On Alex Smith's future beyond the 49ers

Alex Smith 3-year Starting Stats

ESPN's John Clayton offers some thoughts in the video above regarding Alex Smith's future beyond the San Francisco 49ers' current season.

I've put together a companion chart showing traditional and advanced stats for the games Smith started in each of the past three seasons. The numbers have improved year by year.

Teams with interest in Smith will have to determine to what degree that improvement can continue in the absence of coach Jim Harbaugh, offensive coordinator Greg Roman, quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst, the rest of the 49ers' staff and the team's strong personnel.

Earlier: Chris Sprow's analysis for Insider on potential landing spotsInsider for Smith.