I have to be honest, before this season I was not an Alex Smith supporter. I did not think he would ever mean anything to the Niners again and I saw Shaun Hill starting for the entire season (not putting up great numbers) and then we would draft a solid QB next season if Davis was someone that was always going to be a back-up.
This offseason, I was hoping, praying that the 49ers would find a QB that could ball. I wanted to see someone who could bomb the ball, who could make deep throws that would open up the running game. As much as I knew it would cost the 49ers too much, inside I was slightly hoping that they would make a play for Cutler. But, this Bears situation with him should teach us all a very important lesson. That lesson is that the QB isn't everything on the football field.
Being so sick of seeing lackluster QBing from the 49ers since Garcia left, I was desiring a solid QB desparately. So were the Bears. Orton was to the Bears as Shaun Hill was to the 49ers, someone who was a game manager, nothing fancy. They felt that if they got a good QB, everything would take care of itself, and I was even guilty of predicting the NFC North to be one of the toughest divisions (the Lions aside) in the NFL and the Bears to win the division. The problem is that the QB isn't everything. The Bears don't have an O-line (they are worse then ours) and they don't have solid receivers (they are worse then ours).
The 49ers need some time. I'm not saying I don't think they can make the playoffs, but give them another year or two. Give Alex the rest of this year and maybe even next year as well. He doesn't have a real good o-line. Cutler can make great throws, so can Alex, if they have time in the pocket. His receivers are ok, but not the greatest yet. I think this is one reason that he has looked so bad at times. Cutler was so good the past few years with the Broncos, but put him on a different team and he is terrible. QB's like Joe Flacco should be so happy with their situation. The Ravens had a whole team except a QB and last year they proved it. I really believe that Alex Smith can be a great QB, if the rest of the team builds around him. Keep the coaching staff (we NEED stability at the OC), keep building our O-line in the draft and I really think he's gonna be ok. We all desparately want to see winning now (I do more than most), but I think this is a situation where no matter what happens this season, we can't call for anyone's head. This year was a great learning year (whether we make the playoffs or not) now lets keep building and get out there and dominate next season. Let's draft an O-lineman in the first round and bring some more stability there and then see how Alex plays.