Neal said I should ask the following question. Who would you rather have as the QB of your team, Carson Palmer or Alex Smith? There, I asked it.

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  1. Will

    Alex by a wide margin

    August 26th, 2012 10:07 am

  2. Richard

    That’s like choosing between Rand Paul and Ron Paul, or Matt Lauer and Katie Couric – who cares?

    Seriously, I’d take Alex over Carson (3 years ago I would not have said that).

    August 26th, 2012 10:12 am

  3. Zak

    It’s a conundrum: on the one hand we’ve seen Palmer be consistently excellent for more than 1 year. But his age and absence from the game is already an obstacle as is the new coaching staff.

    On the other we’ve seen Smith excel in one year under the current excellent coaching staff, but he hasn’t shown that ability to repeat and take it even further into premier performance as the #1 overall pick would suggest he could. His age however places him in his prime to be able to take that next step.

    You could pick one now, as I will take Alex, and be completely wrong by mid-season. But I don’t think you can truly say who will be better. If you want to ask which coaching staff that’s a no-brainer: has the be the 9ers. I’m confident even if Smith goes bust Harbaugh will find a great QB in the 4 he has now.

    August 26th, 2012 10:13 am

  4. Tony

    I’d go with Alex Smith because he at least gives the team a chance to win the game. Last year he had a thing for winning games in the 4th quarter, whereas all I saw from Palmer last year was interceptions in the 4th quarter, but it’s also hard to choose because Palmer last year was handcuffed by McFadden’s injury… For either QB, i’d go with Alex, because he understands football more. Carson Palmer has always been a gunslinger QB which is becoming more a thing of the past and he needs to evolve into the efficient QB who knows when to take his shots and when to check it down.

    August 26th, 2012 10:18 am

  5. RednGold1

    Aaron Rogers!

    August 26th, 2012 10:33 am

  6. chris

    Carson by a wide margin………..stronger arm and more mature. Players look at Palmer as a seasoned veteran and a leader. Alex still seems like a rookie. Sorry Alex, but one good game vs. the Saints in the playoffs doesn’t cut it.

    August 26th, 2012 10:38 am

  7. Neal

    Thanks Lowell for my Andy Warhol 15 minutes of fame.

    I believe Carson Palmer will have a much better this season, he was thrown in the middle of one game last season, and didnot even know the play book. Also this year he has better coaches, more discipline and will has a full training camp under him. Carson Palmer is more football savy then Alex and more talented, Alex still has poor footwork and very bad pocket presence. He tends to dump the ball to a back, for a insignificant gain after his primary call was not going to work out. Alex can’t pull the trigger and tends to hold onto the ball to much. He had the big game against the Saints but he was still horrible in the second and third quarters and then the next week, back to 29th in the league in offense and 1 for 13 in third down conversions against the G-men.

    Carson Palmer was a elite QB and this could be a great season for him, Alex will never be elite. Now that being said I hope I am wrong on this and Alex can lead us to a Super Bowl but I doubt it.

    August 26th, 2012 10:47 am

  8. mark decker

    Its a ridiculous question…you would 100pct take carson palmer…AND the niners would take carson also( they wanted him nearing the trade deadline and if the raiders qb didnt go down and hence force their hand a bit the niners would have gotten him)….alex smith is being carried by unbelieveable talent around him( defense and special teams) and amazing coaching on offense…everyone seems to forget that in most games alex played he wasnt the best qb on the field…colt mccoy outplayed him when the browns were here….how can anyone forget one of the worst qb perfomances in a niners jersey against baltimore last year…..he is not good…he is the 20-25th best qb in the league…..

    August 26th, 2012 10:48 am

  9. Bob In Portland

    Alex, for the reasons above.

    Rembrandt’s aged gouda cheese is great, though. Reminds me a little of a Stilton.

    August 26th, 2012 10:49 am

  10. mbabco

    Palmer makes too many dumb decisions leading to interceptions. I’d go with Smith.

    August 26th, 2012 11:03 am

  11. Preston Thompson

    Carson Palmer has the arm strength advantage, but I think Alex Smith is the better decision maker. So I favor Alex Smith.

    August 26th, 2012 11:32 am

  12. CarsonPalmHerSucks

    I’d take any QB in the NFL over CarSun PalmHer. The guy is old and washed up and never was aside from one fluke year in his whole career.

    August 26th, 2012 11:35 am

  13. Mark M

    Carson Palmer, the only real QB in the Bay Area.

    August 26th, 2012 12:40 pm

  14. Capts

    Palmer, absolutely. Alex doesn’t really offer any exceptional qualities.

    August 26th, 2012 2:33 pm

  15. Dr. Feelgood

    Both are veterans with some good qualities. Both are good QB’s but if the team is the 49ers, Smith is the guy, because he does what is prized by his coach- don’t turn the ball over. Far better than Palmer in that regard.

    August 26th, 2012 11:29 pm

  16. Larry Rowe

    Hands down I will take AS.

    August 27th, 2012 8:27 am

  17. loneraider78

    How does one answer this question?

    Alex has a much better team around him.

    It makes a QB’s life much easier when he doesn’t have to worry about scoring 30 every game (Tebow anyone?)

    Carson is more skilled but he’s been a trainwreck in OAK so far because his team is not all that good.

    In a game last year the defense allowed BUF to score TDs on FIVE straight possessions in the second half and blow a 21-3 lead. Along with every important offensive player being injured, and Carson playing half the season with no prep, that sums up last year’s Raiders.

    Bottom line: The 49ers know what they have, and they know they can succeed with it. The Raiders just went through a complete transformation and haven’t had all the pieces on the field yet–they don’t know what they are yet.

    The 49ers need to prove last year was no fluke, and the Raiders need to prove that they have a functional organization first of all, and Palmer needs to show that he still can play. No excuses this year with a full off season.

    Right now I’d take Smith. I like a QB who takes care of the ball, even if he doesn’t put up Peyton numbers.

    I’d say this is not the right time to ask this question.

    August 27th, 2012 10:52 am

  18. Steve

    Carson has been a “trainwreck” in Oakland?!? Really?!?

    Was he a trainwreck when he was 32 of 40 for 367 yards with a TD and no picks against the Lions in December, a game the defense blew? How about two weeks later when he was 28 of 43 for 417 (!) yards with two TDs and one pick against the Chargers, another game the defense blew? Once he learned the offense he was pretty darn good, top five in the league in yards per game.

    Alex Smith is on a better team but ask 30 other clubs which guy they’d rather have in their huddle and 30 would say Palmer.

    August 27th, 2012 12:53 pm

  19. loneraider78

    Steve, Did you forget what we gave up to get him? Sure he had some moments, but he was awful at taking care of the ball. 16 picks in 8 games qualifies as trainwreck material in my book. I’m pretty sure I pointed out the defensive issues. Their struggles are well known. However, when you turn the ball over twice a game you make their job twice as hard.

    Like I said, “no excuses” this season. He’s up to speed now–at least he should be–although he’s looked crappy this preseason, not to mention overweight.

    Smith takes care of the ball and doesn’t try to do too much. Sometimes less is more.

    August 27th, 2012 1:56 pm

  20. Steve

    My point was Palmer didn’t turn the ball over much once he got comfortable in the offense. Hell, how many of those picks came in his first few games? No matter what we gave up for him, that doesn’t mean he can roll off the couch on Tuesday and be up to speed that Sunday.

    My question still stands; you really think any teams would take Smith over Palmer if given the choice?

    August 29th, 2012 11:32 am

  21. loneraider78

    Steve I think plenty of teams would take Smith over Palmer.

    We wouldn’t have even taken Palmer if Hue Jackson didn’t happen to be our coach at the time. His ties to Palmer from their USC and Cincy days led to that deal. If we had ANY other coach that deal never happens. They probably would’ve limped through the rest of 2011 with Boller and Pryor, or sign someone off the scrapheap and keep those draft picks.

    Palmer was a desperation move by a desperate coach. And now we have to live with him, but that doesn’t mean I have to like him or try to convince myself he’s better than he is.

    Seven picks in three games during last December, including the final one vs SD that came with four minutes to play in SD territory to lose the division title. I didn’t see Smith kill his team like that at any point last year.

    August 29th, 2012 7:29 pm

  22. Steve

    Agree to disagree I guess. Not trying to justify the number of picks, but one has to be realistic about what he was up against. The guy never learned the entire playbook, I thought his effort was commendable. We’ll see what happens this year, but I suspect he will surprise those who think he’s done. He has a track record of above average QB skills and play. Alex Smith has one acceptable (not great) season, and still has tons to prove in my mind.

    August 30th, 2012 9:14 am

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