Top Five Teams that Alex Smith Could Play for Next Year

By Jason Buettner
November 27, 2012 12:23 am
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Last year was an impressive turn-around for Alex Smith.  He was once looked at as a first round bust that no matter who the coach was, he was doomed to lead the 49er's to failure. Enter Jim Harbaugh, under his tutelage, Smith led the 49er's to a NFC West title, and one game away from a Super Bowl.

However, due to Smith's injury, back-up rookie Colin Kaepernick has gotten the start the last two games, and has proven he is a dynamic quarterback that gives the 49er's the ability to open their playbook. Kaepernick is 2-0 and has shown he has plenty of velocity and accuracy on his throws as well as, the ability to use his legs to to make plays.  Making him a much more dynamic quarterback than Smith.

Smith, (and this is not a knock) is considered a safe passer.  He doesn't try to force throws or take chances down-field unless there's a sure thing.  He is a nice quarterback to have granted he has an amazing offensive line (like the 49ers) and a complimentary running game.  He has shown he can keep teams in games and be a leader and winner.

Before his injury, Smith was fifth in the NFL with a quarterback rating of 104.1 while tossing 13 touchdowns and only five interceptions, while completing an incredible 70 percent of his passes.

With Kaepernick's emergence, it's assumed that Smith will be looking for employment elsewhere.

Here ar the five teams that could use Smith's services.

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2 years ago
Smith to Philadelphia is the most unrealistic thing I've ever read. There is no way in hell he ever lands in Philly unless he's a back up. They would never risk bringing in a historically bad QB when the city is already livid.
2 years ago

Actually, as unrealistic as it may be, it
d be a smart change of pace. A new coach might lobby for Smith seeing as how his ball protection skills have become top notch. A coach could see it as a change of pace from Vick throwing INTs and fumbling constantly, and use Smith as a game manager and let LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown carry the game.
2 years ago

True, but the city of Philadelphia would hang whatever coach brings in Smith. Won't happen. Thankfully haha
2 years ago
He should just go ahead and stay away from KC.. I could see him in Arizona or Jacksonville though..
2 years ago

They both would make sense. I would honestly like to see him get traded to Arizona, but inner-division trades rarely happen.
2 years ago
Down the road in Oakland could be a possibility. It is unlikely Palmer will be back. The move to Arizona would be a good fit. Fitzgerald deserves to be with a quarterback that can get him the ball consistently.
2 years ago
Smith is basically a better version of Cassel. If Pioli isn't canned I'm betting he goes after Smith because, well, Pioli is an idiot. But if Clark Hunt cleans house like he shoud, KC will stay far away from a guy who was only 1 strong season away from being on street.
2 years ago
Jacksonville and Kansas are realistic. He should stay in San Francisco, but he likely will bail as soon as he gets the chance.
2 years ago
I am confuissed when did Smith actually become a decent qb? He is still terrible. He has finally put together one good season (2011) and he is suppose to be legit. He is the exact same QB every one of these teams already have on the roster. He is a system friendly QB whose running game and defense carry him.
2 years ago

Not saying he is awesome, but due to the turn-around and his recent decent play, it makes him an attractive commodity. I think coaches and GM's have the "what have you done for me lately" mentality, and Smith would fit that. He will need a defense, running game, and good OL to carry him, I for sure agree with that.
2 years ago
vick is poop alex would make this team 5times better
2 years ago
What about Minnesota? Ponder is terrible. The Vikes could trade him for a seventh rounder and pick up Smith to manage the offense with the best RB in the game.
2 years ago
he should go to the Cowboys because Romo is nomo
2 years ago

Another good fit would be the Cowboys...
2 years ago

I thought about that, but I heard they are going to offer Romo an extension. Which is totally insane!
2 years ago
Alex will never be traded to AZ simply because the Cards play in the same division. Best bet Alex stays as backup, since Niners most likely to go to SB in the future because other teams are rebuilding.
2 years ago

Also not a bad option. I really should have made it clear if he gets dealt out of SF. Your right, inner-division trade dealings rarely happen, but if it did he would be a better option than what they have. Problem AZ would have to address though is the offensive line so Smith doesn't get killed.
2 years ago
ALex smith is gone he's to prideful to be sit behind a young up and coming stud like colin. if he was smart he'd get the rings he could not get and ride off into the sunset a champion
2 years ago
Smith is not, basically, a bad QB...he's just a limited one. He cannot throw long nor is he particularly accurate. But he can be a decent West Coast style QB. If nothing else he is very smart and resilient and has very good football sense
2 years ago

As a Life long niner fan, we've seen it all but there no excuse for Smith's BUST performance. To use the coaching staff as a crutch for the way he played is absurd! Thumbs up for the turn around, but HE WAS NEVER A REAL PLAY MAKER IN THE NFL. His check down is always his way of bailing out of making a play. 1 season doesnt make him a great quarterback. Jags and chiefs are the only realistic choices. Giving they even want his a$$
2 years ago

Well, I can't really disagree with your view. Maybe I'm just making excuses for Smith because I hate to see a guy lose his job due to an injury and because I'm letting the fact that he's a nice (and loyal) guy cloud my view. He'll do ok with money somewhere (he has good stats on paper)so I shouldn't feel soprry for him, I guess. Not sure Harbaugh has handled thuis well, however
2 years ago

Not disagreeing with the idea that Smith is only mediocre to above average. However, with the turnaround last year and the start he was off to, I don't see him wanting to sit on the bench. I feel he's going to get dealt, particularly because SF tried to get P. Manning, and with Kaepernick seemingly decent (in a short span of time at least), I think he gets dealt. I think if the Jags can improve the OL and resign Jones-Drew, it's not a bad place to go and kill the rest of his career.
2 years ago
What about SF??? Kaepernick could get injured, bomb out at some point, or they could just be smart and look at what happened to the Bears, Steelers and Colts when their starters missed games. That's why the Skins took TWO QBs in the last draft.
2 years ago
Alex Smith would be agreat fit in Minnesota. Ponder is not as good as I thought he would be. But he would have the best running back in the NFL to hand off too.
2 years ago
Yea ya gotta hate a top 5 QB, with only one (1) GREAT 2011 season, with 13TD to 5 ITs; whose SF Organization has put together a balance O with both Run & pass. And some how that makes ALEX a bad QB because he stayed the course, proved himself in 2011...gets injured, then losses his job, REALLY, Jason Whitlock nailed it 3 weeks ago, HARBAUGH classless!!! I hope ALEX gives the org two middle fingers!!!
2 years ago
Alex Smith got screwed!! End of story
2 years ago

know what can really know what's going on in that locker room. Maybe it's an extra week's rest, maybe they want to see what this rookie has. Either way everyone knows he's not better than Smith. Let's see how this thing plays out. I doubt the kick Smith out the door.
2 years ago
Before I even read the article, gotta congratulate you on the number of reads and comments you have here.
2 years ago
A 1-2 year deal in Philly would be interesting... that would be something if he wound up in Arizona, as well. Interesting read, congrats and good job.
2 years ago

Thank you very much, appreciated.
2 years ago
No way Smith goes to Philly, but Arizona I think is a realistic landing spot for Smith. Makes perfect sense and could take Fitz back to the top of the pack agian. I see this happening next season.

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