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

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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?

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32 Responses to “Alex Smith has offer from 49ers, skin like an armadillo”
  1. 00reo says: Apr 13, 2011 12:06 PM

    Vince “Baby Deer Skin” Young says he resembles that remark.

  2. bigdinla says: Apr 13, 2011 12:07 PM

    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.

  3. thephantomstranger says: Apr 13, 2011 12:10 PM

    “I mean, most true competitors, most men like that would take offense to somebody inferring that about him.”

    It would be even worse if somebody implied that about him.

  4. josefromvictorville says: Apr 13, 2011 12:12 PM

    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.

  5. farmmbig says: Apr 13, 2011 12:12 PM

    There’s always dead Armadillos on the road…. I guess I can see the comparison for Smith.

  6. angrycorgi says: Apr 13, 2011 12:14 PM

    The better question: Does Smith have the skills to excel as an NFL quarterback?

    History says “no”.

  7. tombradyswig says: Apr 13, 2011 12:15 PM

    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!!!

  8. commoncents says: Apr 13, 2011 12:17 PM

    Alex has an arm like an armadillo.

  9. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Apr 13, 2011 12:29 PM

    He’s only 26, it’s possible. Kurt Warner didn’t throw is first NFL Td until he was 27.

    The team has been a mess.

  10. angrycorgi says: Apr 13, 2011 12:49 PM

    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”…

  11. 49ersforever says: Apr 13, 2011 12:52 PM

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

  12. deucedropper says: Apr 13, 2011 12:55 PM

    Alex has T-Rex skin … dude has tiny hands.

  13. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Apr 13, 2011 1:01 PM

    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.

  14. theo547 says: Apr 13, 2011 1:04 PM

    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.

  15. freedomispopular says: Apr 13, 2011 1:05 PM

    Agree with him or not, you gotta like a coach that couldn’t care less about fan reaction and only cares about winning.

  16. biggerballz says: Apr 13, 2011 1:13 PM

    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!

  17. truninerfan49 says: Apr 13, 2011 1:44 PM

    Please tell me this is a belated April Fools joke

  18. JSpicoli says: Apr 13, 2011 1:45 PM

    [ ] Another sage move by the Dork’s.

  19. mikefromla says: Apr 13, 2011 1:58 PM

    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.

  20. wawa33 says: Apr 13, 2011 2:09 PM

    Harbaugh has skin like a baby’s bottom.

  21. 1phd says: Apr 13, 2011 2:09 PM

    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.

  22. tomwill21 says: Apr 13, 2011 2:10 PM

    but Smith decided to choose to see what’s behind door No. 2 in free agency.
    —————————–
    Unemployment?

  23. briank1ne says: Apr 13, 2011 2:15 PM

    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!

  24. zn0rseman says: Apr 13, 2011 2:18 PM

    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.
    ——————————–

    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.

  25. brutus9448 says: Apr 13, 2011 2:26 PM

    smith has been the reason 2 QBs got fired from the 9ners. he wants a trifecta

  26. bunjy96 says: Apr 13, 2011 2:55 PM

    I doubt most other rookies would do any better with the constant changing of the staff.

    Don’t believe its all Alex.

  27. rayvens says: Apr 13, 2011 3:14 PM

    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!

  28. thefiesty1 says: Apr 13, 2011 3:24 PM

    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.

  29. eacuna05 says: Apr 13, 2011 3:41 PM

    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.

  30. slobberknockered says: Apr 13, 2011 4:39 PM

    Give Smith a chance!

  31. zinck99 says: Apr 13, 2011 7:04 PM

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

  32. mrlynch33 says: Apr 15, 2011 12:33 AM

    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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