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Alex Smith is developing into a decent quarterback
Alex Smith was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft.
He has failed to live up to expectations and has been lustily booed throughout his career in San Francisco.
Following the 2010 season, 49ers fans were ready to run Smith out of town—and he was more than willing to leave, also.
The 49ers then hired Jim Harbaugh as their head coach.
Harbaugh carefully watched film on Smith and liked what he saw. He also had a chance to talk to Smith, and the two hit it off very well. The lockout also limited Harbaugh's options, so he convinced GM Trent Baalke to offer Smith a contract and also convinced Smith to stay in San Francisco.
Nobody would have ever believed Smith would be back after the 2010 season. Harbaugh went out on a limb and believed in Smith. He also believed in his own ability to teach Smith how to play quarterback in the NFL.
Fortunately for all concerned, he was right.
Alex Smith has played well and managed the games effectively. He has completed 63.3 percent of his passes and thrown for eight touchdowns and only two interceptions.
Smith went from being on the first plane out of town to now being the quarterback of a 5-1 team. For his efforts and performance, Smith is our Comeback Player of the Year.