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Ask anyone who ever shared a huddle with [link widoczny dla zalogowanych] and he will tell you: When [link widoczny dla zalogowanych] spoke, there was reverent silence. OK,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], and the occasional reminder from Jerry Rice that he was wide open, all day.
Gary Peterson: Leadership qualities? This 49ers QB had a few
The 49ers are awash in Smiths but lacking in competent quarterbacks. Until they locate one, the leadership issue is little more than a balance-tipper between guys who can't take you where you want to go.
There was a lot of talk in 49ertown this week about quarterbacks and leadership. Which is interesting because the 49ers can lay claim to one of the great quarterback/leaders in NFL history and because leadership is more effectively demonstrated than articulated.
Here's how he sealed the deal: Respect was a prominent talking point for the 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys before the NFC championship game in January 1982. So much so that after hitting Dwight Clark with a pass early in the game, [link widoczny dla zalogowanych] decided to share a moment with Cowboys defensive end Ed "Too Tall" Jones.
But none matters if you don't achieve a certain level of success. Once you understand this, you understand why coach Mike Singletary's views on leadership as it relates to his quarterbacks qualify as so much background noise. Fifty games into his NFL career, Alex Smith has given no indication that he is anything more than a likable, well-mannered tease. It is only because of Alex Smith's bum shoulder that Troy Smith is even getting a sniff as an NFL starter.
But mostly there was silence. And here's how [link widoczny dla zalogowanych] took his first steps toward becoming a leader: In his sixth professional start, he led the 49ers from a 35-7 halftime deficit to a 38-35 overtime victory against the New Orleans Saints.
It's too simple to say that talent equals leadership. But when it comes to the biggest leadership position in team sports, it's almost impossible to achieve the latter without the former. It doesn't hurt if you have a quick wit, facility with hyphenated expletives, the ability to return to action eight weeks after major back surgery or the luck of the Irish. All the above embellished [link widoczny dla zalogowanych] 's credentials as a leader.
Funny how things work out.
"Respect that, (pardner)," [link widoczny dla zalogowanych] said.
Want a good laugh? [link widoczny dla zalogowanych] began his career backing up Steve DeBerg, the quintessential guy-who-can't-take-you-where-you-want-to-go quarterback. When [link widoczny dla zalogowanych] became the starter, Walsh traded DeBerg -- whose strong personality, Walsh feared, would undermine [link widoczny dla zalogowanych] 's ability to lead the team.
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