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Alex Smith doesn’t envy the pressure Eli’s faced

Giants 49ers Football AP

Alex Smith has had plenty of ups and downs in his seven-year career.

He’s played for four different head coaches, seven different offensive coordinators, faced challenges to his job, suffered major injuries and performed below the expectations associated with the first overall pick of the draft. That last point has led to a lot of criticism and scrutiny from 49ers fans and the media. Despite all that, he doesn’t envy the pressure that Eli Manning has faced since he debuted with the Giants.

“To be Peyton’s little brother, the No. 1 pick and you go to New York to play for the Giants,” Smith said, via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “That’s a lot of pressure. I don’t think anyone has been in the situation he has … Those are pretty unique circumstances. Your older brother is arguably the greatest quarterback ever and a lot of expectations are on you and you go to a big city like New York. I didn’t have to face those things.”

Interstingly, Sunday’s game will only be the second time in history that two quarterbacks drafted first overall have faced off in a conference championship game. John Elway and Vinny Testaverde were the first duo in the 1998 AFC title tilt.

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  1. bct11554 says: Jan 18, 2012 6:20 PM

    It great to see all the arguments I have had with friends over the years are paying off. Eli is an elite QB and finally everyone is see it.

  2. pixelito says: Jan 18, 2012 6:21 PM

    Tough Quarterbacks ignore pressure.

  3. scarletmacaw says: Jan 18, 2012 6:26 PM

    And the very first time two QBs drafted #1 overall faced off in a conference championship game representing the teams that drafted them.

  4. capslockkey says: Jan 18, 2012 6:26 PM

    “I didn’t have to face those things.”

    Weren’t you a #1 overall pick too Alex?

  5. nineroutsider says: Jan 18, 2012 6:27 PM

    “Sunday’s game will only be the second time in history that two quarterbacks drafted first overall have faced off in a conference championship game. John Elway and Vinny Testaverde were the first duo in the 1998 AFC title tilt.”

    That didn’t work out too well for the visiting team from NY did it…

    Alex is a modest guy, he had it way tougher than Eli. Its nice what he’s trying to do, but c’mon, it’s Alex Smith. Alex still gets very little respect, mush less than Eli.

    “But Alex Smith is still their starting QB” – how many times have you read that today alone?

  6. bigbluenationdb says: Jan 18, 2012 6:36 PM

    This is why Eli is the best QB drafted the year he came out. Not Big Ben, who hides behind the leagues best defense and who could have never had handled the NY pressure. Not Rivers who plays in the worse division in football and has never won any big games.

    No QB in history has to deal with anything like this and with a dad who also played in the league.

  7. goldrush36 says: Jan 18, 2012 6:38 PM

    scarletmacaw says: Jan 18, 2012 6:26 PM

    And the very first time two QBs drafted #1 overall faced off in a conference championship game representing the teams that drafted them.

    _________________________________________
    Except San Diego drafted him and he then forced a trade

  8. east96st says: Jan 18, 2012 6:55 PM

    I give Smith a lot of credit. He has been a media whipping boy since day one. First, to show no sign of bitterness shows a real maturity that is sadly lacking in most adults today. Second, to tip your hat to your competitor, who has also been a whipping boy, shows real class. As a Giants fan, I hope they win going away this Sunday. But, I have developed real respect for Smith and wish him the kind of year Eli has had this year – if only to shut some of the talking heads up.

  9. earthtopft says: Jan 18, 2012 6:59 PM

    Just prior to kickoff, Alex went over to Eli, put an arm around his shoulder, and said – “Geez, bro, I’m glad I’m not in your shoes. All that pressure. Peyton, New York, drafted ahead of Roethlisberger and Rivers…….it must be hell. Well, good luck, and don’t let it get you down too much…”.

  10. earthtopft says: Jan 18, 2012 7:08 PM

    Quarterbacks are a tight knit fraternity. They are never too busy to remind a fellow signal caller of the overwhelming pressure he is under.

  11. ppc50 says: Jan 18, 2012 7:10 PM

    Niner’s Harbaugh deserves Coach of the Year hands down. As a SF native, and a Cowboy fan since ’76, I am very jealous of the Niners (who I always respected (best qb – Montana, wr- Rice, S – Lott, underrated – Craig) and want to win the SB). Harbaugh has been the difference, Aldon Smith has been the only change in personnel, and Smith finally has had the chance to succeed. Sounds cheesy, but my hats off to the Niners on winning the right way and Harbaugh for backing up his qb since before the lockout.

  12. nineroutsider says: Jan 18, 2012 7:10 PM

    east96st says: Jan 18, 2012 6:55 PM

    I give Smith a lot of credit. He has been a media whipping boy since day one. First, to show no sign of bitterness shows a real maturity that is sadly lacking in most adults today. Second, to tip your hat to your competitor, who has also been a whipping boy, shows real class. As a Giants fan, I hope they win going away this Sunday. But, I have developed real respect for Smith and wish him the kind of year Eli has had this year – if only to shut some of the talking heads up.
    ———————————————-
    Now that’s classy!

  13. judsonjr says: Jan 18, 2012 7:12 PM

    Eli has always been elite.

    Name another QB with a Superbowl winning drive that featured three dropped picks, being stripped from behind on an ill-advised run, and a no-look heave caught with a helmet.

  14. jigwig13 says: Jan 18, 2012 7:41 PM

    Alex you were the 1st pick in the draft can u make sure the niners get the 32nd pick in the 2012 draft and not the giants please…go niners

  15. 52crabcakes says: Jan 18, 2012 7:45 PM

    “To be Peyton’s little brother, the No. 1 pick and you go to New York to play for the Giants,” Smith said, via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “
    ——

    because daddy didn’t want him playing for San Diego, so he John Elwayed the Chargers. Boo Mannings!

  16. yankees177 says: Jan 18, 2012 7:47 PM

    Eli has always been elite.

    Name another QB with a Superbowl winning drive that featured three dropped picks, being stripped from behind on an ill-advised run, and a no-look heave caught with a helmet.

    So no other superbowl winning QB has had and dropped picks, or had any help from lady luck? Get over yourself. Eli is one of the most clutch qbs when it really matters, in big games. Have you watched him at all this year? The dude finds the open receivers and makes pin point throws when it matters including in the Superbowl.

  17. 52crabcakes says: Jan 18, 2012 7:47 PM

    ppc50 says:
    Jan 18, 2012 7:10 PM
    Niner’s Harbaugh deserves Coach of the Year hands down. As a SF native, and a Cowboy fan since ’76, I am very jealous of the Niners (who I always respected (best qb – Montana, wr- Rice, S – Lott, underrated – Craig) and want to win the SB). Harbaugh has been the difference, Aldon Smith has been the only change in personnel, and Smith finally has had the chance to succeed. Sounds cheesy, but my hats off to the Niners on winning the right way and Harbaugh for backing up his qb since before the lockout.

    —–
    SF native and cowboy fan — now that is sad!

  18. imbetterthanyou says: Jan 18, 2012 7:49 PM

    jusdsonjr….

    Smell that? Smells like bitter Pats fan 4 years later…or an idiot. Although, bitter Pats fans tend to be idiots. So it could be both.

  19. agelardi says: Jan 18, 2012 7:57 PM

    And that is why Smith will never be a top NFL QB.

  20. bobwhitequail says: Jan 18, 2012 8:00 PM

    “scarletmacaw says:

    And the very first time two QBs drafted #1 overall faced off in a conference championship game representing the teams that drafted them.”

    The chargers drafted Manning

  21. ceadderman says: Jan 18, 2012 8:22 PM

    Sorry but Tomsula doesn’t count in the Head Coach tally. Love Tomsula but one game doesn’t really count. So that would and should be 3 not 4.

  22. bangbangbilly says: Jan 18, 2012 8:24 PM

    so glad to see San Fran doin good again a team with such tradition and history back to being a respectable franchise as a bears fan i hope you guys get that Halas trophy didnt work so well with pants on the ground singletary at least Harbaugh brought the best out of Alex and the team

  23. freedomispopular says: Jan 18, 2012 8:30 PM

    I think he was referring to Testaverde, who was drafted by the Bucs.

  24. commandercornpone says: Jan 18, 2012 8:35 PM

    eli is ok in my book. he’s more of a gunslinger than peyton, and hell. eli is an aw shucks kind of guy.

    still easier to like smith. yes he was drafted high, but the 9ers have been a train wreck for years. i bet on games and operate a system, and i can tell ya, early in his career, he got them more wins than they were due.

    later on… yes he had issues but he was tough and led some comebacks and near comebacks. he isnt afraid of falling behind. or singletary. what was iron mike going to do – bench him? hell he’s been benched before.

    he is another guy like i keep mentioning… played in numerous systems… several coaches. he’s seen it all. some have second acts.

    ignore him at yer peril, gynauts. but, hey, u can have the points.

  25. jphoops says: Jan 18, 2012 8:44 PM

    Gmen, that is all that needs to be said.

  26. nfl fan says: Jan 18, 2012 8:46 PM

    Take whatever quarterback you want, I’ll take Eli.

  27. domeinate says: Jan 18, 2012 8:52 PM

    I just still don’t get it. I have watched several 49ers games and I just don’t see a good QB.

    Classy statement though by Smith.

    Geaux Giants

  28. illinininer says: Jan 18, 2012 9:07 PM

    I promise you Alex would rather be Peyton’s little brother, playing in New York with all the pressure that comes with it then to deal with what he has dealt with.

    Started for an expansion team before he was ready
    Lost Mike McCarthy
    Showed tremendous progress in year 2
    Lost Norv Turner late in the year, Nolan had no choice but to promote QB Coach to OC
    3 games into the season – separated shoulder
    Tried playing through it
    Toughness and integrity questioned by Nolan, placed on IR after shoulder required surgery
    OC fired
    Mike Martz hired, shoulder required another surgery. Back to IR
    Singletary hired, Martz fired
    Jets RB coach named OC
    Took over starting job in mid-season, played reasonably well, showed some flashes, didn’t win games
    Then comes last season. Coaching staff was in over it’s head. Didn’t have any answers to struggles across the board. OC fired after week 3 loss to KC.
    Booed off home field during late game meltdown vs Eagles.

    Archie Manning would never let his son be a part of such dysfunction. I’d guarantee you that.

  29. buzzbissinger says: Jan 18, 2012 9:34 PM

    Didn’t Eli refuse to play for the team that actually drafted him? He deserves all of the pressure and negative attention (both real and imagined) that comes his way. Although he may be elite (still not buying it) he is upper eshelon.

  30. hitit49 says: Jan 18, 2012 10:03 PM

    “Aldon Smith has been the only change in personnel”

    HUH? Spikes leaves for free agency and Bowman replaces him (Best move ever)MCdonald moves from reserve to the starting DT position in place of Saop (second best move ever) Franklin the starting DT leaves for the Saints and Soap steps in (third best move ever) starting corner Nate is banished to Cincy for Brown (wait thats the best move ever) Whitner is signed to start at Saftey (another best move ever) Rogers is brought in to start at corner (one of the best moves ever)
    Norris the fullback replaced with a late round DE, Chilo OG replaced by 2nd string Snyder, Bass the starting center left for NY and was replaced by FA Goodwin.

    Nice personel moves if you ask me

  31. philtration says: Jan 18, 2012 10:14 PM

    Just being named Eli had to be brutal as a kid.

  32. djstat says: Jan 18, 2012 10:51 PM

    Eli never refused to play for the chargers. He created the illusion he would not play for them. The chargers got Rivers, Nate Kaeding and Shawn Merriman as a result. They did fine. It is not Eli’s fault the chargers have a lousy GM who fired Marty or that Merriman was juicing.

    Eli is a top 5 QB. Smith had a great season and has his team in the NFC title game. Good for them both!!

  33. gcsuk says: Jan 18, 2012 10:52 PM

    nineroutsider says:
    Jan 18, 2012 6:27 PM
    Alex is a modest guy, he had it way tougher than Eli. Its nice what he’s trying to do, but c’mon, it’s Alex Smith. Alex still gets very little respect, mush less than Eli.
    ———————————————————-

    Sorry, but I have to agree with Smith. Let’s be honest, Alex Smith has not had a lot of success in SF. I understand he has changed coaches, coordinators, schemes, etc… multiple times over his career, and it is impossible to expect a QB to succeed under those circumstances. But Smith and the 49ers have not had success since he got there.

    Put the same circumstances on Manning. Peyton’s little brother, high expectations, Giants trade multiple draft picks, in NY… If Manning and the Giants struggle the way Smith and the 49ers for the past 7 years, Eli Manning would get most of the blame (along with Coughlin and Reese) and he would have been run out of town YEARS AGO. He would not have gotten 7 years to prove his mettle.

    By no means am I saying Alex Smith has had a cakewalk in SF. He has not, and it is good to see a “good guy” achieve success at this point in his career. I’m just saying I agree with his point.

  34. uberniner says: Jan 18, 2012 11:15 PM

    So, how many of you would trade Alex for Eli, straight up?

  35. clmdcbm23 says: Jan 18, 2012 11:21 PM

    I don’t know if this is well known or not but it’s amazing how much Alex Smith looks like Aaron Rogers.

  36. buzzbissinger says: Jan 19, 2012 12:16 AM

    Refused>created the illusion

  37. vman0626 says: Jan 19, 2012 7:14 AM

    ignorance and anti ny bias. so much jealousy of the big apple, ha ha ha.

    for the record….ernie accorsi has stated he and the chargers had a trade worked out. eli told sd he wasn’t interested in them, mostly because of their dysfunction as a franchise and what his dad went through in new orleans. plus, he wanted to play in the east so he could be closer to family. educate yourselves.

  38. smokehouse56 says: Jan 19, 2012 7:19 AM

    uberniner….Bingo! End of discussion.

  39. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 19, 2012 8:19 AM

    scarletmacaw says:
    Jan 18, 2012 6:26 PM
    And the very first time two QBs drafted #1 overall faced off in a conference championship game representing the teams that drafted them.

    ————

    Not to nitpick, but we didn’t draft Eli, the Bolts did.

  40. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 19, 2012 8:20 AM

    nineroutsider says:
    Jan 18, 2012 6:27 PM
    “Sunday’s game will only be the second time in history that two quarterbacks drafted first overall have faced off in a conference championship game. John Elway and Vinny Testaverde were the first duo in the 1998 AFC title tilt.”

    That didn’t work out too well for the visiting team from NY did it…

    Alex is a modest guy, he had it way tougher than Eli. Its nice what he’s trying to do, but c’mon, it’s Alex Smith. Alex still gets very little respect, mush less than Eli.

    “But Alex Smith is still their starting QB” – how many times have you read that today alone?

    ————-

    What the HELL does that game have to do with Sunday? You 49er fans are so nervous that you’ll come up with anything to assuage your worries.

  41. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 19, 2012 8:28 AM

    yankees177 says:
    Jan 18, 2012 7:47 PM
    Eli has always been elite.

    Name another QB with a Superbowl winning drive that featured three dropped picks, being stripped from behind on an ill-advised run, and a no-look heave caught with a helmet.

    So no other superbowl winning QB has had and dropped picks, or had any help from lady luck? Get over yourself. Eli is one of the most clutch qbs when it really matters, in big games. Have you watched him at all this year? The dude finds the open receivers and makes pin point throws when it matters including in the Superbowl.

    ———–

    He’s still bitter from 2007. Ignore him.

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