Former overall number one pick for the 49ers Alex Smith has had a very rocky career so far, but I don't think it's on him. Smith came out of the University of Utah after leading them to an undefeated season under Urban Meyer. He impressed in the combine by running a fast 40 time, showing off his arm and scoring extremely high on the wonderlic test.
Smith has shown that he has the smarts and athletic ability to succeed at the NFL level. So why hasn't he yet? The answer is the 49ers have mismanaged him badly.
In his five years with the Niners Smith has had five different offensive coordinators (next year will probably be six), two head coaches one that never believed in him (Nolan) and one that benched him after being named head coach (Singletary).
Most number one overall picks have had a rough start. If your team has the number one pick it means that they had the worst record in the league, which means their team is terrible.
If the 49ers want Smith to succeed they need to put him on the Peyton plan. Peyton has had the same offensive coordinator, offensive line coach and quarterback coach since he entered the league 11 years ago. Peyton also had a terrible rookie season going 1-15 but in no way was his job ever in jeopardy.
The Colts showed patience and stability with Peyton Manning and now they have the best Quarterback in the history of the NFL leading their team. The 49ers have showed instability and a lack of confidence in Alex Smith and they are sitting on one of the biggest busts in NFL history.
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