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It’s sad that Mark has no money and no business acumen but he’s put a good group of people in place and fans will be entertained. Imagine if he had any money…
I know it gets you the most hits but I don’t know it’s even worth it to write about the 49ers anymore.
Denise has her cash cow in Santa Clara and that’s all that matters to ownership.
Much like the Fisher kid and the A’s, there’s no hope for the fans of either of these sorry franchises because ownership has no interest in winning.
QB A is in the blueprint or mold of what it takes to be a QB at the NFL level. QB B never had that and is simply another attempt to put a square peg into a round hole and make it fit (see exhibits Randall Cunnigham, Duante Culpepper and even Cam Newton). If QB B had the skill of say a Steve Young, who was able to figure out how to mold those skills and become an HOF player he might have a chance. Alas, it seems QB B lacks the mental fortitude to do so along with the lack of physical skill.
QB’s drawback is simple. He’s not accurate. If you are not accurate as a QB,what good are you?
I get the feeling no coach on the 49ers ask Colin to change this or that. They just send him out there to practice. Some coaching.
I’m trying to think of a great QB who threw ducks. All I get is the Samoan back up on the Raiders in 2007. He had the wobbly duck down pat. Great for college at Washington…
It goes without saying that quarterback A is not quarterback B. I doubt anyone would dispute that. I think a more interesting comparison would be between quarterback A now and quarterback A if he was drafted by the Niners. Would his future be as bright? Would you be writing the same story. I am not saying quarterback B is a victim here. He clearly doesn’t have the requisite skill set and the skills that he does have are not conducive to a long career in the NFL. I guess I am asking about the melding of skills, systems and coaching. Does quarterback A have a bright future because he is with the Raiders or would it be the case no matter where he went.
There’s no doubt the melding of skills, systems and coaching matter, but that’s all immaterial at this time. CK completely quit being an NFL QB several months ago. This is a guy who was playing so poorly he spent part of the previous offseason going to remedial mechanics school, and then “prepared” for this season by becoming a freshman in college, growing out his hair and going vegan and focusing on social justice. He’s let his body decay and he’s spending his off-time at protests with high schoolers. That’s not where NFL QBs are on bye weeks when they are playing terribly and their team is 1-6. He quit. He’s just here for the money.
Quarterback A plays for a team where the owner knows enough to know he doesn’t know enough, so he brings in football people who do. Quarterback B plays for a team where the owner stood next to Bill Walsh at age 8 and therefore knows he knows enough to ignore football people and do things his way. He also read a book about Frank Lloyd Wright while in high school which made him an expert in stadium design and siting. In baseball parlance we would call this owner someone who was born on first base yet is convinced he hit a triple.
This article would have been very apt in November of 2012 with Quarterback B and Quarterback A..Smith.
I have a hard time seeing Alex bringing the Niners to that, or any Superbowl. Alex was not elite, and still is not. Kap, because he was an unknown quantity, surprised the league up until the Ravens stopped him at the 4-yard line in the Superbowl 47.
After that, Kap became an underperformer, then a question mark, and finally what he is now: A cypher.
And yet we still see Alex with a winning record, taking his team to the playoffs 2 of the last 3 years (going on a 3rd in 4 years this season).
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.