We keep reading that Alex Smith is still a longshot to sign with the 49ers despite coach Jim Harbaugh’s recent flattering comments. The theory is that bringing Smith back would only be out of desperation.
And then Harbaugh opens his mouth again and we begin to wonder.
“Some people say Alex Smith needs a fresh start — needs a new place to be or whatever. I say let that place be here,” Harbaugh said Friday on KNBR via Eric Branch of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
This has gone beyond just covering all your bases. Harbaugh is recruiting Smith to return to the 49ers. There is really nothing for Harbaugh to gain from this all-out blitz unless he truly wants Smith and is trying to mentally prepare an annoyed fanbase for the possibility of another year with Smith.
(And as Mike Silver pointed out on PFT Live Friday, maybe Harbaugh realizes he may be stuck with him.)
“Well, I like Alex,” Harbaugh said. “And I like being around him and I like what I see on tape.”
At some point, maybe we should believe what Harbaugh is saying.