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For Sale: Alex Smith $4M or Best Offer

Posted by Nathan Atkins on March 11, 2009

If you’re in the Bay Area anytime soon, stop by Monster Park (formerly Candlestick Park) and check out the 49ers yard sale that’s going on.

Chances are you will see former first overall pick, former starting quarterback, Alex Smith available. I’m not sure how much Mike Singletary will be selling him for, fifty cents maybe?

For $1.50 you can get Alex Smith,  and a dirty, semi-broken lawn chair that Singletary doesn’t use anymore.

If this were a MasterCard commercial, Alex Smith wouldn’t be priceless, he’d be worthless.

After floundering from day one the first overall pick in the 2005 draft finally flopped.

San Francisco was hoping Smith could come in and, well I’m not sure what they expected from him.

After drafting Alex Smith with the first overall pick in 2005, the 49ers have been nothing but dissapointed. Smith has thrown for only completed 54.4 percent of his passes, while throwing for 4,679 yards, 19 touchdowns and 31 interceptions

After drafting Alex Smith with the first overall pick in 2005, the 49ers have been nothing but dissapointed. Smith has thrown for only completed 54.4 percent of his passes, while throwing for 4,679 yards, 19 touchdowns and 31 interceptions

His rookie year he played in nine games and threw one touchdown, and eleven interceptions. But as most teams do, San Francisco wrote it off as Smith’s transition year, he needed time to get adjusted to the NFL.

Well..three years later Smith has thrown twenty more interceptions and only eighteen more touchdowns, putting him at a whopping 19-31 ratio of  touchdowns to interceptions.

In 2008, Smith didn’t even start! He was beaten by J.T. O’Sullivan

When O’Sullivan took over the starting role in San Fran in 2008, he was on his ninth team in six years. (Not to mention a year in Germany playing for the NFL Europe’s Frankfurt Galaxy)

A sixth round pick, division two, journeyman quarterback beat out a first round pick, division one, Heisman finalist.

Alex is not a dumb man though, while at Utah, Smith graduated in two years with a degree in economics. Smith’s marketplace savvy is probably the only reason why he’s still with the 49ers today.

Smith took a pay cut coming into this year. Instead of the $9.625 million he was slated to make, Smith will now make 4 million, numbers comparable to the average NFL back up quarterback.

Josh, if you need some advice on what to do try calling: Ryan Leaf, Tim Couch, Akili Smith, Cade Mcnown, and more recently Kyle Boller.

The time has come Josh to accept your fate. After your contract is up in San Francisco, your future is as uncertain as the economy’s.

I heard there’s an opening for Deputy Treasury Secretary available.

Enough about Alex Smith. He’s  four years ago’s news.

What will San Francisco do in 2009?

Sanchez threw for 3,695 yards, 41 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in only 17 games at USC. He is projected to be a first round pick and is the second best quarterback in the NFL Draft.

Sanchez threw for 3,695 yards, 41 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in only 17 games at USC. He is projected to be a first round pick and is the second best quarterback in the NFL Draft.

Draft Mark Sanchez.

He’s better than Alex Smith, but has only had one year of playing time.

He should have stayed. But he didn’t and is still the best pick for San Francisco in 2009.

If the 49ers don’t draft Sanchez, then Shaun Hill will be the starter.

Hill completed 62.8 percent of his passes while throwing for 2,046 yards 13 touchdowns and 8 interceptions in 2008.

In 2008, Sanchez threw for 3,207 yards, 34 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He did it in impressive fashion, completing 65.8 percent of his passes and leading USC to a Rose Bowl victory; Sanchez completed an impressive 80.0 percent of his passes, threw for 415 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 38-24 blowout of Penn State.

The 6’2 227 pound Sanchez seems to be the best pick for San Francisco. Mark Sanchez is the local legend, from his days at Mission Viejo to his recent success at USC. Sanchez is only about a six hour drive away from Singletary and the ‘9ers right now. And he is a local boy; he chose USC over Texas, Notre Dame, Nebraska and Ohio State based on its proximity to home.

It’s more than likely he still wants to stay close to home, and where else other then San Francisco?

Though Shaun Hill was a solid contributor in 2008, he only played nine games. It is still unknown as to whether or not he will lead San Francisco to a championship.

Even Singletary has not yet been sold on Hill, Singletary seems to follow a strange coaching strategy these days in the NFL; he plays the best player, not the one being paid the most money.

Other than lack of experience, I can’t see why the 49ers would be turned off of Sanchez. They could use an offensive lineman, but spending  the tenth pick on a lineman is a waste. The ‘9ers also need to improve on defense, but a pass rushing end will be available later in the draft.

A quality quarterback may not be.

With the tenth pick in the 2009 NFL Draft the San Francisco 49ers should select Matt Sanchez, quarterback University of Southern California.

-Nate

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With the First Pick in the NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select..

Posted by Nathan Atkins on March 6, 2009

The 63 237 pound Georgia quarterback threw for more than 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2008

The 6'3" 237 pound Georgia quarterback threw for more than 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2008.

Matthew Stafford.

Come on! We’re you surprised?

Since the Capital One Bowl game ended on January 1st, every analyst from Bristol to Los Angeles had crowned Matt Stafford the next Detroit Lions quarterback. And because of their assumptions and crystal balling we have all grown impatient.

As Carly Simon sang,

“anticipation, its making me late, keeping me waiting”

How much longer can we wait for Matthew Stafford to get to Detroit? Well, technically, another month and twenty days.

Even Stafford is growing impatient, and his impatience has clearly affected his judgment and decision making.

In a February interview with Sports Illustrated, Matt Stafford proclaimed that he would love to play in Detroit. He followed up that absurd statement by saying that he believed Detroit was the best place for him to start a career. Now I could give you facts about Detroit’s lack of personnel on offense, the tremendous amount of sacks allowed by their offensive line or that their offense ranked close to last in almost every category.

BUT!

Here is all you need to know about Detroit and why Stafford’s statement is ludicrous:

In 2008 the Lions went 0-16. Never has such a feat been accomplished in the NFL’s existence.

If I was Head Coach Jim Schwartz and I heard Stafford’s comments, I would take Mark Sanchez with the first pick instead. Not because he’s better, but because he hasn’t said anything stupid lately.

Stafford also goes on to say that it is his competitive nature that drives him to want to play in Detroit:

I’m being completely honest, and it has nothing to do with money-I would love to go to Detroit,” Stafford said in the Sports Illustrated story. “My friends say, ‘C’mon, gimme a break.’ But I’m a competitive guy. The Lions have passionate fans, a great stadium, and I’d be throwing to the biggest freak (Calvin Johnson), with the most talent, of any receiver in the NFL.”

Detroit lost a record 16 games in 2008. Their 16 loss was the first in the NFLs 88 year history

Detroit lost an NFL record 16 games in 2008.

Matthew, maybe your friends don’t want you to go to Detroit because they are the worst team in the NFL?

Also referring to your future receiver as ‘the biggest freak’ might not go over too well. He tried valiantly to balance the statement by saying he has more talent than any other receiver in the NFL, while this is very kind of you to say Matthew, have you lost your mind?!

Does young Stafford fail to realize that there are three Hall of Fame receivers in the league right now?

To end all speculation I’m talking about Marvin Harrison, Terrell Owens and Randy Moss.  Calvin Johnson is truly talented, but 2008 was his first season over 1,000 yards, lets not crown him king yet.

All kidding aside, I think Matthew Stafford is the best choice with the number one pick. Stupid comments or not.

Especially if you’re the Detroit Lions whose  team resembled a Pop Warner squad in 2008; after trying out five different quarterbacks and allowing them to get sacked 52 times last year; you’re now left with either Stafford, or an open tryout to any and all people with quarterback experience. (I’d take Matthew Stafford)

I can understand why Stafford is salivating over the opportunity to throw to Calvin Johnson; at Georgia, the 6 foot 3 inch Texas native never had an elite receiver. In his last year at Georgia, Stafford was able to play along side freshman sensation A.J. Green. The Summerville, S.C. phenom caught 56 passes for 963 yards and 8 touchdowns. But before he got to Georgia, A.J. Green was a local celebrity, known for this insane catch:

Stafford’s other receiver though, Mohamed Massaquoi, was blessed with a glorious ability to underachieve.

After a freshman campaign of 38 receptions for 505 yards Massaquoi never got close to those numbers again. Until this year when he had 58 receptions for 920 yards and 8 touchdowns.

After throwing to Massaquoi for three years I now understand why Calvin Johnson would look like Captain Marvel to Stafford.

Physically Stafford has the size of a pro quarterback at 6’3″ 237 pounds. Along with his prototypical stature, scouts have also said that Stafford has the strongest arm in the draft.

Statistically he is solid as well: 61.4 completion percentage, 3459 yards 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

In just three years at Georgia, Stafford has thrown for 7731 yards, 51 touchdowns and 33 interceptions.

Stafford is the best quarterback in the 2009 draft, questions of consistency and decision making may hurt his draft status; but physically he has the tools to be this years first pick

Stafford is the best quarterback in the 2009 draft. Questions of consistency and decision making may hurt his draft status; but physically he has the tools to be this year's first pick.

As a starter he is 17-4, and he has been team Captain since his sophomore year.

I criticized Matt Stafford for his comments in that February SI interview, saying he believed Detroit was the best place to start his career was foolish. It was in jest that I criticized his decision making, but in reality decision making is an area Matt Stafford struggles with.

On the field he makes poor decisions.

Each player has their strengths and weaknesses, decision making is not one of Stafford’s strengths.

In big games when the pressure on Stafford has a tendency to do two things:

Valiantly lead his team down the field for the score and the win, or choke and turn the ball over.

Matt Stafford is the definition of “Go Big or Go Home” and in the last two years he has done both.

Last year as a sophomore Stafford was instrumental in a 42-30 win against Florida he threw for 217 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Three weeks later against Kentucky, he threw for 99 yards,  0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in a too close for comfort 24-13 victory.

Inconsistency continued to plague him his junior year as well.

This year against LSU, Matt Stafford threw for 249 yards, 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. His Bulldogs won easily, 52-38. A month earlier against South Carolina though Stafford threw for 146 yards, 0 touchdowns and 0 interceptions making the game closer than it needed to be. Georgia luckily prevailed 14-7.

His inconsistency and decision making are the only knocks against him. Both can be improved over time; he is only a junior and has declared a year early. I think Stafford is a project quarterback. I say that in the sense that it I believe it will take him two or three years to become acclimated with the pace of the NFL.

Due to his inconsistency it would not surprise me if Stafford thew 15+ interceptions his rookie or even sophomore year in the NFL. But,Detroit fans don’t hate him when he throws a lot of interceptions, for good things come to those who wait.

Also, for all the Lions faithful out there he is not Matt Ryan. Please don’t expect him to be. Each year analysts try to figure out which one of this year’s players is last year’s so and so. But realize that there is only one Matt Ryan, and only one Joe Flacco. Therefore there is also only one Matt Stafford.

The only thing Stafford and Ryan have in common is a first name.

Matthew Stafford may not be the most complete and polished quarterback in the draft but his potential seems to be great. His size combined with his cannon of an arm gives him everything he needs to not only be the first quarterback taken in the draft, but the first player as well.

With the first pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions should select: Matthew Stafford, quarterback, University of Georgia

On the clock: Minnesota

-Nate

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