There has been a lot of conversation on what the 49ers need to make themselves into the NFC West division champions. Most of this has been concerning the future of Alex Smith.
Many of the home fans are clamoring for the team to draft a new quarterback. They place the blame for the team's failure to win at Smith's feet.
Not only is this wrong, but in my humble opinion, very misplaced. The failure of the team to win is the fault of ownership and management to properly evaluate the needs of the team.
Alex Smith is a free agent going into the 2011 season, and with collective bargaining agreement far from being done, the 49ers may decide they want to keep Smith in the fold.
Harbaugh has stated he likes Smith and can see him succeeding in San Francisco.
Let's look at five reasons why the 49ers should keep Alex Smith.