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Alex Smith has benefited from the appointment of Jim Harbaugh.
Alex Smith has finally reached a maturity level that is indicative of an elite NFL quarterback.
For too many years, the former Utah quarterback was forcing plays that he was not able to make. Smith was publicly criticized by his former coaches Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary, and he did not respond well to this pressure.
Now, with Jim Harbaugh—an offensive-minded coach—at the helm, Smith has developed into a mature passer. His passes are safe but effective, and he is limiting turnovers while playing effective football.
An elite quarterback needs to have an elite intelligence about what he, as a playmaker, can do. It appears that Smith has finally figured himself out, and his efficient play has helped him develop into one of the game’s elites.