Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/6/11
Alex Smith is not a great quarterback. In his first six seasons, the No. 1 pick of the 2005 NFL Draft has failed to live up to expectations and caused headaches for many 49er fans. But in his seventh season, Smith has been a solid and efficient quarterback, leading the 49ers to their first 6-1 start since 1998. Much of Smith's prior struggles, and the 49ers' offensive incompetence, can be attributed to the six different offensive coordinators the 49ers had during his first six seasons. Learning a new offense each season prevented Smith from getting comfortable, and it showed. He...
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