Originally posted by Shaj:
you probably knew my reasons for posting this thread. We like to chalk up Alex's lack of production to coaching, but here a highly successful and superbowl winning OC couldn't do jack with Smith, but has Cutler, who was selected 11th overall if I remember correctly, playing lights out compared to Smith. In my mind, this kills the "our problem is bad QB coaching" argument. Even with one of the brightest offensive minds in the business giving him direction, Smith coudln't cut it.
If you recall, Martz said Smith was ready to take over the starting job from JTO the week he re-injured his shoulder.
It was common knowledge the reason Martz wanted JTO to come to SF was that it would give the team someone who knew his system for practice and early games. No one expected JTO to be the ultimate solution. He was stop gap until Smith or Hill learned Martz' system well enough to play it.
We all know that Smith was injured and Hill took over. Smith never had the chance to play in the open Martz system. What Martz is now doing in Chicago is the real deal, not the MS deal.