The return of Alex Smith to the 49ers for a seventh season seems like it will come to fruition; despite heavy never ending, back and forth arguments for and against his return. The Sacramento Bee, reported that the 49ers have a one year offer on the table for Smith when the lockout ends. The reasons Alex will sign the one year offer the 49ers have waiting for him are simple.
First, with the number of quarterbacks in free agency Smith is more likely to be offered a back up position with another team, as opposed to the starting role with the 49ers. On top of that he would be given a chance to redeem himself by being the quarterback he believes he is.
Second, he recognizes the simple brilliance that Jim Harbaugh is giving us a glimpse of. Harbaugh knows exactly what he is doing with this move. Fans of the 49ers and Alex Smith have both paid a heavy toll to learn the lessons offered by Mike Nolan, Mike Singletary, and Green Bay. Green Bay Packers Aaron Rogers was developed the way a quarterback should be, and both the fans and Rogers have been rewarded. So the 49ers will draft a quarterback, and develop him on the bench to start.
Third, instead of becoming the second coming of the Redskins, the 49ers will most likely hold off throwing money at seriously high costing free agents who stand on their laurels but rarely live up to them. So the team will have the genetic makeup of last season.
Fourth, Harbaugh offers something the last two head coaches could not, an aggressive passing game plan. This is the style of game play Smith used at the University of Utah under coach Urban Meyers to finish a perfect season. Of course the aggressive passing game makes up a vast majority of the winning history of the 49ers.
The Fifth and final reason Smith will sign is that Harbaugh believes in him. He told the Sacramento Bee ;
“He’s a tough son of a gun. I watched four really solid years of every snap the guy took — getting hit in the pocket, picking himself back up, playing under adversity, fierce competitor. I don’t think (booing) will affect the guy.”
The question left by several fans now is “Why should I accept Smith back?” The answer to that is not to accept Smith back, but instead accept the brilliance Harbaugh is bringing to the 49ers and put your faith there. If Smith fails to accomplish anything next season, he would have served his purpose of occupying the starting quarterback position; for very little money in comparison to the free agent quarterbacks, while the future of the 49ers learns the system on the bench. However if Smith succeeds then we have a viable future quarterback. Either way, the 49ers and the fans win in the end.