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Niners G.M. says quarterback of the future isn’t presently on the roster

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In a comment that many 49ers fans will greet with an overwhelming sense of relief, G.M. Trent Baalke said during Tuesday’s edition of ProFootballTalk Live that the team’s quarterback of the future isn’t a member of the team at the present time.

“Is the quarterback of the future on this roster?” Baalke said.   “I think it’s obvious that he isn’t at this point.”

Baalke said that the team will address the quarterback position either through the draft, the trade market, or free agency.

The only problem, as we’ll point out in an upcoming 10-pack focused solely on the labor situation, is that a lockout would leave only the draft as the device available until the labor situation is resolved.

Either way, Alex Smith, David Carr, Troy Smith, and Nate Davis should start thinking about their own futures in a city other than San Francisco.

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  1. scoob766 says: Jan 11, 2011 3:17 PM

    I could have told you that…. Please don’t draft one in the first round either!

  2. brasho says: Jan 11, 2011 3:19 PM

    We know, he’s on the Bucs roster, his name is Josh Johnson.

  3. tombradyswig says: Jan 11, 2011 3:19 PM

    NO DUH!!!!! Trents a GENIOUS, huh!?!??!

  4. mezter says: Jan 11, 2011 3:19 PM

    I’m glad to hear this. The 49ers look like an organization that is doing the right things now and going forward. I fully expect them to be an elite team in the NFC in a year or two. It all starts from the top down, and they have the right guys in charge now.

  5. 4evrnyt says: Jan 11, 2011 3:25 PM

    A bit of an odd statement since he was responsible for bring Troy Smith to the team. Clearly we need to draft or sign a QB but I would really like Troy Smith to also get a fairshot at the starting job. If nothing else he can hold it while a rookie draft pick gets up to speed.

  6. mattsffrd says: Jan 11, 2011 3:29 PM

    Well considering the fact that Carr is the only QB currently on the roster, I would say this is a pretty safe statement.

  7. djrando7 says: Jan 11, 2011 3:30 PM

    Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you to #8 Kyle Orton.

  8. marcsasharc says: Jan 11, 2011 3:32 PM

    the only 1 i would keep on the roster is Troy Smith. the reason being he is mobile and is most effective off of play action. 2 qualities that Harbaugh could use in his offensive system. im pretty sure SF drafts Gabbert, Locker or Kellen Moore. gotta stay away from Mallett and Newton.

  9. kuhawks2010 says: Jan 11, 2011 3:33 PM

    NO WAY! Are you serious? WOW.. I would have never guessed that.

  10. profootballwalk says: Jan 11, 2011 3:33 PM

    Bad year to be drafting a QB. Everyone available has flaws or just isn’t ready. I’d look for a veteran and draft the best available athlete.

  11. deelron says: Jan 11, 2011 3:36 PM

    I could have sworn every QB on the 49ers roster (except Carr) was a free agent at the end of the year anyway.

  12. mooney24 says: Jan 11, 2011 3:43 PM

    So is there a PFT off-season award for “Most Perceptive Front Office” or something? Well, let me re-phrase that. This isn’t really award-worthy. I thought this was just common sense.

  13. packattack1967 says: Jan 11, 2011 3:43 PM

    no, he’s on ours

  14. jlb10 says: Jan 11, 2011 3:46 PM

    you don’t say?

  15. wydok says: Jan 11, 2011 3:48 PM

    The team has decided to go 0 – 16 next year and draft Andrew Luck.

    In the meantime, they will send a 4th round pick to Washington for McNabb.

  16. Moonman says: Jan 11, 2011 3:48 PM

    4evrnyt says: Jan 11, 2011 3:25 PM

    A bit of an odd statement since he was responsible for bring Troy Smith to the team. Clearly we need to draft or sign a QB but I would really like Troy Smith to also get a fairshot at the starting job. If nothing else he can hold it while a rookie draft pick gets up to speed.
    ————

    While he may have responsible for bringing T. Smith to the team, I don’t know if that’s fair. I don’t think he added him to the roster with the belief that he would eventually be the team’s starting QB.

  17. negativten says: Jan 11, 2011 3:50 PM

    Thank You Lord!

    As a Niner Faithful,I am willing to tank the 2011 season ,0-16 0/18 whatever it is. to guarantee Luck in the 2012 draft(if you need me)

  18. bigtrav425 says: Jan 11, 2011 3:50 PM

    I would agree..altho Nate Davis still has a chance

  19. larryed says: Jan 11, 2011 3:51 PM

    If he’s Josh Johnson Mr Baalk, be prepared to deal with Mark Dominik who’s a horsetrader. I’d say maybe swapping first rounders and throw in your 2nd or 3rd rounder to boot.

  20. cytofed says: Jan 11, 2011 3:53 PM

    The ninners wished they can trade for Aaron Rodgers, the local kid they passed in the 2005 draft for Alex smith “the future of their franchise” lol sad, but very funny!

  21. FinFan68 says: Jan 11, 2011 3:56 PM

    I didn’t realize there were any QBs named Smith still out there

  22. wetpaperbag2 says: Jan 11, 2011 4:00 PM

    I think Niner fans knew this YEARS ago.

  23. fumblenuts says: Jan 11, 2011 4:00 PM

    Alex Smith, David Carr, Troy Smith………..career back up’s in the NFL.

  24. cletusvandam says: Jan 11, 2011 4:01 PM

    Thank you for saying it outloud Trent!!!! Now please, please, please don’t waste our 7th pick overall on Cam Newton. Don’t sign or trade for Vince Young, and for the love of God don’t resign Troy or Alex Smith.

  25. tombradyswig says: Jan 11, 2011 4:04 PM

    MCNABB!

  26. marcsasharc says: Jan 11, 2011 4:06 PM

    i would like the team to sign Orton or McNabb depending on his availability. id sign Orton and draft Locker/Kellen Moore in rounds 2/3. im confident that Harbaugh will shore up the position no matter what route the 9ers choose to take.

  27. coleton1 says: Jan 11, 2011 4:17 PM

    Ill give ya Matt Flynn for a 3

  28. beardown4me says: Jan 11, 2011 4:20 PM

    G.M. Trent Baalke is the second coming of Jerry Angelo! DUH! Miss it again! Good Luck Coach Jim! Sorry 49er’s fans! It’s the thud heard over the Bay!

  29. marcsasharc says: Jan 11, 2011 4:22 PM

    id take Matt Flynn for a 3rd.

  30. hokiez says: Jan 11, 2011 4:23 PM

    djrando7 says:
    Jan 11, 2011 3:30 PM
    Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you to #8 Kyle Orton.

    __________________________

    I’m guessing #18 Kyle Orton. I vaguely remember a #8 winning the Super Bowl for the 49ers and going to the HOF

  31. phillybirds says: Jan 11, 2011 4:25 PM

    Kevin Kolb???

  32. trigdaddy says: Jan 11, 2011 4:28 PM

    Kevin Kolb? Please just give us a second round pick, like the one we wasted on Kolb and take him off our hands. Ill take my chances with Kafka as a backup

  33. teal379 says: Jan 11, 2011 4:30 PM

    I’d ask for more than a 3rd for Flynn.

    You can go draft some college guy in the first and spend 3 years getting him to a point where he may or may not be able to play with the big boys. Oh and give him 50 million before he’s proven a thing.

    Or you can ship a 2nd and a 3rd or just a first for a guy like Flynn who’s already been in camps, knows how the NFL works and went toe to toe with the best QB in the league and did VERY well. He’s already shown he can produce against NFL talent (superbowl talent) and not against college talent which isn’t ALWAYS the best….

    Looking at it from a good GM’s perspective – I’d rather spend a first round pick with GB for a QB that’s got NFL experience against NFL talent and I’ll be able (more than likely) to get him for less than some guaranteed contract to an unproven junior from a college.

  34. bobhk says: Jan 11, 2011 4:31 PM

    cytofed says:
    Jan 11, 2011 3:53 PM
    The ninners wished they can trade for Aaron Rodgers, the local kid they passed in the 2005 draft for Alex smith “the future of their franchise” lol sad, but very funny!
    ———–
    You are delusional if you think Rodgers would have succeeded in the heaping pile of dung we had for coaching in SF the last 8 years. There’s something to be said about stability and good coaching not to mention sitting behind and learning from a HOFamer.

  35. dav1e215 says: Jan 11, 2011 4:36 PM

    say hello to Kevin Kolb

  36. secdominance says: Jan 11, 2011 4:42 PM

    Ryan Mallett

  37. marcsasharc says: Jan 11, 2011 4:44 PM

    ill take Hasselbeck if hes available.

  38. gamby5150 says: Jan 11, 2011 4:45 PM

    ladies and gentlemen , your starting qb , chad henne……

  39. beastofeden says: Jan 11, 2011 4:48 PM

    Donovan McNabb

  40. djrando7 says: Jan 11, 2011 4:56 PM

    hokiez says:
    Jan 11, 2011 4:23 PM
    djrando7 says:
    Jan 11, 2011 3:30 PM
    Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you to #8 Kyle Orton.

    __________________________

    I’m guessing #18 Kyle Orton. I vaguely remember a #8 winning the Super Bowl for the 49ers and going to the HOF
    ________________________________

    Well, he is #8 for us right now. I liked him better as #18, but we have that number retired as well.
    I really do think he would be good for the 9er’s. They need a smart, accurate QB like Orton. The only fault that we (Denver) has found with him is his immobility. He got blammed for having two bad games this year, but he had cracked ribs. I like Orton as a QB a lot. I just think everyone is sprung on TT.

  41. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jan 11, 2011 4:56 PM

    You mean Alex Smith isn’t the answer?

  42. scoob766 says: Jan 11, 2011 5:04 PM

    They will be running the west coast offense, throw out McNabb, VY. The guy who said Hasselbeck, PLEASE NO! Our O-Line is too bad for the old man.

    Your left with Orton or Kolb, anyone else is garbage (that’s realistically available). Give up a 3rd or 4th for Orton or a 2nd for Kolb…

  43. mrwoodz511 says: Jan 11, 2011 5:16 PM

    Love how some people are so determined to criticise that they’ll go for Baalke for giving a straight answer.

    Only real problem is the likelihood of free agency and any trades not happening til after the draft – so I see 2 QBs through the draft. 1 highish pick, and 1 low rounder or undrafted. No idea who but its one position I trust Harbaugh to identify prospects for.

    Then there will be Carr and someone from free agency/trade when CBA is sorted. If no CBA sorted far enough before season then Troy probably gets the chance as the 4th option for the 3 spaces.

  44. hateithere says: Jan 11, 2011 5:26 PM

    I to as a niner faithful will gladly trade 2011 season for Andrew Luck and then were the team of the 1980s and 2010s.

  45. servegmo says: Jan 11, 2011 5:27 PM

    Harbaugh told beat writers he is confident he cold find a qb in the later round of the draft…

    go niners

  46. abninf says: Jan 11, 2011 5:42 PM

    mezter says:

    I fully expect them to be an elite team in the NFC in a year or two.
    ———————————————-
    Bold prediction without knowing who the QB will be or eve how well the coach will coach. Might want to push back your hopes a couple more years at least.

  47. phinfan says: Jan 11, 2011 6:15 PM

    Say hello to Chad Henne

  48. blackheld says: Jan 11, 2011 6:20 PM

    Detroit would take a #3 pick for Drew Stanton, who beat Green Bay and Tampa Bay both, this year. He can also move well without the ball, which will help in SF.

    Of course, Detroit already HAS the QB that should have been on the SF roster to start in 2011…Shaun Hill.

  49. mkwks says: Jan 11, 2011 6:26 PM

    Picking up either Kolb,McNabb or Flynn would be a start and using the draft in the late rounds for the future QB would be a good plan. A decent back-up QB is also needed..

  50. sakatak says: Jan 11, 2011 6:46 PM

    @bobhk
    very insightful, you would understand this because you saw what stability and good coaching did for Steve Young. Way to many fans expect instant gratification and if they don’t get it they want the player cut or coach/g.m. fired. I laugh when I hear the critics because they don’t recognize talent, just like to complain. An example would be all the Packer fans who wanted Favre benched for Brunell early in their career. Patience is a virtue many nfl teams or their fans do not have.

  51. dcsilverthorn says: Jan 11, 2011 6:55 PM

    didnt nate davis sign with the seahawks today?

  52. packerhater says: Jan 11, 2011 7:26 PM

    “Is the quarterback of the future on this roster?” Baalke said. “I think it’s obvious that he isn’t at this point.”

    Why did he ask and answer his own question?Don’t crazy people talk to themselfs?

  53. negativten says: Jan 11, 2011 7:44 PM

    Hasselback …are you kidding me?what,Jake Delhomme’s not available?

  54. funkylovemonkey says: Jan 11, 2011 8:04 PM

    blackheld says:
    Jan 11, 2011 6:20 PM
    Detroit would take a #3 pick for Drew Stanton, who beat Green Bay and Tampa Bay both, this year. He can also move well without the ball, which will help in SF.

    Of course, Detroit already HAS the QB that should have been on the SF roster to start in 2011…Shaun Hill.

    ————————————————-

    You mean the same Shaun Hill who statistically had a slightly worse year then Alex Smith? If anything their years were a wash. Hill’s rating was 81.3 and Smith’s was 82.1. Hill threw two more tds, but he also threw two more interceptions then Smith. Hill was one percent more accurate, but Smith was a little bit higher in yards per completion. The funny thing is, even though Hill’s year was seen as being a great success for the Lions, Smith’s season is seen as being an abject failure, despite the fact that their numbers are almost identical (including strangely games missed this season).

    Which tells you a little where the bar is set for 49ers QBs. Sam Bradford is being hailed for his amazing year despite having a QB rating this season of 76.5 (again, compared to Alex Smith’s 82.1). Sam Bradford of course played more games then Alex Smith since Smith was benched for five games, but taking the averages, Smith had a better average completion rating then Bradford and a better ratio of TDs to INTs. In other news Mark Sanchez is going with his team to the second round of the playoffs with only a 75.3 rating with numbers less impressive then Alex Smith’s. Hasselback is being heralded after one good game against New Orleans even though his season rating is only 73.2 with a very bad 12 tds for 17 int.

    Which is bad news if the 49ers are pinning hopes on the likes of Kevin Kolb (who only had a rating of 73.1 with 7 tds and 7 ints) because unless he dramatically improves he will be seen as a bust. And there is nobody this draft year that is close to being NFL ready. Maybe they will be if given a few years to develop and an Offensive line that can protect them, but the 49ers have neither of those.

    As a 49ers fan I’m not optimistic about about any improvements at the QB position (indeed, with most of the suggestions like Kolb, McNabb, or anyone in the draft, we would be better off just keeping Alex Smith for another year which is of course impossible because 49er fans are ready to run him out on a rail). The 49ers may be better off not putting a lot of resources this year into a new QB and instead shore up the Offensive Line to help the running game and focusing on the secondary to see if the 49ers can pull together a dominant defensive unit. The 49ers had the sixth ranked run defense but the 24th ranked pass defense. If they could plug the holes in the secondary they may become very hard to beat. I know everyone in San Fransisco is hoping for some sort of redemption from the QB spot, but I doubt that’s going to happen with what’s currently available.

  55. rick1922 says: Jan 11, 2011 8:40 PM

    GOOD THING BECAUSE THE QB’S THEY HAVE SUCK.

  56. commandercornpone says: Jan 11, 2011 8:47 PM

    nate is dyslexic. troy cant understand pro offenses.

    alex may have a 2nd act, but not in 2011.

    orton sounds like a good idea, actually.

  57. sportsmediacritic says: Jan 11, 2011 9:21 PM

    Alex Smith, yet another #1 QB bust.

  58. goldsteel says: Jan 11, 2011 10:01 PM

    Gee, I guess that means the 49ers will be looking for a quarterback in the draft? It’s good to see the GM has a firm grasp of the obvious.

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