Originally posted by Joecool:
Originally posted by qnnhan7:
Originally posted by Joecool:I find it interesting whenever you mention KC's offense struggling, you point out flaws in nearly every offensive position but the QB. I'm just saying, but, nah, nevermind...the QB can't play a big role in a team's offense struggling...no way...that just doesn't happen.
Guess how many teams have a QB who can throw 5 or less INT's (Smith has 4)? Answer: 18.
- you have been stressing that the offense has been struggling because of the TE, WR, OL. RB. Penalties, and drops.
- you have credited the QB as to why the defense is playing so well due to ball protection yet 18 teams have 1INT less, just as many, or 1 INT more than KC QB.
Yes, Smith plays a huge role in not fumbling the ball but throwing just 1 INT less than ten teams in the league isn't enough to concluding that the defense is performing much better this year.
Here's why the defense is performing better this year. They only allowed 4.8 yards per play, which is 2nd. Last year, they allowed 5.9 yards per play, which was 5th from the worst. You think the defensive coordinator had something to do with it?
I think Smith plays a role in providing field position but the yards per play, he has nothing to do with.
There are also negatives in the way Alex Smith plays, which leads to why the KC offense is struggling. He does forfeit drives for the sake of field position. Which is fine but how many missed opportunities does that also forfeit. And this is why the offense appears to be struggling.
You didn't watch the KC games did you...
Lol. Good one. Did you know SF ran the ball more this year in the first seven games than last year. SF also has weaker WRs yet still has scored more points and made more big plays.
My point, There are plays that Smith struggles with. Those are the plays he will rarely attempt which is why the offense will always appear to struggle.
I don't agree that KC has better receivers. The body of work there just isn't impressive dating back to the past few seasons. Boldin has been a consistent performer, even on a run-first team at Baltimore. And Vernon and McDonald vs. the UDFA McGrath and, well, nobody else (Kelce is on IR and Fasano has been hurt too) is an obvious win for the 49ers -- so I think you could actually make the argument we have much better weapons. But to be ultra conservative, what if we were to just call it a wash.
I just think the KC offense is not nearly as bad as some would think. The 49ers are ranked 17th with 335 YPG and 5.5 YPP. The Chiefs are right behind at 19th with 330 YPG and 4.9 YPP. That yards per play number is actually higher than the Patriots currently. KC has one of the worst pass-blocking lines in the NFL (22nd per Football Outsiders). By contrast, their line grades out at the 2nd best in run-blocking (per FootballOutsiders). Right now the team plays to its OL's strength. They cannot pass block to save their life. I've been impressed how well Smith has evaded pressure, and KC is lucky he's so athletic or their number of sacks given up would be enormous right now.
Smith's approach may lead to lower numbers, but I don't think you can say he's causing KC's offense to struggle. I think a simple analysis would allow one to piece together why they're not doing better:
1. OL has severe struggles in pass-blocking. Long-developing, deep routes are almost impossible to execute in this case.
2. Drops are killer. Dropping critical passes for 1st downs and having to punt obviously means less offensive yards.
3. No real receiving threat outside of Bowe. No TEs. Again, a weak group here obviously hurts the passing game.
4. The outrageous number of penalties severely hampers the offense. When your OL cannot pass block, and you put yourself in obvious passing downs you are at a serious disadvantage. The defense can easily scheme against you then. Not only that, but the problem is compounded by receivers that struggle to get open, and/or when they do, them dropping a critical 1st-down conversion pass kills the drive.
It's easy to knee-jerk blame Smith because he's the QB, but it's not that simple. His approach to the game has an affect on his stats in SOME games, but overall, a deeper analysis of the team offense indicates he actually has little responsibility for the offense not being higher-ranked, and rather actually helps somewhat cover up some of its weaknesses.