(Original post by The Patriot)
Good enough QB. Look at the stats.
3,144 yards (19th in NFL).
7.1 yard/attempt (17th in league)
17 tds (17th in league)
Only 5 picks (least in the entire league with enough attempts) - shows he is a good game manager.
90.7 rating (9th in the league) - when he's used, he's clearly effective.
147 1st downs (19th)
Alex Smith has indeed faired averagely in most statistical areas, like you said. However, he wasn't used as often as other QB's. When we look at his rating (which tells you how effective he is per play, he is a top 10 QB, and he had a league low in INT's which shows game management skills). If the Ravens and Jets can make the AFC championship with average QB's, as the 49ers did, then just like the Ravens in 2000, an average QB can win it all.
Very good, bruising RB.
Yards per carry:
2007: 4.2, 2008: 4.3, 2009: 4.2 2010: 4.2 2011: 4.3
Here he has been consistently very good.
2007: 5 TDS. 2008: 6 TDS, 2009: 10 TDS, 2010: only 3 TDS, 2011: 8 TDS. That's one bad year in the last 5.
2007: 3 2008: 6 2009: 4 2010: 4 2011: 2
So despite previously having probably too many fumbles, he has had his lowest number for 5 years this year.
So why people think Frank Gore has peaked is beyond me. Yeah, he's 29 in his 8th year, but he hasn't showed signed of slowing really. He averaged 5.6 for 163 yards on 29 carries in the NFC championship which is great for such a high pressure game.
They have Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman, two elite linebackers. They also have probably the best DE in the league in Justin Smith, as well as the best young DE after JPP in Aldon Smith.
They also have Vernon Davis, one of the best tight ends in the league, maybe the
best! New draft pick AJ Jenkins, Michael Crabtree and pick ups Randy Moss and Mario Manningham and the occasional (explosive) Ted Ginn make for a potentially very strong unit.
Weak secondary I will give you, as they came in 29th against the pass last year. However they lots of talent which, if it molds, will be great. Carlos Rodgers, Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner are all studs.
SF are the real deal. They're absolutely LOADED. A lot of their talent hasn't gelled properly yet, which is scary, seeing as they made it to, and damn nearly won, the NFC Championship.