Originally Posted by Direckshun
I suppose that depends on what you define a franchise QB as being.
The franchise has clearly made him their QB for the current and intermediate and perhaps longterm future. Seems to fit that definition.
I define a franchise QB as someone who is going to be THE keystone to your franchise's success for the foreseeable future... A guy that's capable of putting the team on his back and willing his way to victories.
That's not Alex Smith. He's a "franchise QB" in the sense that he's mediocre but good enough for your team to remain "respectable" at 8-8 but you have yet to hit on a Colin Kaepernick.