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49ers are sticking with Alex Smith

I wrote last night how sad a moment it was for the 49ers when the San Francisco fans chanted “We want Carr, We want Carr” in the fourth quarter against the Eagles.

After some initial confusion, Mike Singletary stuck with Alex Smith.  And the former No. 1 overall pick responded with two touchdown drives.  In return, Singletary will stick with Smith for another week as the team’s starting quarterback, although he says Smith’s status is “week-to-week.”

Singletary can identify.

There were questions after Sunday night’s game whether Singletary would even keep his job another week.  He got the dreaded vote of confidence, but nothing would surprise in San Francisco at this point.

The only thing that would truly shock was David Carr coming in and turning the offense around.  The 49ers offense has been poor, but Smith is coming off his best performance of the year.  His yards-per-attempt and completion percentage are actually up from last year.  San Francisco has major problems beyond Smith.

This is probably Smith’s last season in San Francisco, but there’s no need to go to Carr with eleven games left.  It would be as hollow a gesture as guaranteeing a playoff berth.

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  1. Jack Acid says: Oct 11, 2010 4:12 PM

    Alex Smith is a BUST, has always been a BUST and will always BE a BUST.
    Get Nate Davis on the 53 and let the 2011 QB auditions begin. We need to know what we have come April.

  2. buttondown says: Oct 11, 2010 4:12 PM

    I have nothing againts the 49ers or Mike Singletary, or anyone else in their organization.
    I am, however, really looking forward to Mike Singletary’s next media meltdown. That last one was classic.
    Does that make me a bad person?

  3. Marvin49 says: Oct 11, 2010 4:15 PM

    The Niners have to stay with Smith. He isn’t playing great, but he is playing MUCH better than people give him credit for. 6 of his 9 INTs were on tipped passes and many of those were right on target.
    Additionally, he is MONEY in the RedZone. Below are his stats inside the 20…
    17 Comp, 21 Att, 81.0 Comp %, 6 TDs, 0 INTs, 126.1 Rating
    He needs to play better, no doubt, but he is being scapegoated in SF right now. He makes mistakes, no doubt, but his teamates are turning the ball over just as much as he is.

  4. FireJerryJones says: Oct 11, 2010 4:15 PM

    They should punt the coach. He is clearly over his head.
    Speeches only get you so far.

  5. realitypolice says: Oct 11, 2010 4:17 PM

    Might as well.
    They don’t have any QB’s on that roster that can be charitably described as quality NFL starters, so why bench one inadequate player for another?
    I don’t get the impression David Carr wants to be a starter anyway.

  6. Marvin49 says: Oct 11, 2010 4:17 PM

    @Jack Acid
    I don’t agree with you, but I’ll say this much. Putting Nate Davis in would assure us a shot at the #1 pick. ;-)

  7. ninjapleazee says: Oct 11, 2010 4:20 PM

    so, you want to replace a bust with another bust? but who’s the 3rd choice.. oh right.. troy smith.. another bust

  8. T3rps_Rule says: Oct 11, 2010 4:21 PM

    I didn’t know Alex Smith for the 49ers was a 6’4″ TE who played college ball at Stanford. Your link is wrong.

  9. Boudin says: Oct 11, 2010 4:23 PM

    It sounds like no one in San Fran has ever seen David Carr play.

  10. chitown26 says: Oct 11, 2010 4:23 PM

    Should have drafted Aaron Rodgers. Oh, and stuck with the same OC for more than 1 year – that will ruin any quarterback’s chances at a successful career.

  11. giffchamp says: Oct 11, 2010 4:26 PM

    @ Jack Acid
    Something about your post:
    “Get Nate Davis on the 53 and let the 2011 QB auditions begin. We need to know what we have come April.”
    ….has to make being a 9ers fan depressing.

  12. Buffalo Hogan says: Oct 11, 2010 4:28 PM

    What did Troy Smith do to not get a chance in this league. He was all set to start for the Ravens and then got sick, its been all down hill from there.
    I think he could be a good QB if someomne would give him a chance.

  13. habibfromnewdehli says: Oct 11, 2010 4:30 PM

    The 49ers do need to start Smith. But NOT Alex Smith.
    Just ask Ted Ginn Jr…. the MVP of last night’s game. He will tell you the truth, that TROY SMITH should be starting QB for San Fran!

  14. Ty Redofbuck says: Oct 11, 2010 4:30 PM

    Alex Smith is not even close to being a problem in San Francisco.
    They have a gaping lack of focus.

  15. SanFranFan says: Oct 11, 2010 4:31 PM

    Thier are a lot more questions about the niners than just Alex Smith. Our o-line is playing terrible!! Montana couldn’t get a pass off with our 20 yr old rt tackle getting his ass beat every pass play and not to mention our lft tackle who still has yet to prove he can stay healthy and be consistant.
    The D also let up a stupid amount of 2nd and 3rd and long conversions happen and Shaddy made us look very unathletic. Also whats with our d-line standing at the line of scrimage? Get in your F-ing stance guys!! are they not aware this is a game of leverage?!? get low and get in the backfield.
    We will get the first win of the year against the Raiders and our division does suck so anything is possible.

  16. SanFranFan says: Oct 11, 2010 4:32 PM

    Thier are a lot more questions about the niners than just Alex Smith. Our o-line is playing terrible!! Montana couldn’t get a pass off with our 20 yr old rt tackle getting his ass beat every pass play and not to mention our lft tackle who still has yet to prove he can stay healthy and be consistant.
    The D also let up a stupid amount of 2nd and 3rd and long conversions happen and Shaddy made us look very unathletic. Also whats with our d-line standing at the line of scrimage? Get in your F-ing stance guys!! are they not aware this is a game of leverage?!? get low and get in the backfield.
    We will get the first win of the year against the Raiders and our division does suck so anything is possible.

  17. FinFan says: Oct 11, 2010 4:36 PM

    And you wonder why you are 0-5

  18. daveyguitar says: Oct 11, 2010 4:52 PM

    Hey Jack Acid, Nate Davis sucks. I’ve seen it myself. He’s not a better option than Alex is

  19. David says: Oct 11, 2010 4:53 PM

    How come nobody is blaming Frank Gore? I love the guy but he is averaging 3.5 ypc this year and had two CRITICAL fumbles last night. A part of Frank’s struggles can be linked to the offensive line play, but Alex is getting thrown to the wolves unfairly.
    In Alex’s two games under new OC Mike Johnson, he has a 64.7 completion percentage, 4 TD, 4 INT 497 yards passing. It should be mentioned that the two games were against two teams that will be in the playoffs this year.
    Alex isn’t the problem people. Alex’s QB rating was 92.8 last night.

  20. youngtorice says: Oct 11, 2010 4:54 PM

    San Francisco has major problems beyond Smith.
    ____________________________________
    At least somebody hit the nail on the damn head! Its nice and easy to make smith the scapegoat, but he has certainly had tons upon tons of help. The Biggest problem remains the Head Coach plain & simple. There’s no excuse for a team with this much talent to be 0-5

  21. Renoberger says: Oct 11, 2010 4:56 PM

    The problem in SF isn’t the QB, it is the play calling. The 49ers run an offense called the Sardine Can Offense(SCO). It is so called because the formations are so tight they fit into a sardine can. Then what they do is run Gore up the middle behind plodding Moran Norris. All the defense has to do is follow Norris and Gore will be there too. Now the QB faces 3rd and long. No QB can be successful n 3rd and long 80% of the time. ‘Third and Long Mike’ Singletary is the problem.
    When Alex fumbled they had to spread the offense and score. Two quick TDs later and it is 27-24. Without Alex’s fumble the 49ers would have stayed in the SCO and the would have lost 20-10 instead. At lest the fumble created some excitement for us fans.
    Fire 3rd and Long Mike!

  22. Marklar says: Oct 11, 2010 4:58 PM

    a 3-2 record got Shaun Hill benched and eventually traded for ZERO last season. (pretty sure he won a game this weekend) Yet at 0-5, Smith still gets the ball. Seems like he continues to play just good enough to keep his job. Nate Davis is trrrrrible, so he is not an option, not sure why so many people like him. Looks like another lost season for the Niners…maybe they will be forced to let coach Dingleberry and “Check down” Alex Smith go after this. Might be the only way it happens. 0-flippin’5

  23. 49ersrevenge says: Oct 11, 2010 5:09 PM

    I really wish the 49ers would give up on this bum. Alex Smith has done nothing to prove he will ever be a good starting qb but here he is still the 49er’s quarterback. The niners have sunk so low I’m not even confident they will win against the Raiders or Panthers.

  24. cjeppesen says: Oct 11, 2010 5:17 PM

    Its gonna be a fight for the 1st QB between the 49ers and the Bills.

  25. TheDPR says: Oct 11, 2010 5:23 PM

    The people wanting Alex Smith replaced haven’t been watching Alex Smith. He’s not the problem. He’s not playing great football but he hasn’t sucked. And Mike Johnson’s offense is much better than Jimmy’s was.
    The reason he should be replaced with Troy Smith is because the team isn’t going anywhere this season and Alex Smith isn’t going to be there next season. May as well use this year as a grooming for Troy Smith to see if he has anything or if they need to look for a QB in the offseason.
    A reason for sticking with Alex Smith might be to see if he can show something that a team might be willing to trade for. If he can lead the team to a 7-4 record over the last 11 games, then maybe they can get a draft pick for him.
    They have to get better OL play, though, and Gore has to stop fumbling the ball.

  26. superb owl says: Oct 11, 2010 5:24 PM

    smith was running for his life. their OL blows. he would be back in for carr after 2 quarters cause carr would go back in the fetal position.
    nate davis is dyslexic. no way he succeeds as an nfl qb. troy smith isnt the answer to any question except “who’s he?”.
    the wideouts are starting to come around. but as cc pointed out on teevee, when yer cover guy blitzes, mr. receiver (yes u vernon davis) turn tf around and wave yer freakin hands.

  27. Kevin C says: Oct 11, 2010 5:31 PM

    The longer they stick with Asslick Smith, the longer they will lose. If this team can’t see that, they deserve to lose. Dingletary was a great player, but he is just a moron when it comes to coaching.

  28. shehawks + retardnals says: Oct 11, 2010 5:55 PM

    It’s time to put Smith and Dingletary out of our misery. I’m tired of watching Dingletary trying to turn the once (long ago/pre-York) proud 49ers into the Mike Tomczak Bears… minus the D.

  29. Ilovefoolsball says: Oct 11, 2010 5:56 PM

    They need to trade for a better qb. A lot of backup qb’s could do a better job than the carousel in SF.

  30. City_Native says: Oct 11, 2010 5:57 PM

    # FinFan says: October 11, 2010 4:36 PM
    And you wonder why you are 0-5
    – – – – – –
    A Dolphin fan commenting on another team’s quarterback situation?

  31. Gautam says: Oct 11, 2010 5:59 PM

    Alex Smith cannot be blamed for the fumbles that his team keeps having!

  32. youngtorice says: Oct 11, 2010 6:01 PM

    # cjeppesen says: October 11, 2010 5:17 PM
    Its gonna be a fight for the 1st QB between the 49ers and the Bills.
    _____________________________________
    Well at least there should be 3 pretty good qb’s in this draft. As long as they get Mallet or Luck I’m content. I’d probably even settle for Kellen Moore although he faces much weaker opposition…… Much like Alex Smith did. As long as they don’t blow it and go for Jake Locker. Knowing York though, he will

  33. Jack Acid says: Oct 11, 2010 6:12 PM

    First of all, I said “QB auditions”, not start Nate for sake of rattling off Ws right away.
    Marvin49 says:
    October 11, 2010 4:17 PM
    @Jack Acid
    I don’t agree with you, but I’ll say this much. Putting Nate Davis in would assure us a shot at the #1 pick. ;-)
    @Marvin49 – And losing more games changes what exactly? We might as well be losing while developing potential talent than losing waiting for the ax to fall on Smith. As far as a high pick, GOOD. We need a shot at a legit QB.
    ——————————-
    daveyguitar says:
    October 11, 2010 4:52 PM
    Hey Jack Acid, Nate Davis sucks. I’ve seen it myself. He’s not a better option than Alex is
    @daveyguitar – You’ve seen him play and think he sucks? Cool, thanks for the insight man. You’ve totally changed my opinion, I don’t know what I was thinking.
    Sarcasm aside, the difference is KNOWING what he have in Alex and NOT KNOWING in Nate. You can think to know as much as I can, but it doesn’t change that from a team standpoint, we don’t know.
    Mike Johnson is a big Nate advocate and it could mean the difference of him having a chance or not.

  34. RaiderhateR4Life says: Oct 11, 2010 6:25 PM

    2 rookies on the O-Line are a big problem with the Niners. Mike Iupati can hold his own for the most part, but Anthony Davis (Happy Birthday) definitely needs more time to develop… Chilo Rachal on the other hand sucks and needs to go, put Snyder and Simms in at RG and RT and the Niners will have a much better chance of winning even with Smith as their QB.

  35. StevieMo says: Oct 11, 2010 6:26 PM

    I can see it now: The 49ers will be 2-8 and the fans in denial will still be telling us how they’re going to win the weak NFC West.

  36. 49ersMang says: Oct 11, 2010 6:42 PM

    I gave up on the season after the chiefs game.
    We can’t catch a break, ever. Alex has the killer instinct to throw interception at the right time to kill any hope for a win, i had his jersey and i burned it last night. I HATE THAT GUY.
    I just want us to beat the Raiders, even if we go 1-15, again, at least they admitted to their mistake and dumped their bum qb.

  37. denverallday37 says: Oct 11, 2010 7:18 PM

    looks like andrew luck will be staying on the west coast

  38. ftomeo says: Oct 11, 2010 7:25 PM

    I don’t care if Alex Smith plays well from time to time or on average… any QB who decides to drop the ball so he can get his hands on someone about to sack him needs to go. Period.

  39. mwcarolina says: Oct 11, 2010 7:29 PM

    Alex Smith is either going to boom or bust, but anyway, i see him losing his job next year likely to even Jake Locker or Ryan Mallett or if Carolina is stupid (which they maybe) Jimmy Clausen could start next year with the 49ers.

  40. ian322 says: Oct 11, 2010 8:45 PM

    Everyone who says Alex Smith isn’t the only problem, is right. The defense is terrible. Fourth in the league against the run, so what. I didn’t see the whole game, but I heard they let Kolb run for a first down on third and 18??? Where’s the ‘Singletary intensity’??
    Singletary has been the coach for two years now and I don’t see the intensity or attitude everyone thinks a team under him will have. They certainly don’t look like Rex Ryan’s Jets or Tom Cable’s Raiders.
    I saw on another wall a comment that Smith seems to play better in a two-minute drill because he doesn’t have as much time to think. Maybe they should run the no-huddle offense the rest of the season. But that would mean not running the SCO offense that Singletary loves.
    Singletary needs to go.

  41. FumbleNuts says: Oct 11, 2010 10:56 PM

    “Fans chanted “We want Carr, We want Carr”
    Maybe that would be enough confidence for QB David Carr to save the season??

  42. DeeGee says: Oct 11, 2010 11:03 PM

    Really? So in the immortal words of Albert Einstein: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”
    Hmmm, Greg Rosenthal/Mike Singletary/Alec Smith or….Albert Einstein…

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