Just before the draft Alex Smith’s head coach from Utah, Urban Myers said that Alex is a talented quarterback, and will do great in the NFL after he has time to learn a system. As we know Nolan ignored the advice handed to him, and like so many young draft pick quarterbacks he was thrown to the wolves. Not only had the young Alex Smith not had a chance to learn a system, but he was switching from a spread offence where he played mainly out of the shotgun formation. As it turned out his first season was nothing short of a precursor for what was to come.
Over the course of the last seven years, a vast majority of experts and fans would all convert from being an avid supporter to being against him. Year after year Alex would give a wide mix of performances. Some would label him busted at year three, and trolled the internet to claim anyone who still had hope for Smith was just drinking the kool-aid. It almost seemed as though they were right.
When Jim Harbaugh said that he would pursue Alex as his starting quarterback, a large grouping of fans and experts joined in the united prediction of a doomed first season for Jim Harbaugh. Though players would support his return, some like Crabtree would openly express his disagreement with the situation.
During the first regular season game, experts were pretty much calling the game before the kick-off a win for Seattle. After a decent showing and a win for the 49ers, experts would brush off the bad prediction. It wouldn’t take long before they would pick the Cowboys to win with easy against the 49ers. Though they were right about the win, no one could have predicted that it would run into overtime. The experts would predict each of the next three games to be losses for the 49ers. However when they put together a three game winning streak, everyone really began to notice.
After the win verses Tampa Bay, experts began to change their tones. Tough critics like Peter King would even have to concede the possibility that Smith might really be a good quarterback and that his woes were from coaching and lack of talent around him. Suddenly articles would appear from sports illustrated, ESPN, and NFL.com writing articles about Smith in a positive light. The question then arises how do you not strongly consider Jim Harbaugh for coach of the year? Just as important, what if the 49ers get to the playoffs, the first time since 2002, do you resign Alex Smith, who currently is under just a one year contract?
Regardless of what your thoughts of Alex Smith were before this year, from what Alex has done this year so far, he deserves a little credit, more importantly he deserves our support.