Is Alex Smith really the best QB in football?
He might not have the same number of passing attempts as guys like Tom Brady or Drew Brees, but Alex Smith is passing the football at a remarkably efficient rate, which has resulted in him leading the NFL with a 108.7 passer rating.
It probably helps that he played the Bills yesterday. They're the same team that made Tom Brady look nearly perfect in the 2nd half of their Week 4 matchup, and they made Smith look... well, Brady-esque.
Smith completed 75% of his passes for 303 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Bills. Sure, that was a bit of an anomaly, but it wasn't the only good game that he's had.
His performance against the Jets was nothing to write home about, but the 49ers still won 34-0. In wins against the Lions and Packers, he threw 2 TD each, against zero interceptions.
Last year, we saw Smith suddenly transform from one of the biggest busts in NFL Draft history to a serviceable QB who nearly led his team to a Super Bowl appearance.
The arrival of coach Jim Harbaugh certainly worked wonders for Smith, who has always had the physical skills necessary to play the position, but went 5 years without showing the ability to compete at the NFL level.
Now, Smith is proving that, at the very least, he can manage a game with the best of them.
He'll never put up the numbers that we see from Brady, Brees, Rodgers, et al, and he can't carry a team on his back like they do, but he's doing a damn good job for the 49ers, and it's time for him to get the recognition he deserves.