Originally written on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 12/17/11
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A prototypical “game manager” no more, San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Alex Smith,  has proven to his coaching staff, teammates, and fans that he may be worth more than his current one year deal.  Back at the beginning of the season, every person involved in the San Francisco organization assumed the seven-year starter’s new one year deal was just to make room for rookie Colin Kaepernick.  Everyone except for first year head coach Jim Harbaugh and of course, Smith himself. Without an offseason worth of OTA’s, position meetings, and weeks worth of snaps taken by both Smith and Kaepernick some critics may say that Coach Harbaugh took the easy way out and named Alex Smith the starter.  However, the long time quarterback turned head coach may have seen something in Smith that only he could see. The comparisons have continually been made between Alex Smith and Aaron Rogers having both come out in the same year.  Many people say that the 49ers made a mistake taking Smith with the first overall pick instead of Rogers and the typical football fan would agree.  However, most of the time it is never mentioned that during Aaron Rogers’ first three seasons he was able to [...]
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