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December 19, 2006
Cut the kid some slack

Question: Matt, I see a lot of people harping on Alex Smith. Can you please remind them he is only 22 years old? Most rookies come in to the league at 23 or 24. Can you also remind them that he was in a situation last year where no quarterback in history would've succeeded? Can you also remind them that next year, when he is 23, he will be in in his third year and have already thrown for about 3,500 yards? I feel we are lucky to have him. I guess we'll find out in the next year or two.

- Berger, Reno

Answer: I'm not sure there was a question in there, Berger, but I would echo everything you said. Fans also should remember that Smith took a big leap between his sophomore and junior seasons at Utah. He'll be entering his junior NFL season next year.

- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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