Question: The past two years I've been patiently and eagerly waiting for Alex Smith to break out. Although he DID make massive leaps and bounds last year, what do you think will become of him in 2007? If he doesn't have a breakout season next year, do you think the Niners will keep faith in him? We did move the ball a lot more in the passing game, but it just doesn't seem like he's playing up to the level he did at Utah.
-- Austin, Yreka
Answer: Alex Smith's biggest improvement was between his second and third seasons at Utah. If he makes similar strides in the NFL, I think you'll be happy. And I can guarantee you that even if doesn't, the 49ers' decision makers will keep faith in him for a while longer. Look how long it took the Texans to cut ties with David Carr ...
-- Matt Barrows