Much to the disdain of the 49er Faithful Jim Harbaugh’s expressed confidence in quarterback Alex Smith has not only assured he will be back next season but will most likely be the starter. The 49er Faithful are not the only ones taking issue with Harbaugh’s comments on Smith returning to the team as the NFL recently sent the team a memo asking them not to discuss free agents during the lockout. Inside the 49ers blog reported,
Team spokesman Bob Lange confirmed the NFL had reached out to the team after Harbaugh balked at the mention of Smith’s name during last week’s interview. I asked Harbaugh if he saw similarities between his career path and that of Smith’s – a topic I touched on in this blog.
“I’m not answering any questions about Alex Smith,” Harbaugh said. “The league has mandated we do not talk about him … The NFL has mandated that we don’t talk about players who are not under contract — who are free agents who haven’t signed. We’ve been sent a memo saying we can’t talk about it.”
It will be nice to have Harbaugh not mention Alex Smith until the lockout is over. Unfortunately once the lockout ends Smith will re-sign and all the praise from Harbaugh will return. I am inclined to give Harbaugh the benefit of the doubt given his track record with quarterbacks but I am also skeptical of Smith being able to show us something he has not so far given his track record.