Alex Smith Injury: How Does It Affect San Francisco 49ers Offense?

Blaine SpenceSenior Writer IOctober 24, 2010

David Carr: not the answer in San Francisco
David Carr: not the answer in San FranciscoOtto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Does anybody really care at this point?

The San Francisco 49ers found yet another way to throw a game away against the Carolina Panthers.

Smith was injured when he was sacked by the Panther’s DE Charles Johnson early in the third quarter. Smith’s injury is said to be a sprain of his left (non-throwing) shoulder.

After Smith exited the game, courtesy of a missed block by rookie tackle Anthony Davis, the 49ers defense scored on an interception return by defensive lineman, Ray McDonald.

They led the game 20-13, but with David Carr at the helm, they just could not get anything going offensively.

Carr’s first two passes were so bad, they forced the 49ers to run three straight times on their next possession, including third-and-18.

When the 49ers allowed the Panther’s to tie the game at 20, with just 1:11 left, on a second-and-14, Carr throws a beautiful pass to Carolina’s DB Richard Marshall (insert heavy sarcasm here).

The Panthers turned that pick into a field goal which proved to be enough as they pulled out their first win of the season 23-20.

Now I know that a backup quarterback doesn’t get a lot of snaps with the first team during the week, but Carr looked just plain awful.

He ended his day 5 for 13 for 67 yards and one interception

At this point it is not clear how long Smith will be out. However, with the season already lost, the 49ers really need to start exploring their options at quarterback, because David Carr is not the answer.

On Monday the 49ers should activate Nate Davis from the practice squad and give both Davis, and third string quarterback Troy Smith a chance to showcase their talents.

At the end of the Carolina game, Carr wasn’t scaring anybody with his arm, with the possible exception of his own teammates and coaches.

Both Troy Smith and Davis have canons for arms, and both are far more mobile than either Alex Smith or Carr.

That mobility could come in handy with the way the 49ers offensive line has been playing lately.

If Smith or Davis fail to impress, at least the team will know what ranks high on their priority list going into next year’s draft.