Rodgers hints Smith is unappreciated


Rodgers hints Smith is unappreciated

In 2005, the 49ers selected Alex Smith with the No. 1 overall pick, while Aaron Rodgers slipped all the way to the Packers at No. 24.

You know the story by now: Rodgers backed up Brett Favre for three seasons before taking over and leading to the Packers to the Super Bowl XLV title (he was also Super Bowl MVP), while Smith toiled in medicority for six years and was on his way out of town following the 2010 season.

But that all changed when Jim Harbaugh became the 49ers' head coach. Smith re-signed with the 49ers and resurrected his career under Harbaugh's tutelage.

Although Rodgers tossed 45 touchdowns en route to being named the NFL MVP in 2011, the Packers lost to the New York Giants in the divisional round of the playoffs, while the Smith-led 49ers advanced to the NFC title game.

Then, in Week 1 earlier this season, Smith outplayed Rodgers in the 49ers' 30-22 victory at Lambeau Field.

The success continued into Week 2, and 3, and 4, and so on, until a fateful concussion against the Rams in Week 10 knocked Smith from the game, and ultimately cost him his job.

On Tuesday, a day after Colin Kaepernick threw four touchdowns in the 49ers' upset victory over the Patriots in New England, Rodgers spoke with the NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano regarding Alex Smith's situation in San Francisco.

"Alex and I are buddies, we both got drafted in 2005 NFL Draft, and he's been through a lot," Rodgers said in the interview. "I can't imagine to have to go through that many offensive coordinators and the turnover in coaches has been tough for him.

"He comes in, he's 70 percent completion, he's 100-plus quarterback rating last year, he's like barely over one percent interception percentage. He's a great quarterback, he just needs to go somewhere he gets appreciated for the skills he has and hopefully he gets a chance next year."

What do you think 49er fans? Will Alex Smith be a 49er next year? Do you feel bad for him?

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.

On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.

Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.

Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”

Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.

Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.

Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.

Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.

If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula reportedly might be back in the NFL after a one-year hiatus.

Tomsula, who spent his first eight NFL seasons as a defensive line coach, could be returning to that job with Washington, Carol Maloney of NBC4 reported on Sunday. But according to the Washington Post, a deal is not done between the two sides.

If the deal were to happen Tomsula would be rejoining Washington defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and general manager Scot McCloughan, both of whom he worked with while members of the 49ers organization.

Tomsula was promoted to the head-coaching job over finalist Adam Gase two years ago after the 49ers' “mututal parting” with coach Jim Harbaugh. Tomsula was fired after the 49ers went 5-11 in 2015. Chip Kelly was hired to replace Tomsula. Kelly was fired after the 49ers went 2-14, including a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak.