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…
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…
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?
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…
Tight end Delanie Walker has just four catches for 68 yards on the season, but he’s not complaining. “As long as Vernon (Davis) is ballin’, I’m happy,” Walker said during our podcast.
Coach Mike Singletary is scheduled for his usual Monday press conference around noon today, and I expect him to announce Alex Smith as the team’s starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Colts.
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,…
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.
Martz: Alex Smith needs to move on Two former NFL head coaches with 49ers ties addressed the team’s quarterback situation in a national conference call this morning.
In their words: QB decision Here’s what coach Mike Singletary, Shaun Hill and Alex Smith had to say today after Hill was announced as the 49ers’ starting quarterback:
Hill wins 49ers starting QB job Shaun Hill will line up behind center when the 49ers’ offense takes the field for the team’s regular-season opener Sept. 13 against the Arizona Cardinals.
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?
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.
Johnson leads QBs through daily drills When Mike Riley was hired at Oregon State in 1997, he tabbed Mike Johnson to fill one of the most important jobs on his coaching staff.
Veteran Damon Huard did not take one snap throughout training camp and OTAs with the Chiefs last offseason, he said. Still, he managed to be the team’s starter in three of their first five games.
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.
If the 49ers are interested in Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler – and there’s no reason for them to sit this one out – they can now officially get into the ballgame.
The board is wide open for the 49ers with the No. 10 overall pick. The 49ers are likely to choose whomever they deem to be the best player on the board after the first nine selections are made. And it should not matter which position he plays.
Now that it appears as if the relationship between the Broncos and quarterback Jay Cutler is irreparably damaged and Cutler has reportedly asked for a trade, does it make sense for the 49ers to get involved?