Last year I wrote an article on Jim Harbaugh’s thoughts about Alex Smith getting into the Pro Bowl. December of last year Harbaugh said…
“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.”
Only a few weeks later Alex Smith and the 49ers would face Drew Brees and the Saints. Alex would put on an impressive show for a “Game Manager”, throwing for three touchdowns, only one yard shy of 300 and 103 QB rating. Most importantly Alex had led the 49ers to a win against a favored Saints team. However with the loss to the Giants the next week, fans and critics would not get the chance to see Alex Smith vs. Aaron Rogers finally.
During the off season critics would again take their shots at Alex Smith. Several critics and experts would say they would pick San Francisco as a Super Bowl favorite if it weren’t for “Game Manager” Alex Smith. During the preseason the critics maintained their stance.
The impressive win against the Green Bay Packers was also a statement by Jim Harbaugh and Alex Smith. Jim would trust Alex with tough passing situations. Alex responded, his 20 for 26, 211 yard, and 2 touchdown game, showed that he is more than a “Game Manager”. The 49ers win against Green Bay paired with the Lions shows critics that Alex has a place among the top quarterbacks in the NFC. Though the tough loss to the Vikings will be sure to cause some doubt to remain.
I think that we will see even more of Alex. As the season goes on, he will start using all of his tools more effectively. I am starting the campaign for Alex Smith to gain the recognition he deserves and gain a spot in the Pro Bowl for the 2012-13 season.