San Francisco 49ers Shouldn't Ditch Their "QB Next Door" for Peyton Manning

Mar 18, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: BleacherReport

Alex Smith hasn't always been the prettiest quarterback on the NFL block, but he's been there for the San Francisco 49ers, and the Niners shouldn't give that up for the latest hot name to come available.

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Reem

United States

#1 Mar 18, 2012
Why not? Moss,crabtree,davis,gore,tedd g jr,perfect match perfect qb 2 super bowls in a row I can c it now

“I call it as I see it.”

Since: Jul 09

Retirement City

#2 Mar 19, 2012
Manning is getting old and coming off some serious surgery and his best years are likely behind him, not to mention the salary cap space he will obliterate with his contract demands.
ninerfan77

Gloversville, NY

#3 Mar 19, 2012
That is a rediculous comment. Alex hasnt always been there for the Niners, the Niners have always been there for him. The Niners gave him chance after chance after chance when no other team would. As a Niner fan, I appreciate the success last season, but Alex doesnt get all the credit. A 13-3 record...phenominal turn around...team effort lead by Harbaugh. 6 come from behind wins...team effort mostly credited to the defense and special teams. A playoff victory...that also a team effort. The Niners defense kept the Saints on the ropes; however Smith does get full credit for the game ending clutch drive for wi.ninh the game. Againts the Giants in the NFC championship...nothing...old Alex Smith. If Alex becoms a free agent, he will be competing for a back up position...unless he gies to a desperate team like Miami or Cleveland. Why would Niner fans settle for a back up quality QB when an elite QB is available. The Niners signed Moss, Manningham, have Crabtree, Davis, and walker. Not getting an elite QB makes that all for nothing. I feel bad for Alex as a Niner fan, but this is a business, and he is nit the guy for where the team wants to go. I wish Alex Smith all the best and I hope he signs with Miami and does well...assuming we even get Manning. If we dont, I still say its time to part ways with smith...sorry Alex.

“I call it as I see it.”

Since: Jul 09

Retirement City

#4 Mar 19, 2012
ninerfan77 wrote:
That is a rediculous comment. Alex hasnt always been there for the Niners, the Niners have always been there for him. The Niners gave him chance after chance after chance when no other team would. As a Niner fan, I appreciate the success last season, but Alex doesnt get all the credit. A 13-3 record...phenominal turn around...team effort lead by Harbaugh. 6 come from behind wins...team effort mostly credited to the defense and special teams. A playoff victory...that also a team effort. The Niners defense kept the Saints on the ropes; however Smith does get full credit for the game ending clutch drive for wi.ninh the game. Againts the Giants in the NFC championship...nothing...old Alex Smith. If Alex becoms a free agent, he will be competing for a back up position...unless he gies to a desperate team like Miami or Cleveland. Why would Niner fans settle for a back up quality QB when an elite QB is available. The Niners signed Moss, Manningham, have Crabtree, Davis, and walker. Not getting an elite QB makes that all for nothing. I feel bad for Alex as a Niner fan, but this is a business, and he is nit the guy for where the team wants to go. I wish Alex Smith all the best and I hope he signs with Miami and does well...assuming we even get Manning. If we dont, I still say its time to part ways with smith...sorry Alex.
It cost Denver about 20 million per season to land Manning. That is a hefty chunk of salary cap he takes up. Alex Smith would take up perhaps half of that. In order to afford Manning, they would have likely needed to cut others who make a significant contribution to the Team. As far as Manningham is concerned, he runs erratic pass patterns and his only saving grace is that his speed stretches the defenses. As a Giant fan, his loss doesn't upset me. He won't be very hard to replace.
Crabs in trees

United States

#5 Mar 20, 2012
Manningham would be a perfect fit in SF then....Alex Smith throws erratic passes....

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Since: Jul 09

Retirement City

#6 Mar 20, 2012
Crabs in trees wrote:
Manningham would be a perfect fit in SF then....Alex Smith throws erratic passes....
With a 60% plus pass completion pct. and a low INT pct., it appears that Smith is on target more often than not. Many "errant" passes are the receiver's fault for running bad pass patterns or the result of a QB being forced to rush a pass.
Defense Carrys Him

United States

#7 Mar 20, 2012
A real trent dilfer....

“I call it as I see it.”

Since: Jul 09

Retirement City

#8 Mar 20, 2012
Crabs in trees wrote:
Manningham would be a perfect fit in SF then....Alex Smith throws erratic passes....
Alex Smith had the 9th best QB rating in the NFL last year which ranks in the top third of all the starting QBs last year. That sounds like better than average to me. His smaller salary cap space requirements could allow S.F. to have enough cash to shore up weaknesses at other positions than what Manning's signing would have resulted in. Smith does not come with the potential health issues as Manning does. Sign Smith, or you are likely to make a big mistake.
Sign him

United States

#9 Mar 20, 2012
Big mistake...

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