I dedicate this to former 1st overall pick Alex Smith. This is an excerpt from my group blog. Feel free to chime in on any of your team's 1 round draft busts.
Stick a fork in him. Alex Smith is done! For the season and almost definitely for the 49ers. Although even if he wasn't hurt, you had to wonder what type of role he would've played for the 49ers. We've heard the terminology lame duck coach, well Alex would've been a lame duck backup QB this season.
This latest development pretty much closes the chapter on an ineffective career for the once highly touted QB from Utah. I'm sure another team will give Smith another shot elsewhere. #1 overall buys you at least one thing...time. Most high draft picks are usually given 2nd or 3rd chances and I'm sure Smith is no exception. I wonder if it was a sign that Alex Smith had 1 TD and 11 INT's his rookie year working with offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy. After all, McCarthy had some success coaching Rich Gannon, Steve Bono, & Elvis Grbac in Kansas City. He also had Aaron Brooks for much of his career in New Orleans. Look what Brooks turned into without him. Once the 49ers drafted Smith, we were in trouble.
I would've liked to see what would've happened if Norv Turner stuck around. After all, he did guide Alex to a 7-9 record with some good coaching and a healthy dose of Frank Gore. Last year was virtually a waste with Hostler. How did he manage to survive past the first 3 games? Oh well...you know what they say...A QB can make or break a coach and it looks like neither Alex Smith nor coach Mike Nolan may survive into next season.
Good riddance Alex Smith...er...I mean Good Luck!
How do you guys think Alex Smith ranks among 1st round busts. I think Ryan Leaf is up there but Smith is definitely near the top of the list.