Monday, March 19, 2012

Peyton Manning Chose the Broncos, will Alex Smith and the 49ers Get Past It?

Today Peyton Manning decided to take his talents to Mile High to play for the Denver Broncos. Yesterday the 49ers' starting quarterback, Alex Smith, had a 5 1/2 hour meeting with the Miami Dolphins after contract discussions broke down with the San Francisco 49ers. Now that Peyton has decided to play for Denver, can Alex Smith and the 49ers repair the damage? I think so.
Here's my take on how their next conversation should go:

Jim Harbaugh: Yo, Alex.

Alex Smith: What up Coach.

Jim Harbaugh: How was South Beach? Did you check out that club with beach front access to the Ocean?

Alex Smith: Yep. Me and Reggie (Bush) did it up big boy style. We haven’t kicked it like that since high school. Kim (Kardashian) kept calling, so eventually he sent her a text saying he was “chillin with the homies.”

Jim Harbaugh: Nice! So where are we? You ready to sign off on the contract? 3 years, $24 million, $10 million guaranteed is very competitive in the market.

Alex Smith: Talk to my agent about that. But, I see you got played by Peyton.

Jim Harbaugh: Played? He got played! He aint winning a Super Bowl in Denver. You had the ability to sign the contract before we ever got to that point.

Alex Smith: It was hard though, after the season I had. 17 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, one win away from the Super Bowl!

Jim Harbaugh: What about the year before?

Alex Smith: That’s not the point.

Jim Harbaugh: Had it not been for last year, what would you be expecting? You haven't earned more than $24 million. Not to take anything away from what you accomplished, but that’s the way it works in the NFL. Based on your career, we might be over-paying you. But you did represent last year, so it's cool.

Alex Smith: It’s hard cause I balled out last year, and did everything I could to get us to the Super Bowl. I agree my first 6 years were mediocre…

Jim Harbaugh: Mediocre!

Alex Smith: OK, God awful. But look how many offensive coordinators and quarterback coaches I’ve been through. I still remained loyal. But I know, it's business. At the end of the day, I get it.

Jim Harbaugh: I understand. Now put your big boy pants and get that deal signed.

Alex Smith: You don’t understand…

Jim Harbaugh: In 1991 a quarterback for the Chicago Bears held out of training camp because he thought he was worth $1.4 million and the Bears were offering $800,000. The previous year that quarterback threw over 3,000 yards and had 15 touchdowns. During the holdout Mike Ditka put a lot of support behind the backup and it hurt, but I got through it.

Alex Smith: YOU got through it?

Jim Harbaugh: That quarterback was me. I learned a long time ago you can never be happy with your options in the NFL. You always gotta look to get better in this league. That’s part of my coaching philosophy. Nothing personal. You could get hurt or choose not to accept the contract we’re offering. So we gotta be prepared.

Alex Smith: Yeah I get it. I guess we got a lot in common.

Jim Harbaugh: Except for…

Alex Smith: For what?

Jim Harbaugh: The fact that I threw 15 touchdowns with 16 interceptions…

In sports, as in business, credibility will cover up alot. Find credible managers in your company. They can help you get through the hard times.

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