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Record or not, Alex Smith is your NFC offensive player of the week

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The 49ers are pushing the NFL to change the stats from Monday night’s win over the Cardinals in order to get Smith the record for highest completion percentage in a game.

Since it seems pretty clear that the pass the 49ers would like the NFL to include in Smith’s numbers was a backward throw to Michael Crabtree, Smith will probably have to be content with being named the NFC offensive player of the week. There are worse consolation prizes to go with a 24-3 victory and an 18-of-19 passing night that included three touchdowns.

It has been an interesting few weeks for Smith. He spent last week fighting off assertions that he was lacking confidence in his abilities after two straight bad performances on the heels of another nearly flawless performance against the Bills. That inconsistency is the biggest issue for Smith to iron out over the rest of the season.

He doesn’t need to put up games like Monday’s on a weekly basis, but he also has to avoid the other kinds of games if the 49ers are going to remain near the top of the NFC over the long haul.

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28 Responses to “Record or not, Alex Smith is your NFC offensive player of the week”
  1. lionsdraftguy says: Oct 31, 2012 10:54 AM

    And congrats to Jim Harbaugh for Biggest Whiner of the Week……..AGAIN.

  2. dmackdaddy says: Oct 31, 2012 10:56 AM

    Well deserved, I might add, record or not.

    And we 49ers fans dedicate it to ALL the haters out there. Enjoy!

    Niners!!!

  3. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 31, 2012 10:57 AM

    It’s great to see a stand up guy like him shed the bust label after all these years. Congratulations Alex!

  4. steviemo says: Oct 31, 2012 10:57 AM

    Alex is just not that good. It took him 7 years to do **** and he’ll blow it most of the time in big games. One playoff win in his whole career? That just doesn’t cut it. Sorry.

  5. rj2323 says: Oct 31, 2012 11:02 AM

    I hate the niners but I’m one of the few people that actually believe in Alex smith an feel that he can win this team a Super Bowl

  6. steelers4385 says: Oct 31, 2012 11:18 AM

    Great job dink and dunking down field.

  7. explosionsauce says: Oct 31, 2012 11:23 AM

    Cue the haters. Can even give a guy any credit. Like him or not you have to respect the game he had. People need to reassess their notions on Smith being a bust so they sound like they actually pay attention to football.

  8. explosionsauce says: Oct 31, 2012 11:23 AM

    Cue the haters. Can’t even give a guy any credit. Like him or not you have to respect the game he had. People need to reassess their notions on Smith being a bust so they sound like they actually pay attention to football.

  9. cali49er707 says: Oct 31, 2012 11:33 AM

    lionsdraftguy says:
    Oct 31, 2012 10:54 AM
    And congrats to Jim Harbaugh for Biggest Whiner of the Week……..AGAIN.
    ____________________________

    First it was Handshake Gate. Then it was another loss this time at the “Stick” in Week#2 & then it was a World Series SWEEP!! The water level continues to rise in the the bay from all the tears of Detroit fans!!

    Keep licking your wounds young cub!!

  10. schmitty2 says: Oct 31, 2012 11:35 AM

    Just waiting for Harbaugh to complain to he league why the award wasn’t announced a day sooner

  11. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Oct 31, 2012 11:44 AM

    I swear under Jim Harbaugh they have become the Forty Whiners. You don’t change the stats to give someone a record. Go out there and try it again kid.

  12. DonRSD says: Oct 31, 2012 11:46 AM

    Alex Smith = glorified game manager.

  13. billb49 says: Oct 31, 2012 11:50 AM

    This is by no means meant to compare the two, but football fans old enough to remember 1981 should recall that the knock on Joe Montana was that all he could do was “dink and dunk.” Congratulations to Alex Smith, truly a stand-up guy, with guts, determination, steely resolve and a lot of talent to boot. The Niners are going to continue to make all you haters cry big wet tears this season.

  14. radrntn says: Oct 31, 2012 11:52 AM

    Alex has a good game, and maybe you can say he is not a bust, but he is nowhere near a top 10 qb in the league. He is just fortunate that he plays on a great defense. Smith is like Dilfer, when he was with the ravens. He got a ring, and was told above anything , just don’t turn the ball over. Dilfer wasn’t a bust, but…..

  15. tindeaux says: Oct 31, 2012 11:53 AM

    nah… he’s just an average qb. if he was good, the niners would have gone to the superbowl last year.
    up to this day, alex smith is still an average player, period. He’s lucky to be in the system that has a very strong running game and very strong defense.

  16. time2speakup says: Oct 31, 2012 11:55 AM

    I am: a die-hard 49er Fan for longer than most of you have been alive. And, one who is very glad to see outlets like this that provide venting. Venting is a good thing. Those of you that enjoy the 9er success of late, press on. Those that are envious, Oh well.

  17. jnova80 says: Oct 31, 2012 12:01 PM

    Alex Smith will never get any credit, sadly.
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    steviemo says:
    Oct 31, 2012 10:57 AM
    Alex is just not that good. It took him 7 years to do **** and he’ll blow it most of the time in big games. One playoff win in his whole career? That just doesn’t cut it. Sorry.

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    Really? He’s only been to the playoffs once and won in his first appearance in a shootout against one of the best QB’s in the league. Matt Ryan and Tony Romo have never won a playoff game, are they failures?

  18. billb49 says: Oct 31, 2012 12:10 PM

    I think Coach Harbaugh has given Niner fans a nice response to all the predictable hating, the hating on the Niners, Alex Smith and Harbaugh himself. The obvious answer is gobble, gobble, gobble!

  19. bkeating51 says: Oct 31, 2012 12:20 PM

    As a Giant fan I am impressed with the way Alex has played this year. In last year’s NFC title game he was awful.

    But he still has to show that he can bring his team from behind against a good defense while under pressure and he has to take fewer sacks.

    If he can do this, then I’ll just have to concede that I was wrong about him and he is a very good quarterback.

  20. youaredelusional says: Oct 31, 2012 12:25 PM

    steelers4385 says:
    Oct 31, 2012 11:18 AM
    Great job dink and dunking down field.

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    Have you not seen any Steelers game this year? I believe they were the self proclaimed dink and dunk offense…

    If you had watched this game, you would have seen that there were many plays where Smith looked for a deep pass. There was simply good coverage downfield. Its called giving what the defense gives you.

  21. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Oct 31, 2012 12:46 PM

    jnova80 says:
    Oct 31, 2012 12:01 PM
    Really? Matt Ryan and Tony Romo have never won a playoff game, are they failures?

    YES.

  22. allday38 says: Oct 31, 2012 1:02 PM

    I would like to comment on all the 49er hate that goes around now. Niner fans, most of you brought it on yourself. Having lived in the Bay Area my whole life, 49er fans use to be classy and knowledgeable. Then, last year your team finally put together a great season again, and BAM!!! You all crowned yourselves champions before you had won anything again. You use to have the best organization in the NFL bit, that was almost 20 years ago. Your team now still needs to prove its self. As cor Alex Smith, he is finally coming together under the good coaching of Harbaugh bit, defense and Gore are your main hopes for winning. Doing great against a depleted Arizona team, missing 8 starters is one thing, trying doing great against a team worth while like the Giants, then Smith will earn some credit.

  23. newtons2ndlaw says: Oct 31, 2012 1:14 PM

    Only against crap teams that can’t score. What a shocker go check his stats for every game this year. Whenever the 9ers play a team that doesn’t score first and maintain a scoring offense they and Alex Smith’s numbers are horrible. It’s only against a rusty Packers team, an overrated and garbage Lions teams and the rest of the filth they’ve played that this BUST even remotely looks like a average QB. Last year they had one of the leagues easiest schedule. LOL. This year they will be 10-6 at best, and every one of those e6 losses will be to a good team, where Alice falls flat on his face.

    7 years for this?? BUST!!!

  24. ninerguy2013 says: Oct 31, 2012 1:51 PM

    How have we brought it on ourselves we cheer for our team just like anybody else would talking about prove something first I live in the dallas area and I have hear every year a the start of the year how they going to win the superbowl and what have they proven

  25. ninerguy2013 says: Oct 31, 2012 1:57 PM

    Iam a niner fan I have certain doubts about my guy alex smith but it dosent matter if alex win out this year and win the superbowl and 300 or 400 yards a game yall gone still his wins are flukes so there is no win for the guy

  26. ninerdynasty says: Oct 31, 2012 2:29 PM

    I’m not sure where complaining and submitting a play review/concern to the leagues office like every other coach does every week are the same thing.

    You all Harbaugh haters can keep hating.. you all just wish you had him coaching your team.. im sure most of the haters are fans of the lion, saints, hawks or any other team the niners beat up..

    I dont see fans with a good coach in here complaining.. not one pat fan, pack, giants.. or steelers.. is always fans of bad teams or teams the niner beat up!.. get a life hypocrites.. if he was coaching your team none of you would be hating him!

  27. kaferwerks says: Oct 31, 2012 4:16 PM

    is it april 1st already?

  28. discosucs2005 says: Oct 31, 2012 6:06 PM

    I can’t believe a Steelers fan called Smith a dink and dunk player. Big Ben is the master of that this season, and good for him! He’s having an MVP type season.

    If you go back and look, people have made the dink and dunk excuse to guys like Peyton Manning, Steve Young, Carson Palmer, Ken Anderson.

    It really doesn’t even make sense when you consider Alex Smith is in the top 5 for yards per attempt.

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