Today browsing the articles talking about the 49ers. I came across a great write up by the Santa Rosa Press Democrat’s Lowell Cohn. The article was titled, ’49ers shouldn’t forget Alex Smith’ and I have to say Lowell Cohn nailed this one. Great read for every 49er fan out there, here is a little taste of what Cohn said, full article link at the bottom.
But he has some very un-It-like traits. He doesn’t throw so well, especially if the pass requires distance. He becomes a heaver instead of a thrower. He is a distinctly mediocre passer in a line of work that requires better-than-average passing. Because he is limited, he cannot bring a team back if it falls behind as the 49ers did against Atlanta. He is a dud as a catch-up quarterback. This is known.
And here’s the big one. We know exactly who Hill is and, most important, we know he never will get any better than what he is right now. He is a hill that never will erupt into a mountain. Maybe Smith can become a mountain. Maybe Smith has a ton more potential than Hill. No one will know as long as he sits on the bench or is reduced to throwing passes to Michael Crabtree during the bye week.