He chose the Broncos? Are you kidding me? He could have won a Super Bowl in San Francisco. He won’t in Denver. Knucklehead.

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  1. Brandon Conway

    And when Smith re-signs with SF because he knows it’ll be his chance to WIN, I hope people recognize what’s important for Smith vs. Manning. If people call Smith derogatory terms like “lapdog” and “gutless” for “crawling back” to SF, they only need to remember this: he wants to Win Super Bowls with a Super Bowl capable SF team, and Manning did not.

    March 19th, 2012 9:31 am

  2. Dave T

    Agreed, that choice really surprises me. If you are the Niners are you saying “Umm, now what? Quick, call Alex and tell him he is still our guy!” (completely edited for content) Otherwise you are left with Kaeperick as your guy. And for a team that was on the cusp of a Super Bowl, is he the guy you want to turn this over too? In the immortal words of Scooby Doo “Rut ro Raggy!”

    March 19th, 2012 9:33 am

  3. MJ

    Hey Lowell…Remind me again how many Super Bowl winning qb’s have won a SB with a different team? How many have ever been to the SB with 2 different teams? Whats PM’s career playoff record?

    I’m glad he’s not negotiating here.

    March 19th, 2012 9:35 am

  4. Michael

    The 9ers aren’t the dream fit everyone likes to think. They have a stellar defense, sure, but Manning doesn’t play on defense. The offense just wasn’t a fit and Jim Harbaugh is the chef in that kitchen. Peyton would have had a coach yelling in his ear and micromanaging him for the first time in his career, and Harbaugh would have had a QB who would say “No” and call his own play whenever he felt like it. Neither would have liked working under those conditions. Oh, and that O-line is so horrible that Peyton would have been on IR by week 3…. so there’s that.

    March 19th, 2012 9:46 am

  5. ChaunceyMN

    Agree – He should have chose 49ers. Glad he didn’t!. Now, let’s hope Alex not too burned to sign or Balke & Harbaugh will feel really dumb.

    March 19th, 2012 9:49 am

  6. Bob In Beaverton

    “Take my hand Oklahoma Jane
    One little dance wouldn’t hurt a thing
    Now it’s noon I’m rolling up the drive
    And I ain’t even got a decent lie”

    “Doesn’t everybody get that way sometimes
    I was looking at every woman but mine.”

    -James McMurtry, “Bayou Tortous”

    March 19th, 2012 9:51 am

  7. sledpunch

    Far too many are making it seem like Harbaugh has no plan. He was able to get to Manning without a soul knowing and he did it 1st.

    Harbaugh is STEALTH. Kaepernick n Tolzien aren’t chopped liver, no need for panic in the West.

    Alex please go to Miami.

    March 19th, 2012 9:53 am

  8. Mason

    How do figure he could have a Super Bowl in SF? He’s not a WCO guy, he’s 36, just came off 4 neck surgeries and didn’t play last year. For all we know, he can’t play anymore. Stick him behind our shaky O-Line… yea… Super Bowl for sure. Sounds more like 90 Million being flushed down the toilet. One sack and Manning is PARALYZED, not just out of the game.

    Smith, on the other hand, just came off a season better than Brady’s 2001 Super Bowl MVP year, is only 27, 100% more mobile than Manning, and KNOWS THE PLAYBOOK. Why would you even consider bringing in Manning.

    You bring Manning in here, pretty good chance he dies. Bring back Alex, pretty good chance we take the SB.

    March 19th, 2012 10:02 am

  9. Mugsy

    Manning is a great player but the guy might get his neck wrenched in his second preseason game and miss half or ALL the season. He’s a huge health risk and I’m very curious to see the final contract figures. I was never comfortable with the idea of giving him a lot of guaranteed $$. I like the idea of signing Mike Wallace from Pitt and starting Kaepernick. He’d HIT those deep sideline and posts that Smith throws short. Plus, the guy runs like a WR. He’ll have a killer defense and a good running game behind him. To quote Young Frankenstein: IT..COULD…WORK !!

    March 19th, 2012 10:17 am

  10. Streetglide

    Lots of sour grapes here. But Denver? Tennessee seemed like the natural fit unless he hates his in-laws. We still have a plan though: Alex this year, Colin the next. Let’s all eat our oatmeal and move on…

    March 19th, 2012 10:18 am

  11. Bronconinja

    I hear sore losers in these posts. I am a Bronco Fan and have nothing against the 49ers they are a very very talented team and will be contenders with or without Manning. Manning chose Denver because he has free rein there with Fox being a defensive guy Harbough wouldnt have done the same. Also SF is a west coast Peyton is anything but. SF is run s1st while Denver was a run by need. SF underperformed for years with the same talent and has alot of me 1st guys Vernon, Moss, Crabtree. Gore is there best offense weapon and RBs in Mannings offesnse are only good for catching out of the backfield which Gore can but the offensive fit for him just wasnt right. You could make a case for Manning and the 49ers = Lebron to Miami all the expectations but probably wouldnt win. wouldnt it be something to see Denver VS San Francisco in the Superbowl?!?

    March 19th, 2012 10:27 am

  12. Bitter Dregs

    WTF? Davis hasn’t been me first since guy since 2008…

    March 19th, 2012 10:39 am

  13. Streetglide

    We still remember that snowball…

    March 19th, 2012 10:47 am

  14. Streetglide

    Maybe we can get Tebow!!!

    March 19th, 2012 11:02 am

  15. Mo

    Congrats Bronchoninja. Giants fan here. It’s laughable how Harbaugh’s mind games just blew up in his own ego. Only in his dreams did SF have a real shot. Harbaugh did all the pursuit, not Peyton. Time to take his medicine. Up the offer for Alex and bring him back on good terms. That would at least show some semblance of class and the team can move on.

    March 19th, 2012 11:14 am

  16. Dave T

    Here is the conversation I want to hear: “Hey Peyton, you know that when I ws in college we won two National Championships and I set a ton of records as a QB right? Oh and we trashed Tennesee like every year.” “That’s nice Tim, but you know I have four NFL MVP’s, a Super Bowl win and another appearance in the Super Bowl. Hey, can you get my Gatorade bottle for me and man, you look good holding that clip board.” Oh to be a fly on the wall.

    The Niners may have put themselves in a precarious position at QB, considering Smith is shopping himself around. And you still have very good teams in Green Bay, an improving Detroit team, New Orleans, the defending champion Giants, and even Atlanta. All of which have continuity at QB and true franchise QB’s at that. I am presuming that the Brees deal gets done. In the AFC it is still New England, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and now add Denver to the mix. All have steady franchise type QB’s and all simply know how to win. For the Niners sake, they really need to get Smith back on board and participating in OTA’s with the new receivers in Moss and Manningham ASAP. Otherwise it may be difficult at best to stay where they are at in the NFC.

    March 19th, 2012 11:30 am

  17. mbabco

    Well, I would have liked to have seen him an a 49ers.
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    Denver might actually have an easier path to the playoffs than the 49ers. The NFC west should be pretty strong this year — Arizona won 7 out of their last 9, including beating us; Seattle plays tough; St. Louis has all those draft picks and a good new head coach. Plus we’ve got the toughest schedule in the NFC west this year because of last year: it’s no cake walk for SF this year. Denver should win the AFC west easily. Of course, what they do once they’re in the playoffs is another matter.
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    I wonder how much location played into it. I have to think Manning and his family would be more comfortable in Denver than on the West Coast, at least on what their idea of the West Coast may be; a lot of misconceptions about us out there.

    March 19th, 2012 11:32 am

  18. Johnc

    A complete Knucklehead. Good luck with the Broncos and Mile High freezing Tundra.

    Now , the Niners realize that Smith won’t win them a Super-Bowl. They have admitted such by their actions.So now may be a time to look for another quarterback in the draft or trade or whatever. Sources in Miami say that the fans don’t want Smith. They know he was propped up in the Harbaugh system and can’t stand on his own. Smith is their third choice at best.. It was Manning, Flynn and the current Moore or Smith in the order of preference for Miami .

    March 19th, 2012 11:35 am

  19. bobcat

    Only now am I wondering if Manning and Smith’s agent isn’t the one who set this thing up? Seems both players have an advantage that didn’t seem so obvious before- the 49ers will be better off with a QB who knows the system and the comment that Harbaugh and Manning might have some real divergence on offensive philosophy sounds right too. And despite all the negativity about Smith-and, hey, hasn’t this guy gotten some of the worst fan reaction and press of the last 30 years in a Bay Area sport for someone who hasn’t physically assaulted any of our family members?- he’s still a good fit with an improved wide-out corps that should allow the receivers to get separation even against a good defense like the Giants’. And the 49ers are going into a much tougher NFC battle than last year’s- it’ll be good to have someone with some familiarity of the divisional rivalries. Manning may be physically fine but it doesn’t look like anything people can be sure about.

    March 19th, 2012 12:30 pm

  20. ready ranger

    Where is the surprise here? PM said he wanted to remain in the AFC, and he did so!

    March 19th, 2012 3:44 pm

  21. One Puzzle Piece Short

    Super Bowl? They don’t get to play a loser’s schedule anymore (except the NFC Worst), their receivers stink out loud, and the O-line is improved but still questionable.

    How the Broncos are any better, I can’t see. But the 49ers are not a Super Bowl shoo-in, regardless of who is under center.

    March 19th, 2012 5:43 pm

  22. player21

    No Manning, no Alex Smith, I don’t see a problem here. Harbaugh is a great quarterback coach. Sign Josh Johnson (Harbaugh’s QB at San Diego) and end this speculation. 49ers can’t and won’t win a superbowl with Alex Smith.

    March 19th, 2012 5:59 pm

  23. chris

    Mannings not a knuckledhead………he’s a multi millionaire who could care less if he wins a Super Bowl…..plus he already won one…….another example of how the amount of money players make tarnishes pro sports. Mannings only coming back because he loves his hobby of playing QB in the NFL and has nothing else to do but spend his money, so he may as well pick his hobby back up.

    March 19th, 2012 7:43 pm

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