It struck me after reading the reactions to the latest QB switch, that many of the fans who supported the move back to Alex explicitly or implicitly were focused on winning the Division this year. "Alex gives the 49ers a better shot, at winning this thing," was one comment. Looking at it from that point of view, I might agree. (I suppose this is also what Singletary is thinking.) Alex is better prepared to run our offense, an offense that, after all, was designed for him. Alex is more familiar with the players around him and the opponents we will play, etc.
Personally, I consider this season a write-off. Although mathematically and perhaps even feasibly, the 49ers can reach the playoffs with something like 7-9, I believe they will only be embarrassed by a wild-card team in the first round and incur the wrath of fans of a team that achieved 11-5 but had to sit home and
watch smell the 49ers stink.
I'm more interested in shaping a team that can be successful in years to come. For this purpose, I believe Troy needs to get some more experience, so we can evaluate his potential going forward. I don't expect or desire to see Alex around next year. Let me be clear (as Obama likes to say): I don't blame Alex for the team's continued failure since he became its #1 pick. Many other players, not to mention coaches, are part of the problem. But to me Alex is emblematic of a past I want to leave behind. Among other things, he is the $multimillion QB that keeps getting pulled for someone else and then reinstated, a la the Browns, Raiders, et al., the hallmark of a failing franchise.
Who do you think should be part of the past, present or future? Well, I was going to make a poll, but it's a two-part question and I can't find a way to do that. So here are the questions, anyhow, after the jump:
- Which QB gives the team the best chance to win now? You know the four choices, and the fifth is "I don't care so much about winning now."
- Which QBs would you keep for 2011.? Also comment on where you would look for additional QBs if you don't want to keep all of them.