Nate the Great: RIP

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.



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19 comments on “Nate the Great: RIP
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m labelled a Smith lover because I’m not a Smith hater. The fact is Smith has shown me enough to think we might have a good QB. But then he has shown me enough to also give me a little trepidation. I know the players really like him, so I’ll go with that and in a few weeks I can agree with them, or not.

  2. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, so much for our short-lived Tom Brady fantasy. The future President of the United States of America is close to signing a 3 yr./$58M extension.
     
    Bastard better cut my taxes when he takes office, that’s all I have to say.

  3. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Just caught a snippet of the Brady press conference. While expressing pleasure and thanks that he’ll remain a Patriot, he did seem a tad regretful that he would not be playing for the 49ers, his childhood team. He did have this to say about the Niners however.
    &bnsp;
    “You guys better beat Saettle, ’cause my friend, Dennis, he told me it was a <MUST WIN!

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You got a little dyslexic rub off from Nate this morning Dennis?

  5. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Jesus, I can’t get either the paragraph spacer or the bold highlighter down right this morning. The releasing of Nate Davis has taken a greater toll on me than expected.
     
    “Come back, Nate!….Come back!”

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Barrows reports that Sing said this morning they hope to place Nate on their PS. If so, a lot of guys outraged at how mean old Sing treated poor Nate can heave a sigh of relief. The dream lives on.

  7. robNo Gravatar says:

    too bad for nate , the kid’s got game ! i hope he makes it to the ‘P’ squad !

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It might take 2 to 3 years for a new NFL QB to learn the NFL and NFL defenses. It should not take more than a year to learn a team’s playbook. I think dumping Nate was a good move. If this wakes him up and changes things, great. I doubt that is going to happen.

  9. robNo Gravatar says:

    BERGER
    YUP
    i just said the same thing to lynch on the insider !

  10. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, shit, how complicated IS the Raye playbook?

    4 pages? 3 of them runs???

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It’s reputed to be one of the biggest play books in the league.

  12. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, take out the pretty pictures, and it’s tiny . . .

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    If it was pretty pictures, Nate would have learned it easily.

  14. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    it was a real frenzy in blogoland over the 3rd string captain, not like I wasn’t feeding the fire of the smith haters, being neither a lover or hater has its advantages
    I would prefer to be a fan of winners,having the team perform up to expectations would be a nice Sunday treat for the first week of the season.
    having Dyslexia myself I really don’t get the big deal learning a playbook is more of a comprehension thing rather than a inability to read, I should add spell check is my best friend in blogland, its also helped me be a better writer,not like I am very good at it but like anything practice makes perfect.
    watching the ones who post the most hateful things about a team, or a player, to make there point, that once there opinion is out there it should be treated like a gospel and all should bow to there omnipotence in football non knowledge.
    it makes me want to see Smith perform better,just to watch some willing to drive them selves nuts

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, you keep creating a fantasy group of bloggers who worship Alex in order for you to justify hating/trashing him and those who don’t share your venom, like fair is fair or something. I read a lot of blogs and I can’t think of as many as five bloggers who worship Smith. There is no such group of Smith fanatics. Sorry. Pure bullshit. There is a vast segment of Smith haters, though. And you are one of them.

  16. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And there are very few who miss the Nolan days, NoFear.

    You are an army of one . . .

  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear Just keep worshiping Nolan. That is what you do best. We know you hate Alex because Smith’s agent punked him. We also know you will never like Singletary because he took over for your Nolan

  18. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    I know Berger loves Alex, he just drafted him in our FF league. Unfortunately the love of my life, Tom Brady, did not make my team. I have Peyton Manning instead. I don’t even find him cute after downing a 12-pack. 😀

  19. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, its the V school of petty bullshit arguing techniques.

    It goes like this. Anyone who has even the most remotely good thing to say about ANY player or coach on the team is a bona-fide rainbow up the ass management apologist and Jed York toadie who is a deluded moron who drinks koolaid.

    Therefore, the argument goes, that we are all deluded idiots for thinking there are reasons to be optimistic. Like Zero posts, ad nauseum, the team can never do anything right. Sign P Willis to an extension? He’s slipping since his 1st year. He’ll get hurt. Draft for line help? Stupid. Linemen can be had in later rounds. Etc, etc, etc.

    Since the team has made some unpopular moves lately, they are even bigger fools. I mean, M Rob is the key to the next dynasty, and we let him go!!! Nate Davis is poised to take SF to the next 5 Super Bowls, and we cut him!!!

    NoFear directs his posts at people who aren’t there.

2020 Schedule
9-13: L Cardinals 24, 49ers 20
9-20: W 49ers 31, Jets 13
9-27: W 49ers 36, Giants 9

10-4: L Eagles 25, 49ers 20
10-11: L Dolphins 43, 49ers 17
10-18: W 49ers 24, Rams 16
10-25: W 49ers 33, Patriots 6

11-1: L Seahawks 37, 49ers 27
11-5: L Packers 34, 49ers 17
11-15: L Saints 27, 49ers 13

BYE

11-29: W 49ers 23, Rams 20

12-7: L Bills 34, 49ers 24
12-13: L Washington 23, 49ers 15
12-20: L Cowboys 41, 49ers 33
12-26: W 49ers 20, Cardinals 12

1-3: L Seahawks 26, 49ers 23

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
 
2020 Prognostications (Mulligan Version)
WINNERS:
Bullit: 6-10
NJ49er: 6-10

LOSERS:
Skeebers: 7-9
Winder: 4-12

ABSTAINERS:
Grumpy: DNP
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