At the end of last season Alex Smith seemed relieved that his stay was coming to an end. Personally I like Alex, but I could not imagine a good situation for him with the 49ers. In 2005, he would enter the league with a lack luster one touchdown and eleven interceptions. It would be a rocky situation for the next six years. The end of 2010-2011 season, Alex was being shown the door as fans boo’s echoed throughout the stadium.
It was hard for fans to accept when Jim Harbaugh said clearly that Alex was the quarterback he wanted. Even for fans like myself who supported Smith, wanted to see him move on and be successful. It wasn’t hard for critics to roll their eyes when camp Alex happened. Then Michael Crabtree added some fuel to the fire, when he said to a reporter that he didn’t see a starting quarterback.
Everyone held their breath when the season started. Critics would clearly announce that the 49ers could be a good team if they would only ditch Alex Smith. It wasn’t until the 49ers were 4-1 that people began to question if Smith’s lack of production from the beginning may have had something to do with poor coaching, and sub par talent around him.
Now as the 49ers stand atop the NFC west at 6-1, ranked number two in the NFL, with only one team carrying a better record, Alex Smith is just now escaping the label of bust. It is for that reason I say it is time to lock up Alex with a three year contract. Right now he is playing under a one year five million dollar contract. It would be in the best interest to extend his contract, before the 49ers reach the preseason. Of course Alex and his agent might be seeing an opportunity also, he is proving that he is a real NFL quarterback, and there are several teams out there who would pick up Alex. The advantage is that Alex is thriving under Harbaugh, and he went to high school just up the road.
On the flip side, if we sign Alex, and the 49ers land a better quarterback, or if he struggles, then he will sit the bench, and do what he has always done well, come off the bench and finish losing games. No matter what happens, 49ers fans can find comfort in the fact that Harbaugh will do what is best for the 49ers and find a way to win.