Originally posted by excelsior:
It is wrong to say Alex wouldn't have got us into the SB, or wouldn't have brought the team back from a deficit. Smith plays differently when the team is behind. When it is ahead and the defense is doing well, he plays conservatively, which drives some of you crazy. But I thought he was coached to play this way. Perhaps I was wrong. Perhaps H told him to play aggressive, but Alex refused. Perhaps that is why he was benched. But if that was the case, Alex had pretty good success with his philosophy - 14-4 in 2011, and 6-2 in 2012 - best NFL team W-L record during that time span.
And Kap was 7-3 as a starter. Let's not forget, though, that Alex benefited from a great defense and very good special teams play. He had a hard time coming back in both games we went down this season. At Minnesota, even though the deficit was never all that great, Alex had a terrible game and was never able to bring the team back. Against the Giants he had a total meltdown. To think that all of a sudden he would be able to come back from large deficits is, in my opinion, not based on reality.