Alex Smith 7.0: Why Will This Year Be Any Different for the Infamous QB?

Ryan The Broker@@ryanthebrokerAnalyst IAugust 17, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 12: Alex Smith # 11 of the San Francisco 49ers drops back to pass against the New Orleans Saints during their pre season game at Louisiana Superdome on August 12, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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By default and by lockout, Alex Smith is apparently close to becoming the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers again. How and why he continues to do it, I don't know, but the guy should be in politics. Anyone who can be that bad at their job for that long and still hold the position, would fit in great with Congress.  

So what does this mean for Smith?

It means he is going to have to play great. Not good, but great. A task I think he is incapable of. 

Why does he have to play great?

Because I am not alone. Niner fans have been watching the 49ers "suck it up" for almost a decade now. And for the last seven years we have watched Smith play football at a level that disgraces the great quarterbacks who came before him, the entire Niner Nation has, and frankly, we are fed up.

On Sunday, the 49ers held Fan Fest at Candlestick. After ending the last drive of practice in typical Smith fashion (failure), 49er fans began to boo, picking up where they left off last year. Anything short of greatness from Smith will surely result in the same thing throughout the season.  

I can't lie to you, I have felt like this for the last three seasons, but somehow he has always convinced me to give him another shot. He'll have a good game and we'll think, "Hey, maybe this guy isn't that bad after all." Then, the next game he goes back to the Alex Smith we all know and us 49er fans are left feeling bamboozled all over again.

No longer will I be "that guy." Any of you who want to buy into Alex Smith 7.0, feel free. Me, I would rather start the rookie and let him learn as he goes. At least I know his mistakes come from being a rookie and not from incompetence. 

Bringing back Smith was Jim Harbaugh's first mistake. He has set himself and Smith up for failure. Asking Smith to win back the fans with his play is like asking Congress to win back the people with their service. Not possible with the abilities they possess. 

Alex Smith 7.0: Why will this year be any different for the infamous QB?


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