alex will give us the same success as last year, not with this schedule, not with the whole league knowing he cannot throw the long ball

  64. By 4T9Rfan on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    Didn’t want Manning anyhow, he would be better off as a QB coach…One wrong hit and that could be it for any type of continued football career.
    .
    Rather have Alex (Go Utes) anyhow… and he deserves our loyalty.
    Not sure about picking up Moss ….don’t have that warm fuzzy feeling.
    Makes me wonder which Moss were getting the one that played for the Patriots or the one that played for the Raiders…. hurt his feelings and he will stumble just in time to miss the catch.
    Then there is Manningham, great player.. one of the best.. glad to have him…
    but other players have reproted him to be kind of a drama queen in the locker room..(its like having T.O. back) hope he leaves the drama in New York.

  65. By seven years with Alex on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    why would you want him back you say he is the best and he knows this offense …WAIT WHAT you just said he needs time to get better with lol the coordinator ..yeah the coordinator will make alex a better QB too funny …alex blows and that should have been obvious as to the lack of interest in him and still the dolphins wont sign him alex knows he cant start anywhere but SF and he should have signed but he didnt that shows you how average he is ..he couldnt even figure out that the niners were the only ones willing to sign him as a starter ….and yet you still make excuses for him ….and you say i am nutty and such….lol have fun alex if you come back you are even more stupid than i thought

  66. By seven years with Alex on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    lol all the QB’s are being swallowed up better make a move niners fast before we are stuck with alex for another 4 years ….and still not 1 person can tell me a NFL football skill that alex has talent in ……….still no takers

  67. By rjdniner on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    7YRS AND JEROMY I SAY GIVE SCOTT TOLIZIN A CHANCE TO COMPETE FOR THE STARTING JOB .

  68. By jeromy on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    sounds good to me RJD, whoever isbest for the spot, Miami just took Garrard, so if we are going to resign him it should be in the next day or two, if not then hes not coming back
    Jh should be able to get one of those guys(ck or tolzin) ready by the start of the season & the competition will only benefit us.

  69. By jeromy on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    i watched ck warm up before the steelers game & was very impressed by how fast the ball came out, & it was a perfect spiral

  70. By Nv 49er fan on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    We are the faithful for a reason. Whatever decisions are made we must trust and believe that “this is the year” everyday, every year . We know we have a great team with great leadership that is going to bring us more Lombardi trophies very very soon. Sometimes things don’t always have a happy ending but we pick ouselves up, and continue on. Stay positive, support EVERY MEMBER of the organization and prepare to get REAL LOUD at Candlestick this coming season.

  71. By BDub on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    All you haters are a disgrace. Montana had a weak arm and he is arguably the best quarterback of all time. Alex Smith did a damn good job last year. If the niners won the superbowl, would you still want Peyton Manning. Man, I feel bad for Alex Smith. No matter what he does, he loses!!! Played exceptional against New Orleans. Had five or six come from behind wins and you still slam him. Until one of you IDIOTS can show me a superbowl ring on your fingers, shut it!

  72. By BDub on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    I hope Alex resigns just to piss you idiots off!!! I’m glad we didn’t get Flynn. He had two good games as a backup on a superbowl team. He wouldn’t have had those games playing with the browns.

  73. By BDub on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    Did we win the Superbowl last year and I not know it? I would have to say not because Alex Smith lost us the NFC championship game, right?

  74. By BDub on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    You would rather pay Matt Flynn 8 million a year with two good games under his belt than the guy who got the Niners to the championship? Man, that is just the most retarded thinking I have ever heard. Hey, maybe we could get Sanchez… According to the haters on this board, why dont we offer Ryan Leaf a contract because Alex Smith had nothing to do with the Niners success. Anyone could have done what he did, right?

  75. By gary potter on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    jeromy: only 1r in gary. get facts straight. punk i doubt it. now with the being nice out of the way. i have this for you. you and 7yrs are not fans you are haters. both you clowns should have known manning wasn’t coming here. he could not have adapted to coach JH system after being the oc for all the time he was in indy, plus being the quarterback. denver promised he could run no huddle, have my doubts he would have got that here. i have been forty niner fan since they came to the city. makes me an old man right?? AS can take this team to SB. you 2 could do the whole blog a favor and get lost.
    go niners

  76. By DJWW on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    @DMT
    Corporate Fan?
    Bottom Line?
    Tell you what. Send me your email address and I will do the work of watching the games for you and tell you in February if we won the Super Bowl.
    I’ll even tell you where you can find a link of the game so you can watch “Your Team” win it.

    Sound good?

  77. By Ladybug on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    TO 7Years, and Jeromy:
    Ya know guys…you are so busy bashing Alex Smith for his very human faults…which , by the way, got fewer and fewer as the year progressed, that you are ignoring the fact that his Quarterback rating was 90.7 at the end of 2011..

    Even the sports writers said he was a “steady, if unspectacular, player…a fine game manager..” How can you ride him so hard when he had so many come from behind victories….and on the road at that. 2011 was practically his “rookie” first year, since he was off the field with injuries so much in past years.. If he signs with the 49ers, he can only improve under Harbaugh…

    Have you two gone to Wikipedia and read his profile? If not, you should.

  78. By Ladybug on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    Just for kicks I looked up Eli Manning’s stats….one of the most successful quarterbacks playing today…

    His quarterback rating last year was 92.9 AS was 90.7 not so far off.
    Manning had 5 come-back wins in 4th quarter AS had 4 ….pretty close
    Manning threw 25 interception . that was in 2010 but Alex didn’t play much that year AS had only 5 for a league record in 2011.

    Now, I’m just a little old lady 49er fan since I was old enough to understand the game…..but really, 7 year and Jeromy…Alex’s numbers are not too bad.

  79. By 49ER FAITHFUL on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    well,well,well,,the debate goes on,,,alex yes,,,alex no,,,well,,turn on nfl network,,,alex smith has been offered a 3 year,30 million dollar contract with 15 million guaranteed,,,,what will he do??,,,let me just say this,,no matter what offensive system a quarterback is in,,,the system DOES NOT effect a quarterbacks accuracy or his ability to see his 3rd and 4th recievers,,,or his ability to throw with accuracy consistently,,,alex has been programmed to not take chances,,play safe,,,and settle for field goals,,,,times are a changing,,,but dont you for a minute think that alex is going to the dolphins,,,they are not win ready,,,that is a team in re-building mode,,,so alex has little choice but to sign the current offer on the table from the 49ers,,,which will not change in length of years or guaranteed money,,,

  80. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    I’m glad Alex is back, he is going to be fine and will show all you Alex haters a thing or two about football, bunch of low life punks! Like I said before “3 year deal with the 49ers” he is signed!!!

  81. By temper on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    7, Alex has to throw check downs because his down field receivers are not open. That’s what the check down is for. We lost Morgan early and Braylon Edwards played hurt when he did play. That left us with Crabtree who has been a dissapointment, Williams who shows flashes of promise but is still wet behind the ears and Swain… ? Not to mention that Delaney even got hurt. Alex didn’t have anyone to throw the ball to except Davis and as I recall, he did that pretty well into very tight coverge. Why do you think we are taking a chance on Moss, picked up Manningham and are courting Wallace? Becuase we didn’t have any WR last year. Hence the check down.

  82. By temper on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    Jeromy, do you really want to win a superbowl with Manning? Really? If winning is the absolute only thing that matters then just be a bandwagon fan, wait til the season’s most over and then pick the team that you think has the best chance. Personally, I like to root for the players, not the jersey. Free agency has made that more difficult but there are players that have so much history with a team that they simply can’t ever move teams. Peyton is a Colt. He always will be. Do I want to win a superbowl with someone who will eventually hang his jersey in a different stadium? No. I’d rather have Kapernick under center than Peyton Manning. I’ve got nothing against Manning. Seems like a stand up guy, but he’s a Colt. Smith is a Niner. His blood and sweat are baked into the turf – and he will always get my support, here or anywhere he goes. He is a niner far more so than you are. Damn… if only Balke/Harbaugh could trade fans.

  83. By rileyg1 on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    It saddens me that the 49ers FO would offer Alex Smith the kind of contract that says “we dont believe in you but our next option isnt ready just yet.” Harbaugh spent a lot of time mentioning Smiths high level of play. Now the validity of the statements is surely in doubt. I can only guess that some of the players are having doubts about his sincerity too. Smith restructured one contract and took backup money with incentives last year to try to prove himself. He accomplished some of his goals under difficult circumstances. The new contract would reflect that he is the worst starting qb in the league. I cant think of another qb that has accomplished what he did without a training camp in a new system. The man has been the ultimate team player. I would ask Jed York, Trent, and Jim if this contract reflects there belief that Alex Smith is one of the worst starting quaterbacks in the league. They can say that other quarterbacks are overpaid. Smiths only guarantee is that if he performs at a very high level he will be underpaid and essentially minimized to his teammates and peers around the league. Jed Yorks comments came off as a condescending take it or leave posture. I dont think the 49ers need to break the bank on this , but give the guy some due respect and let Jim Harbaughs accolades toward Alex have a ring truth to them.

  84. By DYENNY on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    O.K . CHECK THIS OUT. They gave a 1 game wonder matt flynn the same money they are offering a proven quaterback in ALEX SMITH HE DESERVES A 4 YEAR DEAL W/ A 5TH YEAR OPTION. AND SOME OF YOU PEOPLE MIGHT NOT LIKE THIS COOMMENT IM ABOUT TO SAY BUT IM A ALEX FAN GO BACK AND LOOK AT MY STATEMENTS I HOPE WE GET HIM SIGHNED . BUT LET ME TELL YOU WE CAN GET IT DONE WITH COLIN KAPPERNICK.

  85. By temper on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    agreed rileyg1. I don’t think Alex is asking the FO to break the bank either. I just think he wants to be able to hold his head up and know that his team, fans and office believe in him and value him..

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