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49ers Quarterback Alex Smith's Difficult Journey to the Top of the NFL
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Alex Smith - dropping back for a pass against Tampa Bay

Alex Smith is a good quarterback who could have been great by now. He could still be great. That’s right. I said it. The problem with Alex Smith is he was surrounded by mediocrity and inconsistency, and I don’t know of any field general that could prosper under those conditions. 

The front office has been in chaos under the York Family, who are a far cry from Eddie DeBartolo ever was as far as ownership. Smith's played under three different head coaches (four if you count the one-game interim coaching of Jim Tomsula) and seven different offensive coordinators, each with different offenses for him to learn. Not to mention a rag-tag O-line that didn't protect him and targets that couldn't help him move forward.

Yet, we still saw Smith as the scapegoat for the Niners losses. I’m still amazed that he opted to stay this year.

I am glad Alex is finally feeling comfortable, and that he’s slowly becoming the quarterback the Niners thought he was. Remember, he was the first overall pick in 2005, and now he is finally changing the minds of those people who thought he was a bust.

Here’s a look at why we all thought Alex was not the player we envisioned him to be, and how he’s finally becoming the quarterback we want.

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