Alex Smith Should Be the 2011 Starter for the San Francisco 49ers

Vincent MoraContributor IJanuary 13, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 02:    Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers runs against the Arizona Cardinals during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on January 2, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Many people think that we have seen the last of Alex Smith with the San Francisco 49ers, but if the 49ers are smart, they will bring him back ASAP!

Are those boo-birds that I am hearing? Of course they are, but if we would sit and down and think about the situation, 49er fans would see that this is the best option for the team.

Jim Harbaugh has an excellent track record in molding quarterbacks, so why not try and mold Alex? It's not like Alex will be requesting top dollar for his services like other free agents and he will already have the chemistry with the receivers.

This is especially important with the uncertainties that the 2011 season presents. 

There are very good odds that the players might not report until one or two weeks before preseason. Having Alex on the roster can only help the 49ers.

To those of you that want to draft a quarterback, there will be none available. Especially now with Andrew Luck staying at Stanford, the quarterback draft class gets even thinner.

I am also hearing a lot the 49ers possible drafting Cam Newton, but is he really worth spending a first round pick?

The 49ers have other needs on defense. Prince Amukamara should be someone that the 49ers should be looking at when it comes to spending that seventh pick.

The only option I see the 49ers having in drafting a quarterback with a tremendous upside is Jake Locker, due to his dismal senior season, but I still do not see the 49ers using the No. 7 pick on Locker.

There are a lack of can't-miss quarterbacks in this draft.

Shall we look at other free agents? How does Matt Hasselbeck, Matt Moore or Matt Leinart sound? Wait, what is that? You don't like the list? Ok, let me raise you a Rex Grossman or a Trent Edwards.

Need I say more?

The free agents would not be an upgrade over Alex Smith. Yes, Michael Vick and Peyton Manning will also technically be free agents, but let's be real: The Eagles are not going to let Vick go and I will not even comment on Peyton Manning. He will be a Colt until the day he dies.

For possible trade options there will be Kevin Kolb and Kyle Orton, but how much are they worth?

How do the 49ers know they are giving up too much? Kolb is an excellent prospect with tremendous upside, but he still has not shown much; Orton, on the other hand, has shown that he just might have what it takes to lead an NFL team, but the price tag might be more than the 49ers are willing to spend.

If the 49ers were to get one of these two quarterbacks, then Alex Smith would not be a need anymore, but my gut tells me that will not happen, even with all the lobbying Vernon Davis is doing on TMZ.

There is also a Donovan McNabb rumor, but he was not any better than Alex Smith in 2010. In fact, Alex Smith had better numbers than McNabb. Alex Smith had a QB rating of 88.1 to McNabb's 77.1. They both had 14 touchdowns, but McNabb had 15 interceptions to Alex's 10. They were both in and out of the lineups as well.

So, is McNabb really an upgrade?

San Francisco fans might be tired of Alex's inconsistency, but he has shown glimpses of a good quarterback. If Alex gets enough time to throw the ball, he can be lights out.

The decision will come down to Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers front office, and if they are as smart as I hope they are, Alex will be your starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.