It's another week, which means it's time to pose another is-Alex-Smith-a-game-manager question to the 49ers' upcoming week. This week, it was Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier's turn to assess the progress of the 49ers' quarterback, who ranks second in the NFL in passer rating (115.9). Smith has completed 9 of 11 attempts for 142 yards on passes traveling between 10 and 19 yards this season, according to Pro Football Focus.
"He's making some plays for their offense down the field, not just intermediate routes, which was the knock on him in the past," Frazier said to the Minnesota media. "He plays with a lot of confidence and he seems to really have a command of what they want to get done at the quarterback position. He's definitely more than a game manager. I think that NFC playoff game against New Orleans kind of speaks to that."
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