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Is Alex Smith Good Enough To Win The Super Bowl?

Jim Harbaugh advanced the notion of Alex Smith being pro bowl worthy after the 49ers domination of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football. I'm sure a lot of people read that and dismiss it as either bluster or the result of smoking way too much herb (maybe Harbaugh was parting with Lincecum before the press conference?).

Let's take him seriously for a second and look at the stats. I don't care about the pro bowl. So, lets consider the question that matters most to 49ers faithful: Is Alex Smith good enough to win the Super Bowl?

Let's play a game: Guess which stat belongs to Alex Smith, the other 5 are from Joe Montana and Steve Young's Super Bowl winning seasons. (For ease of comparison, I have extrapolated all stats to a standard 16 game season) (Answers after the jump.)

Cmp
Cmp%
TD
TD%
INT
INT%
334
70.3
35
7.6
6
1.3
324
70.2
32
6.7
10
2.1
311
64.6
28
6.5
10
2.2
279
63.7
21
4.5
11
2.3
273
61.4
19
4.1
10
2.5
272
59.9
18
3.9
12
2.5

Here are the rankings:

Player Year Cmp Rank Cmp% Rank TD Rank
Montana 1981 311 3 63.7 4 19 5
Montana 1984 279 4 64.6 3 28 3
Montana 1988 272 6 59.9 6 21 4
Montana 1989 334 1 70.2 2 32 2
Young 1994 324 2 70.3 1 35 1
Smith 2011 273 5 61.4 5 18 6

Player Year TD% Rank INT Rank INT% Rank
Montana 1981 3.9 6 12 6 2.5 5
Montana 1984 6.5 3 10 2 2.3 4
Montana 1988 4.5 4 11 5 2.5 5
Montana 1989 6.7 2 10 2 2.1 2
Young 1994 7.6 1 10 2 2.2 3
Smith 2011 4.1 5 6 1 1.3 1

Obviously, Alex Smith was not going to dominate these stats, but the surprising thing is he is ranked last in only one category, Touch Downs, and by a single score. His top ranking in interceptions and interception percentage seems to be historically good , even when compared to the Super Bowl winning seasons of Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Montana and Steve Young.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors.

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