It seems, in all likelihood that the Alex Smith era is coming to a close in San Francisco.
In what seems to be an all-but-done deal, Smith is heading off to KC in exchange for the tidy sum of the 34th overall pick this year and a mid-level pick in 2014. Certainly a nice haul from the Niners’ POV.
So, the Niners clear the way for the Colin Kaepernick reign and remove the last of any bad blood over Smith’s removal mid-season. Smith gets a clean start with a new club and the chance to leave on relatively good terms with the Niner fans who have in large part warmed to him over the last two seasons.
As I’ve yet to see anything resembling a serious and lucid argument for keeping Smith as the starter, and keeping him as the backup against his wishes would destroy the
The only party who really took a risk here is KC. Two second round picks is not what you give up for a stopgap QB. They clearly want Smith to be more than a Nick Foles or Kevin Kolb type of guy.
So what do we make of Smith’s tenure? Well, the numbers themselves weren’t impressive. When not injured, Smith spent the better part of his career trying to overcome his own offensive coordinators. When he finally got into Harbaugh’s offense he was able to win games, but even that seemed to be more of a matter of just not screwing things up and letting the system work its magic.
But where we should appreciate Smith, whether we cheered him on (I did a few times) or booed him (I did that a lot more,) is for his perseverance. The guy endured what was pretty much the worst stretch of 49er football we have ever seen and he came out the other end only slightly worse for the wear.
Even when he did eventually give up his job and leave town, he had to do so kicking and screaming, and that speaks to his character.
So Alex Smith, thank you for your commitment, loyalty and resiliency. It wasn’t always pretty, but there were some great moments.
Now take your tiny hands, weak arm and horrible touch and get the hell out of town. We’ve got a Super Bowl to win here.