Originally posted by dwett:
Originally posted by boast:
Isn't this classic Smith. He never puts up eye popping stats but seems to get the win. Now you can say he has a great defense etc. Smith's play while conservtive helps the D.
Originally posted by Joecool:
Chiefs haven't played many great teams. They haven't played any great teams.
Throws 41 times, gets 288 yards.
gets the win and that's all that matters and what anyone will remember anyway.
Time of possession. Chiefs 33.41 vs 26.19 Niners 29.18 vs 30.42
Not a fantasy stat but one that matters in the game. The defense gets to rest more and is able to make more play vs them wearing out and eventually allowing the opposing team to run the ball at will vs you.
Not turning the ball over, getting key first downs and being able to run the ball all lead to this. We can run the ball but Kaep has to improve in the first two areas. Smith (now he has more experience) is doing well in these areas and thus they are 4-0.
Kaep needs to sometimes take the easy first down so we can continue our drives and understand his great talent can continue to be on the field and generate the big play later. It just seem Kaep wants the big play every time which leads to our offense stalling.
That may have a lot to do with coaching. Everyone talks about his huge arm and ability to drive the ball down the field. Lots of plays put in to take advantage of that. At the same time, all the fantasy-influenced fans and writers criticize Alex for preferring the safer, shorter throws. So even though Alex won with those throws, for Kaep and the coaches to revert back to "what Alex does" seems tantamount to an admission that Alex would have done would have been just fine. "We didn't draft you to play like Alex. We drafted you to make the big plays Alex doesn't."
Of course no one would admit that kind of thinking has any part of what is going on, but clearly, Smith's experience and understanding of how to control the game is far more advanced that Kaepernick's. CK may reach that level at some point, hopefully sooner than later, but he clearly needs a little Alex Smith in him if he is to keep the offense moving against teams not named the St Louis Rams.