Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/17/12

ST. LOUIS - JANUARY 3: Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers looks to pass the ball during the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on January 3, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri. The 49ers beat the Rams 28-6. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Alex Smith, the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, has heard things said about him that would make a grandmother shudder. From the moment he was drafted out of Utah, people screamed that he was a system quarterback, and that his success was largely in part to Utah head coach Urban Meyer's spread offense. Even though some decried him as a traditional drop back quarterback, the San Francisco 49ers made Smith the number one pick of the 2005 NFL Draft.It was a draft that will be remembered as the one Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback from Cal, slipped from being a possible number one pick to 24th overall. As Aaron Rodgers was groomed behind legend Brett Favre in Green Bay, Smith was thrust into the role of the 49ers starting quarterback by week five. He would finish the year throwing 11 interceptions with only one touchdown.In 2006, the 49ers hired Norv Turner to be the offensive coordinator, and Smith was named the starter before the season. The 49ers also drafted a stud tight end f...
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