During the 4 1/2 month lockout, Alex Smith, not contractually obligated to the Niners, took it upon himself to organize off-season training sessions with his teammates. Such actions drew lots of praise from players on the roster. Upon termination of the lockout, Smith was signed to a one-year contract.
Today is the first day that Alex Smith will be officially taking snaps with the Niners in the Jim Harbaugh era. Up until today, Colin Kaepernick was taking snaps with the first-team. Under this regime, will Alex Smith continue to perplex fans with his inability to adequately run the offense, or, will it be the start of his transformation as a player that can lead us to the playoffs?
Alex has yet to practice with the team since the start of training camp, but he has had Harbaugh’s playbook for quite some time now. That should definitely facilitate Harbaugh’s job and lessen the learning period since today isn’t going to be the first time Smith will be seeing Harbaugh’s schemes.
Do I expect much out of Alex Smith this preseason, or even during the season? No. I just can no longer buy into the guy. However, I do expect him to improve this season. It is beyond me as to how he has gotten so many chances in San Fran, but sadly, at this point he is our best option. Even though Smith has had to endure changes in the offense every year he has been with the Niners, this year there should be no honeymoon period for him. He needs to understand that this is truly his last chance to turn things around in SF.