The 49ers are 1-6. Yes, through seven games the once divisional favorites have just one win. The Seattle Seahawks under Pete Carroll lead the division at 4-3, and the playoffs are not really a realistic goal following a loss today.
Alex Smith went down Sunday when hope for a turnaround was still lingering because it appeared a victory may have been insight. However, due to a sprained shoulder, backup David Carr came in and was brutal. Throwing an interception that lead to the game winning field goal for Carolina, the 49er fans are taking back the "WE WANT CARR!" chants because it was evident that Alex Smith is the best option at quarterback.
It is unknown at this point how much time Smith will miss. Another potential question would be if the 49ers still believe they can compete in the NFC West this season and Smith is out do they put their faith in Carr. The only other options on the roster would be Troy Smith or Nate Davis.
Troy Smith, who the Niners signed after released by the Baltimore Ravens, may not know the system well enough because he has only been in San Francisco for a couple of months. His advantage over Davis would simply be the fact that he has started a game, so there wouldn't be the possible sloppy fumbles you see when some quarterbacks get their first start.
Nate Davis represents potential because outside of the preseason, the league hasn't seen what he's capable of. Its a long-shot that the 49ers get their quarterback of the future in Davis, but its certainly not impossible.
The biggest question San Francisco faces is it time to look to the 2011 season. Free agency, the 2011 draft and a new coaching staff could provide the missing pieces the Niners lacked this season.
Potential Head Coaches that could potentially take over for Mike Singletary include: Bill Parcells, Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher and John Fox.
Position needs may include QB, CB, DE and K. The 49ers' potential draft targets for the first round include LSU's Patrick Peterson and Washington's Jake Locker.
With a Week 8 game in London against the Denver Broncos, who are coming off an embarrassing loss to the Oakland Raiders, we may find out how serious San Francisco is about the remainder of the 2010 season.