Originally posted by matt49er:
Alex Smith is not ready to start, I know that sounds weird because he's in his 5th year but remember it's also his 5th OC his 5th system. His college head coach said it even before he was drafted that Alex is not good and cannot function within an offense until he knows it inside and out. I believe this is finally being understood by 9er management and is the reason we gave him a 2 year deal to come back. The 49ers are not going to rush to put Smith out there yes he has showed some progress and had some bright spots but overall he has not lived up to being hte #1 overall pick no matter how you think of it. Alex will not be considered for the starting job for at least another couple weeks, during that time he would need to shine both in practice and film study and prove he is ready. At the same time Hill would have to suck really badly like he did on Sunday for this to occur.
I think that for the first time in his career the Niner organization is doing right by Alex: let him sit and absorb before throwing him out there. Some players don't require that; some do. I think Smith is one who does. I hope so anyways.