We won’t know for sure for another two weeks, but Alex Smith’s career with the 49ers appears to be coming to an end, according to reports.
Yesterday was the first day of the NFL Draft. There are 6 rounds left to go and so far the San Francisco 49ers have picked Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins. Projected to go mid 2nd-round to high 3rd-round, his first round pick was a surprise to most fans.
It’s official, Trent Baalke has just been named the San Francisco 49ers’ General Manager. This shouldn’t come as a big surprise since rumors of his hire have been floating around the past couple of weeks. Recent rumors had it that Mike Lombardi could possibly overtake Baalke as the front-runner for the 49ers general manager position due to his relationship with Jim Harbaugh, Stanford’s Head Coach and the top choice to replace recently fired Mike Singletary, but Lombardi has denied this rumor multiple times. In fact, Lombardi guaranteed that Baalke will be hired as the next 49ers GM since his first interview with Jed York.
When an objective observer looks at the 49ers, they should go back to the root of the problem at the beginning of the decade. In 2000, the team found themselves with huge salary commitments from their glory days, their Pro Bowl quarterback, a broken Steve Young, was knocked out of the NFL, an ownership control battle ripped the team away from a proven winner, Eddie DeBartelo, and the new owners didn’t back their head coach Steve Mariucci. In this process, the city of San Francisco probably lost their team, to of all places, Santa Clara.
In what can be only described as a season of discontent, the 49ers ended 2010 with a whimper rather than a bang. Losing yesterday to the St. Louis Rams, 25-17, and ending any hope for getting into the playoffs, the franchise will also be saying goodbye to head coach Mike Singletary, and most likely Quarterback Alex Smith as well.