There has certainly been a lot of talk about the departure of GM Scott McCloughan in San Francisco over the last couple of days.
With the draft just weeks away, questions have been raised over who will lead the 49ers draft process and what the team’s direction will be going forward? Speculation is plentiful; answers (or even good theories) are few.
Like Coach Singletary fielding questions last summer during Crabtree-gate, I vow to focus on the people “who are here” and avoid contributing the growing whirlwind of rumors and speculation. One thing no GM can do or fail to do for the 49ers is produce plays on the field.
In a stretch filled with questions for the 49ers, one thing is known. There will be a very interesting QB competition in camp this year. With Shaun Hill no longer around to muddy the waters, the 49ers’ near-term (if not long-term) fate lies in the hands (and on the arm) of one or another of two very similar signal callers.
On the surface, Alex Smith and David Carr seem like carbon copies. Both are tall, strong, mobile QBs. Both were taken first overall in their respective NFL Drafts. Both have failed to live up to expectations to this point in their careers.
Physically, they are within one inch of each other in height, and one pound of each other in weight. They were virtually identical in NFL combine stats, and their career totals bear striking resemblances to one another.
Obviously the starting job will go to the player who wins it with his performance in camp and preseason. But with such seemingly similar pedigrees, does either player have the edge going into camp?
If you know where to look, there are some clues that suggest David Carr might have such an advantage (slight though it may be). Here are three reasons why David Carr could sneak past Alex Smith into the starting role: