There was a little flirtation on both sides, but Alex Smith wound up back in San Francisco.
That means he will be working with the same offensive coordinator for a second season for the second time in his eight-year NFL career. That means he doesn’t have to spend the offseason learning a new playbook. Greg Roman and the rest of the 49ers offensive staff will use the time to focus on two mechanical flaws in Smith’s game this offseason, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. The belief is that correcting the flaws will make Smith a more accurate passer.
Smith will be working on keeping his front leg flexed while throwing and he will be trying to drop back in a straighter line. Smith goes off center while dropping back, something that the team feels is affecting his accuracy. Smith completed a career-high 61.3 percent of his passes while taking the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game.
Accuracy might also be improved if the additions to the 49ers’ receiving corps — Mario Manningham, A.J. Jenkins and Randy Moss — give Smith better options when throwing the ball. If the mechanical work and the new faces work, Smith should be in line for an even better season than he had in 2011.