If Alex Smith were drafted by the Patriots, Packers, Colts, Chargers, or some team like that with a real TE, I'm thinking Alex would have been a phenom from the get go, a perrenial pro-bowler and the indisputed top QB in the league in yardage, competitions, touchdowns, and the ability to win games. Unfortunately, all of that has been hidden due to "stone hands". Smith put up good figures in spite of endless drops and endless time spent waiting for Davis to get open.
Joe Montana wouldn't have had the same career if his TE was Vernon Davis, let's be honest. He probably wouldn't even be making probowls, and certainly wouldn't be breaking any records.
I think Smith could have had HOF worthy results by now (which he would have to continue for another 5 - 7 years before he could be a serious candidate), but that has been completely derailed because he has had one of the worst TEs in the league catching balls his entire career.
I know you all want to blame it on coaching and other factors, but thruth be known, if Davis had played like a #1 from the get go, nothing else would have mattered. Everything else is a red herring and an excuse.
bash me now....
[ Edited by redrathman on Aug 12, 2011 at 9:42 AM ]