Alex Smith has offer from 49ers, skin like an armadillo

AP

Jim Harbaugh’s interest in bringing Alex Smith back to the 49ers is not just an act.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that the 49ers made a one-year offer to Smith before the work stoppage, but Smith decided to choose to see what’s behind door No. 2 in free agency.

Smith won’t necessarily find a better chance to start or a better contract elsewhere, so there’s a solid chance he could return.  Harbaugh continues to talk up Smith, saying he would have a fresh start with a new coaching staff.   Harbaught isn’t worried about fan reaction.

“Well, the question is, ‘Do you have baby deer skin or skin like an armadillo?,” Harbaugh said. “That’s where the rubber meets the road there. If someone doesn’t like me or doesn’t cheer loud for me – is he going to be deep and emotionally scarred by that? I mean, most true competitors, most men like that would take offense to somebody inferring that about him.”

Harbaugh believes Smith has armadillo skin.  The better question: Does Smith have the skills to excel as an NFL quarterback?

32 responses to “Alex Smith has offer from 49ers, skin like an armadillo

  1. I think it would be in Alex’s best interest to return to the 49ers. Harbaugh is good with QB’s and it is his only realistic chance to start.

  2. Late again. I read this on footballphds SIX WEEKS AGO! Harbaugh wants Smith back for a year with an option on a second; the actual contract is a year with a team option for a second worth about $10 million a year.

  3. Harbaugh continues to talk up Smith, saying he would have a fresh start with a new coaching staff.

    haven’t they been down this road b4?!?! LIKE EVERY freaking season!?!?!!? A new OC?!?

    Alex is OK, and just OK, nothing more. NOT worth a 1st round pick!!!

  4. According to the united way commercials, he’s a crap bowler too…might wanna skip on this one Mr. Harbaugh…or as Gregg likes to call you “Mr. Harbaught”…

  5. When will this nightmare end? Alex Smith is a bum. I thought that was obvious after all these years of mediocrity.

  6. While Smith never had the physical gifts to be the number one pick in the draft, nor the physical gifts of former QB Steve Young, he actually is taller and stronger than all-time great Joe Montana. With Harbaugh bringing back the west coast offense, Smith may have a chance to flourish.

  7. In my Madden League Alex Smith is QB for the Viks for like the last 5 seasons.

    I didnt put him there I play the Packers….

    and anyone who plays that game knows the computer loves to replace “Franchise” players pretty regularly with draft picks\FA. So 5 seasons in im a little suprised to see him there.

  8. wow the 49ers have wasted countless years with this trash man and continue to. Now I get why they are who we thought they were! And we let them off the hook!

  9. And meanwhile, the kid who grew up in Chico cheering for the niners, and then hoping to be picked by them on draft day, already has a super win and MVP in Green Bay.

  10. No, no a thousand times no. I’d rather go 7 – 9 with someone who’s new than 7 – 9 with Smith yet again. Jed should have made it a stipulation when he hired Harbaugh and another new regime – “Yea, Jim, like everyone that’s come before you, you’ll be certain that you can ‘fix’ Alexa and make her a star. But as the daddy-gave-me-the-team owner, I’m ordering you to let her go.” Obviously this has been too heavy of a move for someone that so far has only mastered the skills to fumble around for years on a new stadium.

  11. everyone can compare smith to rodgers and blah blah blah. You guys are acting line its just the quarterback that sucks. This whole team needs to get it together. Our corners are horrible. Our 0-line isnt great either. Receivers need some work as well. Crabtree im talking to you. Morgan is outshining you. Our coaches have all sucked in the last 10 yrs. Who are we going to get that has the experience that smith has? Where’s the faith in our coach’s leadership? What ever coach says, I agree with. Because lets face it. He knows way more about football than any of us. Ill welcome smith back! LETS DO IT!

  12. While Smith never had the physical gifts to be the number one pick in the draft, nor the physical gifts of former QB Steve Young, he actually is taller and stronger than all-time great Joe Montana. With Harbaugh bringing back the west coast offense, Smith may have a chance to flourish.
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    I agree with that. Plus it would help if he had a bit more talent around him. A QB may be the key to offensive success, but no QB can do it alone without some help from his receivers.

  13. Year 2039

    49ers just released a statement saying “they see potential in Alex Smith and are going try him out for one more season”.
    C’mon man!
    Either u have it or you don’t!

  14. Bad move on his part. Should have accepted another year in SF. It’s not like he’s done very much to impress others to sign him as a free agent.

  15. Like he was just quoted as saying, Coach Harbaugh could care less about what any of us are saying here on this post. He is the man we should trust with evaluations of QB’s seeing as he was one in the NFL and knows what it takes to compete.

    This is the guy who wrote QB reviews complimenting Romo and saying that Carr and Joey Harrington were low-round picks. I will trust his judgment on QB’s over any fan’s point of view.

  16. Alex Smith in the West Coast offense is a good thing. With the right system and a little confidence will go a long way.

  17. Honestly there are so many things that went wrong FOR this guy and TO this guy….Two words “Singletary Regime”, also Injuries.

    People say he doesn’t have the skill to succeed, I disagree…I have seen the skill. We all have seen the skill (IN FLASHES). His problem is CONSISTANCY.
    Maybe Harbaugh is good enough, Maybe Alex isn’t. all I know is, if this happens it would answer a lot of questions.

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