Should Harbaugh Bring Alex Smith Back?

Whether or not there is a lockout come Friday 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has one pressing issue, quarterback.  Come midnight on March 4 if there is no new collective bargaining agreement in place the NFL owners will lockout the players.  This affects Harbaugh in that he cannot workout players currently on the roster and there will be no free agency until a new CBA is worked out.  A lot of buzz has been made about Harbaugh talking with quarterback Alex Smith, so much so the NFL has threaten fines and loss of draft picks if Harbaugh and Smith continue to talk during the lockout.  Harbaugh and Smith’s agent have been in contact about resigning the quarterback.

“I’m hopeful that Alex, as an unrestricted free agent, will choose that his next team to play with, the fresh start, is with the San Francisco 49ers.  I’m on record as saying I very much like Alex.  I like being around Alex.  I’ve had a lot of opportunity to be around him.”  Jim Harbaugh

Harbaugh is facing the reality of an NFL lockout.  He and everyone else know the deadline will pass on March 4 without a new CBA and the lockout will last well into the spring if not the summer.  Harbaugh understands that as soon as a new CBA is signed the 2011 NFL season will start shortly after with an accelerated free agency and training camp.  Bringing in a new quarterback who is unfamiliar with the offensive system, offensive line, running backs and most importunately the receivers will not work for what Harbaugh wants to accomplish in 2011.  The 49ers only quarterback signed on the roster, David Carr, is considered a backup.  Even if the 49ers cannot re-sign Smith by March 4 it is highly likely Smith will be Harbaugh’s first choice after the lockout is over no matter if the 49ers select a quarterback in April’s draft.

That is the reality of the situation facing Harbaugh but I think it would be insane to re-sign Smith.  I respect Harbaugh’s eye for talent and truly believe in his ability to inject confidence in Smith to get him to play better.  However the 49ers are heading in a new direction and do not need Smith’s inconsistency and his proneness for causing turnovers.  The 49ers and Harbaugh need a quarterback that can help the team win now.  Lockout or not, Smith is not that quarterback.

Should Harbaugh Bring Alex Smith Back?

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  • Arthur Perez

    Should Harbaugh Bring Alex Smith Back?…. Not only no, but HELL NO.. arent we as fans sick and tiered of this no good for nothing wanabe quarterback.. Troy smith was better, Davis the third stringer that was put on the practice squad is better… It is time for a new era in 49er football…. loose the looser and start brand new.

  • Jeff

    Arther nailed it! Alex might be a nice guy off the field but look at the record and stats….we NEED A SUCCESSFUL QB. Both Troy Smith and Davis brought the team to life. Having to watch Alex means the agony of waiting for the next turn-over to occur. I bet Alex will do better if he goes to another team….not the niners!

  • Surkrag

    I’m not convinced that Alex Smith is a totally lost cause, and I think it’s simplistic (and part of the unfortunate, cultish, quarterback obsession that has taken over the culture of the game) to blame him for all of our failures over the past six years. But the point is that the overwhelming majority of fans don’t want him back (since most can’t see past the QB position), and the Niner organization really does need a fresh start, a clean slate. (It would be nice–and far more productive–if we could just as easily get rid of the Yorks…)

  • John Wayne

    Alex is a bum and not a bum at the same time. He doesn’t have the mentality “upstairs” to be the elite QB we need. Not saying that some actual decent coaching can’t change that, he could be what we thought he would be.
    Simpletary was just that…simple. He blew it for us bigtime. I think alex can succeed. I wish we would’ve just drafted Aaron Rodgers…who blew that call? Oh yea, Trent Baalke!!

  • GoldenBay11

    Should’ve drafted Aaron Rodgers, huh? Let’s look back over the last 6 years. Aaron Rodgers had how many head coaches? One, two? How many Offensive Coordinators did he have? One, two? That makes for success. Now, how many head coaches and Offensive Coordinators did Alex Smith have? Three head coaches and 6, count them SIX offensive coordinators! I promise you, if Rodgers had that issue in Green Bay and Smith had the security that Rodgers has now then it would be backwards. Smith would be a great QB with his first super bowl ring and Rodgers would be the one hearing the boo birds at Candlestick every week. We’ve seen great things out of Alex and you can’t blame the last 6 years of poorly played football on just him… it’s a TEAM sport. I say let Harbaugh coach the kid so we can see what he’s really made of.