Should the 49ers Stick With Alex Smith?
San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Alex Smith is now a free agent after they were bounced from the playoffs by the New York Giants in the NFC Championship game on Sunday. Smith did not have one of his better games on the season, as he only completed 12-26 passes and was lucky to have two touchdown passes.
The seventh year pro out of Utah led the 49ers to a 13-3 record and won the NFC West convincingly. He also had his best year of his career, as he passed for 3,144 yards, 17 touchdowns, while only turning the ball over five times.
New head coach Jim Harbaugh stated before the season even started that Alex Smith was his guy this year and that he would receive every opportunity to succeed, and Smith did just that.
Now questions arise about is performance last Sunday. He was inaccurate and couldn’t convert on third down when they needed him most. Smith, not once this season passed for over 300 yards, and now that the NFL is becoming more of a passing league it’s a big concern in the 49ers’ front office. I’ll defend him in that he does not have a great receiver to throw to and Vernon Davis (a tight end) is his best option. Michael Crabtree (10th overall pick in 2009) has not blossomed like the 49ers had hoped, as he was only able to haul in one reception for 3 yards on Sunday.
Now the question is, should San Francisco re-sign Smith? The short answer is yes, but I wouldn’t expect to see a contract offer right away, not without knowing the status of Peyton Manning, who would be a good fit in San Francisco and could be on his way out of Indianapolis. I don’t think Smith is the answer for the 49ers if they ever want to win a Super Bowl, frankly because he can’t sling the ball around the field like the top quarterbacks, or even middle of the pack quarterbacks in the league. Imagine if the Patriots or Packers had the 49ers defense. They’d be unstoppable.
I think Smith will sign a short-term three-year type deal, if they can’t be players in the Manning sweepstakes. Unfortunately, if Smith stays, I don’t think the 49ers will be seeing a Super Bowl win anytime soon.