I understand the Alex Smith "factor" may be a little overplayed at this point. Article after article has been written in regards to his successes and failures as a member of the San Francisco 49ers over the last six seasons.
The former No. 1 overall pick has been subject to ridicule and criticism for the majority of his NFL career, and it has been well-warranted.
However, the 49ers began a new era of football Sunday with a new coaching staff, multiple new players and a new outlook from the enigmatic quarterback.
Some of my points will be in regards to his performance against the Seattle Seahawks. Other points will be made in regards to what I have seen throughout the last two seasons. Whether you like Smith or not, it is hard to deny that he has improved in each of those years.
Today's performance lends credence to the belief that he is ready to take the next step.
Tonight, I want to focus on five particular reasons why Alex Smith is good for the San Francisco 49ers offense in 2011.