For 49er fans, the last decade+ has been a major disappointment. Yes, we made the playoffs in 2003, but that season is still mediocre compared to the glory days. Technically I have been alive for 4 of the 49ers championships, but I can honestly say I only remember 94-95. I was a 49ers and Giants fan from birth. I know this because my mom has a photo of me in a Giants onsie the day she brought me home from the hospital. I have been to some memorable games in my life, none more special than the Joe Montana jersey retirement game against the Broncos. My family has had season tickets to the 'Stick since 1978, and will keep them till the end. Now that I have given my fan resume, lets get down to business.
Alex Smith has had some dismal performances in his stint with the 49ers, but he has had some brilliant flashes of the QB we expected after drafting him #1. Lets not forget, this year the 49ers lost to the top three NFC teams by 3 points or less. New Orleans: I wont say we should have won but we had a very good chance to. Philadelphia: Again, had a chance late to win, but due to a poor offensive line Alex had to throw rushed pass which resulted in a pick. Atlanta: This is a game we should have won but a bonehead play by a seasoned vet led to a defeat. How many loses can we say were due to Alex himself? None!
So what should the 49ers do to remedy the situation?
My opinion is bringing back Alex on a one year contract. (That is if he wants to come back to an organization that threw him into the lions den from the day he was drafted) Let him have one season under Harbaugh to see if he is the quarterback we all want him to be. Draft a project QB in the 3rd or 4th round and let him learn from Alex. What could this rookie QB learn from Alex you ask? How about humility, dealing with failure, dealing with the pressure of such high expectations, and dealing with us, the 49er faithful who have been accustomed to winning for so long and cant handle hard times. Alex may not be our QB of the future, but he could help mold that QB, whomever he may be.
So I ask you 49er fans old and young, should we push to get Alex for one more year, and try to right this wayward ship.