"It's going to be interesting in San Francisco," Meyer said. "Alex is an extremely quick learner. However, he's a guy that, until he understands it, he is nonfunctional. He is a guy that -- I keep hearing how Brett Favre kind of makes something out of nothing and is a person that runs around to make a play -- Alex Smith is not that kind of player. Alex Smith is a person that, once he is taught, has to learn it all. He might struggle early, but once he gets it, he gets it."
"I'm going to be anxious to watch his development with the 49ers. Alex is so careful with the ball. His touchdown-to-interception ratio the last 2 years was phenomenal (47 touchdowns and seven interceptions). That's because, unless he knows exactly what's going on, he won't throw it. He won't just try to guess and take a shot. He has to know.
"That's why, early in his career, and early in our career with him at Utah, he was not an effective passer, because he really didn't understand. Once he understood, there was no one better. He learns quickly, though. But he's not a guy that you throw the ball out there and tell him, 'Go play.' He wants to know what is exactly expected of him and then he becomes a dynamite player.'
He will be fine as long as the staff is able to evaluate when
the proper time is to unleash him. You knock his accuracy and his holding the ball too long, but these 2 things walk hand in hand with pass protection and scheme changes. The quote, "he has to know" stands out. No way was he gonna fully know what he was doing with this OC carousel. (yes, yes, more excuses) He was never in any circumstance that Meyer describes above. In other words, every thing that SF could do to make things impossible for him? They did, and then some. It is if they read these words from Meyer and decided to do the exact opposite of what he warned. Now, they have the opportunity to do things right, as Alex is still young. It probably will happen quickly when considering the experience (some good, most bad) that he has had to reflect on.