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Alex Smith: The longer the lockout, the more “we’re screwed”

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“Camp Alex” wrapped up in the Bay Area Thursday, with 49ers quarterback Alex Smith delivering a final message to his teammates as part of his role as quarterback/coach/strength coach/shaman of the 49ers organization.

“We’re behind. . . . . The longer this [lockout] goes on, the more we’re screwed,” Smith told the squad via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.

We agree.  Teams with new coaching staffs are going to be hit the hardest. That’s why having some continuity with personnel helps, and partly why Smith will return to San Francisco again.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com writes that Smith decided to re-sign with the 49ers before April 29, when the lockout was briefly lifted.  (Smith hasn’t actually re-signed yet.)

Smith also addressed his recent remarks about Michael Crabtree, when he seemingly criticized the receiver for not working out with the team. Smith said he called Crabtree to apologize, and was disappointed in how the remarks sounded, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

Rookie Colin Kaepernick did not throw at this week’s practices and isn’t yet 100% recovered from leg surgery.

That’s another reminder that the 49ers are Alex Smith’s team for now, for better or worse.

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36 Responses to “Alex Smith: The longer the lockout, the more “we’re screwed””
  1. pacificamjr says: Jun 9, 2011 4:36 PM

    7-9

  2. jakek2 says: Jun 9, 2011 4:36 PM

    Alex – you can have 10 training camps and you’ll still suck.

  3. lacharger2112 says: Jun 9, 2011 4:37 PM

    Screwed if you are their starting QB!

  4. babyjesus69 says: Jun 9, 2011 4:39 PM

    In the words of Sterling Malory Archer “DUH AND/OR HELLO!”

  5. topeka1978 says: Jun 9, 2011 4:39 PM

    Alex Smith is not a genius. The statement states that “the longer the lockout, the more we’re screwed”, duh. Winning!!

    Everyone could have told you this from the beginning.

  6. red415 says: Jun 9, 2011 4:43 PM

    The longer we have Alex Smith the more we’re screwed!!!!!

  7. discosucs2005 says: Jun 9, 2011 4:46 PM

    I want to know other people’s honest opinion: if there was an 8 or even 10 game season, would you devalue the worth of the Super Bowl for whatever team won?

  8. trbowman says: Jun 9, 2011 4:47 PM

    He was done the moment the 49ers stadium was chanting for…..

    David Carr

  9. schmitty2 says: Jun 9, 2011 4:54 PM

    Between Smith as their QB and “my foot hurts” Crabtree as their supposed number 1 WR I think “screwed” is right

  10. lacharger2112 says: Jun 9, 2011 4:57 PM

    An 8-10 game season is just what the Chargers need. That way they can’t drop a bunch of games late in the season.
    A short season Super Bowl is meaningless…to the fans.
    The players would take it, happily.

  11. egls7 says: Jun 9, 2011 4:57 PM

    Well said, Alex

  12. joeflaccosunibrow says: Jun 9, 2011 5:01 PM

    He stinks as a QB, but maybe color commentary could be a future for him.

  13. chipwade says: Jun 9, 2011 5:04 PM

    If the players and the owners cannot agree on anything, would it be too far out of the realm of possibility to just conduct this season under a one year extension of the previous CBA?

    And the two sides can work on an agreement during that time?

  14. pargolf47 says: Jun 9, 2011 5:07 PM

    Who cares what Alex Smith says!!

  15. trbowman says: Jun 9, 2011 5:09 PM

    I’m still trying to figure out how this guy has so many believers…..

  16. willycents says: Jun 9, 2011 5:15 PM

    LMAO. One player speaks the truth about the ongoing lockout, and the comments give him flak about it.
    Other than a few player shills, everyone knows the longer the lockout goes on the more screwed the players are going to be, more ways than one. (as are the owners)
    There is already a phone call from DeSmith telling him to shut up.

  17. willycents says: Jun 9, 2011 5:17 PM

    @ discosucs2005

    everyone would de-value it EXCEPT the fans and team which won it. They would all still be ecstatic over winning it.

  18. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jun 9, 2011 5:19 PM

    Well then Alex submit a GD counter offer!!!!

  19. funkylovemonkey says: Jun 9, 2011 5:21 PM

    I’ve written this before, but I believe it’s true.

    Say what you will about Alex Smith, but he has character. Not only did he take a pay cut so he could stay with the 9ers, but he is in a position right now where he could completely screw the 49ers by defecting in free agency to another team, taking the 9er playbook with him. Instead he’s taking a leadership role by gathering players and leading them in workouts and teaching them schemes independent of the team.

    You would never suspect that this is a QB who is consistently booed when he steps out onto the field, a man who is constantly blamed for every defeat (despite playing for coaches who couldn’t gameplay their way out of a paper bag, a revolving door of offensive coordinators, and a defense that was ranked 20th in the league last year, 26th in pass defense), or someone who has been thrown under the bus by his coaches and even 49er management many times.

    I’m honestly not sure what keeps Alex Smith so loyal to the 49ers, especially when Shaun Hill proved when he went to the Lions that you could have an identical season statistically (Hill passer rating 81.3, Smith passer rating 82.1) and the same amount of wins and losses (6-10) and be heralded as a great success on another team. By the same token, Sam Bradford had a worse year statistically then Alex Smith with a rating of 76.5 with a lower yards per completion average, a worse td/int ratio, and one more win last season then the 9ers and he has been heralded as the next great thing. And while Sam Bradford is more talented physically then Alex Smith, that doesn’t change the fact that Alex Smith might actually benefit from going to another team that doesn’t blame him for all of their problems.

  20. 4gone says: Jun 9, 2011 5:21 PM

    I think everyone would devalue the Superbowl accept the team (and its fans) who won it.

  21. hsteacher says: Jun 9, 2011 5:25 PM

    Um, I believe Alex ment to say, “They’re behind” because he is getting a first hand look at a potential opponent.

  22. jodave5 says: Jun 9, 2011 5:40 PM

    Yes, it’s devalued if it’s a short season. Those two Redskins SB wins in 1982 and 1987 were a joke. Come to think of it, so was the 1991 SB win. You really claim to be champions if you beat Atlanta, Detroit, and Buffalo in the post-season?

  23. S says: Jun 9, 2011 5:46 PM

    @discosucs2005:

    I wouldn’t devalue the SB win in a shortened season.

    The reason, in my opinion, is that the playoffs would still be the playoffs. The credentials of some teams that managed to make the playoffs may be questionable as part of the playoff hunt is being consistent, over coming injuries and other adversity to punch you ticket to the tournament.

    We have all seen teams that we thought were locks for the post-season end up collapsing in the second half and missing but we have also seen a team go 16-0 and then fall short in the big game. I think the Giants may have gotten off to a great start in ’06 and then collapsed to miss the playoffs and then the next year gotten off to a poor start then ripping it up to squeak in and then defeat that previously mentioned 16-0 squad the next year.

    That said many of the best teams in the league will still make the playoffs in a shortened season so the playoffs (assuming they won’t be shortened) should still largely be the playoffs — high intensity competition from most of the best teams in the league with one or two clunkers squeaking in.

    That said if a guy like Peyton Manning goes down with a 4-6 week injury it would be very difficult for them to recover.

  24. babyjesus69 says: Jun 9, 2011 5:51 PM

    With Harbaugh, Alex will be one of the finalists for comeback player of the year

  25. red415 says: Jun 9, 2011 6:04 PM

    Why is he saying “we’re”?? He’s not even signed. Just go away Alex.. best for both parties.

  26. schmitty2 says: Jun 9, 2011 6:37 PM

    funkylovemonkey says:
    Jun 9, 2011 5:21 PM
    I’ve written this before, but I believe it’s true.

    Say what you will about Alex Smith, but he has character. Not only did he take a pay cut so he could stay with the 9ers, but he is in a position right now where he could completely screw the 49ers by defecting in free agency to another team, taking the 9er playbook with him. Instead he’s taking a leadership role by gathering players and leading them in workouts and teaching them schemes independent of the team.

    You would never suspect that this is a QB who is consistently booed when he steps out onto the field, a man who is constantly blamed for every defeat (despite playing for coaches who couldn’t gameplay their way out of a paper bag, a revolving door of offensive coordinators, and a defense that was ranked 20th in the league last year, 26th in pass defense), or someone who has been thrown under the bus by his coaches and even 49er management many times.

    I’m honestly not sure what keeps Alex Smith so loyal to the 49ers, especially when Shaun Hill proved when he went to the Lions that you could have an identical season statistically (Hill passer rating 81.3, Smith passer rating 82.1) and the same amount of wins and losses (6-10) and be heralded as a great success on another team. By the same token, Sam Bradford had a worse year statistically then Alex Smith with a rating of 76.5 with a lower yards per completion average, a worse td/int ratio, and one more win last season then the 9ers and he has been heralded as the next great thing. And while Sam Bradford is more talented physically then Alex Smith, that doesn’t change the fact that Alex Smith might actually benefit from going to another team that doesn’t blame him for all of their problems.

    Well let’s see..Best yardage Smith has ever thrown for in one season is 2,890 yards in the ONE season he played 16 games while Bradford threw 3,512 yards in his ROOKIE season. Smith’s best passing TD total is 18 while Bradford threw 18 in his first year. Smith has made no improvement in 6 years while Bradford was a major reason the Ram’s won more games last year than they had in 3 seasons combined

  27. 2mannings1cup says: Jun 9, 2011 6:41 PM

    I’m a Pats fan, so this has nothing to do with “team-bias” But I honestly see Alex Smith breaking out this year. I think he has a lot of valuable tangibles and a lot of potential. I think having a new coach and getting a fresh start will go a long way. Niners will take the division…in a fight with the Rams.

  28. berniemadoffsides says: Jun 9, 2011 6:57 PM

    The fact that absolutely no one believes in Alex Smith makes me think he may actually play well in 2011.

  29. funkylovemonkey says: Jun 9, 2011 7:54 PM

    schmitty2 says:
    Jun 9, 2011 6:37 PM

    Well let’s see..Best yardage Smith has ever thrown for in one season is 2,890 yards in the ONE season he played 16 games while Bradford threw 3,512 yards in his ROOKIE season. Smith’s best passing TD total is 18 while Bradford threw 18 in his first year. Smith has made no improvement in 6 years while Bradford was a major reason the Ram’s won more games last year than they had in 3 seasons combined

    ————————————————

    Bradford also had 590 attempts compared to Smith’s 342, it’s not surprising that he had more total yards. On the other hand if you look at a more useful stat, yards per attempt, Smith performed better then Bradford with 6.93 yards per attempt compared to Bradford’s 5.95 while having a very similar completion percentage (59.6 compared to 60.0).

    In other words last year Smith threw less but when he did his completions were on average a yard longer then Bradford. That isn’t a knock against Bradford, and I certainly wasn’t implying that he isn’t talented (in fact I said the opposite, that he will probably turn out to be far more physically gifted, and he certainly started out far stronger then Smith did). I’m saying measures of success differ from team to team.

    As for improvement, how can you say Smith hasn’t improved when his first season his rating was almost as low as you can get, at 40.8, and the last two years have been more consistent at 81.5 and 82.1? Again, not numbers that blow you away, but certainly not the source of all of the 49ers woes. The 49er defense was weak. Their pass defense was ranked 26th in the NFL. The run defense faired better but then again why would any team run against the 49ers when they had no way of stopping the pass?

    In the end Smith was not the reason the 49ers lost so many games, there has been a parade of incompetence from management to coaching to a team that overall has been undisciplined and a waste of talent. But I guess it’s easier to just say that Alex Smith sucks, that way there’s a simple solution that will magically fix th 49ers.

  30. pdxninerfan says: Jun 9, 2011 8:54 PM

    Alex might not be the answer on the field, but everything he does off it keeps me a fan. Not everyone needs $10M/yr and I’m glad he sees that. (You can argue contract #1 but at least he’s no Jamarcus)

    Peyton/Donovan/whoever would not guarantee a SB for SF, but with Alex acting the way he does and selfishly leading CK into the QB role (I hope), I can only wish him the best. I’ll keep cheering because he keeps re-inventing himself.

    Too bad this GD lockout will overshadow any success/failure Alex will have this year. I hate asterixes (like my Expos in the 90s strike season).

  31. pdxninerfan says: Jun 9, 2011 8:56 PM

    “unselfishly”, sorry

  32. cosanostra71 says: Jun 9, 2011 9:00 PM

    To all the people who still believe in Smith- tell me why. Other than, oh he’s been thrown under the bus.

    Why is he going to succeed? His accuracy is average, his arm strength is below average, he’s mobile but not a running threat or particularly strong on the roll, he’s not physically impressive (and has small hands that have given him trouble holding onto the ball at times), with the exception of the almost comeback last year he tends to shrink in the clutch.

    At the end of the day, he’s still being given chances because he’s a nice guy. I have nothing against the man personally, he seems like a good guy with a good personality and a great work ethic. But he’s the epitome of a backup QB.

  33. zl1vette says: Jun 9, 2011 9:31 PM

    Let’s compare rookie seasons to rookie seasons for Bradford and Smith: IT’S NOT EVEN CLOSE. You look at them on film in 2010, and Bradford is the one that looks like the veteran and Smith looks like the rookie. Add to this that Bradford had NO RECEIVING corp and it’s even more impressive.

    Looking at the record of rookie head coaches who made the jump from college without first spending several years on an NFL coaching staff, and it’s not pretty. Now factor in the lockout, new playbook for the entire team, no effective QB, holes in the secondary, Franklin gone, Gore’s propensity for injury, the Diva’s distractions, and SF is looking at a 3-5 win season.

    I go back to the days of Brodie in the 1970s so I’ve hung with this team through a lot, and I’m excited about Harbaugh, but this season is going to be rough. However, give it a couple of years and things should get better.

  34. moochzilla says: Jun 9, 2011 10:10 PM

    As usual, those who had benefited from capitalism – say, talentless QB’s – suddenly hate the system when it turns against them.

    Loser – you can’t get free millions by being a bad QB.

    Live with it.

    Just like millions of anti-union losers demand everyone else be squeezed for cash.

    Because the loser-dom club in America grows every day!

  35. dirtyjersey9er says: Jun 10, 2011 2:13 PM

    I am going to reply to a few things here and make a statement I was going to make before seeing a few things to reply to.

    @zl1vette – the 2005 49ers were far worse than the 2010 Rams team. The only real weapon on the 2005 49ers was a rookie Frank Gore and even he had his struggles early on. The WR Corps was abysmal and the O-Line was a patch work unit at best. Going into the season you would have thought Eric Johnson would have been able to help but he ended up getting hurt and missing all of 2005(which led to drafting Davis). And the 49ers defense in 2005 was beyone awful. In 2010 the Rams had a veteran Steven Jackson, a better O-Line compared to what the 49ers had in 2005, I will say the WR situation is slightly in favor of the Rams because of how bad the WRs for the 49ers were in 2005.

    @cosanostra71

    I still believe in Smith because it’s not like he has been awful the last two seasons. 2009 was considered to be better than his previous best season(2006) and really early on in 2010 if you take away a few bad breaks the 49ers are 5-3 going into the bye instead of 2-6(last second loss to NO, the Clements fumble vs Atlanta, and Alex getting hurt/Carr being awful vs Carolina). Also this will be the first year since Norv Turner where he enters the season with a coach who knows how to run an offense.

    While he has struggled in the WCO in the past the kind Harbaugh runs emphasizes the power running and is much more QB friendly. I mean he is to the point where he is teaching the offense to other players which will be a good way to get a rapport with them.

    Also Alex Smith does have tools that Harbaugh looks for in a QB. High IQ, the ability to move in the pocket(but not the kinda QB who will run a lot), and his accuracy issue is more a mechanics issue. Harbaugh will no doubt help him and show the patience to do so this season.

    This brings me to my statement being if Alex doesn’t do well he could eventually become a really good coach with how he is running camp with the 49ers.

  36. seehoxrun says: Jun 26, 2011 1:43 AM

    Hahaha now you got somewhere to point the finger when you guys suck this year… go fourty-whiners

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