What Would Buddy Do?
And what if Kevin Kolb is Alex Smith? WHAT THEN???
Posted on November 13th, 2007 at 3:07 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

he actually wears the clown hat in his press conferencesAttended a wholly unremarkable imitation NFL football game at Qwest Field last night. The hometown Nerdbirds prevailed, but all I noticed was just how absolutely terrible the 49ers were.

I suppose you can’t expect you’re going to play well just days after the coach’s Dad (and franchise icon) passes away, but the Niners just didn’t look like they had enough to compete. I suppose Nate Clements played okay, and Frank Gore had a couple nice runs, but past that, there just wasn’t much there. I kept an eye on Michael Lewis, but he was decent at best — certainly nothing extraordinary.

The biggest takeaway for me was just how hopeless Alex Smith looked at quarterback. You know things aren’t too rosy when your coach pulls you in favor of a wide receiver on third-and-four inside your own ten. They might call it an innovative strategy in a tight situation, but it sure looked like a desperation/ no-confidence-in-the-starter move to me.

I bring this up as a caution to those in the local community who might bray for Kevin Kolb to take over the starting job. Even number-one-overall picks can be duds. Right now, Alex Smith looks like a dud. Are we really ready to move past Donovan McNabb, who is at worst a top-12 NFL quarterback? He was 12th in DPAR coming into the Redskins game, and posted the second-highest DPAR for QBs in the Washington game (only Brett Favre was better this week). Bob Ford, you ape, are you listening?

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