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(SFGate)   In what will in no way distract the team with six days until the Super Bowl, Alex Smith tells 49ers he wants to be released rather than traded   (blog.sfgate.com) divider line 109
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2013-01-28 03:41:34 PM
Seriously, Alex, I recognize that you got jobbed, but this couldn't wait until next week?

Bet his agent is losing some extra hair tonight.
 
2013-01-28 03:42:57 PM
The 49ers would be idiotic to release him instead of trying for a trade. If they wanted to be nice about it, they could ask him which places he would prefer to play, but like the article says...professional football isn't a sentimental business.
 
2013-01-28 03:43:20 PM
I don't really see that as a distraction. If he has to come in and wins as back-up (Colin injury), it'll be a trade.
 
2013-01-28 03:45:53 PM
Yeah, I'm sure it's a REAL surprise to the rest of the team that Alex Smith would much rather leave and try and get a starting gig elsewhere on his own terms. What a truly, completely unforeseen development.
 
2013-01-28 03:46:18 PM
Distraction? Everybody saw this coming months ago.
 
2013-01-28 03:46:52 PM
He's got business to take care of. At best he'll get a ring that people will forever attribute to Kaepernick and not to his performance before they showed him the bench. That's not exactly what a quarterback in the NFL dreams of, you know? He shut his mouth, took the demotion with class, and now he's looking after his future. There's not a player on the Niners that begrudges him that.

Personally, I hope he doesn't go to the Browns like they were intimating he might do. He'll get killed. He'd be better off staying with the Niners and taking a pay cut.
 
2013-01-28 03:48:29 PM
I hope the Jets release Revis and Cromartie and use all that money to sign Alex Smith, who will promptly lose the starting job to Tebow and then make snide remarks until Tebow shreds his ACL picking up a 3rd and 1 in a game they're losing by 30 points. Then they'll put Sanchez in, and Smith will hang himself in the bathroom.
 
2013-01-28 03:49:15 PM
memedepot.com

and I say that as a Niners fan who has long since tired of Babyhands Smith.
 
2013-01-28 03:51:46 PM
Predictable finish. Kapernicke gets injured in the 4th quarter, with the Niners leading, and with the first play Alex Smith hands the ball off...to Ray Lewis.

"MAH GAWD!!! IT'S A SWERVE!!! HE WAS A PART OF THE RAVENS ALL ALONG!"

or, maybe I spent too much time in the Royal Rumble thread.
 
2013-01-28 03:53:52 PM
Please don't the distract the men who are playing children's games for millions of dollars. It annoys the idiots who build their identities around cheering for a particular group of them.
 
2013-01-28 03:57:29 PM

Starhawk: Seriously, Alex, I recognize that you got jobbed, but this couldn't wait until next week?

Bet his agent is losing some extra hair tonight.


According to local sports talk, this came from his agent not Alex. Sports talk are pretty much saying "Well Bye"
 
2013-01-28 03:57:55 PM

The Muthaship: Please don't the distract the men who are playing children's games for millions of dollars. It annoys the idiots who build their identities around cheering for a particular group of them.


You are just adorable. Did you trip and fall into the sports tab, or just get lost and end up here?
 
2013-01-28 03:59:43 PM

Treygreen13: I hope the Jets release Revis and Cromartie and use all that money to sign Alex Smith, who will promptly lose the starting job to Tebow and then make snide remarks until Tebow shreds his ACL picking up a 3rd and 1 in a game they're losing by 30 points. Then they'll put Sanchez in, and Smith will hang himself in the bathroom.


Ok, that's pretty good.
 
2013-01-28 04:01:25 PM

EyeballKid: Predictable finish. Kapernicke gets injured in the 4th quarter, with the Niners leading, and with the first play Alex Smith hands the ball off...to Ray Lewis.

"MAH GAWD!!! IT'S A SWERVE!!! HE WAS A PART OF THE RAVENS ALL ALONG!"

or, maybe I spent too much time in the Royal Rumble thread.


You forgot ripping off his jersey to show a Ravens jersey underdeath, followed by a celebratory hug with Harbaugh (Ravens version)
 
2013-01-28 04:01:57 PM

The Muthaship: Please don't the distract the men who are playing children's games for millions of dollars. It annoys the idiots who build their identities around cheering for a particular group of them.


LOL.  While I don't share the same level of rancor, this is a pretty good analysis.
 
2013-01-28 04:04:29 PM

Representative of the unwashed masses: You forgot ripping off his jersey to show a Ravens jersey underdeath, followed by a celebratory hug with Harbaugh (Ravens version)


That would happen during his post-game interview, when fans are throwing trash on the field, and Alex Smith tells the Niners and their fans to stick it.
 
2013-01-28 04:04:31 PM

The Muthaship: Please don't the distract the men who are playing children's games for millions of dollars. It annoys the idiots who build their identities around cheering for a particular group of them.


Go threadjack somewhere else. You don't like sports? Fine, stay out of the discussion you tool.
 
2013-01-28 04:08:33 PM

The Muthaship: Please don't the distract the men who are playing children's games for millions of dollars. It annoys the idiots who build their identities around cheering for a particular group of them.


This has something to do with My Little Pony doesn't it?
 
2013-01-28 04:09:06 PM
Trade him for what he's worth. The NFL is a business.
 
2013-01-28 04:09:12 PM

ltdanman44: You don't like sports?


I used to love sports, I still like watching the games now and then. But, all the sh*t that has grown up around them pretty much sucks.
 
2013-01-28 04:09:20 PM

EyeballKid: Representative of the unwashed masses: You forgot ripping off his jersey to show a Ravens jersey underdeath, followed by a celebratory hug with Harbaugh (Ravens version)

That would happen during his post-game interview, when fans are throwing trash on the field, and Alex Smith tells the Niners and their fans to stick it.


That would honestly make for the best Super Bowl ever.
 
2013-01-28 04:16:32 PM

red5ish: Trade him for what he's worth. The NFL is a business.


That. Release him if you can't get a deal. Why would the Niners give up a valuable asset for nothing when they don't need to?
 
2013-01-28 04:18:03 PM
After Kaepernick throws 2 picks and fumbles on the run in the first half, things might change.
 
2013-01-28 04:18:40 PM
The Alex Smith situation is going to shove self-reporting of head trauma right back underground. Have symptoms and report them? Sure, but you'll lose your job.
 
2013-01-28 04:20:16 PM

WinoRhino: After Kaepernick throws 2 picks and fumbles on the run in the first half, things might change.


I think you're confusing Kaepernick for Smith.
 
2013-01-28 04:21:50 PM

borg: WinoRhino: After Kaepernick throws 2 picks and fumbles on the run in the first half, things might change.

I think you're confusing Kaepernick for Smith.


Or the 2012 Ravens D for the 2000 Ravens D.
 
2013-01-28 04:23:45 PM
Why would this be distracting? They probably asked for his preference since there's no way they're keeping him on the roster until his roster bonus hits.
 
2013-01-28 04:24:40 PM

IAmRight: EyeballKid: Representative of the unwashed masses: You forgot ripping off his jersey to show a Ravens jersey underdeath, followed by a celebratory hug with Harbaugh (Ravens version)

That would happen during his post-game interview, when fans are throwing trash on the field, and Alex Smith tells the Niners and their fans to stick it.

That would honestly make for the best Super Bowl ever.


He would then grab a microphone and rant about getting respect, as well as telling Kapernick that his arms are too short to box with god.
 
2013-01-28 04:25:09 PM

calm like a bomb: The Alex Smith situation is going to shove self-reporting of head trauma right back underground. Have symptoms and report them? Sure, but you'll lose your job.


He lost his job because he is a mediocre quarterback. The concussion just made it easier to replace him.
 
2013-01-28 04:25:55 PM

The Muthaship: ltdanman44: You don't like sports?

I used to love sports, I still like watching the games now and then. But, all the sh*t that has grown up around them pretty much sucks.


How old are you? The "shiat that has grown up around them" has been there throughout the whole modern era.
 
2013-01-28 04:29:09 PM
This is like the 3rd article I've read saying he will, but I have yet to see anything that says, HE HAS. Will he? Maybe it makes sense for him to do so but nobody has actually said it's happened, including this article. FFS get off of Alex's nuts.
 
2013-01-28 04:29:40 PM

bahamasorbust: He lost his job because he is a mediocre quarterback. The concussion just made it easier to replace him


After completing 70.2 percent of his passes and posting a 104.1 passer rating in nine starts in 2012

He wasn't exactly sucking by those numbers. What kind of numbers do you need to keep a starting job?
 
2013-01-28 04:36:34 PM
Come on over across the bay!
 
2013-01-28 04:38:07 PM

Representative of the unwashed masses: bahamasorbust: He lost his job because he is a mediocre quarterback. The concussion just made it easier to replace him

After completing 70.2 percent of his passes and posting a 104.1 passer rating in nine starts in 2012

He wasn't exactly sucking by those numbers. What kind of numbers do you need to keep a starting job?


Most those passes were under 8 yards. People who really know the game and have played the game say Keap is the better QB IMHO with Smith as QB the Niners are watching the Super Bowl from home on Feb 3rd.
 
2013-01-28 04:38:08 PM
I really hope he goes to Houston.
 
2013-01-28 04:38:32 PM
Send him to the Packers, we need a competent backup for Aaron Rodgers.

/maniacal laughter
 
2013-01-28 04:41:08 PM

Representative of the unwashed masses: bahamasorbust: He lost his job because he is a mediocre quarterback. The concussion just made it easier to replace him

After completing 70.2 percent of his passes and posting a 104.1 passer rating in nine starts in 2012

He wasn't exactly sucking by those numbers. What kind of numbers do you need to keep a starting job?


If you look at his historical numbers, he's a very distinctly meh QB. His best seasons dance around 200 yds/game, he doesn't have a particularly stellar TD/INT ratio, and he's injury prone judging by the games played numbers (some of that might be explained by benchings during poor seasons). Also, his completion percentage this year is much higher than any of his previous seasons, so there might be some reversion to the mean in future years. Honestly, I'm somewhat surprised he wasn't ousted earlier.
 
2013-01-28 04:45:41 PM
Teams where he makes sense:
Cleveland - they run/plan to run a west coast style O.
KC - they trade for QBs, they're AFC, and would be OK in a system that has decent runners.
JAC- they are in desperate need of a QB and have a power run game.

Teams who will NOT get him:
ARI - in division? Are you nuts?
BUF - too much money invested in Fitz.
NYJ - too much money invested in Sanchez.
 
2013-01-28 04:47:07 PM

GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve: How old are you? The "shiat that has grown up around them" has been there throughout the whole modern era.


Uh, modern era? It really wasn't until Michael Jackson was the halftime show in 1993 that the Super Bowl (and sports in general) really became the spectacle that it currently is. And I've been watching every Super Bowl since at least 1974. Before MJ, Up With People and marching bands were the most common entertainment for Super Bowl halftimes, and it was around that time that the rise of the Super Bowl commercial began to trump (in the minds of some) the game itself.

The modern era began a long time before the early 90s.
 
2013-01-28 04:49:35 PM
I'd like to see him end up in Minnesota.
 
2013-01-28 04:50:59 PM

Deneb81: BUF - too much money invested in Fitz.


Ha, thanks for the reminder about Fitzpatricks' lol-worthy contract.
 
2013-01-28 04:53:59 PM

EyeballKid: Predictable finish. Kapernicke gets injured in the 4th quarter, with the Niners leading, and with the first play Alex Smith hands the ball off...to Ray Lewis.

"MAH GAWD!!! IT'S A SWERVE!!! HE WAS A PART OF THE RAVENS ALL ALONG!"

or, maybe I spent too much time in the Royal Rumble thread.


or it could be a repeat of the LSU QB controversy during the LSU-Alabama national championship a few years ago in the superdome when the dual-QB system Les Miles get by using all season backfired horribly
 
2013-01-28 04:55:18 PM

The Crepes of Wrath: GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve: How old are you? The "shiat that has grown up around them" has been there throughout the whole modern era.

Uh, modern era? It really wasn't until Michael Jackson was the halftime show in 1993 that the Super Bowl (and sports in general) really became the spectacle that it currently is. And I've been watching every Super Bowl since at least 1974. Before MJ, Up With People and marching bands were the most common entertainment for Super Bowl halftimes, and it was around that time that the rise of the Super Bowl commercial began to trump (in the minds of some) the game itself.

The modern era began a long time before the early 90s.


The 1984 Apple ad was after 1993? Could have fooled me.

The Rockettes in '88, and New Kids on the Block in '91 don't qualify as 'a spectacle'? Or the couple shows Disney produced?
 
2013-01-28 04:56:50 PM
BOLD PREDICTION: this weekend, Kapernicke gets injured in the 4th quarter and they are ahead by 1 touchdown. The 49ers put in once starter QB, Alex Smith...and he throws it to Ray Lewis intentionally just for the LOLZ and flips off the rest of his team.


/I would die a happy man right then and there.
//oh man would that be f'ing hilarious.
 
2013-01-28 04:57:47 PM

Doogled: I'd like to see him end up in Minnesota.


He's not big enough upgrade over Ponder for the money he'd command AND the picks you'd have to give up. Maybe one or the other, but likely not both. I don't think it's likely.
 
2013-01-28 04:58:35 PM

Deneb81: The Crepes of Wrath: GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve: How old are you? The "shiat that has grown up around them" has been there throughout the whole modern era.

Uh, modern era? It really wasn't until Michael Jackson was the halftime show in 1993 that the Super Bowl (and sports in general) really became the spectacle that it currently is. And I've been watching every Super Bowl since at least 1974. Before MJ, Up With People and marching bands were the most common entertainment for Super Bowl halftimes, and it was around that time that the rise of the Super Bowl commercial began to trump (in the minds of some) the game itself.

The modern era began a long time before the early 90s.

The 1984 Apple ad was after 1993? Could have fooled me.

The Rockettes in '88, and New Kids on the Block in '91 don't qualify as 'a spectacle'? Or the couple shows Disney produced?


i'd say the '84 Apple ad, whitney houston's rendition of the national anthem in '91, and MJ in '93 shaped the modern superbowl as a spectacle

there's a lot of people who watch the superbowl just for the ads and halftime shows, i'd say more people remember nipple-gate than who won that superbowl
 
2013-01-28 04:59:10 PM

Deneb81: The Crepes of Wrath: GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve: How old are you? The "shiat that has grown up around them" has been there throughout the whole modern era.

Uh, modern era? It really wasn't until Michael Jackson was the halftime show in 1993 that the Super Bowl (and sports in general) really became the spectacle that it currently is. And I've been watching every Super Bowl since at least 1974. Before MJ, Up With People and marching bands were the most common entertainment for Super Bowl halftimes, and it was around that time that the rise of the Super Bowl commercial began to trump (in the minds of some) the game itself.

The modern era began a long time before the early 90s.

The 1984 Apple ad was after 1993? Could have fooled me.

The Rockettes in '88, and New Kids on the Block in '91 don't qualify as 'a spectacle'? Or the couple shows Disney produced?


Somewhat related, Wiki says that Superb Owl performers are not paid an appearance fee. Interesting.
 
2013-01-28 05:00:22 PM

Treygreen13: Deneb81: BUF - too much money invested in Fitz.

Ha, thanks for the reminder about Fitzpatricks' lol-worthy contract.


Yeah. The Pats have yet another season of just having to play .500 ball outside their division to cement a playoff spot again because of the 6 near-gimmies they get a year.
 
2013-01-28 05:22:46 PM
Someone gave me a spot in the Super Bowl pool. I didn't want to play but someone bought me a spot. I got 2-2.

It's like I'm not even playing after all.
 
2013-01-28 05:22:48 PM

The Muthaship: It annoys the idiots who build their identities around cheering for a particular group of them.


On the other hand, it provides ample opportunities for an entirely different set of idiots who build their identities around putting others down to practice their craft.
 
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