10 Questions for San Francisco 49ers' Quarterback Alex Smith
After a well deserved vacation, I am back with some potentially great news.
As of a few days ago, I am in contact with Alex Smith's wife—Elizabeth Smith—to negotiate an actual interview day with him.
A good friend of mine from my university—Jennifer Nguyen—happens to be Elizabeth Smith's former Raiderette teammate.
I owe the Oakland Raiders big time for this one!
Anyways, the following slides are the questions I have ready to ask the former 2005 No. 1 overall pick.
The following quote is taken from http://www.ninersnation.com/2008/7/19/574773/urban-meyer-on-49ers-qb-al.
"It's going to be interesting in San Francisco," Meyer said. "Alex is an extremely quick learner. However, he's a guy that, until he understands it, he is nonfunctional. He is a guy that -- I keep hearing how Brett Favre kind of makes something out of nothing and is a person that runs around to make a play -- Alex Smith is not that kind of player. Alex Smith is a person that, once he is taught, has to learn it all. He might struggle early, but once he gets it, he gets it."
Do you agree with Coach Urban Meyer's assessment of your abilities as a professional football player?
What aspects of the West Coast Offense did you learn from Mike McCarthy when he was offensive coordinator in 2005?
Why do you think you had your best season as a pro under Norv Turner's tutelage as offensive coordinator in 2006?
Why do you think the offense was unable to move the ball when Jim Hostler was offensive coordinator in 2007?
How did you benefit from having Mike Martz as offensive coordinator in 2008? Did you pick his brain during his one season in San Francisco?
Current offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye has roots in Norv Turner's system.
Do you believe having Coach Raye run the offense brings some familiarity from the 2006 season when Turner was offensive coordinator?
Did it bother you that former head coach Mike Nolan called you out on your toughness in 2007 when you were clearly injured?
What immediate changes have you noticed with Mike Singletary as head coach?
The addition of Texas Tech standout Michael Crabtree gives the 49ers a legitimate playmaking wide receiver. Since the 49ers now have depth at wide receiver, how do you think Crabtree's selection will open up the rest of the offense?
Here's the tough one.
It's well documented that you and Shaun Hill are good friends, but who do you think is the better quarterback?
You, Alex Smith, or your buddy, Shaun Hill?