Originally posted by MadDog49er:
Thought Davis had a mixed game. Some good, some bad. Many are tending to forget a number of issues in this game. He finally had a ball picked (the ball was slightly underthrown) after two others should have been picked earlier in the game. Against first teamers, it probably would have been four picks in the last two games, so he's got to be careful.
At the same time, his TD pass to Hill was very nice, and he's showing good awareness under pressure.
I think we can all see that under the center, he's simply not as comfortable or effective as in the shotgun.
I tend to think he's massively overrated by the majority of the board at this point. He's a good looking prospect, but the kid has a long ways to go. He's not ready to play against first team defenders.
I wouldn't want to make excuses for Nate's play (within the intention that he cannot do any wrong, given the hype of his recent performance), but most of those "bad" plays weren't entirely his fault. Some looked like common rookie mistakes, and some looked like another guy just trying to avoid a horrible pocket collapse (some of the decisions he made, he had no real choice in).
What we witnessed last night was one of the WEAKEST scrub o-lines in all of pre-season (maybe even 49ers pre-season history), there was absolutely no RT/Center on the field almost, and Nate was getting rushed up the ass on every play. -For what Nate had to deal with it's just a wonder that he managed to lead a TD drive in the 2nd quarter (seeing in all our run game went into a complete dumpster after half-time).
Towards the entire second half Nate was having to throw to guys he never even practiced with, that never had any chance of making the team beyond camp-fodder fill-in spots (guys that didn't get more than 5 reps a practice).
The 'almost" interception Nate threw came from Price failing to finish his route, Nate trusted him to be there and Price's chubby legs decided to take a vacation. -As for the "shotgun discomfort", he looked average (but not distorted), Nate looked pretty calm and cool (as we pretty much went with the shotgun during that entire 2nd quarter TD drive). -This can be fixed easily with extended reps.
Same goes for the final play of the game, that INT was one of those freaky 'once in a lifetime' plays. That FB should have caught that ball, but instead he gave up possession, if fell out, bounced off another guy, and some other dude JUST HAPPENED to be in the right place at the right time to grab it (in mid-air) and end the game.
Again, I'm not making excuses (merely just observations), but I do agree, Nate needs to ride the bench, I felt like we were pushing him a little to fast to learn the offense (via the wristband) last night.
-Overall though, you can't deny that this guy has probably the best arm on our team (and more potential than Alex Smith), and we can't really judge Nate until he's facing a first squad D, BUT
on an equal note we also cannot judge Nate's performance until he (himself) is surrounded by a number one offensive squad
-Nate managed pretty well with Jason Hill and Delanie Walker/Finley, but I doubt even Tom Brady could've done much with Barry Sims/Wallace/Boone on his o-line, and Maurice Price/Chris Francies as his WR core.
[ Edited by SnakePlissken on Sep 5, 2009 at 11:06:34 ]