Will Alex Smith get better in 2012?

San Francisco got its man, but he may not be the same next season

Originally Published: March 20, 2012
By Aaron Schatz | Football Outsiders
Alex SmithEzra Shaw/Getty ImagesAlex Smith returns to a strong San Francisco 49ers team for next season.

The San Francisco 49ers didn't get the man, so instead they got their man. With Peyton Manning out of the picture, the 49ers will bring back last year's starting quarterback, Alex Smith, with a new three-year contract worth roughly $8 million per season. Smith took his game to a whole new level when he led the 49ers to a 13-3 record last year. Now that Smith's back in the fold, can the 49ers expect him to take another big step forward in 2012?