Alex Smith leading the NFL in passer rating

Is Alex Smith really the best QB in football?

10/8/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Blog Photo - Alex Smith leading the NFL in passer ratingWith only 1 game left in week 5 of the NFL season, you might notice something a little different about the league's statistical leaders.

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.
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10/14/12   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

Not this week against the Giants anyway.  The 49ers seemed to forget they were playing at home against last year's Super Bowl champs.  Obviously so did the same pregame shows that had 49ers, Patriots and Eagles all predicted to win.  All 3 lost.

10/11/12   |   jaysinw   |   4983 respect

Watching him last season and the first quarter of this season. His team did not make him look good as it was Smith making the throws and leading his team to victories even last second one against the Saints after Brees had lead the Siants to a lead. Smith just needed a head coach who knows what he was doing and how to use the players on it. There are to many coaches out there that should not be a head coach and talked about how great they are when the talent is there but when it is gone (by age, trades, FA, injuries) these coaches look like they can't find themselves out a wet paper bag. Smith is not the top 5 but he sure can play with the best.

10/9/12   |   NittanyJon   |   246 respect

Harbaugh is a miracle worker and best coach in NFL.

10/9/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61976 respect

No, he's not. His team is making him look good, though.

10/9/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

It's really all about Harbaugh maximizing his talent and instilling confidence that was non-existent prior to his arrival. Good line and running game play a huge part in his success. The Jets and Vikings shutdown Gore and his numbers were pedestrian. Can't wait to see how he handles the Bear D later in the season. They will shut Gore down and then he has to make throws against a D that dares you to make certain throws. 

10/8/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

i think he was the best quarterback that played Buffalo