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Allow me to put you in John Dorsey’s shoes. After more than a decade with the Green Bay Packers, Dorsey was hired by the Kansas City Chiefs to turn around a talented but poorly coached roster that lacks a lifeblood. That lifeblood is the quarterback position, the most important position of all in football, if not any sport. Last season it was manned by an ineffective Matt Cassel, who was given the boot upon Dorsey’s arrival. That led to Dorsey looking at all his other options, which were admittedly limited.

One of the options is always the draft, which offers a few talented passers, but none were worthy of the Chiefs’ first-round selection this year, one that happened to be the first overall pick. That put Dorsey in a quandary, which is later exacerbated by the unappealing free agent options — other than former New Orleans Saints’ passer Chase Daniel, of course. He then looked to his next option: trading for the one quarterback on the market who has experience in big-game moments, wins under his belt, and he can work well within a tailored system: Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers.

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I hesitate to write this, because over the weekend this trade was effectively done, and then it wasn’t done, and then it didn’t exist. But now we have a much stronger word being used by Jay Glazer.

I like this word “completed” much better.

 

Oh but wait, it gets so much better/worse fast, depending on your fan affiliation.

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“I have no tattoos, Colin, and therefore I am a CEO”

Alex Smith will be traded, and he’ll be playing football somewhere that isn’t San Francisco next year. This much we can say with confidence. Maybe.

Over the weekend there was just as much confidence percolating about a deal which was “effectively done” even though said deal may never be done. The smokescreen fire still burns strong.

Now to the surprise of absolutely no one, people in Arizona who know things about the Cardinals are saying that football team is doing the required Smith tiring kicking. Wheee.

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NFC Championship - San Francisco 49ers v Atlanta Falcons

Remember when San Francisco 49ers’ QB Alex Smith got injured earlier last season and a young and mobile upstart named Colin Kaepernick stepped in to lead them to the Super Bowl?

You don’t remember that? Really? It was a pretty big story…well anyway, it looks like we’re about to see the end of the 49ers’ quarterback saga.

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Those are the two options, and pretty much the only two options according to Jim Harbaugh. He was the latest to say words from behind a microphone at the NFL Combine this affternoon, words which are then consumed and dissected by anyone with access to a typing device (hi Jim!).

While saying that he believes his 49ers have the best quarterback situation in the NFL with Alex Smith the backup to young Colin Kaepernick, Harbaugh all but dismissed the possibility of the former being released, calling such a move “unlikely“.

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In his two years as an NFL head coach, Jim Harbaugh has yet to make a mistake. He inherited a 6-10 team from Mike Singletary, and promptly spun that into a 13-3 squad that made it to overtime of the NFC championship game in 2012. Harbaugh has been lauded for the way he treats players, conducts practices, and prepares his team each week. He’s a guru when it comes to play design, as San Francisco’s offense always seems to keep the defense guessing.

So when Harbaugh opted to stay with Colin Kaepernick’s “hot hand” after a Week 11 win over Chicago instead of returning to the incumbent Alex Smith, Niners fans (myself included) should have given him the benefit of the doubt.

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Contrary to what most football media will tell you, the San Francisco 49ers and head coach Jim Harbaugh don’t have a quarterback controversy. You know why Harbaugh isn’t worried about his QBs? Because San Francisco has a great defense, and a winning record, and two healthy quarterbacks.

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