Question: At this time of the season, how do you rate Alex Smith with Matt Leinart of Arizona?
- Norm Bills, Fairfield
Answer: That's a question that will come up several times next month when Leinart and Smith go head-to-head in San Francisco. Leinart looks like the more natural passer, but Smith is doing a better job at managing games. It's hard to make comparisons, though, because they play for such different offenses. The 49ers are a ball-control team that would run every down if they could. The Cardinals, meanwhile, have one of the best receiving corps in the league but not much running game. Apples and oranges, I'm afraid.
- Matthew Barrows