Alex Smith still a bit amazed at how quickly the 49ers have turned over

AP

If you’ve stood back and watched in amazement as one of the top teams of recent years was systematically dismantled this offseason, you’re not alone.

Those who got caught up in the dismantling were as well.

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said it was “crazy” watching how many players and coaches followed him out the door in San Francisco the last few years.

“I knew, for sure, some of those defensive players we wouldn’t be able to keep around, just contract-wise and years-wise, like Dashon [Goldson] and Justin [Smith],” Smith said, via Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News. “You knew some of that wasn’t going to last forever. We weren’t going to be able to hold it altogether from a cap standpoint and the years standpoint. You knew that was going to change.”

Smith left in 2013, followed by Goldson, Randy Moss, Delanie Walker, Isaac Sopoaga and Ricky Jean Francois. The 2014 purge was milder, with Jonathan Goodwin, Carlos Rogers, Tarell Brown and C.J. Spillman.

This year was when they dropped the plunger on the TNT, with free agents such as Frank Gore, Mike Iupati and Michael Crabtree leaving, the retirements of Patrick Willis, Chris Borland, Justin Smith and Anthony Davis, and oh by the way, the departure of head coach Jim Harbaugh and a lot of his staff.

Only seven starters remain from their 2012 team that reached Super Bowl XLVII, and from the looks of the current roster, the 49ers won’t be back to that level any time soon.

56 responses to “Alex Smith still a bit amazed at how quickly the 49ers have turned over

  1. But if they succeed, all you “writers” will be saying you saw it coming because they’re a talented team, etc.

    I’m sorry the Niners have embarrassed your team in the past enough for you to try to step on them when they are down.

    I think we’re all in for a surprise this year.

    Better hope you dont have to come up with cheesy articles on Tomsula’s locker room control when this team starts winning tough games…

  2. longsufferingkcfan says:
    Jul 15, 2015 1:49 PM
    I can’t remember a team having a worse offseason than the Niners. It’s hard to say who will be the worse Bay Area team this year

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    No it is easy, the Raiders will be better then the 49ers.

    Have fun with that yes man of a coach and awful QB.

  3. Everyone hates a winner, which is the reason for constant attacks on the Niners.

    Give it time and we’ll be back to form.

  4. jayniner says:

    Everyone hates a winner, which is the reason for constant attacks on the Niners.

    Give it time and we’ll be back to form.

    Just out of curiosity, when’s the last time the 49ers were a “winner”? Like two decades ago?

    After about 15 years of complete ineptness, they finally found a coach that brought them back to being respectable and dumb and dumber ran him out of town. Now they’re back to being inept.

    That’s why everyone hates the 49ers. Those “winners” will be winning 4-6 games consistently for the foreseeable future.

  5. I’m amazed that Alex is still a starting qb in the nfl considering he can’t even hit a wr for a td, which doesn’t amaze or surprise me.

    And I’m very amazed why anyone in their right mind would think the soon to be ex bay area team the lowly Carson/San Antonio Raiders would be better than anyone.

    Lastly it won’t amaze me when my Niners show everyone foolish enough to believe they have hit rock bottom that not only will they be much better than last year on both sides of the ball, but they will also compete for the nfc title.

    And Alex Smith still has small hands.

  6. longsufferingkcfan says:
    Jul 15, 2015 1:49 PM
    I can’t remember a team having a worse offseason than the Niners. It’s hard to say who will be the worse Bay Area team this year.
    **********************************************
    The 49ers are headed for the NFL basement and the Chiefs are going nowhere fast.

    The Raiders will be the best team of the 3 this year.

  7. Not sure that either the Chiefs or the Niners will make the playoffs this year, but I am very sure the Chiefs will finish with the better record of the two.

  8. Although it was used in a different context, I heartily approve of the use of the word “plunger” in this article, since York, Baalke and company have done their best to flush this franchise down the toilet this offseason.

  9. I actually kinda feel sorry for Kaepernick. The coach is a nobody (although he has a striking look to the most famous porn star ever). they’ve lost a host of players. they havent really replaced them. guys are just flat out retiring. Willis was a stallion and could have played at least 5 more years at a high level. But he just said, no thanks. the RT Davis is like 26. Just walked away. Justin Smith is older, if everybody stays, he probably gives it one more year. But man, they just had a mass exodus. Its like they are playing hot potato with a bomb, and the last one holding it is the qb who always gets the blame anyway. I dont see this ending well in SF. I hope they turn it around, but I feel it will get lower before it gets better.

  10. When Wilson will sign his $28M fully guaranteed money/year God approved contract, the NFC West will look like :
    1- Arizona
    2- St-Louis
    3- Seattle
    4- San Francisco

  11. longsufferingkcfan says:
    Jul 15, 2015 1:49 PM
    I can’t remember a team having a worse offseason than the Niners. It’s hard to say who will be the worse Bay Area team this year.

    ___________________________________

    So you dont think that either Bay Area team will surpass KC’s win total of 6 next year? Keep dreaming!

  12. jayniner says:
    Jul 15, 2015 2:01 PM
    Everyone hates a winner, which is the reason for constant attacks on the Niners.

    Give it time and we’ll be back to form.
    —————–

    Winning 20 years ago means nothing today. But nice try.

  13. tjacks7 says:
    Jul 15, 2015 1:56 PM

    I’m still amazed that this guy played an entire season without throwing one single TD to a wide receiver.

    suckafree9rs415 says:
    Jul 15, 2015 2:14 PM

    I’m amazed that Alex is still a starting qb in the nfl considering he can’t even hit a wr for a td, which doesn’t amaze or surprise me.
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    Sounds like the same person commenting. Lets put the WR situation in perspective Smith was working with over the hill Bowe, an UDFA in Hammong, 7th rounder in Hemmingway, and 1st round bust AJ Jenkins. In spite of the lack of talent Smith put up 18 TDs.

    Smith: Comp: 65.3% 3265yds 18TD 6 INT in 15 games.

    Kaep: Comp: 60.5% 3369yds 19TDs 10 INT in 16 games

    Looks like your boy Kaepernick isn’t fairing as well in comparison. Even if Smith isn’t throwing TDs to WRs. “Im amazed” at your lack of knowledge.

  14. Alex has no sense of his own place in 49ers’ history. The dismantling of the Marricuci era 49ers (they were in the playoffs his last year with the team) which led to the train wreck that was the Dennis Erickson era for a couple years which resulted in Alex being selected #1 by the Niners in 2005.

  15. Im amazed” at your lack of knowledge.

    Fact is, Smith threw 0 touchdowns to receivers. Zip. Zero. Nada.

    He’s the definition of a game manager at best. And I’m not a 49er fan, or a CK fan. You don’t have to prove to me that your QBs are equally terrible.

  16. I know that everyone keeps hammering Smith for not throwing a TD to a WR last year, but I’d still take him over kaepernick. Running QBS just don’t work at the NFL level. Sure, they’ll burn you every once in a while, but in the NFL the defensive players are too damn big and fast and the coaches are too damn smart. Just like with the wildcat fad, running QBs had success for exactly ONE year until HCs and DCs figured out how to stop them. I’d take Alex “game manager” Smith every time over Colin “air mail, worm burner” Kaepernick and his sloppy play. Fads come and go, but in the NFL, pocket passers are here to stay.

  17. Dogsweat says:
    Jul 15, 2015 2:11 PM
    CK7 is the best QB the league and San Francisco will play the Super Bowl in their backyard.
    ******************
    Yes, the Niners will be playing the Superbowl in their backyard.. watching it on rented big screen TVs.

  18. Yeah, you say that about the 49ers, but last offseason everyone was talking about how bad the Cowboys looked, and they made the playoffs.

    Not saying it’s going to happen with the 49ers this year, and no, I am not going to put money on happening either, BUT, it’s the offseason! Panic when they go 0-4! Not now!

  19. Fact is, Smith threw 0 touchdowns to receivers. Zip. Zero. Nada.

    He’s the definition of a game manager at best. And I’m not a 49er fan, or a CK fan. You don’t have to prove to me that your QBs are equally terrible.
    ______________________________

    I wont argue that Smith is a “game manager” in the end that’s what a QB does. Puts you in situations to win, Smith isn’t flashy but his style of play puts the team in the position to win more often than not.

    Though the fact you hinge so strongly to 0 TDs to WR as your basis seems odd with someone with no horse in this. Especially with what seems to be a Tavaris Jackson handle, ironic.

  20. Alex has no TDs to receivers last year a fate not even myself could have accomplished if given a chance to just throw it in there. He shouldn’t be talking about anyone another than about how he is a bust. #GoNiners #NobodyhasitbetterthanUS

  21. You never left the 49ers, they kicked you out in favor of Kaepernick (which is saying something). Smith is garbage who can’t throw the ball outside the hashes, check the “Zero TD’s to WRs” stat.

  22. It’s aamazing how many people have no clue about the 9ers we went 8 and 8 last year without Willis ,Bowman,Williams,Dorsey,half our corners Kilgore,Anthony Davis,Aldon Smith for almost the whole season all those guys except 2 are back we lost Smith but replaced him the Dockett,Torrey Smith is better than Crabtree and still had injured players we drafted that didn’t even hit the field yet that will be fighting for jobs this year good luck with everyone who thinks we are in trouble because a storms brewing!! NINER4LIFE!!!

  23. “malab377 says:Jul 15, 2015 2:35 PM

    When Wilson will sign his $28M fully guaranteed money/year God approved contract, the NFC West will look like :
    1- Arizona
    2- St-Louis
    3- Seattle
    4- San Francisco”

    LMAO!! That was too funny! Good funny joke!

  24. Not a 9’ers fan, but that team from 2012 had tremendous young talent.When Harbaugh came on board and showed them how to win, I thought they would pick up a ring or two within the window.One of the worst GM flops I have seen in a long time.Moot point, but I bet the core of good players who “retired” would not have done so if Mr. Khaki was still there.

  25. Smith’s YPA was the same as Brady. I think the “No TD’s to a WR” thing had a lot more to do with the WRs.
    But don’t let the facts get in the way of your jealousy.

  26. dawgman66 says:
    Jul 15, 2015 3:27 PM

    It’s aamazing how many people have no clue about the 9ers we went 8 and 8 last year without Willis ,Bowman,Williams,Dorsey,half our corners Kilgore,Anthony Davis,Aldon Smith for almost the whole season all those guys except 2 are back we lost Smith but replaced him the Dockett,Torrey Smith is better than Crabtree and still had injured players we drafted that didn’t even hit the field yet that will be fighting for jobs this year good luck with everyone who thinks we are in trouble because a storms brewing!! NINER4LIFE!!!
    ______________________________

    How much do you think game planning had to do with that? Harbaugh/Roman/Fangio had to adjust to the players that were stepping up for injured players.

    Notice how Roman went away from screens when they went from Smith to Kaepernick due to Kaeps lack of touch on short passes. The long ball Kaeps forte couldn’t be utilized because of pure possession receivers. There was no talent on the offensive end, because Baalke in his tenure has gone heavy on defense thus the depth but flopped on offense.

    If you think a DL Coach has more offensive knowledge than Harbaugh/Roman. And Geep Chryst who worked UNDER Harbaugh/Roman is an upgrade. Theres a bridge a stadium in Santa Clara Id like to sell you, oh wait Jed beat me to it.

    Not to mention Mangini who replaced one of the top DCs in Fangio. Mangini was so good they had him coaching TEs.

  27. Cardinals are the next team to implode. That smoke and mirrors Arians is using can only take them so far. The wheels are starting to come off there, as well. Montgomery Burns Palmer can’t stay healthy and is a middle tier qb anyway…Fitzgerald is getting old…losing defense players and coaches to other teams…they’ll vie with the Niners for 6-10/7-9 while the Seahawks win the division followed closely by the wildcard Rams.

  28. You can always tell a Gantt article by how salty the last sentence is.

  29. The number of people calling for 3-4 wins. It’s hysterical how there’s so many people who know absolutely nothing about football.

    How does a team with stiff competition at virtually every position go 3-4 wins? How does the 17 overall in the draft sit the first season or minimally play on a team destined for 3-4 wins?

    This is still a talented team. Sorry guys, but the 49ers are not done yet.

  30. This is what happens when you have a few Crybaby
    players get together, Bitch and Moan, and cause the loss of a Good Coach and total collapse of a team!
    Players have no business making policy and it is true that one Bad Apple can spoil the whole bunch.
    It is also a shame Harbaugh didn’t have a GM with the backbone to stand up for him, and thinks he knows more about Football than his Coaches.
    A sad case of an owner letting the tail Wag the Dog.
    I feel Sorry for the 49er fans.

  31. tjacks7,

    And how many TD’s did you throw to a WR last year? Last ten years? High School? Ever?

    San Fran is in a tailspin and may not recover for a decade…but you’re right, CK did throw a TD to a WR. Congrats.

  32. I just want the season to start. The Niners still have a lot of talent. Not a lot of it has played together, so we don’t know how they will work. They could be a solid team or really bad. I still have faith and I’m a believer in Kaepernick, so who knows. Speculating is pointless though, we have no idea how any team will be until the season starts and the players strap it up.

  33. Alex Smith should take a look at the Seattle Sea Squawk roster, and see how many players are gone from their team that won the Super Bowl just 2 years ago. Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Zach Miller, Brandon Browner, Red Bryant, Breno Giacomini, James Carpenter, Max Unger, Byron Maxwell, Clinton McDonald, Malcolm Smith, Chris Clemons, Michael Bowie, Heath Farwell, Percy Harvin, Jeron Johnson, Paul McQuistan, Michael Robinson, O’Brien Schofield, and Walter Thurmond. Many of these were starters, and many played in one or both Super Bowls. If he realizes that, he won’t be surprised by the turnover in SF. Even the New England Patriots have lost quite a few players after winning the Super Bowl. The Raven lost 9 starters after winning their Super Bowl 3 years ago.

  34. Meanwhile the Vikings have quietly been building a
    Young, Hungry team with 7, 1st round picks in 4 years
    A Young Franchise QB they stole in the end of the 1st round when many had him 1st player off the board.
    Speed at receiver and aggressive young defense.
    plus the most Dynamic new Head Coach in the NFL
    The 49ers need to learn what Minnesota has done, stagger the high pay contracts at staggered years to keep
    key players within the cap.
    I advise SF to do the same, instead of having all those contracts coming due in 1 or 2 years. Plus have mentors like Greenway to teach his replacement for 2-3 years..
    Good Luck..

  35. Niners have had a rocky offseason, but they geez, let them play a few games under the coach before we determine that they are terrible. Every year “experts” know exactly how the season is going to turn out and predict the outcome of every game. I did better in my office pool when I just used my own judgement instead of the “expert” picks which were so awful.

    I follow the 49ers pretty closely and I don’t think they will be anywhere near as bad as what people here are saying. If a few of the many, many young players they have from recent large drafts become good players, they will be fine.

    And, sorry, I’d still rather have the team I root for be 5-1 in superbowls than 1-2 with a more recent win.

  36. Hey at least they have Darnell Dockett. hahahaha that guy made a big mistake, but he will never admit it. Hope the extra money you wouldnt be making was worth it.

  37. The Niners fans are still whining about losing a Super Bowl that they didn’t win ,even with a little help from the “league light switch operator”. Now they cry about a front office that hasn’t switched the lights on. They chose to go with a QB whose 15 minute of fame has passed. Defenses have adjusted to his style of play. The Ravens had him hemmed in in SB 47 until Haloti Gnata got hurt. The Niners made a run then because the momentum of the Ravens was slowed by the “lights out” delay and the loss of Gnata. Kaep still was not able to pull it off for the Niners. Despite Alex Smith’s lack of TD’s to WRs last year, the 49ers would be better off with him now than with Kaepernick. The NFL- Not For Long- makes adjustments and Kaep is doomed.

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