San Francisco 49ers: Why Hot Start Is Imperative for Alex Smith

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San Francisco 49ers: Why Hot Start Is Imperative for Alex Smith
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Alex Smith almost took his San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl last season. He was one of the staples of that team that lost to the eventual champion New York Giants.

The 49ers' odds to make it that far are pretty good again this season, but in order to do that, Smith must be the leader of the team.

Here are five reasons why Smith must have a hot start if the Niners want to make it to the conference championship game, if not further.

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