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San Francisco 49ers: 5 Reasons Alex Smith Will Go Off in 2012
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith will shock the NFL in 2012.

He proved in the playoffs that he can win games with his arm as long as he gets a little help from his friends. Unfortunately, he only had one: Vernon Davis.

Jim Harbaugh did not sign Mario Manningham and Randy Moss to block for Frank Gore. No, he picked them up to address the 49ers' biggest need: a wide receiver who can help Smith look good.

With Davis, Manningham, Moss and Michael Crabtree at his disposal, Smith will have no shortage of weapons. What he will have is a bunch of playmakers expecting to see the ball. Smith will be asked to throw the ball more often next season to meet the demands of his talented receivers—a task Smith is more than ready for.

This slideshow will explain why Smith will go off in 2012 and finally shed his "game manager" reputation.

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