Originally posted by GNielsen:
Originally posted by fryet:
Including the first game of Kap in the comparison misses the point. Since the GB game, the defenses have changed, and Kap has not been able to adjust. I don't see how you can argue that Alex Smith is not playing better football right now. I do agree that it is premature to make any final conclusion on this. Hopefully, Kap can return to form.
The statistics were not meant to show that Alex Smith is not playing better football. I think he is playing better football. They were meant to show that there is not as much difference in how they are performing as it seems when looking at the win-loss record. Now, I will never understand how including the first game misses the point. The Packers took away the run and the read option forcing Kaepernick to play QB from the pocket. I agree that the Packers didn't have a good secondary, so that is certainly part of the equation. But, by the same token, the Seahawks, Colts and Texans have top-10 or top 5 secondaries, so that's part of the equation as well. Have the Chiefs played a team as tough as the Seahawks, Colts or Texans so far? They've played some good teams and they're playing well, but I don't think they've faced nearly as tough a schedule as the Niners have so far.
i think alex smith is in the best place for him right now...he has played well, better imo than his stats might suggest...he has made big throws when it has counted (yesterday after they fell behind, due to his piss poor pass that was picked off- he stuck it in a tight window on the sideline for bowe to make a big cacth), and the Chiefs has shown a propensity for making these huge 4th quarter drives eating up a lot of clock...im also glad to see a good guy like andy reid have success
as for the niners they played it out like the cards which were dealt dictated--kaepernick showed great potential, trading smith gave them picks to get more players, as did trading in his $8 million plus salary for starting qb for kaerpnick's $1million salary...for those who would still want smith on the team who do you dump to make that extra salary space needed to fit under the cap?
still it seems there is something wrong with the niners passing offense, whether it is due to kaepernick or other factors like crabtree's injury, or most likely alot of factors---what has happened to harbaugh's great qb developing capabilities? it is still early and he can turn things around but after last night's game I felt worried about kaepernick's development for the 1st time..he just didnt seem real confident out there