I can't recall another real life sporting situation or circumstance similar to the one taking place in San Francisco this Sunday. How Alex Smith rises above all the pressure and succeeds this weekend is almost crazy to imagine—ridiculous, in fact.
Smith was booed in several games last year—which felt like the end of Smith to me. Yet here he is. After six years of utter failure, here he is for a seventh. After being booed at practice by 49er fans (yes, we are talking about practice) and then booed again in a preseason game, here he is lacing up his cleats for another go.
If Alex Smith is able to succeed this year, every producer in Hollywood will be beating down his door. Not since Rocky has a bigger underdog story been written. Who doesn't like an underdog? But can he really come back after six bad years and turn into a different quarterback? The odds are very slim.
In all honesty, I think Smith has a chance to do okay this year, but I am not sure the fans are willing to accept an okay year from Smith at this point. You can set your watch to it: if Smith doesn't look good this year, it's going to get ugly quickly and loudly.
Smith is on the shortest leash allotted by any fanbase in modern history. One bad pass and the boos will start. An interception, and the whole place will irrupt. I am not really sure that much good can come out of this.
Smith is going to have to perform parallel to Montana and Young on their best day in order to earn back the respect of the fanbase.
As an analyst, I think the 49ers have tremendous talent and should be able to have moderate success even without a great quarterback. The key word is "moderate."
As a fan, I'm nervous for the guy. I would much rather see the great comeback versus the great disaster. This is going to be crazy. Good luck man.
Sunday, Alex Smith will either be staring in Rocky Part Seven or The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
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