Frail, injury prone, inconsistent, bust, backup and underachiever are all words that would have been fit to describe the former first-overall pick coming into the 2011 season.
But now, Alex Smith appears to be a model of efficiency under the tutelage of new head coach Jim Harbaugh.
After five seasons and about as many different offensive schemes, Smith has finally been granted the stability that every developing quarterback requires to be successful in the NFL.
Solid, yet not spectacular, the 27-year-old has not been asked to win games as much as he has been asked not to lose them, and he has performed admirably in that role.
Having only thrown two interceptions up to this point compared to nine touchdown throws through seven games —boasting a 63.2 completion percentage and a 95.7 rating—he looks apt to justify his high-draft status.
Smith appears to have finally been placed back upon the promising trajectory he had been on under the direction of Norv Turner prior to the coordinator’s decision to depart for San Diego and injuries took their toll.
No one can be more ecstatic about the “Jim Harbaugh Era” than Alex Smith.