Alex Smith: 5 Reasons He Is the Right Quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers

The question that everyone is asking: Is Alex Smith really going to be the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers in 2011?

Signs point to yes, reads the magic eight-ball because head coach Jim Harbaugh and company have said little to make one believe otherwise.

That statement could make a 49er fan cry in agony, and understandably so. However, it is important to take a step back and realize why Smith might be the best man for the job.

The 49ers are in a peculiar situation since the lockout has pushed them behind schedule. With a first-year head coach at the realm, any time lost preparing for the NFL season hurts the 49ers more so than any other team in the league.

Here is a list of the five reasons why Smith is the right quarterback for the 49ers, at least in the 2011 NFL season.

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