Alex Smith was left for dead until Jim Harbaugh came riding in on his white horse and saved his career. He was never asked to do too much under Harbaugh, and instead was asked to limit turnovers, complete the high percentage passes, and keep plays alive with his mobility. Yes the 49ers had the luxury of having a top ranked defense and a tremendous rushing game, but it wasn't until late in his career that the coaches and staff realized what needed to be done with him.
So, why don't more teams follow suit ? If a guy like Mark Sanchez was asked to throw 18-22 times a game, your telling me he wouldn't still be a starting QB ? For example, the Jets bolster their o-line and find a capable running back to shoulder the load. Wouldn't this be a better/easier solution than shuffling QB's around every single year ?
The point I'm trying to make is teams quickly give up on their young QB's because of their lack of success when in reality, could it be the other circumstances surrounding the player that need to be tweaked ?
Do you truly need an "Elite" QB to win a Super Bowl ? I don't think so ...
Your thoughts ?