Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers: Why This Dysfunctional Marriage Must End

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Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers: Why This Dysfunctional Marriage Must End
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Alex Smith must be a real enigma to the San Francisco 49ers.

Seemingly since the day he was drafted, the fans have been almost unanimously against him. Many were bewildered with the delusion that Cal quarterback Aaron Rodgers would have been a much better pick, and have always held Smith to an unattainable standard.

With every mounting disappointing season, Smith has seemed to become even less ingratiated to the fan base. Things got so bad in the midst of a tumultuous 2010 season that fans began booing Smith as he took the field, rather than just after his inevitable mistakes.

Now, however, when the 49ers have a real chance for a true fresh start—with a new coach, a revamped offense, and a complement of solid options (see here and here) to replace their former No. 1 overall pick—a growing number of fans are suddenly lobbying for keeping Smith around.

Part of this can likely be attributed to new head coach Jim Harbaugh's recent comments praising Smith's potential as a starter in the NFL. Harbaugh has generated a wealth of good will and optimism since joining the ranks of the red and gold and many fans have begun to put an impressive amount of confidence in his judgment, especially when it comes to offensive personnel matters.

Even so, the sudden and dramatic shift in how Smith is perceived among the 49ers Faithful has been quite interesting to behold. Many who once were calling for his head are now imploring the 49ers to resign the unrestricted free agent QB.

Plenty of rumors have been floating around about why Smith should be retained. While some are based in reality, all can be logically refuted.

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