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Jim Harbaugh picks Alex Smith as his Pebble Beach caddie

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The last time Jim Harbaugh picked Alex Smith for a job that few people thought suited him well, it turned into a division title and a trip to the NFC Championship Game.

So you might want to watch out for Harbaugh at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament this weekend. Harbaugh eschewed experienced caddies with a track record of great success and opted to have Smith carry his bags around the loop. So, in other words, he pretty much made the same decision he made when it came to the 49ers offense.

All signs point to the 49ers making that decision again for the 2012 season, even if Colin Kaepernick thinks that there’s going to be a competition for the job. Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Harbaugh told Smith that he’ll caddy for the quarterback in next year’s tournament, which seems like another pretty good sign that Smith won’t be going anywhere once free agency opens.

That’s a good thing because Smith doesn’t seem to have a magic touch for caddying. Harbaugh and partner Ryan Moore are in 101st place after the first day of action. Smith has other obligations Friday and Saturday, which means that assistant coaches will be on Harbaugh’s bag the rest of the way and that we’ll have to look for other golf pairings for football free agency prognostications.

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23 Responses to “Jim Harbaugh picks Alex Smith as his Pebble Beach caddie”
  1. sonoco says: Feb 10, 2012 9:35 AM

    Hopefully he can read greens better than he read the blitz in the NFC Championship

  2. virger says: Feb 10, 2012 9:37 AM

    Not a Niners fan, but Harbaugh is a stud and I wonder what Smith can do with a consistent coaching staff.

  3. lolb23 says: Feb 10, 2012 9:40 AM

    San Francisco Bromance

  4. jrcoop says: Feb 10, 2012 9:44 AM

    One less team on theManning signing list for people to speculate about. The 49ers keeping Smith should have been obvious anyway. The same should also be said regarding any team that already has a young or decent QB. If they cant have both on the roster its (Manning landing) not going to happen.

  5. illinininer says: Feb 10, 2012 9:52 AM

    “So, in other words, he pretty much made the same decision he made when it came to the 49ers offense.”

    You’re an idiot.

  6. chalkruz1989 says: Feb 10, 2012 10:04 AM

    As a Giants fan I really sympathize with Alex Smith. His weapons on the outside (excluding V. Davis) are very watered down. Michael Crabtree, has really been average at best and not worthy of the high pick he received coming out of the pass-happy Texas Tech offense. I could see him doing well if they sure up the receiving core, he doesn’t make mistakes and has mobility. Hopefully he can have the luxury of keeping a steady offensive gameplan and coaching staff.

  7. nfl fan says: Feb 10, 2012 10:08 AM

    Whose got it better than us…the Giants!

  8. canadian52niner says: Feb 10, 2012 10:19 AM

    Give the Niners a full offseason under this coaching staff and just wait. If we are able to sign or draft a 1-2 tier wideout to pair with crabtree and Morgan (who will likely be resigned for a 1-2 year contract) look out. Our o-line was good last year (not great), but will make huge strides with another year working together.

    The future is bright in San Fran and hopefully the haters (including some Niner fans) will give this staff the benefit of the doubt after the insane first year they had.

    Niners Forever Baby! In Jim We Trust

  9. mkarzt714 says: Feb 10, 2012 10:48 AM

    vincent jackson and manningham could be available. would be a nice pick up. although harbaugh is a great coach he can be stubbborn. why not get manning if he is healthy. plus a good receiver and superbowl favorites in the nfc

  10. dwinsgames says: Feb 10, 2012 10:52 AM

    Smith had a solid year, but if I were in SF, I would let Smith go and use the $ to help sign Manning, who would win the SB with that killer D if healthy, and develop Kaepernick behind him.

  11. gerthbrooks says: Feb 10, 2012 11:36 AM

    “Smith has other obligations Friday and Saturday, which means that assistant coaches will be on Harbaugh’s bag the rest of the way…..”

    So THAT’S how they do things in San Francisco.

  12. suckafree67 says: Feb 10, 2012 11:49 AM

    Why so much love on the comments for Smith?

    2 reasons why SF won,
    1. Harbaugh
    2. Defense

    I say 9ers go after Manning, if he is ready to go,
    if not, go after Brees, Saints are dragging their feet about re-signing him, why not make a push to get him?

    If Smith is back, no way 9ers get back to the NFC Champ. game.

  13. nineroutsider says: Feb 10, 2012 11:57 AM

    “That’s a good thing because Smith doesn’t seem to have a magic touch for caddying. Harbaugh and partner Ryan Moore are in 101st place after the first day of action.”

    No one can help Harbaugh’s golf game! He was all over the place from what I’ve heard. Alex should be the one playing, but can’t…

    Alex and Jim have become unbelievably close. Probably the closest of any player/coach in the league. It’s a great thing for 9er fans. I know there are still a lot of Alex haters out there, but last year was Alex’s first year in the system. Harbaugh will get more aggressive. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Alex go 25/7 for 3,600 yards next season. It’s not that big of a stretch.

    No Manning or Manningham! Manningham is a nice player, but I’ve seen enough of him to know he’s too inconsistent, makes too many mistakes on recognizing coverages, saw it in the Super Bowl even. Give me Bowe or DJax.

  14. shadowgm1 says: Feb 10, 2012 11:58 AM

    A beautiful microcosm of Alex Smith’s role on the team…just along for the ride.

    Say all you want about Kyle Williams costing the Niners the Super Bowl, but they’re kidding themselves if they think that indecision at QB was not the reason they lost control of that championship game. Their defense is primed, they have a strong running attack, end of line. Don’t waste your burgeoning window of opportunity on the crap they have for depth currently on roster.

  15. jrcoop says: Feb 10, 2012 12:11 PM

    If the niners were to not resign Smith there are many teams who would like young QB that was in the rop ten passer rating and took his team to the NFC Championship game. However it is safe to say they are not that stupid especially if it is to sign a 36 year old QB not as familiar with their system. They certainly can not do both for cap and other reasons.

  16. franknunley57 says: Feb 10, 2012 12:13 PM

    Another big year for…..David Akers.

  17. shadowgm1 says: Feb 10, 2012 12:18 PM

    Forgot to add that there also seems to be a direct correlation between this relationship and that of the fictional relationship of George and Lenny in Of Mice and Men. “Lexxy likes to pet da pretty puppies, George.”

  18. melikefootball says: Feb 10, 2012 12:36 PM

    I think I saw Hairbaugh on the golf channel complaining the greens were to green.

  19. vincentbojackson says: Feb 10, 2012 1:14 PM

    Harbaugh wanted Andrew Luck on his bag, settled for Alex Smith.

  20. 808raiderinparadise says: Feb 10, 2012 1:31 PM

    Kyle Williams was busy or something?

  21. sportsking604 says: Feb 10, 2012 1:41 PM

    This is great for anti-49er fans. A Smith on that team definitely makes them beetable. Harbaugh ur toast after 3 years since you can’t nutt up and get a real QB. Manning on Cardinals or even skins will smoke ur team. Especially in 1-2 years once ur Defence’s weeknesses are figured out.

    Brees, Rodgers, Stafford, Eli, Vick, Romo, Ryan, Cutler, Newton! You think A Smith and ur defense will beet those QB’s 3 weeks in a row and win a NFC championship? Wake up you stubborn clown!!!! Adopt a kid if you want to play foster dad. Don’t waste the 49’ers time effort & money.

  22. maddog111 says: Feb 10, 2012 1:52 PM

    Alex Smith=Neil O’Donnell. Solid qb that will win a lot of games as long as he has a great defense and running game. You’ll beat the teams you should beat with qb’s like them. Pile up a good number of regular season wins. But guys like that don’t go out and win you championships. San Fran is on the cusp of being a great team, being so stacked in so many areas. But if they don’t get a big-time qb, they’re going to remain also rans.

  23. sportsking604 says: Feb 10, 2012 11:47 PM

    All u peeps that are thumbs downing my comment wake up. Ur defence n run game ain’t enough. Out of the 14 games won, we’re any in dominant fashion??? Hell no!!!!!! Why is that? Because ur QB does not have 2-3 Td passes per game in herself. Yes herself!!!!! U stupid dillusional sanfrancisco 40-shoe-shiner fans. Bill Walsh is turning in his grave (may he rip). Get a damn QB or be 8-8 next year u dumb losers. Go get ur shine box clowns.

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