Originally posted by danimal:
consider Terry Bradshaw.
Please someone chime in with a better comparison if you have one, but I know of no other QB that had a rougher beginning yet lasted so long in the NFL.
For the record I don't think Bradshaw is a great QB, and with 4 Rings and he virtually never appears on Best QB's of all-time list....I would say I am not alone.
This man was HORRIBLE in the first 3 years of his career. Alex Smith and Bradshaws numbers are almost dead on in terms of QB Rating.
So unless we plan on gaining about half a dozen Hall of Famers anytime soon, there really is no other example of a turn around that would best compare to just how bad Alex looked in his trial by fire.
LOL at that. How was he horrible?
1st year - Horrible.
2nd year - Improvement and progress under Norv Turner.
3rd year - Injured and out for the season.
4th year - Injured and out for the season.
He only played 2 healthy years. And in the second one he showed huge improvement. He was hardly "horrible for 3 years." But nice revisionist history there.