It's difficult to engage in a conversation about Alex Smith the day after yet another brilliant performance by the guy he will forever be linked to.
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"I could really care less," said Smith, when asked about being labeled a "game manager," like some Giants players labeled him the week leading up to the game. "That's the honest truth. I managed myself into a victory. That's all I care about."
The former probably matters little to those with thick enough skin, and history will take care of the latter. And history has shown "game managers" can be good enough when supported by a stout defense and a superior run game, both of which the 49ers have.
Heck, even when Terry Bradshaw won his first ring, it happened in a season (1974) when he was benched for Joe Gilliam. Joe Gilliam! Bradshaw had a completion percentage of 45.3 and averaged fewer than 100 passing yards per game in his six starts that year.
Maybe the lesson to be taken from all of this is that no matter what happens to Smith, no matter how he plays and is perceived going forward, if he "manages" a Super Bowl victory, like Dilfer and Bradshaw before him, he'll have quite a broadcasting career to look forward to.