Avoiding the Next Alex Smith: San Francisco 49ers Must Play Hand They’re Dealt

March 3, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Alex Smith's hands measure 9.375" long. Although this isn't a ridiculously tiny measurement, it has (at times) been blamed for the first overall pick from 2005's tendencies to fumble over the years, as well as his inaccuracy.
Maybe Alex comes back next year, maybe he doesn't. Most fans can't see him stomaching another shower of boos, even if he did have a catch with newly landed head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Regardless, it's highly probable that the 49ers will draft at least one quarterback this April, and could very well bring in another passer via free agency or even trade.
Naturally, as the move at quarterback should speak volumes to the direction the franchise is headed, the goal should be rather obvious: don't waste another top pick on a quarterback likely to go bust.
Fans pretty much realize that Smith's situation in San Francisco is more to blame for his shortcomings than his average-sized mitts. Mike Nolan, a defense-minded coach, drafted Smith only to throw him ...

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