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Smith and the 9’ers Offense on Record Bad Pace

Smith has struggled 

Alex Smith’s season has gone from bad to worse in a hurry.  The former number one overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft is having a nightmare season, and it looks as if his play is not going to turn around anytime soon.  Monday night in Seattle Smith was missing open wide outs, making bad reads, and was unable to make any plays whatsoever as the team lost 24-0.  When it comes to confidence, it looks as if he has lost it, despite what coach Mike Nolan said Tuesday.  “It’s a challenge to your confidence. Only the strong will survive. If you play quarterback in the NFL, your confidence is going to be challenged, whether you’re Peyton Manning or Tom Brady,” Nolan said.  “Is his confidence shaken? I think so.”

With Smith leading the way, the 9’ers are on pace to establish a franchise record for fewest points in a 16-game season.  So far, they have put up just 104 points in 9 games (11.5 per game).  “We’ve been ineffective and inefficient on offense,” Nolan said. “It’s difficult for us to get a rhythm going on offense. I believe it is accurate to say it is collective. … The disappointment for me is I believe we have good players. We are better than where we were two years ago. We have better personnel than we did a year ago.”       

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