Question: Too this day I feel the 49ers should have drafted Braylan Edwards instead of Alex Smith. I think drafting a quarterback with the first pick is setting yourself up for failure. Do you think they blew it?
- Alex, Shingle Springs
Answer: Wow, you guys have about as much patience as George Steinbrenner (pre Joe Torre). Smith isn't even finished with his second season, which, by the way, is light years better than his first season. Steve Young threw 13 picks vs. eight TDs his second year in Tampa Bay. Troy Aikman had 18 picks and 11 TDs in year two. I'm not saying Smith (14 int. vs. 13 TD) is going to be better than those guys in the long run, but he's as good, or better, than they were at similar stages. Maybe the three-game winning streak last month created a false sense of hope among fans and raised expectations prematurely. This team is nowhere near ready for the playoffs and Smith is nowhere near ready to lead them there. But he is about where you'd expect for a second-year quarterback.
- Matt Barrows