…What are “three things I don’t give a crap about,” Alex?
So the great QB shakeup that seemed very possible just a few days ago will not come to pass. Peyton Manning is going to Denver, Alex Smith is going back to the Niners, and Tim Tebow will most likely become northern Florida’s best-known NFL branded clothing salesman.
And now the worry is that Smith is going to feel betrayed and angry because the team took a run at Manning after saying for months that he was the guy. If that really is the case, and it really does affect the way Smith prepares and plays on Sundays next fall, then he is an even bigger candy-ass than Mike Nolan suggested.
Surely Smith realizes that he’s not Peyton Manning. He has to grasp that one of the best quarterbacks of this generation was on the market and showing interest in the team, and that they would be fools to not at least consider bringing him in.
I know Smith is said to have confidence issues, but he’s not delusional. After more than half a decade of frustrating play he can’t be that detached from reality to think his spot is locked down in the way an Aaron Rodgers’ or Tom Brady’s is.
It’s nice that cooler heads prevailed and they were able to make a deal out of this, but for Smith’s camp to let it carry on beyond this is just monumentally stupid and completely irrational.
Smith had a very good year, but he’s not an elite QB at this point. The team had a chance to upgrade, and they considered taking it. That’s how the NFL works. Of course, if Alex really wants to lock down some job security, he can go out next year and win a Super Bowl.