It's Alex Smith's job to lose. If Clausen is drafted by the 49ers, he doesn't automatically become the starter. Allow Smith play consecutive years in the same system, and see how well he progresses, and allow Clausen to sit on the bench and soak in the playbook and life in the NFL.
As much as I like Clausen (I'm a huge ND fan), the 49ers need to shore up their offensive line first. Who knows how much better the offense will be with better pass protection and run blocking - neither of which they did very well last year.
I've been driving the "Alex Smith Bandwagon" since day one, I'm not stopping now! We need stability on offense. Not just for Alex, but the team as a whole. As we know, this will be the first time Alex has had the same offense in back to back years. I really expect a big jump in his game for 2010!
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