If this happens, Clark is doing it for one reason:
To give the fan base some hope and promote some goodwill since the franchise has literally been a bunch of shit since Week 17, 2010.
This would also give him a nice head start on interviewing candidates to be the next GM. Conduct interviews with assistant GMs and scouting directors from other teams. Get a jump on the offseason so what happened LAST TIME doesn't happen again.
Alex Smith's current 9.8 YPC is one of the lowest marks in the NFL over the last 10 seasons. Only a few QBs have been worse:
Ryan Mallett (9.8), Derek Carr (9.4), Christian Ponder (9.8), Brady Quinn (9.8), Ryan Fitzpatrick (8.6), Brodie Croyle (9.7), Charlie Frye (9.7), Bruce Gradkowski (9.4), David Carr (9.2)