Yes, definite upgrade and we can win with him
No, he's not much of an upgrade over Sanchez
Anyway, not opposed to Smith, but I think Sanchez and Smith are rather redundant players, both were blue chip draft picks, both have struggled to launch their NFL career, the only reason Smith has had some success is because it took him 5 years to do it, Sanchez hasn't gotten there yet, people who want Smith over Sanchez, are forgetting the first 4 years of Smith's career.
I'd also be very much for a Matt Flynn pick-up.
Fine with Smith or Flynn or whatever.
This whole Sanchez is a mental weakling thing is sad. The kid was nearly maimed in the 1st half of the playoff game in Pittsburgh (that sack was vicious) and almost pulled off a huge comeback. He's beaten Brady in the playoffs in Boston (outplaying him). We love Flynn based on two or three games he subbed for Rodgers. But Sanchez was a hero here after his first 3 games in 09, that included a 3TD win over the Patriots...Going into this season he was either the leader (or high up) in comeback wins since joining the league. And yet truly, he looked fried and finished at seasons end, which goes to say 2 things:
1) We really ruined Sanchez. If he didn't develop or even regressed, the org has a lot to blame given the investments we made.
2) We have no idea how Smith or Flynn or whoever will deal with our media circus and lack of receivers who get separation and coordinators that can't design a play that gets someone open
3) I really hope before we find out the answer to 2, the new GM cleans house.
Very well put.Why? He's still got age on his side...really started to come into his own the last season and 1/2...could really benefit from a fresh start with a new team.
Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, et al are rare finds...odds are we will never get one. We can win a championship with a good, solid quarterback who doesn't turn the ball over, can complete more than 50% of his passes, and who is motivated to show the league that San Fran made a mistake in how the used them, and in letting them go.
I'll take him as a longer term option over an unproven entity (be it a Flynn, or a draft pick) any day. I'm sick of crossing my fingers and hoping someone is going to develop into something halfway decent.
HOWEVER. You give Smith Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill, a solid TE, and a new RB, things could be different.
My question on Alex Smith is two-fold: a) Can he play in NY during the months of December? There is a big difference playing on the West-Coast in those months. Some guys do not play well in cold weather. Sanchez was a GREAT example of that; b) Can he handle the NY media/fanbase. Destroyed Sanchez, but then again, it would destroy most QB's.
Voted no, but not saying he wouldn't be an upgrade, but he is not worth his salary either. I'd be happy going all out for Moore, until we can get a real franchise QB. I think we can win with him, and he might surprise some people.
Alex Smith is not the right guy for NY. He is nothing more than a Game manager. Id prefer Matt Moore for a year or two, or Matt flynn to come in and compete. Sanchez is gonna be here in 2013 if we cant trade him.