I want to revisit the QB Peyton Manning situation. If you are a San Francisco 49ers fan, would you prefer having Peyton over QB Alex Smith? It is a hard question to answer because Peyton has many concerns surrounding him. Many people around the NFL keep mentioning the chance of getting Peyton at full strength. But that is exactly what it is, you would be taking a chance. Reports are saying that Peyton went through a fourth procedure that was not shared to the media. It really is a 50/50 chance if any team wants to sign Peyton. On the other hand, Alex Smith is coming off his best season of his career. Believe that the Niner front office will do all they can to surround Alex with more weapons for next season. I am still debating who I would want to take. Is a Peyton Manning, at let’s say 75%, better than Alex at 100%? Here is my breakdown.
If we knew Manning was close to 100%, I say take him right away. All he would have to do is help the offense average 21-24 points and the Niners defense would do the rest. Most importantly Manning would improve the Niners third down conversion rate, where they were towards the bottom of the league this past season.
Manning would also make our mediocre receivers look like superstars. WR Michael Crabtree will finally look like a first round pick if he has Peyton throwing him the ball. Mark my words when I say this, WR Kyle Williams would become a mini version of WR Wes Welker. TE Vernon Davis will once again become a pro bowl player. The possibilities are many with Manning, that is if the Manning of the past is still there in the 2012-2013 season.
We as Niner fans cannot ignore what Alex did last season, especially the playoff game against the New Orleans Saints. I honestly believe that Alex will improve next season. As mentioned earlier, with some more weapons around him, he will get better. I also like the plays that head coach Jim Harbaugh brings to the offense, he likse to mix in some college style plays into his offense. Some of those plays are only possible with a mobile quarterback, something that Peyton is not. During the course of the season the playbook was opening up for Alex and the Niner offense. And you could see the confidence growing in Alex. With a full training camp, Alex and the Niner offense will be clicking by week 1.
Another aspect to keep in mind is that Alex is clutch. I know he fell short against the New York Giants, but I blame that on conservative play calling. Against the Saints the Niners had no choice but to score so Harbaugh had to let Alex loose. Versus the Giants, the game was tied for most of the fourth quarter and overtime (until Kyle Williams had his mistake). The offense could have won the game if the play calling allowed Alex to go get the victory, but instead went with the conservative route.
There was many times where Alex led comebacks during the season. He is clutch; I recall games before this past season where he shows his worth in crunch time. Peyton would represent hope, but Alex would represent redemption for a team that should have won the NFC Championship (at least). Having great quarterback play would make the Niners an absolute force; it just comes down to fully believing and committing in that quarterback. Trust is everything in a team. No trust in a quarterback usually equals to bad offense. I trust Alex believe it or not. GO NINERS!!!!!!