Friday, August 3, 2012

49ers Myth Busters


The Myth: The San Francisco 49ers can't win a Super Bowl with Alex Smith under center.

The Truth: Smith is only getting better and the Niners are one of the NFL's four best teams.

Nothing pains me more than listening to critics bash Smith. After years of rotating offensive coordinators and Mike Singletary's bombastic/clueless coaching, Smith finally reached his potential last year under Jim Harbaugh. The haters call him a "game manager." I saw an improved decision-maker who only tossed five picks, played spectacularly in an epic playoff win over the New Orleans Saints and was a Kyle Williams fumble away from potentially playing in the game's ultimate showcase.

Smith will finally have coaching stability from one year to the next. And San Francisco beefed up the receiver position by adding Mario Manningham and Randy Moss and drafting Harbaugh favorite A.J. Jenkins. Truth be told,  the Niners may have picked Jenkins (No. 30 overall) too early in April's draft. But he's talented nonetheless. Smith is only getting better and the Niners are one of the four best teams in football, along with the Green Bay Packers, New York Giants and New England Patriots.

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