I just want good things to happen to this guy. No, I didn’t expect him to return to the 49ers this season. He’s been vilified, spit on, virtually tarred and feathered… and blamed for everything including the Lindbergh kidnapping. To say his first six seasons were a little rocky is the understatement of the year. But look what’s happened. Sports Illustrated’s Jim Trotter says Alex is “reborn.” With Jim Harbaugh on board… and with essentially the same roster as last year… the Niners are 5-1. I thought if Alex Smith was just decent this year, it would be a confidence boost for him. He’s been better than that. And this humble kid (who’s the same age as Tim Lincecum), still gives credit to his teammates. And his guys love him back. The other day, Frank Gore said “Number 11’s coming! You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.” If Alex keeps this up, he’ll be more than the Comeback Player of the Year… he’ll be Comeback Player of The Decade. No, Alex Smith is not Joe Montana. The good news is…. he doesn’t have to be. In this week’s SI, Peter Kingsuggests that Alex Smith vs. Aaron Rodgers in the NFC title game is not impossible. Yes, this is the same Peter King who picked the Rams to win the West.