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'Bust' label is too strong for 49ers' Smith

A revolving door of coordinators (among other things) has made life difficult for Alex Smith in San Francisco. But don't write off the former No. 1 pick. At 24, Smith still has a lot of football in front of him, writes Mark Kreidler.

Originally Published: August 25, 2008
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

Of all the terms you could use to describe Alex Smith's NFL adventure so far, there is one term that is truly best avoided.

Bust.

Smith is no bust. He might be playing Clipboard Guy to J.T. O'Sullivan, but he's no bust. A disappointment to this date, sure. A frustration, certainly, assuming your view of things begins and ends around Candlestick Point. A mystery, perhaps, if one hasn't been paying close attention to the ways in which Smith's career has been made ...

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