QB Shuffle

Some 49ers fans momentarily rejoiced when David Carr came into the game and wasn’t called
right back. This time Alex Smith wasn’t benched, he was injured but the results were disastrous. Fans everywhere who support Alex Smith will say anyone who chanted for Carr got what they wanted and can see he is not the answer. They would be right. But does that mean Alex Smith is the answer? They were 1-5 before he got hurt right? Haven’t been to the playoffs since he was drafted. Haven’t finished above .500 since he was drafted. No, Alex Smith is clearly not the answer either. No word yet on the severity of Smith’s injury so David Carr may end up starting in London next week against Denver. If the play calls there are anything like they were today against Carolina then why bother? If the coaches don’t
trust Carr then why keep him on the team? Release him, Troy Smith is a capable backup and fill in starter if necessary. He might turn out to be a full time starter, no one really knows since the kid hasn’t had much of a chance yet in the NFL. Releasing Carr would also allow Nate Davis to rejoin the team as the third quarterback and he could stop playing linebacker or whatever position they have him at now on the practice squad.

Mike Singletary will not be back next year. If Alex Smith’s injury is serious and he misses several games or possibly the season he definitely will not be back next year. The 49ers had better see what they have in either Troy Smith or Nate Davis while they have the chance. The way things are going the 49ers will no doubt have a top 5 pick in next years draft, possibly top 3 and even #1. Do they really want to throw another rookie QB to the wolves like they did Alex Smith?

On a positive side, Offensive Coordinator Mike Johnson called some great plays in the first half.
They got Gore and Westbrook on the field at the same time. Got rookie Anthony Dixon involved as well. Of course Dixon and Westbrook had negative yards on their carries. By the second half however, the entire offense outside of Frank Gore was inconsistent which is really the story of the season. The team didn’t get inside the 10 yard line of the Panthers after their opening drive ,which was a thing of beauty, but one great drive isn’t going to win many games. They only play the Raiders once a year, and thank God it wasn’t this week! Another positive to this loss is that having a high draft pick might help the team lure a better coach. Seeing as the team already has established weapons at various positions, a great coach and QB could put this team over the top. This is the NFC West after all.

So what will turn this team around? Any hope for this year? Mike Singletary said they will make
the playoffs. What say you?


I have eaten, slept and breathed the 49ers since I knew what football was. Favorite all time players are Steve Young and Jerry Rice, even got to see Rice go into the HOF. I try to bring different perspectives to 49ersnews.com in hopes of sparking some debates in Niner Nation about whats best for the team. Hope everyone enjoys them and if not then comment and tell me why! GO NINERS!
  • Chirs

    The team was moving the ball with Alex Smith at QB. No turnovers with in at QB in 2 games, until he got hurt and if you believe that we would have still lost this game if he doesn’t get hurt you are a fool. Alex would have one the game if he was on the field. He would have played smart with the lead and put is in that situation. The Panthers D did not respect Carr’s arm at all. Why should they’ve. My 9 y/o son can throw futher than he did yesterday. The stacked the box with 9 men and run blitz the entire second half.

    With all that being said, I don’t even blame David for the loss. The blame should go on one person. Anthony Davis (RT). He just sucked yesterday. False starts, getting beat on almost every play and just not hustling. He just seemed lazy out there to me. No heart at all. His missed block got Alex hurt. Well that and Dixon not picking up the blitz. I even told my wife that, I hope this is a run because Frank wasn’t in for blitz pick up. I blame the coaching staff for that too.

    Lets face it Niner fans we have 9 more games to watch this season. We can hope for the best and look forward to a high pick again. Maybe we can get Andew Luck or another top QB. Even if we don’t get # 1 pick it is easier to move up to # 1 when you are trading the # 5 pick.

    • Josh

      not many points either though

  • BRING IN JEFF GARCIA

    When I say bring back Garcia, we need to go down to Nebraska, or wherever he's playing in that league and get him aboard this season. I feel like Jeff would play his heart out and save the season for us! I'm not thinking he will win the superbowl, but I think he can make a season out of it for us! We have nothing to lose, the fans would love it(The True Fans on here), and it would boost moral and we have nothing to lose at this point. Someone send this idea to the 49ers fron office! This is not a crazy idea, I dont see why people would not want to try this. Jeff is old according to fooball standards I think 38 or 39, but he has skills and hes a 49er fan, this team was his team growing up! I think we should try him for this season and next and also draft a QB in this years draft, jeff can teach the young QB skills and give him experience. I feel like was let go prematurly back in 04' and so was T.O. and we would have #6 if we didnt get rid of him, and I think Garcia has some unfinished business with the 49ers, it will work haters!!!!

    • Josh

      he'd at least be a great qb

  • BRING IN JEFF GARCIA

    I KNOW CHRIS, IT CANT HAPPEN. GO TO YOUR COWBILLY BLOG, WE HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE AND THIS COULD WORK FOR US! THIS WILL WORK! WE NEED TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX NOW!

    • Chirs

      Dude, I don’t know where you get the cowbilly shit from. I have been a Ninner fan longer back when you were swimming around in your dad balls.

      I like the idea of getting Gracia back. The guy can play. The problem is that this is a poorly runned orgainization. the Yorks have fuck this team over and over again. Eddie has to be so pissed off right now.

      We need to start looking forward to what we have. That is a very good team that is very young with a lot of talent with the exception of QB. Also this team is very poorly coached from the top down. Sing needs to be fired after the season and we need a strong QB that will lead the team. I love Alex. I think that he is a great guy, but the team as a whole set him up for failure and those scars aren’t healing.

      Bring in an offensive minded coach and sign a VET QB or get one of those high picks. If we get a high QB pick, resign Alex to help the kid out. Everyone says that he can be a good back up why not keep the guy in that role.

      With that being said. I would trade our first pick for Kolb. We are going to use it on a QB anyways, might as well get one that we know can play the damn game. Philly has made it clear that Vick is there guy after the bye week so that means Kolb is going the be shopped after the season. If I was running the team it is an easy trade. Our number one for kolb.

  • josh meeker

    LOL yeah Jeff Garcia would be a welcome sight in the Bay at this point. I wouldnt mind it, of course the 9ers would be the butt of a lot of jokes-but arent they anyway right now? And I wasnt blaming yesterdays game on Alex, but he is the franchise QB and the franchise hasnt accomplished much with him therem regardless of whose fault it is. I really do NOT want David Carr out there either. Sounds like Singletary doesnt either, we shall see.

  • Joe s.

    Well alex smith is done for the season, he wont be resigned next year, so put him on the IR. Carr is not the answer, and Troy Smith never had a strong arm, so now they have to bring up and put in Nate Davis, he may not practice well but the kid plays his heart out on gameday. It’s time to see what hes got before we spend another high pick on another quarterback, Nate Davis has a great arm and good accuracy, and 3/4 of the playbook is what 750 plays, and you go into a game with 108. I like those odds a lot better plus people would want to watch him play, because they cannot cheat 8 to 9 guys in the box, cause he can toss it 80 yards.

  • BRING IN JEFF GARCIA

    Garcia is one of the most underated QB's in history. Bring him back before it's too late! GARCIA GARCIA GARCIA! WE NEED TO LET THE ORGINIZATION KNOW THIS IS WHAT THE FANS WANT, NOT THE IMPORSTERS ON HERE, BUT THE TRUE FANS. BRING IN GARCIA BEFORE THE EAGLES SIGN HIM. THERES TALK IN OMAHA HES SHOPPING THE EAGLES AND THE FANS ARE LIVID. BRING IN GARCIA, HE COULD SAVE THE SEASON OR BRING US TO THE BIG SHOW BY NEXT SEASON! i'M TELLING YA, IT WILL WORK, WE HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE! GARCIA! GARCIA, GARCIA!!!!!!!

  • BRING IN JEFF GARCIA

    EVERYONE TELL THE ORGINIZATION THIS IS WHAT WE WANT!

  • Joe s.

    And another thing, get Mike Johnson out of the booth and get him on the sideline, the WR coach should be up there, he is not Jimmy Raye, he needs to talk directly to Nate Davis, this is the coaching shake up that needs to happen. He needs to talk directly to you and the offense and to see them on the sideline, plus plays will get in even faster.

  • ninerfaithful

    Garcia Garcia are you kidding me !!! Nate Davis or TROY Smith deserves a true shot ….. i cant wait until sunday niners in london