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Alex Smith = nice guy, a good teammate and an encouraging locker room presence.
The Kansas City Star quoted his mother, Pam Smith.
You’re going to get a smart, very hard-working, very high-character person,” said Smith’s mom. “…and by any measure, one of the nicest guys you’d ever want to meet.”
Alex Smith is agreeable, former 49er coach Mike Nolan called Smith a “congenial person”. Smith avoids confrontation.
ALEX SMITH IN THE COMMUNITY
The Alex Smith Foundation a charity that helps foster teens attend college and transition to adulthood raised $839,244 from 2008 – 2011. The Boston Globe determined that of athletes and their charities Smith gave 91% of all monies raised to charity.
The accepted minimum is 65%. Smith, he’s honest.
In 2010 Smith was invited to Kansas City to share his thoughts for helping older teenagers in Kansas City as they “age out” of the foster care system. Smith outlined how The Alex Smith Foundation had put 23 foster teens through college in his hometown of San Diego and helped them transition to adulthood.
Because of Smith now there’s a similar program in Kansas City.
“I don’t think anyone in this world can make it on their own totally,” the Kansas City Star quoted Smith as saying. “I don’t care how fortunate you are or how much talent you have — who you are. You have to have some sort of support.”
ALEX SMITH THE TEAMMATE…
San Francisco 49er teammate Colin Kaepernick had this to say about Smith.
“I think the biggest thing with Alex is he was always in my ear, making sure I was seeing the defense,” said Kaepernick on ESPN.com. “Did I see safeties do this? Did I see the rotation? Did I see things like that? [He was] just making sure I have mental clarity when I step on the field.
“He’s been a great teammate to me. [He's] been a great friend, a great mentor. So anywhere he goes, or if he’s still with us, he’s gonna be successful.”
Again, nice guy to give good advice to the dude that just took your job.
DO KC FANS WANT NICE… AGAIN?
Niner coaches Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary decided to go in different directions; after two seasons so did Jim Harbaugh with Alex Smith.
Why? How come Smith didn’t continue with those three?
Before Smith was officially traded to Kansas City I read something that stayed with me, a quote where Mike Nolan said he picked Smith over Aaron Rodgers in 2005 because Smith was more “congenial”.
Friendly, pleasant, good-natured and hospitable… all types of being congenial, that’s Smith.
Having a “chip on his shoulder” was Rodgers; Nolan didn’t like that, so he passed on Rodgers.
Since 2005 Rodgers has won a Super Bowl, been an NFL MVP, has multiple Pro Bowls, was FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year in 2010, been the Associated Press Athlete of the Year 2011, set the highest career passer rating in NFL history (104.9) and has the highest career completion percentage in NFL history (65.7%).
In Rodgers nine seasons he has 171 TD’s, 21,661 passing yards and a career passer rating of 104.9.
Nolan rejected Rodgers because Nolan perceived an attitude with Rodgers.
If Nolan could re-do his 2005 choice he might pick differently, having that “chip on the shoulder” isn’t such a bad thing.
Folks wondered why Harbaugh ditched Smith (Smith was 6-2 prior to his concussion in 2012) and went with Kaepernick even after Smith was healthy. Simple, I think Kaepernick had the attitude Jim Harbaugh likes, fans know Harbaugh has attitude as a coach.
Harbaugh didn’t want “nice”, but more swag.
Not saying Smith can’t have swagger, but Smith was picked because he was an agreeable player, a very coachable player, that’s why Mike Nolan liked him.
That outlook has caused Smith – the nice guy- to finish last. I like nice people, makes life easier, but assertive people get the job done. Being haughtier minded is sometimes necessary.
I want a Rodgers type, a QB who has the guts to tell his coach “I don’t think so; I want to call it like this”. That QB who’s bold enough to put it on his shoulders and go for it, like a Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. Not just simply managing the game, but win the game if need be.
Do Chief fans want a “yes” man, or a QB?
Rodgers is a great QB, makes it happen, but the Green Bay Packers got a steal because others passed on him.
If Mike Nolan had been paying attention he would have picked up on Rodgers past and why he had the thinking he had. Rodgers overcame being told “no you can’t” his entire life leading up to the NFL. Rodgers was told he was too short.
Two things, two items I submit as evidence that helps me think Smith can still succeed, overcome what some say about him now.
First, in talking to the media after being introduced Smith said he had a chip on his shoulder about what happened in San Francisco and wanted to prove he can still be a good quarterback.
Just maybe Smith has turned the corner, because now Smith definitely has something to prove, because he’s been traded… he’s no longer “that guy” who was taken No.1 overall.
Smith is now “that guy” that people say doesn’t have it, so it’s up to Smith to prove he does. The right attitude can make it happen.
Second, John Dorsey was part of taking Aaron Rogers in Green Bay. Dorsey wasn’t afraid of Rodgers, but picked him to take over after Brett Favre.
My hope is Dorsey sees something in Smith, that he can still be that QB he was drafted to be and that Andy Reid can get Smith to that position.
Jim Harbaugh did, Smith played good football for Harbaugh, but Harbaugh didn’t agree with Smith’s total package.
Reid’s a nice guy, a player coach… so maybe it’ll finally be the right combo for Smith.
It’s not over for Smith, I have hope. But if there’s anything I’d change with Kansas City, it’d be that nice guy persona. Stay pleasant, but Smith… turn up the attitude.
Good day, Chief fans!