Originally posted by buck:
Originally posted by 49erRider:
Originally posted by Wubbie:
- Sure, Alex Smith didn't come back from an injury, but seriously... the things he's had to put up with in the past six seasons... the boos... the criticism... the losing... he's come back from more than an injury.
All that considered, Stafford came back from an injury and had a better season than Alex Smith. No way Alex deserves that award.
I am a homer and happy with Smith's play this year, but Stafford really did deserve this award.
Don't really agree with that.
What makes a come back significant is when it seem impossible. Like our come back win against the Giants in the playoffs back in 2003.
Stafford was good before his injury. Then suffered and injury that no one thought would end his career. Then came back and was good again. Sure, he was really good. But that's not that big of a surprise.
Alex was written off by every expert in sports. That he was able to come back, play as well as he played (and please, don't think that just because he didn't throw for 5000 yards he didn't play well), and lead the team that deep into the playoffs is one of the biggest turns arounds in recent football history.
Also, I think you could make the argument that Alex's come back is also a come back from injury. The shoulder separation he suffered at the start of his third year is where his career took a bad turn. Until that point his play was steadily improving. His second season featured a handful of good performances and ended with a huge win over Denver. Then his third year started with a huge come from behind win over Arizona. I really think that if had a season like the 2011 season in his third year, instead of a season taken away by injury, people would just see it as a natural and logical progression.
Whatever. There are whole threads dedicated to this. I just think that even though Stafford had a better season, I would still consider Alex's story the biggest come back story in football this year.