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Patrick Willis isn't thrilled with the idea of signing David Carr

nfl_willis_250.jpgAs quarterback David Carr moves closer to signing with the 49ers, a highly-placed league source tells Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, “It’s the 49ers’ to lose.”

Though that explanation seems to overstate, to say the least, the desirability of the first overall pick in the 2002 draft, who has been bouncing around the league the past three years, there’s one fairly high-profile member of the team that wants to see Carr bounce somewhere else.

Linebacker Patrick Willis has launched an anti-Carr campaign on his Twitter page, per Maiocco

“We have three quarterbacks that are better than [Carr],” Willis says.  “That’s a waste of time.”

He also says that, if the team is going to get another quarterback, it should “spend money on a difference maker,” and Willis specifically points out Mike Vick.

Though Willis has since posted an apology and vowed to “embrace” Carr, his point has been made.  And since Willis rarely complains about anything, his point should resonate with 49ers fans.

We realize that the 49ers are simply trying to find a better backup quarterback, but the first days of free agency should be about, if anything, finding a player who can push the team to the next level.  And if the team doesn’t intend to pursue such a player, it shouldn’t pursue any until the market softens.

UPDATE:  Reached for comment about Willis’ remarks, Carr issued this response.

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57 Responses to “Patrick Willis isn't thrilled with the idea of signing David Carr”
  1. nobodybeatsdawiz says: Mar 6, 2010 10:05 AM

    get vick in arizona

  2. Zaggs says: Mar 6, 2010 10:10 AM

    Patrick Willis became a QB expert when exactly? Carr’s career numbers stack up favorably with the other San Fran QB’s.

  3. Youngone says: Mar 6, 2010 10:11 AM

    Dammnit I knew you would find this story Florio and blow it out of proportion.

  4. Strongsideblitz says: Mar 6, 2010 10:11 AM

    The market can’t soften any more for David Carr. They knew what they wanted, and they grabbed him. It’s not the most exciting 9er news, but it is what it is. They made it known from before FA began that they were not looking to grab any big name guys. That is what the draft is for.
    JQ

  5. last starfighter says: Mar 6, 2010 10:11 AM

    Players need to learn to keep their big mouths shut about certain things

  6. Youngone says: Mar 6, 2010 10:12 AM

    49ers are dumb for pursue him anyhow.

  7. medic406 says: Mar 6, 2010 10:13 AM

    Wow! two 1st overall flops on the same team? It’s probably a good thing Bill Walsh already passed, because had he not, this would have done it.

  8. nooj says: Mar 6, 2010 10:18 AM

    I agree with Bam Bam on this one. This front office makes me scratch my head sometimes. David Carr? Why can’t we get someone in who can legitimately challenge Alex Smith for the job?

  9. Reginald says: Mar 6, 2010 10:18 AM

    Mike Vick is a difference maker? Really? Wow, just wow.

  10. oldschool says: Mar 6, 2010 10:19 AM

    I have a feeling “iron Mike ” Is gonna go up to this guy and show him his “package”

  11. Play4Blood says: Mar 6, 2010 10:20 AM

    Hey, if they’re patient enough, Pittsburgh may have to work a PR deal and make Ben Rapelisberger available.

  12. 49ersrevenge says: Mar 6, 2010 10:21 AM

    Patrick should stay quiet and let the team do their job. The Niners absolutely do not have three quarterbacks better than David Carr. I actually don’t think they have one better than Carr.

  13. GiantsareGAY says: Mar 6, 2010 10:25 AM

    So sick of these under educated, over paid fools spouting off and then retracting.
    All you fools who follow any athlete on twitter is a putz. Grow up!

  14. Big Stretch says: Mar 6, 2010 10:28 AM

    Willis should stick with what he does best and stick to the defense. Carr may not be the best QB in the league, or even close, but neither is Alex Smith, Shaun Hill or Nate Davis.

  15. SmackMyVickUp.com says: Mar 6, 2010 10:40 AM

    Mike Vick is a difference maker? Really? Wow, just wow.
    ———-
    He is, just not with anything to do with football or anything not related to dogfighting, dogfighting laws, changing Ed Block award selection (soon to come) or being a big overall douche.

  16. jliskiew says: Mar 6, 2010 10:41 AM

    He is right about their current situation – Carr would struggle to beat anyone on their current roster – Smith is a good backup/functional starter, and Nate Davis is the future of the franchise.
    Truthfully, it wouldnt make sense for David Carr to go there – he will never see the field even if he does get the #3 spot. There are plenty of other teams in need of competition for the #1 spot or a reasonable backup.

  17. novanative says: Mar 6, 2010 10:49 AM

    is the combo of Shaun Hill and Alex Smith really leading the 49ers into the season next year, again? ugh. please networks, keep the 49ers as far away from television as possible. national broadcast blackouts, if possible

  18. Sonoco says: Mar 6, 2010 10:51 AM

    Come on man.
    “. . . but the first days of free agency should be about, if anything, finding a player who can push the team to the next level.”
    Really? Why? Why wait around if you know who you want?
    Any day of free agency is simply about filling roster spots that likely won’t be filled via the draft. But maybe Willis will get lucky and God will tell Carr to go somewhere else like he did with Warner when he visited Santa Clara last March.

  19. BDiddy says: Mar 6, 2010 10:54 AM

    It never ceases to amaze me how many people still buy into the Michael Vick fools gold. There is no way in hell an NFL team can win in the 2010’s with him starting at QB.

  20. Jim says: Mar 6, 2010 10:56 AM

    I wonder if David Carr will ever get to QB for a team with an offensive line that will block for him?

  21. GoBrowns19 says: Mar 6, 2010 10:59 AM

    Yeah, since when is michal vick anything but a washed up ex-decent quarterback? It’s not like he was GREAT when he was in Atlanta.

  22. kingkolb says: Mar 6, 2010 11:10 AM

    id love to give san fran mcnabb for one of their first rounders…

  23. scrapdawg12 says: Mar 6, 2010 11:14 AM

    The way it is right now. The NFC West is San Francisco’s. The Cardinals have been nailed with the FA, Trade, and retirement bug. I see San Francisco as the best team in the west now. If they want a QB cheap, go for Vick. If you want a franchise QB for the next 4 years, trade for Mcnabb. San Francisco has many weapons on offense, Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree. The team is young and pretty stacked. I like what Singletary has done.

  24. raiderrob21 says: Mar 6, 2010 11:15 AM

    Correction PAT…You guys have 3 QBs equal or worse than David Carr. Pat you are right that you need an upgrade at QB though. The Whiners havent been good since Jeff Garcia left, and he was an overachiever. Sad to think they cant win that division year after year playing the Lambs and the Seagulls twice every year!
    With Arizona losing 5 major starters and rebuilding, its the whiners division to lose. If they cant win that whack ass division now, they never will!

  25. DeathByPurple says: Mar 6, 2010 11:16 AM

    When Willis talks…the Niners better listen.

  26. Karl says: Mar 6, 2010 11:20 AM

    STFU Willis! Nobody cares watchu talkin’ bout!

  27. GirthyOne says: Mar 6, 2010 11:27 AM

    “And if the team doesn’t intend to pursue such a player, it shouldn’t pursue any until the market softens.”
    Really? I usually agree with you Florio, but that is an idiotic statement. Every team should try and improve their team and Carr isn’t even expensive. If Carr is a better backup, which he is, then it is a nice signing.
    Vick hasn’t played QB in what, 3 years. You think he’s an impact player? Well, the 49ers apparently don’t. He’s a loadstone for an organization. I wouldn’t want him either.

  28. mlnii says: Mar 6, 2010 11:28 AM

    Michael Vick..Come on. Todd Collins is better than Vick or Carr. And thats not saying much.

  29. Whiskeytangofoxtrot says: Mar 6, 2010 11:40 AM

    Vick’s best days are far behind him. And other than his scrambling ability, he sucked when he was in his prime. Monster arm but couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with a radar vector. The guy CAN’T THROW, and in case Willis isn’t aware, this is a PASSING league. Throw in his character issues, and this is about the dumbest idea anyone’s ever had. Ok, maybe a close 2nd behind the Roy Williams trade.

  30. SFrancis1680 says: Mar 6, 2010 11:45 AM

    you’re going to bad mouth David Carr, then suggest getting Micheal Vick??? LOVE Willis as a football player, but boy this LOVE affair w/NFL players talking up Vick,… like having him on your team would make you a better team,…hey Patrick, I’ve got news for you, Vick S#CKED before he went to jail, and it’s not like he’s gotten better in the past three years,…IF he was any good, WHY wouldn’t the Niners have signed him last year, when it wouldn’t have cost them a draft pick? how CLUELESS can you get?

  31. patpatriotagain says: Mar 6, 2010 11:56 AM

    there can never be too many “watchoo talkin’ ’bout Willis?” references

  32. TEXANS84 says: Mar 6, 2010 11:57 AM

    Wonder if David Carr’s dad called Patrick Willis’ dad and got mad and made him apologize?
    Figured that’s the way it went, considering David could never fight his own battles.

  33. NinerNation says: Mar 6, 2010 12:06 PM

    Raiderrob21 –
    And when exactly was the last time the Raiders finished 8-8 or better?
    How is Russell working out?
    Isn’t Al Davis still alive?
    Yeah, maybe you should pay attention to your own shitty team before you make idiotic comments about another team.

  34. tv says: Mar 6, 2010 12:15 PM

    Let me get this straight – he doesn’t want Carr, who can actually throw a ball in the intended direction, but he does want a guy (Vick) who can’t hit the GA dome if he were leaning against the wall of it?
    Good luck with that Pat!

  35. DOC1970 says: Mar 6, 2010 12:18 PM

    Willis is right, Carr is useless at this point, Alex Smith should some skills last year.

  36. jless303 says: Mar 6, 2010 12:19 PM

    There are great qb’s out there 49ers’ and you choose to pursue Carr COME ON!!!! Tavaris Jackson would look way better in a 49er uniform, I like Vick for one reason and that is because Singletary will whip into shape like he did Davis! Kolb from the Eagles is a Franchise Quaterback!!!
    Injury Prone Chad Pennington would be a great pick up from the dolphins if we can keep him off his back!!! I could go on with mny qbs that have the potential to take the 49ers back to the playoffs!!
    All you whiming that Willis opinion doesnt matter is simply retarded ! He is a team capyain and the best overall player the 49ers have!!!! Look at your contributions at your workplace are you a top performer a dofferance maker at your workplace??? If so you know what your workplaces needs and of course you want your voice heard!! Im sure you upper management make decisions that dont make any sense just like this deal wouldnt make anysense!!! so his voice does matter and the rest of your voices dont!!! Go 49ers’ minus carr and focus your efforts on the o-line dammmit

  37. jmichael says: Mar 6, 2010 12:24 PM

    Willis is clearly a racist. Could’ve forgiven him for just commenting on Carr, but asking for Vick, (who is clearly inferior to Alex Smith after rotting in the pokey for two years,) shows that Willis just doesn’t like the idea of a white boy being in charge in the huddle.

  38. woot woot says: Mar 6, 2010 12:43 PM

    Jmichael
    Pat’s “parents” are white…

  39. NinerNation says: Mar 6, 2010 12:46 PM

    The reason why the Niners are acting quickly to get Carr is because there are multiple teams interested in him. It’s not a splashy FA acquisition, but it’ll make the Niners just a little bit better.

  40. East Bay Ray says: Mar 6, 2010 12:46 PM

    I’m just looking forward to the arguments between Alex Smith and David Carr.
    “I’m the more disappointing #1 overall pick!”
    “No, I am!”

  41. danlinker says: Mar 6, 2010 12:53 PM

    GREAT, I was hoping the niners would sign him instead of the cardinals. Right on. Get this done ASAP.
    Cards already have a waif at qb, we do not need another one. Now let’s get Vick or Pennington, or Trent Edwards, or someone like that.
    Have fun Niner fans. David Carr? Way to go.

  42. City_Native says: Mar 6, 2010 1:05 PM

    @ JMichael-
    You are an idiot. You better check the color of who Patrick Willis considers his parents before you call him racist. Know what your talking about.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsHF8G8WC_8&feature=PlayList&p=78A71DBDC5919033&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=23
    @ Raider Rob
    I know your team is THE laughingstock of the NFL and irrelevant. Your welcome to make comments on our posts anytime. And talking about divisions . . . the last time someone went to the Super Bowl from the AFC West was? Oh yeah you guys in 2002. You guys did very well too.

  43. phillyeagleschamps says: Mar 6, 2010 1:19 PM

    Willis your way out line,
    Love,
    The Gooch

  44. CKL says: Mar 6, 2010 1:36 PM

    jliskiew says:
    Truthfully, it wouldnt make sense for David Carr to go there – he will never see the field even if he does get the #3 spot. There are plenty of other teams in need of competition for the #1 spot or a reasonable backup.
    ________________________________
    Wanting to collect a paycheck while never having actually to play is exactly what he does want. Look at the teams he has gone to since he left Houston…two teams who had established starters who didn’t have an injury history.

  45. SkinsCapsWizNats says: Mar 6, 2010 2:01 PM

    Hahahahaha! @ “What you talkin bout Willis?”

  46. this class sucks says: Mar 6, 2010 2:30 PM

    If we dump Shuan Hill than let’s get David Carr. Nate Davis is the future so let’s not lose him like we did Kory Sheets.

  47. TMac48 says: Mar 6, 2010 3:00 PM

    Can you please explain why this is linked to the Houston Texans team page? We have wiped our hands of David Carr…stop it…

  48. desperate9erfan says: Mar 6, 2010 3:57 PM

    this is pathetic that this is our #1 free agent we’re looking at right now. at least i think it is. Par for the course for the cheapskate york though. Cant believe he raised ticket prices 52 percent after an 8-8 season and 7 straight years out of the playoffs. Bay area teams are cursed with ownership

  49. nawabi24 says: Mar 6, 2010 5:39 PM

    I must say… I dont get this interest of David Carr from the niners at all. Yes, Smith has not completely yet proven himself, but everytime he has had a oppurtunity to play hes progressed. He had 18 TD’s 12 INT’s and 2350 yards in 9 games which is not that bad. Wouldvbe went over 3000 yards around 25 TD’d and 15 INT’s if he played the entire season which is pretty good. Another year under the same OC for the first time in his career will do wonders for him. So, I dont even no why they want to pursue Carr, I rather have Hill and Davis than Carr. Carr throws too many picks and Hill could manage the game long enough to give us a chance to win.

  50. joe says: Mar 6, 2010 5:48 PM

    Willis should not have said anything in public but I think he is right the 49ers should be looking to get better. Work with Davis get him ready. They need a pass rusher a corner or saftey help on the o line.

  51. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 6, 2010 5:58 PM

    “When Willis talks…the Niners better listen.”
    Yeah because when he leaves, no more playoffs! Wait, they never made the playoffs with him, either.

  52. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 6, 2010 6:00 PM

    Did you haters ever consider maybe Willis just wants some dog-fighting tips?

  53. RaiderhateR4Life says: Mar 6, 2010 6:14 PM

    The 1st Amendment gives Patrick the right to voice his opinion just because you don’t like it doesn’t make him any less of a man or “undereducated”. He’s actually pretty intelligent and probably has more college experience than 2/3 of the nimwits who comment on this site. A. Smith can still salvage his career, D. Carr doesn’t have that luxury because he’s proved year in and out he can’t handle pressure

  54. RaiderhateR4Life says: Mar 6, 2010 6:14 PM

    The 1st Amendment gives Patrick the right to voice his opinion just because you don’t like it doesn’t make him any less of a man or “undereducated”. He’s actually pretty intelligent and probably has more college experience than 2/3 of the nimwits who comment on this site. A. Smith can still salvage his career, D. Carr doesn’t have that luxury because he’s proved year in and out he can’t handle pressure

  55. 49erfan4life says: Mar 6, 2010 8:12 PM

    You guys are all fools, Vick is a good QB who is way better then any other QB on the 49ers roster. Im sure 3 years ago non of you guys would probably be hating on Vick this hard. The dog fighting had NOTHING to do with football so it should not even matter I am a die hard ninner fan and I would love nothing more for him to be on the team. Because he would make them BETTER and that is all that counts i could care less what he does of the team as long as he has my team winnng, the only reason the ninners wont get vick is because they care more about getting a new stadium then they do about winning and all these dumb liberals in the bay area would act like the 49ers are evil if they brought him in. Its about FOOTBALL and WINNING. wat he does in his own time doesnt matter

  56. RaiderhateR4Life says: Mar 6, 2010 8:44 PM

    Vox- who’s the hater here?? You’re the one going out of your cowgirl way to bash on the niners when the story is not even linked to your team

  57. RaiderhateR4Life says: Mar 7, 2010 7:07 PM

    49erfan4life- can’t agree with you more, your post is accurate in every aspect. Go Niners

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