Smith has finally found success in San Francisco

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  • maryland cougar Pikesville, MD
    Oct. 22, 2011 4:58 p.m.

    dennis pitta and paul kruger have been good for the ravens as well we should beat jaguars monday

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Oct. 22, 2011 4:28 p.m.

    Alex still hasn't had 2 years with the same offense. If you think he looks good now, wait until next year!

    Oct. 21, 2011 3:49 p.m.

    Like any NFL quarterback, Alex is as good as his offensive line allows him to be. He has the arm and the talent. He just needs a bit of protection!

  • AntelopeValleyUte Palmdale, CA
    Oct. 21, 2011 1:48 p.m.

    Sometimes different personalities and coaching philosophies make a huge difference. Season isn't over yet, but so far 5-1 isn't too bad either. Go Niners!

  • Ibleedcrimson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 11:41 a.m.

    Nothing shuts up the detractors like a little success!!!

    AS won't be in the hall of fame but he's shaping up to be a good to great QB on a good to great team. This year isn't a fluke, he's finally found the stability and quaility at the skill positions to let him succeed.

    He's finally got a coach that builds an offense around his skills rather than expecting him to adapt to their offense of the week.

    As a 30 year 9ners fan I'm loving every minute of this year.

    Go Alex Go SF 9ners....

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Oct. 21, 2011 11:41 a.m.

    Nice job Alex. Keep up the good work!

    Go Utes!!

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Oct. 21, 2011 11:37 a.m.

    I am really happy for Alex Smith but I still would like see them allow him to throw more down field. Last game he was making some bad plays but he still won the game for us.

    @oldcougar | 8:32 a.m. Oct. 21, 2011

    What? We had some good years after Young. In 2001 we were 12-4 and lost the WC game, and in 2002 we were 10-6 and won the WC game. So losing Young wasn't the issue, in 2003 management made a bright decision to let go of Steve Mariucci and went downhill from then on:

    Dennis Erickson 9-23
    Mike Nolan 18-37
    Mike Singletary 19-22

    Now we have a REAL coach!! Go 49ers!

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 11:16 a.m.

    The vast majority of QB's that are number 1 draft picks struggle and many never succeed. Mostly because they are brought into terrible situations on teams that are lousy. One player cannot by himself turn around a team and an organization. Finally, San Francisco has put all the peices together and the results are showing. I'm happy for Alex and as a long time 49ers fan I'm happy to have something to cheer about again.

    Oct. 21, 2011 9:07 a.m.

    I agree with Uncle Rico's comments. Finally, Smith has a decent coach and offensive coordinator, and the stability is showing with Smith's confidence on the field. (Great winning pass at the end of the Detroit game, by the way!)

    Good luck, Alex! Ute Nation is behind you all the way!

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Oct. 21, 2011 8:38 a.m.

    So he was a good quarterback who was struggling due to poor coaching. He's the same person and the same player but he is successful now because he has a good coach. Some in Provo might do well reading this article...

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 8:32 a.m.

    This Coug is happy for and proud of Alex. I can be a proud niners fan again, which hasn't been fun since Steve retired. Go Smith! Go Niners!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 20, 2011 10:28 p.m.

    Alex Smith is hands down the best Utah QB ever. Fans forget to quickly. The Sugar Bowl year under Brian Johnson was the pinnacle of Utah's recognition, but Smith and Urban still started it all.

    Alex made a huge transition in the NFL. The #1 pick on a horrible team. He was thrown to the wolves early and hung out to dry. Alex has had a couple of tough injuries, an endless slew of coaches and coordinators, none of whom had his back.

    Until this year, Alex wasn't able to be a part of a legit NFL offense. He was a spread offense college QB trying to learn a new NFL system each year under a new coordinator. He is still doing that with Harbaugh and the current coordinator. But now the Niners are stable like Alex.

    Alex is tough and has persevered.

    I would love Alex to keep up the good play, and I think he will now. What I am optimistic for, is Alex not just winning, but becoming more comfortable in San Francisco, and putting up top QB numbers down the road.

  • Duh west jordan, ut
    Oct. 20, 2011 8:04 p.m.

    Jim Harbaugh was a God send for Alex Smith. His passion for the game has rejuvinated a stagnate San Francisco team. I hope it continues to pay off unless you meet my Steelers. Keep it up.

  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    Oct. 20, 2011 8:03 p.m.

    Finally has a good coach. It will be interesting to see how the season turns out, and how the years turn out. Harbaugh is the guy and will be in SF for a while. Smith has had to learn a new system just about every year, it will be interesting to see how good Smith can be with Harbaugh as coach.

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 20, 2011 7:52 p.m.

    Perseverance is really paying off