You may find this interesting — a quickie question and response to Harbaugh after today’s game:

How about QB Alex Smith? There’s so much talk about him being this so-called ‘game

manager’ but obviously he’s done a good job of managing your offense.

“That offends my sports sensibility, to call a quarterback a game manager. There’s a manager in

baseball, but if you’re going to make a football analogy, a player to another sport like baseball

then the quarterback’s more like the pitcher. That just offends my sports sensibility.”

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  1. Ryan Leong

    Thanks for the plug, and nice to see I offended his sports sensibility with my question :)

    November 20th, 2011 11:19 pm

  2. Tommy CostaRica

    It’s just another way of knocking Smith and I’m with Harbaugh on this one, I get offended by it too. But the reality of it is true that all the great QBs are great game managers and by that I mean that they don’t give the game away by trying to do too much. Alex is extreamly experianced in on field adversity and game turning disasters. He has made every possible mistake in the book. He is reincarnated this year and in a way almost seems like a rookie, but now with good coaching he plays smart. It’s like on Thanksgiving when your mom suddenly asks you out of the blue, “Dear can you please cut the turkey?” you become the “holiday manager” and instead of trying to impress everyone with your amazing culinary skills, just don’t let it slip out and fall on the floor!

    November 21st, 2011 7:06 am

  3. Stretch

    So with that said “…(Alex)is more like the pitcher…”

    Stan & Lowell would then probably go on to expect every pitch Alex throws should be a strike right down the middle?
    Don’t account for the fact like a pitcher that throws to the corners to avoid trouble…same as for some of Alex’s high or perceived inaccurate throws are made to avoid trouble (defenders).

    November 21st, 2011 9:41 am

  4. mj

    “He’s a game manager.” The term sounds a little dismissive. The baseball analogy to a quarterback who is a game manager is a pitcher who is an “innings eater”. He serves a purpose, but he does not contribute to the team’s winning.

    November 21st, 2011 9:59 am

  5. Stan

    For six years Alex Smith pitched a football like Zito..for 30 million dollars-last I heard,could be more. This year he’s caught up in the perfect storm…and if you notice,local writers-ALL of them are stuck as how much they should be truthful of Alex for the long haul. Admit that he gets exposed by the week for his many limitations?..or say 9-1?! sign him for six more!..and I haven’t seen the latter written by anybody. Alex is not elite..game manager suits him just fine. Even if the term was invented by his good friend Mike Singletary.

    November 21st, 2011 10:42 am


    I’ve never understood the term either. The “game manager” is the Head Coach and his staff.

    November 21st, 2011 11:46 am

  7. Lisbonio

    In other news, Stan has agreed to play the character Joe Btfsplk in the upcoming biopic “Li’l Abner Gets Drafted (first round 32nd pick) by the Niners.” “Country boys keep a humble heart and grateful hands,” said coach Harbaugh. “He’s going to be our go-to tight end since we traded Davis to the Colts for a first rounder.”
    First-round pick Matt Barkley (USC) is scheduled to report to Santa Clara sometime this afternoon…

    November 21st, 2011 11:53 am

  8. Squellmann

    “Game manager” is a perfect fit for Alex. Some QBs can carry a team and make up for shortcomings in other areas. Guys like Brady, Manning, Warner, and Marino. Other QBs can’t do that and therefore aren’t asked to do that. Those are typically less-than-stellar QBs on teams with solid running games and strong defenses. Like, oh I don’t know, the current 49ers, the Dilfer Ravens, and the Brad Johnson Bucs, At his best, Alex is a game manager. His main responsibility is not to screw up, and beyond that to hand the ball off and make some short passes. There’s no shame in being a game manager, but don’t try to make him into something he’s not just because the team is winning. With some breaks here and there, Alex could join Dilfer and Johnson as a Super Bowl-winning game manager.

    November 21st, 2011 2:21 pm

  9. KauaiRobert

    Who cares?!
    They’re winning!!!

    November 21st, 2011 3:20 pm

  10. TJB in HMB

    here is the organizational chart: The game Manager reports to the game Supervisor. The game Supervisor reports to the Vice President of Games who reports to the game CEO. The game CEO actually does very little but is paid 600 times as much as the game Manager.

    November 21st, 2011 4:16 pm

  11. rucrazy

    OK I get. First he was Barry Zito and now he’s Matt Cain.
    And like maybe the 49ers of this season are like the Giants of 2010.

    But as KauaiRoberts says

    They’re winning!!!

    November 22nd, 2011 8:29 am

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