Alex Smith should be considered the front-runner to win the 2011 NFL Comeback POY award.
After a tumultuous career, eight offensive coordinators in seven years, getting benched, then getting reinserted into the starting lineup, you might say Smith has had a frustrating career.
Mike Singletary and Mike Nolan didn't do him any favors handling things the way they did, but somehow Smith has rallied around new head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Smith could arguably make the case for having a Pro Bowl year.
So far this season, Smith has these stats:
- 203-for-321 (63.2%), 2,390 yards (7.4 average), 15 touchdowns, 5 interceptions (94.9 quarterback rating)
Not bad for a guy that hovered around a mid-70s quarterback rating for his career.
Additionally, he has led his team to a record of 10-2, while personally leading four come-from-behind fourth-quarter victories (tied for first).
Unless the other two players really step up their game and Smith has a bad finish, he should have this award locked up.