Alex Smith: A question

My dad asked a question over at his blog today, and the Cohn  Zohn has already weighed in on the subject but I want to hear what you guys think.

Why is Alex Smith always the biggest hot-button issue in Bay Area sports? I don’t get it. Is it just because he’s the Niners’ quarterback? Or is it because he was a No. 1 pick? Or is it his playing style? Or is it his face?

Please enlighten me. I’m eager to read your thoughts.