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:
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.