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Alex Smith unleashes a bullet
While Smith is not the most mobile quarterback, he makes up for it with his presence as a pocket passer.
This season he completed 70.2 percent of his passes, had a 104.1 passer rating and threw for 13 touchdowns and only five interceptions. He led the 49ers to a 6-2 record and was playing some of the best football of his career.
Last season was also a strong year for Smith. He completed 61.3 percent of his passes, threw for 17 touchdowns to only five interceptions and finished the year with a quarterback rating of 90.7. He is one of the most solid and consistent quarterbacks in the league.
Ever since Jim Harbaugh came in as head coach, Smith has transformed himself into an elite quarterback in the NFL. He deserves to go play somewhere else if he wishes. The 49ers at least owe him that.