Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 3/6/12
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Former 49ers legend Jerry Rice believes Alex Smith did a good job leading San Francisco to the NFC Championship Game last season, but he thinks the team should go after Peyton Manning if the ex-MVP becomes available.

“I think you go for it,” Rice said Tuesday. “A guy of that talent, you’ve got everything in place. You’ve got a defense that smacks you in the mouth. You just need a little more out of the offense. That’s not knocking what Alex (Smith) did. (Manning) can take you to a whole different level.”

Rice is extremely confident in Peyton’s ability, even though Manning is recovering from surgery.

“If he goes to the Washington Redskins, I guarantee they win 10 games. If he goes to Miami, they win 10 games,” Rice said.

Maybe Rice was impressed by the video of Peyton Manning throwing at Duke and feels Peyton can return to his pre-injury form. Even though Smith looked good last season, I agree with Rice — Peyton, if recovered, can take the 49ers to another level and give them a threat on offense. Paired with that defense, San Francisco would be dangerous.

H/T Pro Football Talk

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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