The San Francisco 49ers are currently 0-5 and have looked horrible compiling that record. But, as president and owner Jed York told us the other day, the 49ers are going to win the NFC West. Since York said it, it must be true. So who will be leading the Niners to NFC West-based glory?
Right now, it’s not even certain that head coach Mike Singletary will survive the season, and the team’s inept offense has already cost offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye his job. Luckily for the 49ers they’ve got a pair of former No. 1 overall picks to choose from at the quarterback position. What could go wrong?
Alex Smith is San Francisco’s starting quarterback right now, but reports say he’s “on a short leash.” How did that happen? I mean the former No. 1 pick in the 2005 NFL Draft has put up…um…numbers this season (sorry couldn’t think of an adjective to describe his stats). Smith has completed 118-of-190 passes (62.1 percent) for 1,229 yards, six touchdowns and nine interceptions. That puts him at a 71.6 quarterback rating. The funny part? That’s actually a full two point improvement over his career rating (69.6).
The only comparison I can make is that Alex Smith is like America’s economy, not as ridiculously horrible as it was, maybe even improving slightly, but unemployment is still at 10 percent.
Niners fans have been calling for Smith to sit in favor of the No. 1 pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, David Carr. The 31-year-old Carr is in his ninth year out of Fresno State and his career numbers look like this: 1,346-for-2,251 (59.8 percent), for 14,366 yards, 65 touchdowns, 70 interceptions and a 75.2 quarterback rating.
So, uh, yeah those are San Francisco’s choices. Or, they can tank the season and hope that Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck comes out in the 2011 NFL Draft, so that they can add another No. 1 pick at quarterback.