By Larry GLicken

By now most have heard about Alex Smith losing his starting spot at quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. Smith has done a great job for San Francisco this season and he can’t completing understand Harbaugh’s decision to start another guy over him Playing in the NFL is like walking a tight rope sometimes, one false step is all you need to lose your balance and just like that you are out… In the last two games Smith started for the 49ers he was darn near perfect. Against the Rams Smith completed 7 of 8 passes with a passer rating of 143.8 against St. Louis, throwing for his 13th touchdown of the season on his final pass. The week before, Smith completed 18 of 19 for 232 yards and three touchdowns during a win over Arizona, setting an NFL record with a 94.7 completion percentage for a quarterback with a minimum of 15 attempts. He was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the first time two days later.

With numbers like those it’s now wonder Smith can’t understand why he isn’t playing in the rematch against the Rams. It has to be the fact the 49ers couldn’t win the game and it ended in a tie. Harbaugh expects perfection and even though Smith is next to it, ending a game in a tie couldn’t have sat well with Jim Harbaugh. The 49ers look like a team that is destined to make it to the super bowl. Harbaugh isn’t taking any chances. For some reason he really likes what he sees with Smith’s replacement and he is sticking with him.

Smith is undoubtedly unhappy with the decision, this is the NFL and Smith could find himself back in his starting role at any time. He may not be happy now, but it doesn’t really matter what he thinks anyway. The decision to start the other guy has been made and Alex Smith has to live with it. After all, we don’t live in a perfect world.


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