The NFL, as with any professional sport, is all about preparation and execution.
With the seemingly interminable 136-day lockout that endured from March through July 2011, adequate offseason preparation was essentially thrown out the window. This posed serious ramifications across the entire league, especially for coaches and quarterbacks.
What would the on-the-field product look like as a result of this lockout? Would we see an injury-riddled season highlighted by conspicuous lackluster performances?
The team posted a stellar 13-3 record under the leadership of first-year NFL head coach Jim Harbaugh, a dominant defense and the quarterbacking efficiency of Smith.
It advanced to the NFC Championship Game after an incredible Smith-orchestrated comeback and was minutes away from reaching the Super Bowl.
Now, keep this success in mind and then consider it in the context of a nonexistent offseason program before the season began. Imagine what could have been with a full set of organized team activities (OTA’s) and a proper training camp.
Ponder the statistics Alex Smith would have produced. Surely, a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 17-to-5and quarterback rating of 90.7 would only have room for improvement.
The San Francisco 49ers may not enjoy a 13-win season in 2012—teams in the NFL rarely lose a mere three games each in back-to-back seasons. However, Smith will not be the cause for any such decline.
Here are the five reasons why Smith will engineer a superior statistical output in 2012 and beyond.