I don't mind "Time to question Gene Smith", or "Gene Smith is on the hot seat", but to be clamoring for him being fired because our team has had a bad first 5 games to the season is a little over the top. My main argument for this is just because we get rid of Gene Smith, who's to say we hire someone better? There always the chance that we hire someone else with a great track record before becoming a GM that turns out not to be the best at being the big man on the totem pole.
Another point is that although he has had 4 drafts to put a quality product on the field, only 3 of those drafts can be reasonable to expect major impact out of through these first 5 games of the season (Can't expect too much in the first quarter of the season from a rookie WR and DE and late round picks).
The 2009 draft was a big success. Anyone that says that was a poor draft just doesn't understand what a good draft and a bad draft is. Monroe, Knighton, Thomas and Jennings are all certainly B+ or A picks, and Britton was on track to being in that group and still has a chance to prove he deserves it this year.
The 2010 draft he didn't have a ton to work with. Alualu has proven to be a solid player, but is not playing up to his expectations so far this season. That being said it is still early and I think the verdict on that should wait until the end of the season. The knee injury clearly effected him last year and he is not the brightest of people. He might just need a little bit more time, although he needs to show it this year. Cox is essentially our second round pick and that is clearly a good pick. Smith was hampered by injuries. He got 1 solid depth player in Austen Lane out of the late rounds. A stellar draft? No, not quite, but if Alualu is at least a decent starter at the position we still got a very good corner, a starting defensive tackle, and good backup player (potentially two depending on DA Smith) out of that class.
The 2011 draft is essentially Gabbert or nothing. It is FAR FAR too early to throw the towel in on Gabbert. He deserves this entire season to show he CAN play well, not even play well. It is tough to play QB in this league and he had a disaster of a season, circumstance wise, last year. He clearly has poor habits he still needs to get rid of, and 1 off season of good coaching is not going to do that. He also has a decent excuse that the offense could be playing much better around him. If that starts happening and we still don't see improvement by season end I will call him a bust, but he deserves the entire season to work through this. Playing QB in the NFL is tough, and drafting QBs is tough. To say 1st round QB's are even 50% success rates is being generous. Look at Sanchez, Bradford, Newton, and Alex Smith as examples. 3 #1 picks and 1 top 10 pick and they are all questionable. In the 10 year span from 2001 to 2010 there are only 15 remaining starters out of 28 players (and Bradford is looking more and more like he wasn't worth the pick, Alex Smith has taken a long time to blossom into an OK QB, and Sanchez has yet to prove he is "The Man").
As far as the rest of the 2011 draft Will Rackley is on IR, Shorts is developing well, Verdict still out on a developmental player in Prosinski, and Issac clearly did not work out.
When you really break down the drafts it is not as though the guy has had 15 picks in the top 3 rounds to work with. He has had 8. Are we really going to take a 1-4 start and blame it on Gene Smith not drafting well enough? Free Agency? That is always a gamble and overall he has been OK there. Let's all take some deep breaths and let the season play out. There is nothing we can do right now anyway. Let's look at Monroe, Britton, Knighton, Cox, Alualu, Blackmon, Branch, and Gabbert at the end of the season. We know Gene has done ok in the middle and late rounds, but let's judge these early round guys for their entire season, not their first 5 games. If the majority of them look like poor picks at the end of the year then by all means, lets take a look and see if we can find a better GM. If most of them show they are the core players they should be, even if Gabbert isn't in that group, it is not fair or smart to get rid of Gene.