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Alex Smith on 49ers approach: “Manage this”

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith  throws the ball during the first quarter of his NFL football game against the New York Giants in San Francisco Reuters

Going into Sunday’s 49ers-Giants tilt, everyone expected a run-first approach from San Francisco.

That’s how the 49ers have played all year, and New York’s struggling rush defense begged for it. Instead, the 49ers came out aggressively throwing the ball with Alex Smith.

Ultimately, it worked.

“All week long, they talked about attacking,” Smith said of his coaches to Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports. “They hear what’s being said. They know. This was a big game, and they were out to prove a point. It was like, manage this.”

Smith is referring to the constant praise of Smith as a “game-manager.”  Coach Jim Harbaugh has received credit for limiting Smith’s flaws. There has still been a sense San Francisco is winning despite Smith.

Smith’s 242 yards weren’t exactly Brady-like, but he averaged 8.1 yards-per-attempt. His one interception came on a Ted Ginn drop. Smith made a number of vertical throws on a day Frank Gore was held with no rushing yards.

The 49ers have done a terrific job evolving throughout the year. They add a new dimension seemingly every week. On Sunday, they showed they can beat a very good team without running the ball that well.

Smith deserves plenty of credit for that.

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  1. jdandcoke says: Nov 14, 2011 11:23 AM

    i seriously hope the giants are able to make the playoffs and somehow face this team again. no sour grapes at all….the niners are quality….i just think it would be a very good re-match.

  2. AlanSaysYo says: Nov 14, 2011 11:24 AM

    It was classy of Harbaugh not to break Coughlin’s spine with another post-game slap on the back.

  3. bozosforall says: Nov 14, 2011 11:24 AM

    Good job, Smith. Limit the mistakes and there’s no telling where that SF defense will take your team. Heck, if Brady could win a Super Bowl by managing the game vs. the Rams (though aided by the Spygate cam), then so can you.

  4. shawshankreception says: Nov 14, 2011 11:26 AM

    Meh. He’s still a game manager.

  5. 49faithful says: Nov 14, 2011 11:27 AM

    The Phoenix has risen!!!

  6. tatum064 says: Nov 14, 2011 11:27 AM

    So far, so good. They have 2 definite losses coming v. Pittsburgh and Baltimore, but should cruise until their eventual annihilation at Green Bay, but they could surprise some teams, and to be honest Seattle could surprise them up at Century Link. But, this is a breakthrough season thanks to Harbaugh and a consistent defense.

  7. briank1ne says: Nov 14, 2011 11:31 AM

    give credit where it is due. Can the niners make a run at home field advantage through the playoffs? with one loss and a slightly easier schedule coming up…yes they can.

  8. norcalmafia says: Nov 14, 2011 11:31 AM

    I was so sick of watching this guy play thought he was a bust for sure,but now with good coaching were seeing what he can do hes playing great right now

  9. ninerdynasty says: Nov 14, 2011 11:32 AM

    here come the Niner haters hating.. and go…

  10. thedreadpirateswantoon says: Nov 14, 2011 11:32 AM

    This just goes to show, the Giants are never as good as people think they are.

  11. ambitoos says: Nov 14, 2011 11:34 AM

    His succes comes from having a stable OC. Harhaugh is a great coach. He has made winners of every team he’s coached. San Diego State, Standord and know 49er. Alex was always a winner untill he went to the 49er coaching carasoul. Still love him here in San Diego.

  12. medtxpack says: Nov 14, 2011 11:38 AM

    above average talented team just needed a good coach.

  13. dublindemonszfl says: Nov 14, 2011 11:39 AM

    Good Job Kid. Proof Smith is way better than Aaron Rogers.

  14. jasku880 says: Nov 14, 2011 11:40 AM

    49ers still would rather have arod.

  15. joetoronto says: Nov 14, 2011 11:40 AM

    The 49ers are a good team, built through the draft, like the Raiders. Both teams should be good for years.

    You have to wonder how far Alex Smith will take them though. Just like Jason Campbell, he wasn’t going to bring the Raiders deep into the playoffs.

  16. sj39 says: Nov 14, 2011 11:41 AM

    Nice, lucky year. Enjoy it while you can.

  17. bleedgreen says: Nov 14, 2011 11:44 AM

    I think Smith is a step above game manager, to be honest. He’s not great, but he’s pretty good. It helps that he has the full confidence of the coaching staff, and he has an Oline loaded with 1st round picks. He also has a great TE, and a bunch of good receivers too. Ginn has turned into a slightly above average guy, Braylon is a big body, Crabtree is getting better and Morgan is a pretty good #3. Add in Frank Gore and thats a potent offense. Smith is doing what he needs to do. He doesn’t need to do any more, because they’re 8-1. If Smith played worlds better, would they be 8-1er? No.

  18. minnesconsin says: Nov 14, 2011 11:45 AM

    smith still needs to do a lot more to shake a reputation that he’s come by honestly. He’s been solid this year, but he’s still averaging less than 200 passing yards/game, so the title “game manager” is nothing if not accurate.

    everyone’s waiting for the old Alex Smith to show up, and that’s a fair expectation of a guy who:

    has never led his team to a winning record

    has a career passer rating in the mid-70s

    has as many 4th quarter comebacks this year as he had in his entire career up until now

    has a Career TD/INT ratio of 62/56

  19. radrntn says: Nov 14, 2011 11:47 AM

    props to the niners…off to a great start. great to see the bay area back on top in their divisions. Time will tell in Jan if niners can score to keep up with the likes of the saints, falcons, and packers. Niners should get lucky and play at home at least once after the bye week. Niners fan ought to hope the raiders can beat the packers , and then might be at home all the way through.

  20. fatguystrangler says: Nov 14, 2011 11:51 AM

    It’s funny to look back into the off-season and how much criticism was levied against the team for keeping Smith and not really making many changes to the roster, via free agency, at least. Looks like the few moves they did make are paying dividends. Oh yeah, Jim Harbaugh can coach and has a strong coaching staff, too.

  21. mbuda732 says: Nov 14, 2011 11:52 AM

    bail out false start penalty lead to a TD. This game could have easily gone the other way. That said, congrats to the niners. They will be out like Patrick Ewing’s knees in the playoffs.

  22. wingz101 says: Nov 14, 2011 11:52 AM

    This was a good win for the 49ers. Smith stepped up as much as he can. The scored on runs even with Gore out. They seem to be on a run where they cannot lose, with every break going their way. It reminds me of the run the Packers had last year through the playoffs.

    We’ll see what happens, but 49er fans have to be happy and extremely surprised.

  23. andre504 says: Nov 14, 2011 11:55 AM

    shawshankreception says:

    Meh. He’s still a game manager.
    ——————————————–

    He is probably one of those teams (Philly, Detroit, or NYG) that played us and said, “We will stop Gore, and make Alex Smith beat us with his arm.” Please, we have heard this story way too many times. Alex is having the best season of his career, stop hating on him.

  24. test2402 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:00 PM

    I can’t believe the eagles lost. Clown team like giants in first place. This division is a joke.

  25. wegonnadoitbaby says: Nov 14, 2011 12:03 PM

    Hats off to the 49’ers and Harbaugh. He certainly has this group playing above their heads. As motivating as Singletary’s rendition of ” Pant’s on the ground, pants on the ground” was…Harbaugh’s firm “manshake” seems to be working substantially better.

    I read where there was talk that Alex Smith is getting consideration as “Comeback Player of the Year.” Huh? No offense, but to “Comeback” denotes that you were there before, and I don’t recall Alex Smith accomplishing anything of note before this year.

    And there is nothing wrong with being a good in game manager…it’s ashamed that is now thought of as a metaphor for lack of talent. Good game managing quarterbacks usually win more than they lose…sometimes even Superbowls.

  26. valman61 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:04 PM

    Sorry but I don’t know any reasonable person who watched that game and thinks the giants aren’t better then the 49ers. It’s clear as day.

  27. megatronownsyou says: Nov 14, 2011 12:05 PM

    Yup Alex Smith is your quarterback. For this reason you will play in exactly one playoff game this season. At least your coach is a real class act.

  28. wferg1121 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:06 PM

    Alex had a good game and the niners are really well coached team.. I thought the turning point was when giants lost Boley before the half.. Prior to him leaving 9 points after 18 points.. All of a sudden a TE is wide open.. Also Manningham stops on a route and hangs Eli out to dry.. This is the third time that I have seen him have a miscommunication this year.. If your a Giants fan you see that most of his catches are an adventure, he got a concussion because he bobbled a TD and face planted on the turf in Seatles game. Manningham has to catch that TD.. Much respect to the 49ers, Harbaugh is clearly coach of the year!!

  29. destructicus says: Nov 14, 2011 12:07 PM

    I’m happy for the 49ers, and I’m happy for Smith.

    Here’s my prediction: The 49ers lose their first game in the playoffs because Ted Ginn Jr. drops the would be game winning TD, or because a ball bounces off his hands for a INT returned TD.

  30. cowboyshater says: Nov 14, 2011 12:11 PM

    Let them all keep hating while we keep winning.

    To quote the great philosopher Charlie Sheen: “Winning!”

  31. mondzy805 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:12 PM

    As a 49ers fan, I must put aside the last 6 years and give Alex his props. So, I’m sorry for bashing the guy and just moving forward. Better late than never. Go 49ers. Were 8-1 and that a fact. With 5 division games left, were on our way. Who has it better than us? Nobody!

  32. mrplow3 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:17 PM

    This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who has watched Alex regularly over his career.

    Every season, every offensive cordinator he has always showed flashes of brilliance followed by failure.

    I always thought all he needed was a good coach to being it out of him, afterall did you see the lol offense he ran in college?

    Turns out I was right, it appears a good coach has begun to develop that raw talent, finally.

  33. dgforreal says: Nov 14, 2011 12:17 PM

    Good Job Kid. Proof Smith is way better than Aaron Rogers.

    Let’s not get too carried away now.

  34. mikea311 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:22 PM

    as a Giants fan, one of the very few times i wasn’t upset about losing. We lost to a really good team with a solid QB.

    What a great game game.

    We deserve more games like that.

    two tough teams playing with so much heart and drive, im proud of my Giants, but we made two bad mistakes in the fourth and couldn’t overcome them, but they sure gave their all.

    The 49ers are built for playoffs, i hope we see them again.

  35. impeachgoodell says: Nov 14, 2011 12:23 PM

    valman61 says:
    Nov 14, 2011 12:04 PM
    Sorry but I don’t know any reasonable person who watched that game and thinks the giants aren’t better then the 49ers. It’s clear as day.

    Huh? The double negative confused the heck out of me. Its clear as mud

  36. wegonnadoitbaby says: Nov 14, 2011 12:28 PM

    cowboyshater says: Nov 14, 2011 12:11 PM

    Let them all keep hating while we keep winning.

    To quote the great philosopher Charlie Sheen: “Winning!”

    ——————————————————
    Cowboyhater,

    The quote was actually “Duh,…Winning.”, which is of course what your beloved niner’s did not do against the Cowboy’s. Funny that you call people haters when your moniker is “Cowboyhater.”

  37. danospleasanton says: Nov 14, 2011 12:30 PM

    I love all these 9ers haters who act like they know something. Keep hating while the 9ers keep winning. Most people who speak the most hate probably NEVER played this sport on a high level. The smell of these haters is vile and sad. Keep throwing shade haters it’s not our fault your teams suck. I’ll take our team in the cold months in any weather and ride it out. It’s amazing to me to see how people who are fixed on the negative over the positive…so sad! ~GO NINERS!!

  38. steve9932 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:34 PM

    LOL at the comment about the giants being better than the 49ers!!!

    FYI – The giants got their first 3 points when homeboy clearly fumbled and the ref said his forward progress was stopped.. thats a non sense call.

    Ted Ginn took off another 3 possibly 7 points by not catching the ball in the redzone.. we should have won by 13 points possibly 17…

  39. jcd213 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:39 PM

    comeback player of the year?

  40. ninerdynasty says: Nov 14, 2011 12:39 PM

    megatronownsyou says: Nov 14, 2011 12:05 PM

    Yup Alex Smith is your quarterback. For this reason you will play in exactly one playoff game this season. At least your coach is a real class act.
    ————————————————–
    And i assume that you’re a Lions fan right?.. please tell me how your QB did yesterday.. . You should clean your own backward before you come trashing on another Teams backyard…

  41. nyyankeedave says: Nov 14, 2011 12:43 PM

    sj39 says:

    Nice, lucky year. Enjoy it while you can.

    ===============================

    “There is no such thing as luck.”
    -Obi Wan Kenobi

  42. ilikesteveyounggirls says: Nov 14, 2011 12:46 PM

    megatronownsyou says: Nov 14, 2011 12:05 PM

    Yup Alex Smith is your quarterback. For this reason you will play in exactly one playoff game this season. At least your coach is a real class act.

    —- Your team looked great yesterday, kept it real close with the Bears… Still bitter about your loss to the 49ers are you? Or perhaps it’s because the 49ers live up to the hype and the Lions can’t? Beat it nerd.

  43. dstep24 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:50 PM

    Mirage. The playoffs will be the ultimate teller, where I believe Alex Smith will fall flat on his face. So you beat a team that lost to the awful Seahawks, in NY, just a few weeks ago. And you beat them barely. You have no explosive weapon on offense other than your glass-jawed running back, and you have a QB who couldn’t hit the ocean with a beach ball. You have the best defense in football, but as the Ravens have proven over the last several years, defense alone isn’t enough. You have to have an offense that can at least be considered competent, and you need a QB who can get the ball down the field, which is something Alex Smith has only proven he CAN’T do. Tampa, NY, SEA wins at home say nothing. Barely beating a sinking Detroit team at home says nothing. They’re clearly moving right out of playoff contention as we speak. Go play the Packers, Pats and Steelers, then let’s see how it goes.

  44. FinFan68 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:53 PM

    This is the 49er football I expected to see last year. Amazing what a coach with fresh ideas can do to essentially the same players…

  45. marvin49 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:56 PM

    Its an OLD story. Alex gets a new Coordinator every year. He could never get comfortable. Urban Meyer (his coach at Utah) said of Smith that until he got comfortable with the O he was “non-functional”. If he’s not sure, he would hold the ball until he WAS sure. That results in checking down all the time, throwing the ball late, or hitting a reciver with no chance to do anything with the ball (because the defender is all over them)

    The best way to screw him up in the pros was to NEVER let him get comfortable.

    However, if you look at his stats LATE in almost every season in which he played he showed marked improvement.

    Last year, over his last 6 starts he had 8 TDs and 1 INT. That with BAD coaching. Thats PRE Harbaugh.

    Harbaugh deserves credit for looking and seeing what was really there even tho it was very unpopular to the 49er fanbase. He deserves credit for building an offense that suited Alex’s talents. Alex is just getting better and better every single week.

  46. bobhk says: Nov 14, 2011 12:57 PM

    This board is loaded by gracious giants fans as well as sore losers. Probably some of the sore losers are fans of teams wishing their team was 8-1.
    Quit talking crap about smith. After years of bad play he’s doing everything that’s expected of a good QB. He’s won in high pressure with the game on the line (vs Detroit). He’s brought them back from deep deficit (vs eagles) and he’s carried them when there was no running game (vs giants). What more do you want.
    No he’s not Rodgers but he’s pretty good.

  47. bobhk says: Nov 14, 2011 1:00 PM

    @jasku880
    niners of 2005-10 would have driven Rodgers into the ground.
    Besides who wouldn’t want arod now. Hindsight is 20/20

  48. johngaltwho says: Nov 14, 2011 1:16 PM

    Niners have every chance of taking the number 1 seed. They’re a good team in a pathetic division with a soft schedule. It is nice to see them and their fanbase have some long overdue success. They wont last in the playoffs however. They’re just simply not that good. And thats not hating, its just an opinion.

  49. Nevis says: Nov 14, 2011 1:22 PM

    johngaltwho says:
    Nov 14, 2011 1:16 PM
    Niners have every chance of taking the number 1 seed. They’re a good team in a pathetic division with a soft schedule.

    ——————————–

    What soft schedule? Or are you being ignorant and not realizing that through 10 weeks, they’ve had the TOUGHEST schedule (in terms of quality opponents)?

    So tired of people blowing hot air about the Niners schedule. They’ve earned every W, through good teams, bad teams, on the road, at home, after a big win, after an emotional loss, after the bye….but they have played one — ONE –division game.

  50. danospleasanton says: Nov 14, 2011 1:24 PM

    dstep24 says:Nov 14, 2011 12:50 PM

    Mirage. The playoffs will be the ultimate teller, where I believe Alex Smith will fall flat on his face. So you beat a team that lost to the awful Seahawks, in NY, just a few weeks ago. And you beat them barely. You have no explosive weapon on offense other than your glass-jawed running back, and you have a QB who couldn’t hit the ocean with a beach ball. You have the best defense in football, but as the Ravens have proven over the last several years, defense alone isn’t enough. You have to have an offense that can at least be considered competent, and you need a QB who can get the ball down the field, which is something Alex Smith has only proven he CAN’T do. Tampa, NY, SEA wins at home say nothing. Barely beating a sinking Detroit team at home says nothing. They’re clearly moving right out of playoff contention as we speak. Go play the Packers, Pats and Steelers, then let’s see how it goes.
    ———————————————————

    8-1 is a mirage in the NFL?? Pats got beat by the Giants last week. Way to form a completely useless argument! My 1 year old makes more sense speaking gibberish.

  51. Nevis says: Nov 14, 2011 1:25 PM

    @dstep24 …

    FOOL. Detroit was 5-0 when the 49ers beat them. On the road.

    The Bengals have since gone 6-3. Niners beat them…on the road.

    The Niners were the first team to expose Philly in a must-win game for them…on the road.

    The 49ers crucified the Bucs and just imposed their will on the NY Giants, a team that every pundit now has winning the East.

    You are a blind hater if you can’t recognize that they’ve done in 9 weeks. You can spew all you want, but you have zero credibility talking like that.

  52. marcsasharc says: Nov 14, 2011 1:33 PM

    the haters are still hating! the same people who said the 9ers couldnt win if Gore was stopped. Gore was stopped for 0 yards yesterday and the 9ers still put up 27 points and beat a vaunted offensive team by a td.

    look at all the people talking about the 9ers falling flat on their face in the playoffs. that is music to 9er fans ears!

    its better to hated than ignored.

    you cant ignore the monster that Harbaugh has built now. :)

  53. schmitty2 says: Nov 14, 2011 1:39 PM

    tatum064 says:
    Nov 14, 2011 11:27 AM
    So far, so good. They have 2 definite losses coming v. Pittsburgh and Baltimore, but should cruise until their eventual annihilation at Green Bay, but they could surprise some teams, and to be honest Seattle could surprise them up at Century Link. But, this is a breakthrough season thanks to Harbaugh and a consistent defense.

    I wouldn’t say Pitt and Ravens are sure losses

  54. marvin49 says: Nov 14, 2011 1:40 PM

    @Nevis…

    He means the REMAINING schedule….and he’s right.

  55. gmen1987 says: Nov 14, 2011 1:42 PM

    Doesn’t Alex Smith know it’s more important putting up big numbers than winning games? At least that is what the warped world that fantasy geeks and fangirls live in.

  56. bobhk says: Nov 14, 2011 1:55 PM

    I find it interesting that a lions fan is coming to trash talk here. I can see why though…nothing good going on for the lions…

  57. marcsasharc says: Nov 14, 2011 1:57 PM

    do people really feel that the 49ers arent better than the steelers or the ravens? both are formidable teams but lets be honest for a minute, both games the 9ers will likely be favored.

  58. johngaltwho says: Nov 14, 2011 2:00 PM

    Wow. I know the 49ers have a really good defense but I didn’t know their fans were so defensive. Fine – they’re an awesome team with an elite quarterback dominating despite a daunting schedule.

  59. sixjak says: Nov 14, 2011 2:11 PM

    Any reasonable person will agree that the 49ers are a solid team. Capable of beating any other team in the NFL. There’s not a whole lot of options an opposing offense has going up against these guys. On the other other side, they showed that they can win relying on the arm of Smith. He good. I think if they meet again in the playoffs and Gore is healthy, Giants fans will be dissapoint. I also think the Packers’ fans are in for a big surprise when these two teams meet in the arena they both seem to be on a collision course for. Just accept it. The 9ers are an elite team this year.

  60. time2speakup says: Nov 14, 2011 2:21 PM

    Off topic – but On-Point Gang. We can help the Niners dominate the Pro Bowl.
    Each of our players match up, position by position across the board, with their counterpart. And in many areas, ours stand alone. Please – go to NFL.com often and vote over and over. Let’s make it happen. “On three – Niners Dominate!” Thanx.

  61. 6250claimer says: Nov 14, 2011 2:41 PM

    It’s looking more and more like 1981 as the weeks go by. Watch the story of that team in the NFLN documentary. Amazing parallels.

  62. chunkierthanyou says: Nov 14, 2011 2:44 PM

    Alex Smith’s last 15 games:

    19:4 TD/INT ratio, 2,850 yards, 61% completion rate (64% in ’11), 11-4 record

    Alex Smith has been nothing, if not, efficient this year. Flashy play or gaudy stats? Nope. Given the road he’s traveled, most clear-minded Niners fans should be ecstatic just to see that Smith’s shown consistently measured improvement week-to-week while taking care of the ball. Whether organizational upheaval, “savior” expectations despite a nearly talent-less roster in ’05, injuries or simply being too far into his own head, Smith looks to finally be shedding the paralysis-by-(over)analysis style of play that’s plagued him most of his career.

    Sprinkle in the ineptitude of the Singletary regime constituting 6 games of aforementioned production, and it further cements Smith’s upward-trending progression.

    Aaron Rodgers he is not (insert Capt. Obvious jokes)…but Smith should have been so lucky to have enjoyed the learning curve Rodgers did.

  63. jr4real says: Nov 14, 2011 2:47 PM

    you have to have some respect for any QB getting their team to 8-1. they have won 3 road games against good teams.

    Im certainly not chalking a win up for my team (Steelers) in a few weeks out there.

    however, next year they will have a division-winner schedule. that will prove how good of a long-term team this is.

  64. monstoro15 says: Nov 14, 2011 2:47 PM

    Alex Smith is a good quarterback. He makes the right decisions, and he’s good when it matters most.
    He goes through his reads quickly. Sure he checks down a lot, but a check down is better than an interception.

  65. bobhk says: Nov 14, 2011 2:56 PM

    Now people are automatically penciling in losses vs ravens and steelers. Didn’t we hear that before giants, eagles, and lions games as well?
    As a niner fan, I’d be more afraid of losing a game in seattle.

  66. chobes68 says: Nov 14, 2011 2:59 PM

    “tatum064 says:
    Nov 14, 2011 11:27 AM
    So far, so good. They have 2 definite losses coming v. Pittsburgh and Baltimore, but should cruise until their eventual annihilation at Green Bay, but they could surprise some teams, and to be honest Seattle could surprise them up at Century Link. But, this is a breakthrough season thanks to Harbaugh and a consistent defense.”

    ————–

    Speaking as a Bear’s fan, I like the 49er team, they’re built to do damage in the playoffs.

    I don’t necessarily agree with Baltimore and Pitt being two losses. Pittsburgh doesn’t scare teams, as in years past, and Baltimore wets the bed each time they have the opportunity to step away from the pack.

    And speaking of the Pack. There is not one team that is head and shoulders ahead of all others, including the Pack. At least until/if they get their ‘D’ squared away. They’re probably still the favs, but they’re not as far away as some might assume.

  67. portlax12 says: Nov 14, 2011 3:10 PM

    Alex Smith is a decent quarterback, but I think that we are getting a little too excited about him right now. He has been good this year; however, people had been calling for his head in SF for the past 5 or 6 seasons. At this point, I think he still has a lot to prove. Furthermore, I think his success yesterday had more to do with the Giants not getting a great pass rush, which helped expose how bad their line backers and at some times even the corners are in man coverage. The Giants often stacked the box with both safeties against run formation, which left their corners on an island. For the most part SF took advantage of this. There were open receivers all over the place throughout the entire game. Most of Smith’s incomplete passes were entirely his fault. He missed Braylon Edwards on a slant route that would have been a touchdown, and at one point he walked right into Umenyoira to force himself to throw an incompletion with open receivers down field. The point is that Smith still has a long way to go, and against better secondaries he will have an extremely rough time producing without a run game.He better hope Gore gets his ankle healthy soon.

  68. ninersforlife15 says: Nov 14, 2011 3:11 PM

    These are all things I have been telling people about Alex Smith for years. If you give him some stability and a head coach that can even spell “offense” then he could be a winning quarterback. In glad everyone else and the media are finally catching up with me.

  69. gd2484 says: Nov 14, 2011 3:22 PM

    The “they havn’t played anyone” line that some use on here is BS. I lived through that in 1998 with the Falcons beating the Vikings.That was the same line that people said all week during the game the Falcons havn’t played anyone. I see allot of similarities between the 98 Falcons and the 11 49ers and I just hope that people don’t take them lightly becuase a strong defense goes a long way.

  70. trollhammer20 says: Nov 14, 2011 3:32 PM

    Memo for Niner fans: Please be sure to wash your Montana, Rice, or Lott jerseys before wearing them out into public. The huge amount of dust that’s accumulated on them while they’ve been in storage is a public health hazard.

  71. goldrush36 says: Nov 14, 2011 4:51 PM

    @portlax12 The Eagles have the best collective secondary in the NFL and Alex did just fine

  72. marcsasharc says: Nov 14, 2011 5:18 PM

    i think its humorous that because a player has had a bumpy road in his career and has progressed that he will regress. the real Alex Smith is the one we see now. the one who is comfortable, decisive and a leader. he isnt gonna make all the wow plays, but he can play efficiently in the NFL.

  73. jayman35 says: Nov 14, 2011 5:22 PM

    The reason for Alex Smith’s success this year has nothing to do with him being a vastly improved QB, and more to do with a coach that plays to his strengths and a coach who knows something about offense. Greg Roman also knows a little something about offense (see Stanford’s team last year), and while Alex Smith may not be Andrew Luck, he is clearly more than capable of leading this team deep into the playoffs. Time for the critics to shut up and eat crow.

  74. alldayaldon says: Nov 14, 2011 5:27 PM

    “however, next year they will have a division-winner schedule. that will prove how good of a long-term team this is.”

    the rams,seahawks and cards will all be on that division-winner schedule …twice each

  75. jessethegreat says: Nov 14, 2011 5:47 PM

    while Alex Smith may not be Andrew Luck, he is clearly more than capable of leading this team deep into the playoffs. Time for the critics to shut up and eat crow.
    ———————————————————
    And when the 49ers lose their first game of the playoffs, we will be here to remind you of who and what Alex Smith really is. He is about 10% of how good Brady, Brees, Roethlisberger, and Rodgers are. I’d bet money Peyton as he is injured now would still make the 49ers offense better than it is with Smith. He will not win you anything. The others will and more importantly, HAVE.

  76. gcsuk says: Nov 14, 2011 7:19 PM

    time2speakup says: Nov 14, 2011 2:21 PM

    Off topic – but On-Point Gang. We can help the Niners dominate the Pro Bowl.
    Each of our players match up, position by position across the board, with their counterpart. And in many areas, ours stand alone. Please – go to NFL.com often and vote over and over. Let’s make it happen. “On three – Niners Dominate!” Thanx.
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    Sorry, but I think that’s getting a little carried away. Frank Gore is maybe Top 5 at NFC RB, but not Top 3. Is Alex Smith top 3 at QB in the NFC? Don’t think so. How about WR? Any of them top 5? You should have better luck on the Defensive side, but please don’t say “position by position across the board”.

  77. commandercornpone says: Nov 14, 2011 9:12 PM

    smith has played in all kinds of systems bow.

    there isnt a system, play or situation he hasnt seen, now.

    i have seen lots of veteran QBs with similar checkered backgrounds all of a sudden become very good.

    they do look like the 81 niners. and no one took them seriously till they led the bengals 20-0 at half in the super bowl. dallas is still reeling from ‘the catch’.

  78. marcsasharc says: Nov 14, 2011 10:37 PM

    jessethegreat says:
    Nov 14, 2011 5:47 PM
    while Alex Smith may not be Andrew Luck, he is clearly more than capable of leading this team deep into the playoffs. Time for the critics to shut up and eat crow.
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    And when the 49ers lose their first game of the playoffs, we will be here to remind you of who and what Alex Smith really is. He is about 10% of how good Brady, Brees, Roethlisberger, and Rodgers are. I’d bet money Peyton as he is injured now would still make the 49ers offense better than it is with Smith. He will not win you anything. The others will and more importantly, HAVE.

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    so has Trent Dilfer, and Alex Smith is surely better and more efficient than he was. there goes your opinion, right out the window. :)

  79. mistercharitystripe34 says: Nov 14, 2011 11:21 PM

    I imagine it’s nice for Alex Smith to have offensive coaches whose game plans aren’t derived from Tecmo Bowl.

  80. scoob766 says: Nov 14, 2011 11:36 PM

    @gesuk statistically Alex smith is top 3 I the nfc

  81. darrelb says: Nov 19, 2011 1:51 AM

    “Good Job Kid. Proof Smith is way better than Aaron Rogers.”

    I guess the other 22 teams that passed on Rodgers have way better QBs too. I mean who wouldn’t pick Thomas Davis, David Pollack, Erasmus James, Alex Barron and Matt Jones ahead of Rodgers? I don’t know who your team is but I bet Rodgers is better than their QB too. Maybe they should have taken him.

  82. darrelb says: Nov 19, 2011 1:55 AM

    valman61 says:
    Nov 14, 2011 12:04 PM
    Sorry but I don’t know any reasonable person who watched that game and thinks the giants aren’t better then the 49ers. It’s clear as day.

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    Hmm. Either I don’t know you or I am not a reasonable person. What was clear as day to me is that the 49ers won.

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