We have a different Alex Smith on our hands, ladies and gentleman.
He is no longer the timid and non-confident quarterback that we are used to seeing. The new and improved Smith is primed to prove his doubters wrong, and he'll have his chance this postseason.
Whether or not you think that is a sensible question is another question. However, the 49ers are going to need Smith to step up and make plays one way or another.
It's a quarterback-driven league. Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers are going to find a way to get into the end zone. The 49ers, however, aren't going to need Smith to match the numbers that those two superstars will put up. That's just unreasonable to expect.
But the 49ers are going to need him to make plays when necessary, and that's exactly what Smith is going to do.
Here's a list of five reasons why Smith is going to force all of the naysayers to eat crow this postseason.