They Call Me Mr. Smith

Another Happy Monday. Seven straight weeks making the morning coffee while singing:

I see skies of blue, and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, dark sacred night
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

The 49ers have had some sweet victories this year, but Sunday’s heart-throbber over the NY Giants went beyond sweet. It broadcast itself from sea to shining sea. This is no fluke, America. The Real Deal is rising in the Bay. Get ready to see a steady diet of those blimp shots of the beautiful Bay Area in the coming decade because the Red n Gold are going to be major players for a long time.

One by one the season’s initial darlings are falling by the wayside — Buffalo, Detroit, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Cincinnati, San Diego — while the team nobody saw coming keeps surging forward. And the QB nobody gave a dime’s worth of credit is the guy leading the charge.

Sunday’s victory had a lot of contributors, as all 49er games do, but one guy rose to the occasion above all others — Alex Smith. On the biggest stage of the year, Smith did what nobody said he could do: take the team on his back and lead it to victory. Frank Gore gained ZERO yards Sunday, and the running game that had awed the league was a bit player from the first snap of the game to the last. That was the blue print for beating the Niners. Shut down the running game.

Make no mistake, this was Smith’s finest hour in a 49er uniform. The game plan called for a pass oriented attack and he delivered it. The 49ers would not have planned such a strategy if they didn’t believe in Smith, but the rest of the league most certainly didn’t. The Giants openly talked about what a fine Trent Dilfer we had managing our team. Every article written about the 49ers this year, good or bad, always gave faint praise to the QB.

Let it now be known far and wide: Trent Dilfer could’t carry Alex Smith’s jock.

There is no more heart warming story in the league this year than Smith’s emergence as the leader of this 49er team and his ascension into the ranks of elite QBs in the league. Few players in the history of the game have endured as much abuse as Smith and lived through it, let alone lived to conquer. Smith has had more people tell him he’s no good than Charlie Brown has sighed this opinion about himself.

Sunday’s game told the rest of the league that the Niners can beat you on the ground, AND beat you in the air; beat you on defense, and beat you in the end. This was the fourth 4th quarter comeback victory this year. The defense has closed out all four of those victories. Justin Smith has personally made the game saving play in two of them. How did Justin describe his great game saving play? “I was too tired to pass rush. It was blind luck.”

With Sunday’s victory, the 49ers just about polished off the NFC East as a contender for the number two seed in the playoffs. Only New Orleans in the NFC South has a chance to grab that spot from the Niners, and they are currently two games behind in that battle. Everyone seems to concede the number one seed to Green Bay, but they are only one game ahead of the Niners with eight to play. When the football gods are smiling on you, anything can happen.

The scary part about the 49ers, if you are not one of their fans, is the team should be getting better and better as the season plays out. The new offensive and defensive systems should be firmly taking hold and the new players should be attaining more synchronicity amongst their brethren. It’s a team game. And right now the 49ers have a greater sense of TEAM than any other franchise in pro football.

We’ll see where this ride goes, but at the moment it is quite pleasant to be a 49er fan. What a wonderful world.

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24 comments on “They Call Me Mr. Smith
  1. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs you covered it all…my feelings exactly…im so happy for Smith…and this team will continue to improve…as great a back as Gore is…i was tired of hearing it was all him…yesterday was the best Smith’s played…and the most accurate ive ever seen…he’s gaing more and more confidense and it shows…what a difference good coaching makes!

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It seems to me that Desean Jackson won’t re-sign with Philly and will be on the market next year. His suspension yesterday for missing a team meeting might be the death blow for Andy Reid.
    So much for the Dream Team that was going to go undefeated. This proves once more that money can’t buy you a championship.
    Ginn is going to ask for big money. Give Jackson the big bucks and you’ve upgraded the speed receiver/kick/punt returner spot on your roster.
    I know I’m getting ahead of myself for talking about next year
    but this makes too much sense.
    It will also shit up the why didn’t we draft D Jackson crowd

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    While the nation did not know much about the Niners and Alex Smith, a few of us had a fascicle on the side for reference. Some of us suspected we had a decent QB all along. Some of us actually knew we had a good QB. I couldn’t tell because of the bad coaching, but I never did think he was a bad QB.
    It is fun to be able to praise a 49er QB without the so called “blog experts” to tell me I’m an idiot!
    BTW, it seems the most of thed “blog experts” that were selling us on Alex being a terrible QB have mostly gone into hiding or changed their names. Some are staying and are just happy to see us win, the rest of them, probably they are running to save their dignity.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- We didn’t take Jackson because we could not have had Balmer and Rachal if we did. I actually wanted Jackson that year. Lofton was first on my list with Jackson, Kendall Langford and Trevor Laws all pegged for our 2nd pick. Any one of those three would’ve been good for me at the time. I think Rachal will turn into a good OG in the future, so I don’t think that he was a terrible pick. Balmer, well that is a different story.
    Remember, McC was our GM and he liked big players. Jackson did not qualify.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Jackson is doing now what lots of people feared he would do – be a me-first diva. He’s also stupid. If he’s so worried about how much he gets paid, he should be playing his best, not his most half-hearted.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    He looks like he’s finished in Philly. Both Ginn and Jackson are UFA next year. Is this a no brainer or is Jackson a bona fide diva that will effect team chemistry and not worth it ie Randy Moss ,Ochocinco and TO?
    Why are all divas WRs???

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like the Colts are a prohibitive favorite now to draft Andrew Luck. They are now 0-10 and have a 2.5 game lead in being the worst team with 6 games to play. They still play the Pats, Ravens,Titans and Texans as well as Panthers and Jags.
    Still I wonder how a QB can matter that much with playmakers like Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark
    and a OL that kept Manning upright.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Heitmann is on 95.7 The Game now. He is rehabbing with the intent on playing again if the rehab permits. Smart veteran OL that will provide quality depth. Hope he makes it back.
    It must be killing him looking in from the outside on the team’s success this year.

  9. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I think we should pass on Jackson and use the draft with a sprinking of FA’s. For one thing he seems to be hurt a lot and would surely want a big payday. I guess that’s two things. Anyway, I am totally enjoying reading some of the NY blogs. There certainly are a lot of delusional people back East. Lol.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Alex Smith improved his fourth-quarter passer rating to 118.8, unseating Eli (now 116.5) as the NFL leader.”

  11. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    this season is really becoming the Cinderella story of the NFL pundits calling for 3-13 seasons(Cowheard)Deon calling for a Giants smack down only to be served a plate of steaming crow on NFLN its just glorious.
    as well as the Haters just choking on it,who cares if Smith isn’t helping there fantasy teams he is winning in the real world I havent had this much fun watching the team in years

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers- Wow, we have the #1 4th quarter QB in the NFL? That seems to go well with his four 4th quarter comebacks! Too bad he is not elite.

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Matt Leinhart is going to get a chance at redemption replacing Schaub. Should be interesting.

  14. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Look for TJ Yates to take over for Leinart after a couple floaters . . .

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Gore only has a bruise. All systems go.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Big blow to the Texans. They looked like a sleeper in the AFC big picture.

  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Texans have the #1 overall defense, can run the ball and are getting their all world WR back. Leinart better not screw this up.

  18. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe he can phone Alex and get some managing tips.

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Probably wouldn’t help, though. Alex has right-handed tips and Leinhart is left-handed.

  20. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Knew the NYG would take Gore away and I’m glad to see Alex stand tall and deliver when it mattered.
    We still need to develop better chemistry with the WRs going forward but, we’ve got time for that. Seems to me, Harbaugh is showing just enough to win.
    Most important ingredient is the Team Chemistry. He’s got the guys fighting and rallying together. Can’t take that for granted, Harbaugh most definitely should be Coach of the Year for turning this Franchise in the right direction as quickly as he has.

  21. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Seeing as all the other ‘darlings’ of 2011 are fading a bit (Detroit, Buff, Cincy), unless we do the same, Harbaugh’s a shoo-in.

    The WRs ARE coming around a bit. The slants are working to both Crabs AND Edwards, the TEs are clicking, they just need to get some deep plays to work. Then I’ll be real happy.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Love the locker room celebrations
    after the game when the 49ers share it

    Who’s got it better than us?

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Raiduhs worked out Scott McKillop and four CBs yesterday.

  24. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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