When the term “San Francisco 49ers Quarterback” is mentioned, images of NFL greats Joe Montana and Steve Young are the first things to pop up. However, current QB Alex Smith is on his way to cementing his legacy with the 49ers. After Mondays impressive victory over the Arizona Cardinals, Smith now leads the league in completion percentage at 69.4. Smith is not as flashy as some NFL quarterbacks and has struggled with the stigma of being the first overall pick back in 2005. However, Smith has all the tools to be an elite quarterback in the NFL and is primed to reach his second straight NFC Championship game.
With that being said, Smith is a different kind of quarterback than a Drew Brees or Peyton Manning. Smith has been asked to “manage the game” rather than throw more than thirty times a game like other QB’s. On the other hand, Smith has been nearly perfect this season in his managerial role. Over time, Smith has become comfortable and it shows with his league leading TD/INT ratio of 1.1 last season.
If the 49ers are to be Super Bowl contenders this season, Smith will have to keep doing what he’s doing. The control he commands within an NFL game will do the 49ers well. However, due to the 49ers style of play Alex Smith is not an elite quarterback here in 2012.