The Nuggets garnered a little bit of discussion regarding this, and so I figured it was worth its own post and a poll. I figure we'll get more posts on this as the draft and free agency (and therefore a new CBA) approaches, but for now just a little bit of information and a poll. Alex wasn't great last year, and in fact, he's never been great in the NFL. He's had a couple great games, but never with any regularity or consistency. Some of that could probably be attributed to the irregularities and inconsistencies within the 49ers organization, but how much?
Alex played in eleven games this past season and threw for 2,370 yards with fourteen touchdowns against ten interceptions - good for a quarterback rating of 82.1 and a completion percentage of 59.6. They're not stellar numbers, but there were a couple stellar games thrown in there. The 255-yard, three-touchdown performance against the Seattle Seahawks in week fourteen definitely stands out, but it's a far cry from where he's generally at in said categories.
He's got all kinds of flaws as a quarterback: he doesn't go through his reads like you'd expect, he has bad tendencies right instantly rolling out to the right and for one reason or another, he cannot complete a screen pass properly. No matter what happens, the receiver always is jumping high up into the air to get it. It's maddening, especially when blocks are made like they're supposed to and the screen would definitely lead to something. He also has an unGodly amount of passes batted down at the line of scrimmage.
Despite all that, a sizable portion of the 49ers fanbase can't seem to let him go. He certainly seemed as though he was ready to go following the week seventeen domination of the Arizona Cardinals, when he said he didn't really see a way that he'd be retuning in 2011. Still, Jim Harbaugh and Jed York have both been adamant that anything is possible. Harbaugh seems to think that Alex is open to all scenarios, including a return to San Francisco. The only way that could happen, however, is if Harbaugh likes what he sees.
What do we do then, though? What if Harbaugh likes what he sees in Alex Smith, do we put our faith into him once again? Harbaugh knows his quarterbacks, that's for sure. He's certainly got a better eye for them than I do, but how will you, as a fanbase, react if he spearheads a re-signing of Alex Smith?
My only worry is that he'll see what we've all seen before: that there's so much potential there On paper, he's got it all, and his intelligence is a definite factor, but no matter how many times we've figured that he'd put it together, it just doesn't show on gameday. I personally do not want Alex back, and am worried that Harbaugh might get some false hope. What say you?