Being a successful NFL QB is a rare thing. Retreads and first-timers both fail in huge numbers.
1st year: Very bad
2nd year: Fitz like year
3rd year: Very bad
4th year: Didnt play
5th year: Fitz like year
6th year: same as the 5th year
7th and 8th year: Enter Harbaugh and a monster team that has a defense that only allows 14 points per game on average and a running offense with safe passes to recievers with no one around them for 5 yards or more. Smith didnt have to do anything and any QB would have prevailed in that system.
So he improved when Harbaugh came in big deal. The rest of his years were either worse then Fitz or equal to Fitz.... there was no "steady" improvement there.
Just wanted to tweak your thread title a little:
Do what ever it takes to get Alex Smith to sign with Arizona (or the Jets or KC)
Anybody but us. Take another team off the market for drafting a QB.
Heck, let's have Arizona sign Fitzpatrick (his wife and children live in Phoenix) and have Jacksonville sign Alex Smith.
Then we only have to fight with KC and maybe the Jets in the 2nd round for a QB.
2014 Mock Draft
Trade down and take Zach Martin, OT/OG
Sammy Watkins, WR / Mike Evans, WR
Odell Beckham, WR / Donte Moncrief, WR
Gabe Jackson, OG / Joel Bitonio, OT/OG
Chris Borland, ILB / Preston Brown, ILB
Martavis Bryant, WR - Clemson
Antone Exum, DB - Vtech
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB - EIU
Kevin Norwood, WR - Alab
Terrance West, RB - Towson
Keep drafting QBs. Fill the pipeline.
We need alex smith
Trent Dilfer says Tebow is a completely different QB. And he has a ring.
Disagree. I dont believe Smith to be much more then Fitz. I wouldnt do "whatever it takes" to get him. If he came cheap then sure. If he costs high draft picks and high salary cap hit then hell no.
Instead of "do whatever" to get Alex Smith it should be "do whatever" to get a QB period. The Seahawks signed Flyn last year but did that stop them from drafting a QB? I say fine go after Smith and you know what draft a QB in the second round also. A lot of their production is going to depend on our coaching staff regardless but the best thing we can do is get as much talent as possible.
Trading for Alex Smith=Bills history repeating itself a la Drew Bledsoe.
he will have a chance to go anywhere he wants to and that doesnt look good for buffalo !
"STILL NEED A FRANCHISE QB "