Originally posted by JayBee:Originally posted by NineFourNiner:Originally posted by JayBee:
Alex missed a season and a half when he hurt his shoulder. Where are some people getting 3 years from?
The same place as those who say he has played for 7 years, maybe?
Smith has played in 54 games in the NFL. That's about 3 and a half seasons. He needs to make substantial improvements this year all around.
Find someone who has said he's played for 7 years.
Alex has been in the league for 6 years. He's started for 3 1/2 years. He still has 6 years of NFL experience. He's played in 5 of 6 seasons. If he was better, he would have played more games.
Injury and being a backup/losing your job does count, you know?
I've seen many people stretch Smith's playing time on this board to emphasize their point - 5 years... 6.... 7.... etc. A lot of that was before your time here.
Don't agree with your blanket statement that "If he was better, he would have played more games." Time lost to injuries, for example, tends to refute that.
Anyway, back to the topic at hand - I think that the OP is overly optimistic, but I do think that the Niners will be a playoff team in 2012.