First, Mike Nolan hitched his coaching wagon to Alex Smith and was fired. Then, Mike Singletary tried to let Alex Smith hang around, and it eventually got him fired as well. Now Jim Harbaugh is taking the reins and for some odd reason, it seems that he is ready to make the same mistake his predecessors made.
When he was on the radio earlier this month, general manager Trent Baalke listed three ways the 49ers would go about restocking the quarterback position: the draft, free agency and trades. “Is the quarterback of the future on this roster?” Baalke asked. “I think it’s obvious that he isn’t at this point, but things could change and they will change through one of those three vehicles.”
When Jim Harbaugh went on the radio this week, he also talked about leaving no stone unturned when it came to gathering quarterbacks. But unlike Baalke, Harbaugh raised a fourth option – retaining a current quarterback, in particular, Alex Smith. “I’ve been studying Alex Smith and watching him,” Harbaugh told Grant Napear on KHTK radio in Sacramento. “And I believe that Alex Smith can be a winning quarterback in the National Football League. I’m excited to work with him, get to know him …”
Not quite sure what Harbaugh has been “studying”. But if he’s “studying” what we’ve all seen from Alex Smith and still came to that conclusion, Harbaugh may need a tutor.
Or better yet, the 49ers better go ahead and get a jump on searching for their next coach.