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That about wraps up the Alex Smith era in SF. Guess you could say they drafted the wrong QB that year.
SMITH LANDS ON IR
Posted by Mike Florio on September 10, 2008, 2:17 p.m. EDT
Less than two days after quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ career with the Packers unofficially began, quarterback Alex Smith’s career with the 49ers is unofficially over.
The team has announced that Smith has been placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury suffered in practice on Friday.
Recently, G.M. Scot McGloughan acknowledged that, if Smith isn’t the starter in 2009, the team won’t be able to justify keeping Smith and his $9.625 million base salary.
The Niners were considering both Smith and Rodgers in April 2005. When they chose Smith with the first overall pick, Rodgers commenced a 23-spot free fall, landing in Green Bay with the 24th overall selection.
Meanwhile, the Niners might be feeling some regrets about passing on Rodgers, who looked like an established veteran against the Vikings.
And the list of other teams that might be having second thoughts about not drafting Rodgers likely includes the Vikings, who had not one but two cracks at Rodgers. Instead, they took Troy Williamson at No. 7 and Erasmus James at No. 18.
Question: Where are they now?
Answer: Don’t waste your time looking for them on the Minnesota roster.
Last edited by BadMoFo; 09-10-2008 at 02:02 PM..
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Smith needed a strong organization if he was going to be successful. Right now, the 49ers are pretty broken, and they're blame-shifting by pointing the finger at the young guy who's been hurt a couple of times now.
Also, Henne looked pretty good for the Dolphins this summer. Bill Parcells is an OK judge of talent.
Finally, bad drafting kills any team. But you draft a guy for your system - they've changed systems each year on Smith - no wonder he hasn't panned out.
Hopefully all of these injuries are showing Mr. Goodell that adding another regualr season game is a poor idea. If anything, they should subtract a game or give everyone 2 bye weeks instead of one. The season could be 18 weeks and everyone could still play 16 games.