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Posted Wednesday January 16, 2013, About: Alex Smith's Future?
He did explore free agency, but his performance during this season before his injury (and rise of the Kaep), along with his performance last year with (almost no WRs to speak of) inflated his value. His value last year was a lot lower because a lot of teams had their QB situation set, and those that didn't had better options. Example: Broncos got Manning, Colts and Redskins drafted their QBs, Seattle got the hot free agent Flynn. This year, there aren't as many options. No great quarterbacks are hitting the open market and the QB draft class this year is really weak.

Alex Smith was performing at a pretty high level these last two seasons. Having a player like him be available for a trade, in a year where unsigned/draftee quarterbacks are few and far between, definitely inflates his value.

Although Hammered also had a good point about Matt Flynn being available as trade bait, but I don't see that working out. He went into Seattle's training camp as the presumed starter and lost it to Russel Wilson. Wilson has been good, but Flynn's trade value has taken a nosedive. That Packers/Lions game is an ancient memory now.
Posted Wednesday January 16, 2013, About: Go Pack Go!!
The 49ers were routinely winning in the trenches. The Packers defensive line just isn't as good as it needs to be to make that gameplan work. They're a pretty underwhelming group, not much depth, especially with Jerel Worthy out. Capers should have gameplanned accordingly. He did not and, as a result, the Packers defensive linemen just couldn't shake off the blockers.

So, what I was saying is: sending blitzes to the outside could work IF the defensive line can shake their blocks. But this wasn't a dominating Packers defensive line by any means.
Posted Wednesday January 16, 2013, About: Alex Smith's Future?
But to where?
Posted Tuesday January 15, 2013, About: Go Pack Go!!
Well, that's because Dom Capers played a traditional defense against one of the "New Wave" of quarterbacks that's taking over the league. Look around - the position is getting increasingly mobile. In recent memory: RG3, Russel Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, Jake Locker, Cam Newton, Tim Tebow. Andrew Luck has decent wheels too. And that's just the last few drafts! (Michael Vick doesn't count because he's a terrible quarterback)

In the coming drafts, we're only going to see more of them - Geno Smiths, Johnny Manziels, and all of this type of quarterback. Coordinators around the league are already adjusting. Dom Capers's defensive gameplan might have worked against Alex Smith. But he didn't do anything to stop Kaepernick's ability to run - sending outside blitzes with nobody in the middle of the field!? Ludicrous!

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