Singletary explains why he described Smith as ‘meek’

If you listen to coach Mike Singletary and offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye speak about Alex Smith, you never hear any mention about a need for the quarterback to improve his physical skills.   But there are other issues on which the coaching staff seems to focus. On Monday, Singletary said, “Alex is such a humble guy, a meek guy.” And on Thursday, Raye twice mentioned Smith’s need to gain confidence…

November 27, 2009

Smith’s QB play has ’tilted toward outstanding,’ says coordinator

Niners offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye speaks with the media every Thursday. Today, he let it be known exactly where he stands as it pertains to the question about the 49ers’ quarterback of the future.   Raye has been very impressed with Alex Smith’s play in the 4 ½ games in which he has been the starter. “The quarterback play has been very good and at times it has even titled…

November 26, 2009

No. 1 goal for 49ers in final six games

With six games remaining in the 49ers’ season, there are a lot of significant issues that face the team.   Playoffs? OK, the 49ers have a 4-6 record. It’s silly to even talk about the playoffs of this point.   The first big question that must be answered before the 49ers head into the offseason: Is Alex Smith the quarterback to lead this organization?

November 23, 2009

Revisiting the Smith, Rodgers visits

The two quarterbacks are forever linked. After 4 ½ seasons in the NFL, the past three weeks are the only times they have both been starters for their respective teams at the same time.   On Sunday, the 49ers face the Packers in a game with huge NFC playoff implications. The time seemed right to dredge up the 2005 draft again.   I went back into the archives to see…

November 17, 2009

Hill is starting QB . . . until he’s not

Coach Mike Singletary placed most of the blame on the 49ers’ offensive line when asked about the struggles in the passing game the day after the team’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons. But today during his opening remarks to the media, Singletary expressed for the first time that he expects better play from Shaun Hill. Might this mean that Alex Smith should be ready for his big chance? “Our quarterback, Shaun Hill,…

October 21, 2009

Davis would be fourth option

Davis would be fourth option   Rookie quarterback Nate Davis might be in serious competition for the 49ers’ No. 3 job with veteran Damon Huard, but there is little doubt Davis he would be Mike Singletary’s fourth option to enter a regular-season game.

August 31, 2009

Picking sides: Smith or Hill

Picking sides: Smith or Hill Alex Smith and Shaun Hill are good friends – very good friends. And on a personal level, it does not seem to matter that they both want what only one man will get. They remain allies despite their very public 49ers quarterback competition. So if Smith and Hill are such good buddies, why is there such vitriol among their fans?

August 22, 2009

QB + Mystery = Easy decision

QB + Mystery = Easy decision Coach Mike Singletary did not announce a leader — or any preference whatsoever – in the great 49ers Quarterback Competition of 2009. And most impartial onlookers can’t say that one quarterback distinguished himself over the other in the exhibition opener Friday night. That means one thing.

August 16, 2009

Smith talks leadership: Can he pass Singletary’s eye test?

Which QB would you like to see open the season as the starter? Vote here. * * * Before we get to my conversation with Alex Smith, I wanted to address an issue. In recent weeks, I’ve received emails stating that I am . . . a Shaun Hill basher, a Shaun Hill supporter, an Alex Smith “hater” and an Alex Smith apologist.

June 8, 2009