49ers Smith’s Pro Bowl Slight?

After the win against the Pittsburg Steelers, Jim Harbaugh did not hide what he thinks of Alex Smith. “There is no doubt in my mind that [Alex Smith] deserves to go to the Pro Bowl… There are other great players out there in the National Football League. I believe there are three that go to the Pro Bowl, right? Aaron Rogers, Drew Brees, Alex Smith. I think those are the top-3 in the NFC in my humble opinion.” Harbaugh would clarify that some would measure a Pro Bowl quarterback by huge yardage games, but he likes to measure in wins and losses.

2011-2012 Season

 

Alex Smith

Passing / Rushing

ATT

COMP

YDS

COMP %

YDS/ATT

TD

TD%

INT

INT%

LONG

SCK

SCK/LOST

RATING

389

239

2,752

61.4

7.1

16

4.1

5

1.3

56

39

233

91.1

 

ATT

YDS

YDS/ATT

LONG

TD

42

153

3.6

14

1

 

Drew Brees

Passing / Rushing

ATT

COMP

YDS

COMP %

YDS/ATT

TD

TD%

INT

INT%

LONG

SCK

SCK/LOST

RATING

583

417

4,780

71.5

8.2

37

6.3

11

1.9

79

23

150

109.1

ATT

YDS

          YDS/ATT

LONG

TD

19

72

       3.8

20

1

Aaron Rodgers

Passing / Rushing

ATT

COMP

YDS

COMP %

YDS/ATT

TD

TD%

INT

INT%

LONG

SCK

SCK/LOST

RATING

473

322

4,360

68.1

9.2

40

8.5

6

1.3

93

36

219

120.1

ATT

 YDS

                    YDS/ATT

LONG

TD

56

239

                 4.3

25

3

 

 

When their numbers sit next to each other, Alex’s looks a little short of what people consider a prototypical Pro Bowl player in Aaron Rogers, and Drew Brees. However when you take a step back and see that the Green Bay Packers are 1st in the NFC at 13-1, the San Francisco 49ers are 2nd in the NFC at 11-3, and the New Orleans Saints are 3rd at 11-3, it is hard to ignore that Smith has guided the 49ers into a top seed just as Rogers or Brees have done.

I believe that Alex is a tough sell for the Pro Bowl this year, and should be noted for his remarkable turnaround from his accumulating car accident like history. I also believe that moving forward Alex will only improve under Jim Harbaugh, and next year won’t be such a stretch to consider Alex for the Pro Bowl. Harbaugh looks as though he has taken the advice from Alex’s college coach Urban Myers, to get him settled into a system by giving him time and patience. When asked if he thought that Alex is the long term option for the 49ers, Harbaugh simply answered, “I do.”

I am excited to see what the 49ers can do in the playoffs this year as the NFC West Champs, but I am most excited about the Jim Harbaugh and Alex Smith putting a 49ers quarterback, back into the Pro Bowl on a regular basis.

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