The 49ers added one last tweak to their roster Monday, releasing 3rd string QB Nate Davis and replacing him with Troy Smith, who was recently released by the Ravens. This news was so bind-boggling that ESPN chose to ignore it completely in favor of more newsworthy items like Randy Moss sharing his feelings about not being loved enough in New England and Matt Leinart signing up as 2 1/2th string QB for the Texans.
Out west in Ninerland, however, where the Alex Smith haters club is entrenched in the blogosphere, this ousting of Davis produced seismic tremors of hysterical handwringing. Never has a 3rd string QB generated so much gobbling over so little meat. The news of Davis’ release occurred late Monday and therefore has yet to be properly beaten to death for the requisite day or two before moving on to the subject of the Seattle Seahawks.
Of course, all of this angst is rooted in the long-held desperate hope that Smith will not succeed as the 49er QB of the present and future. Many bloggers have invested their souls in hating Smith and the fact that he is still here and could actually succeed this year is a terrifying prospect for them. Should Smith flourish, this sizeable clot of some of the most obnoxious posters in blogdom will be eating serious chunks of crow, and having their commitment to relentlessly dissing him pinned to their resume as dismal football pundits for quite some time, not to mention the extremely uncharitable attitude that they have ignobly displayed.
So, in the end, it was never about Davis. It was all about Alex. The same phenomenom that occurred last year when these same anti-Smith fellows hitched their wagons to the career of journeyman Shaun Hill. As soon as Hill was deposed, these fellows roared over to the Davis bandwagon, where they have been loudly located for nearly a year.
One thing is for sure, each and every incompletion thrown by Smith this coming year will be accompanied by one of these blogists saying Davis would not have missed that pass. It is entirely possible that Davis will become a legend in Ninerland without ever taking a single regular season snap — or thrown a regular season interception. The Greatest Quarterback Who Ever Lived Who Never Played a Single Game. Years from now, a maturing twinkle in the eye of some current blogger will look up at his dear old papa and ask, “Who was Nate Davis, daddy?” And daddy’s eyes will get misty as he recalls the legendary non-career of the Great Nate Era. His HOF potential will remain spotless as he disappears into the fabric of America or the depth chart of a team like the Colts, who can afford to have a guy sit for five or six years while Peyton Manning finishes his career.
The anti-Smith crowd will promptly point out that Alex has had five (heck, stretch it to six!) years to establish himself at QB, so why not Nate? It is true that Smith has been a 49er for five years, but that’s where the truth ends and the hate begins. 2010 will be the first full season Smith will play in since the 2006 season, his one and only full season at QB. That 2006 team went 7-9, when most people thought five wins would be a stretch. So we will finally and fairly see in 2010 what Smith brings to the plate.
Which moves us along to the topic of the week: the beginning of the 2010 NFL season! Hip hip hooray!
The Niners first opponent is the Seattle Seahawks. Certain bloggers, one in particular, insist that this is a MUST WIN GAME. Since there are fifteen other games left on the schedule, this cannot technically be a factual remark. However, it comes close enough. This game is a GAME WE HAVE NO BUSINESS LOSING. Which makes it a jinx game and that is scarier than any normal game can be.
This site will delve more deeply into this upcoming game in tomorrow’s post. Hmmm. Delving might be too strong a word. How about barbecue? That seems more reasonable.