Viewer Discretion Advised

Jim Harbaugh and Jed York both left the door open last week for Alex Smith to return to the club this coming year. It’s possible they did this to ensure that the 49er blog world has something to argue about this off season, while Harbaugh quietly goes about his business. Or it could just be the gentlemanly thing to say.

The mere thought of this occurring, though, set off a frenzy of pro and con Alex sentiments. Say what you will about Smith’s play on the field, but his ability to generate fan commentary cannot be challenged. He is the king of the blog hits arena. Nobody else is even close.

You won’t learn anything new in the rekindling of this controversy. It’s all been said a thousand times over, a Groundhog Day phenomenon. But wherever people are gathered together, lips must open and babble must burst forth abundantly. Who cares if it’s the same babble as yesterday? The farmers have been talking about the weather for thousands of years, haven’t they?

This is a topic that won’t go away until Smith signs with another team, or the Niners sign a replacement. It won’t go away because the 49ers currently have only one QB, David Carr, under contract. Of the available Free Agent QBs, guess who is considered the best one available? If you guessed Troy Smith, you have erred in your Smithiness. The 2011 draft will provide the Niners with some sort of more or less project QB, but certainly not an instant starter.

So, there is only the QB via trade scenario from whence to pluck the team’s 2011 starting QB. Unfortunately, that market will not be opened until the new CBA is signed, which may not occur until next September. If the CBA impasse does last that long, the 49ers, by default, will be starting Carr this coming year.

The question then becomes, whom would you rather start? Carr or Alex?

If the CBA is signed in a timely manner, there are four QBs that are now routinely tossed around that many fans think would be an upgrade if we traded for them: Carson Palmer, Donovan McNabb, Kyle Orton, and Kevin Kolb. The chief attribute of these four QBs is that they are not named Alex Smith. Otherwise, none of them clearly represent much of an upgrade. But they would cost us valuable draft picks.

A fifth QB has not been mentioned much, but is probably our best shot. This QB has played for Harbaugh and would know his offense from Day One. His name is Josh Johnson, currently the second string QB in Tampa Bay. Mike Martz brought in J. T. O’Sullivan for this immediate value reason, and Johnson has a much better track record than O’Sullivan. In fact, Johnson was pretty damn good in college, under Harbaugh’s tutelage, and has not soiled his drawers in the pros, either.

Whether Tampa would trade him or not, is unknown. If they are willing, I expect Harbaugh to go after him. If they are not, the Alex Smith door not only will remain open, it makes sense for it to be kept ajar.

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13 comments on “Viewer Discretion Advised
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Nothng would be funnier to see than Harbaugh re-signing Alex. The paphian emotions for Harbaugh would immediately be questioned. I would still want to draft a QB, but boy would that be funny.

  2. DennyDimwitNo Gravatar says:

    It was pleasant to read a reasoned discourse on the Alex Smith topic. I am neither an Alex “lover” or “hater”, but if I had to have a descriptor, I guess it would be “acceptor”. The interesting thing in all this…I was going to say debate, but it is clearly not a debate, rather an argument:
    The “haters” are clearly that since they will brook no possibility of there being two sides, and immediately jump on any faint praise of Alex and ridicule the brains and manhood of anyone with the temerity to write said faint praise. Some then threaten to throw away their season tickets. I’m waiting to see what they do with MY handle.

    The “lovers”, who I would call “acceptors”, on the other hand, do not think Alex personally destroyed the franchise, and there really are worse QBs in the NFL. In the new regime/system he might be able to hold the place as well as anyone else currently available until the future HOFer we draft will be ready to take over.
    It is also interesting to read how many bloggers know more about this subject than JH and how important their opinions are, or should be, to management.

  3. DennyDimwitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, thks for the WOTD. Very good!

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Denny- Ditto! My opinion is if Harbaugh wants Alex Smith back then I want him back. If Harbaugh does not want him back, then I do not want him back either. I’ll defer to Harbaugh on this one.

  5. robNo Gravatar says:

    i like the coaching moves ! fangio is the real deal and a much needed upgrade over manusky ! we added good people and kept the best ones we had on staff !
    does harbaugh call his own plays ?

  6. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Nice try Skeebers, but I for one will not be sucked into this discussion any further. The subject is dead to me.
    Look what all that living right and exercising got Jack LaLanne. He still ended up croaking.

  7. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve resigned myself to the fact that Alex might be back if they’re no CBA soon.
    On a happier note, I found a stat the Niners led the league in!
    Tackles given up!
    That’s right, they were the least tackled team in the league. Now that’s something upon which to build, right?

  8. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    I knew we should have drafted him back in 09. 


  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- Why would anyone want Alex Smith back as the starter? Because the new coach might. That would be good enough for me. If he doesn’t want him I’m good with that too. You seem a little testy on this subject.

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It is Harbaugh’s decision not mine. You won’t see me crying about it, one way or the other. Too bad your boy Nolan couldn’t pick a better QB, or work better with the one he picked. Seems these Nolan decisions just keep biting us in the ass.

  11. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    the level of Hate for a player has never been so over played as the Hate for young smith,if Harbaugh sees some area he can tweak to get some decent play out of him as a gap filler well I am all for it.
    there is no doubt in my mind the kid wants to play at a high level and has been coached to mediocrity,in San Francisco.
    if no one can not see this then there blind to the reality of 50 starts under less than ideal conditions,no continuity,consistency,or even a good system to work in, add Jimmy Raye, and some bad decisions on Smiths part to help him into this dismal situation he has been in here, in his last 19 games.
    there is no way any QB, could have done anything here the last 5 years, this has been dysfunction junction on the highest order when it comes to offensive philosophy, now if Jimmy boy dumps the kid then see ya wouldn’t want to be ya,but on the other hand if he can work with him and can get some production out of him, since he does have a little chemistry going with the other players for a year or 2 untill a real QB can step in, like Montana did with DeBerg then all righty then, so far Harbaugh has been pulling all the right strings, and I am happy so far.
    the CBA debate starts 3-4-11

  12. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bigtim, Just as NoFear about Steve Young. You’ll get hate up the wazoo . . .

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