Originally posted by 49AllTheTime:
Originally posted by NineFourNiner:
Originally posted by InHarbsWeTrust:
Originally posted by Mr.Mcgibblets:
Oh, I don't know about ONLY difference... but it's a pretty glaring advantage that the others share. You disagree with proper development in the early years plus consistent scheme equaling quite a hefty advantage for a QB?
Development and familiarity are key advantages, but I think the main difference between those QBs and Alex is ability.
Smith is not any of those guys, to be sure. Hell, he may not even be top 10. But he is better than some give him credit for.
All success that he's had - no credit to him.
All failures that he'd had - all on him.
That is what irks me.
Playing to not lose...shouldn't get credit for the win. Defense and ST won most of the games in 2011.
look at the way AS had to start out the game against the steelers..there is no way he can do that the whole game..and i'm not talking about stats..im talking about the tempo he had to use to get the ball out to the receivers.
he is a good dude..but just a stop gap player who knows his limits
not hating its just the truth..Proof you might say?
he was a UFA and only one team called after his best W/L record ever
Harbaugh didn't want AS starting after only one performance of a QB who was still green
Now here's the kicker...
AS yearly stats are no different from any year..The only thing he approved on was not taking chances which gave him a higher % but ended up with the same results
harbaugh and roman dictated the offense---they emphasized the run game, and not turning the ball over...even the sacks that many posters like to rip smith for were part of the design, roman saying they would rather take a sack than risk an interception
--and that is a formula that has consistently won in the nfl for years...smith took chances when the game situation dictated and was more successful than not----193 yds in the 3rd quarter vs the eagles, leading to a 23 point come from behind win, hitting walker for winning score vs detroit, hitting crabtree deep down the left sideline vs seahawks to set up akers game winning field goal, coming back from behind with 2 tds vs saints in last 3 minutes--if things like this are so easy why dont guys like romo, vick, palmer, freeman, newton, stafford rivers or cutler do it..
granted with kaepernick's strong arm harbaugh and roman can open things up more now, but that doesnt negate the accomplishments of smith...and there were alot of reasons why harbaugh went with the green qb over smith, including (1) he drafted kaepernick and not smith (2) the niners cap situation for 2013 made going with kaerpenick a beter use of cap dollars as opposed to paying smith 8-11 million a year....and harbaugh surely saw kaepernicks great physical skills and wanted to implement them in the offense--again more of a reflection on kaepernick than smith
and btw the f/a argument is fallacious and i suspect you know it....no body pursued smith because everyone expected he was going back to the niners, which he did! Smith didnt tour other teams like free agents looking to move on or get the best deal do, as he expected to be coming back...only when the niners flirted with manning did heevenmarket himself as a free agent and go visit the dolphins..again if the manning pursuit reflects on smith it also reflects on what harbaugh must have thought of kaepernick...niners would have had to commit for manning for 5 years as broncos did to get him, meaning that they wouldnt be turning things over to kaepernick while manning was there
does smith have limits? sure...that he achieved as much as he did with the niners with such limits is a testament to him ...btw those limits included being taken by a poor team with a coach who was clueless how to develop a young quarterback, ordinary receivers and lineman, new o-coordinators each season for his 1st 6 years....and having a shoulder injured costing him the better part of 2 seasons...yeah i suspect an injury like that can limit your ability to throw downfield, but why let such a fact get in the way of a good putdown?