For years, I predicted that the San Francisco 49ers would win their division and make the playoffs, but every season they were a disappointment. This was a team with a solid defense and a great running attack, but what the 49ers were lacking was a quarterback.
Alex Smith was drafted No. 1 overall and was expected to be a great quarterback and take this team to that next level. With numerous coaches and offensive coordinators, Smith has struggled, and at times looked like a complete bust.
With the 49ers hiring Jim Harbaugh as their head coach, the team has played well and is now 5-1 leading the NFC West division. Harbaugh gave Alex Smith one more chance and it has paid dividends.
The question now is if Jim Harbaugh and Alex Smith can lead this team into the playoffs.