Originally posted by BringBackTO:
Originally posted by excelsior:
What do you mean "a horrible decision?"
Here are the two QB's stats for 2004:
Alex 214/317 67.5% 9.3 yds/att 32 TDs and 4 INTs
Aaron 209/316 66.1% 8.1 yds/att 24 TDs and 8 INTs
Holiday Bowl: Rodgers lost to Tex Tech 45-31 He was 24/42 246 yds 1 TD and 1 INT
Fiestaq Bowl: Alex won against Pitt 35-7 He was 29/37 328 yds 4 TDs and 0 INT.
Judging by the stats, Alex was as good or better than Rodgers. I still think Alex should have turned out better than he has so far. I just see the huge difference in development, coaching and support. What a terrible waste of a #1 draft choice that I squarely lay at the feet of an inept organization.
Alex playing in the MWC, Aaron played Pac10. Slightly different level of competition.
It still doesn't negate the overall point. I remember reading a lot of draft analysis at that time.
The whole issue was: Aaron Rodgers was more pro ready but people were weary of a Tedford QB. Alex was thought to have a "higher ceiling," however he was only 20 years old and came from a total spread offense. Aaron was more of a finished product whereas Alex was a project. We drafted the project..which would have been fine had we done things properly.
I'm not trying to be an arrogant know it all douche here, and I'm sure plenty of you know more about football. BUT...I'd be willing to bet thar 90% of NFL scouts and coaches would agree with my above statement (re: Smiths lack of development and the effects, etc).
Drafting Alex Smith wasn't a stupid choice on paper. It's everything we did AFTER drafting Alex that was the problem. Again...this isn't to shift blame away from Alex BUT the rabbit hole goes farther than just the QB position.