Alex Smith had a breakout year with 49ers last season, posting career bests in all statistical categories and leading the team to their first playoff appearance in a decade. This reason alone should be enough for the club to re-sign the 27-year-old who becomes a free agent in March.
But there are other factors at play that have as much bearing on the continued success of the Bay Area team other than just statistical facts.
In an age dominated by fantasy leagues and in-depth statistical approaches to the game, we tend to forget that there is more to sport than just what shows up on the score sheet. Some like to call it intangibles, but I prefer to leave off labels and take a more holistic approach that encompasses all that which cannot be quantified.
It is just about looking at the game through reality.
Alex Smith has the qualities that are perhaps more important than any stat he has put up for the fantasy hounds. Here are 10 reasons that those qualities should ensure San Francisco re-sign him.