Alex Smith proved this last season that he should never be labeled a "bust" again. But did Smith show enough to the franchise and the fans that he can be the quarterback capable of bringing them to the promised land?
Smith was solid for the 49ers all season long. He didn't commit turnovers, rarely got rattled and managed the offense efficiently. Considering what was expected of him, Smith overachieved.
Critics wondered what the 49ers would do when the team was down late in the game and needed to score. In the NFC Divisional round against the New Orleans Saints, Smith drove the 49ers twice down the field, leading them to victory.
Smith has become a good NFL starter, but I still have doubts that he's the "answer" at quarterback for the 49ers. While he made huge strides as a player last season, he still has his limitations. His limitations could hold the 49ers back from becoming a yearly powerhouse like the Steelers or Patriots.
Here are three reasons why I believe Smith will never be the 49ers' answer at quarterback: