Easy to see why Smith is succeeding

49ers QB always had requisite skills; now he finally has right support system in place

Originally Published: January 20, 2012
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

Alex Smith's story is the latest hot topic in the NFL, but it's a tale we should know pretty well by now.

We've seen late-blooming quarterbacks come and go in the league for years, with more recent stars like Rich Gannon and Kurt Warner merely following in the footsteps of the Jim Plunketts and Terry Bradshaws of decades past. The difference with Smith is that he's faced as much scrutiny as anyone at his position. His time in San Francisco had been so painfully disappointing that even he ...

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