Originally posted by Method:
Alex was god awful in that game. If they had lost, it would be all on him. He has to make those deep throws down the sidelines. Even if it's underthrown, at least make sure it gets to the receiver. Overthrowing them by 3 yards is a huge issue.
I love Alex, but this ultra risk averse attitude is going to be a problem down the road.
At worst I think he has to be at least average in his deep ball accuracy (I think he's better than average). There are highlight clips of Cassel, Flynn, Fitzpatrick, even Rex Grossman airing it out their fair amount deep with some success.
I recall seeing an article on the deep ball and how there are certain situations where getting picked off isn't such a big deal (3rd down and long around midfield) except to the stat sheet. When combined with the percentages of deep sheet attempts to conversions it is often very beneficial to do so. And this was with Rex f'n Grossman as the subject too!
So in other words, unless you completely totally suck at it, you are hurting your team by not attempting it
When I see the Saints on offense, the amount of room their receivers have in the short to intermediate range is frightening because of the threat of going deep.
I apologize for not catching all of Smith's games in 2009 and 2010 but was he really an INT machine like people make him out to be? Yes, he's thrown more picks than now but was it really that he was worse than average or was he really not connecting downfield at all? I highly doubt that's the case.
I'll probably watch more of his games from those two seasons on rewind.