Coming off the best year of his career in 2011, Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers was poised and determined to have a phenomenal 2012. This weekend the 49ers will attempt to win their sixth Super Bowl in franchise history. Smith will be on the sidelines wearing an earpiece and football cap. So what went wrong for Smith? Two words; Colin Kaepernick.
Through ten games in the regular season, Smith was completing 70% of his passes and threw only five interceptions. Then, along came the former Nevada Wolf Pack star, Kaepernick. Under Kaepernick, the 49ers’ offense took on a new potent identity. The former number one pick for the Niners was history.
In what’s supposed to be a player’s greatest moment in their career, Smith will just be on the sidelines trying hard to cheer. If you’re Smith, how can you not be disgusted by the series of unfortunate events that took place? Yes, your team is in one of sports greatest spectacles, but you lost your job for no reason whatsoever. This is by no means knocking the San Francisco savior Kaepernick, but Smith got the short end of the stick.
The eight year pro battled some serious adversity over the past few years. He went through personal struggles, coaching changes, coordinator changes, and injuries. In 2005, Smith’s rookie year, he threw an awful 11 interceptions and just one touchdown pass. Under Norv Turner‘s expertise in 2006, Smith bounced back with 16 touchdowns, but also thew 16 picks. From 2009 to 2011, Smith started coming into his own throwing for almost 8,000 yards and 49 touchdowns. The 28 year old was dramatically improving as time went on.
To have a chance at leading your team to a Super Bowl victory ripped away from you is a tough pill to swallow. Sunday will be the last time we see Smith in a 49ers uniform, as he has already made it clear that he wants to play football. And rightfully so, how could you blame him?
Ryan Ruiz – NFL Writer
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