Alex Smith finished third in the voting for the A.P. Comeback Player of the Year Award. He received 7 out of 50 votes. The Lions’ QB, Matthew Stafford, finished first and received 21 of the votes.
This gives you a sense of how the country views these two quarterbacks. On the west coast it seems like this season was predominantly about Alex Smith and to some extent Tim Tebow. The rest of the country only somewhat acknowledges Smith and focuses on more the prolific passers like Stafford.
Having said that, I think Smith is more deserving of this award. He turned his team around more drastically, plus he beat Stafford in Detroit. Smith had a more unique story plus a plain better year than Stafford, but that’s not how the rest of the country sees it.