Blame the QB.
It's how we're wired.
Coach Jim Harbaugh's steady grip has shaken Smith from his nightmarish jaunt of seven offensive coordinators in as many seasons to the tune of a 95.2 passer rating.
Smith's former coach at Utah, Urban Meyer -- who went on to coach Tim Tebow at Florida -- has tracked the 27-year-old's career, mildly appalled at the uneven situation he's endured in San Francisco.
"I follow the NFL a lot with Alex, Tim and other players," Meyer told The Sacramento Bee. "It's amazing to me in the NFL that if you're on a really bad team -- bad offense, bad defense, bad kicking game -- then it's the quarterback's fault.
"Alex was like my son. I was real close to Alex. I watched coordinator after coordinator come out of there. The defense was ranked near the bottom every year. It's a really bad team. And all of a sudden, it's, 'Well, Alex can't play.' And I'm thinking, 'What are you talking about? Alex certainly can play.' It's the same thing with Tim."
Certainly Meyer has a soft spot for his former players, but he also has a point.
The pressure on today's young guns is jacked up all the way. When a player like Aaron Rodgers is carefully developed behind a veteran like Brett Favre, we're looking at a total departure from the norm. These days, you're thrown into the fire, normally on teams completely ill-equipped to support a young passer.
Get it done fast, or get out, pal. That's where we're at with the quarterback position.