Originally posted by Memphis9er:
It is totally ridiculous how some of you can bag on Smith after the way the former regime handled his development. You guys act like it is his fault that he didn't succeed, when it has everything to do with the way he was mishandled. As far as the talent level being the same as it was when he last played...anyone that thinks it is the same (or worse) needs to take a minute and try to regain their touch with reality. Hill didn't outplay Smith this preseason, in fact he mostly looked worse than Smith, and he definitely has not lit up the world to this point, he hasn't even looked as good as he did last year. I give him credit for not making mistakes to this point, but Smith could do everything that Hill has done to this point and probably more, and may be the better long term option of the two. I just hope he keeps on working with the QB coach to get back into game shape. Like it or not Hill barely won the starting spot from a guy that had been out for 18 months with a major shoulder injury, and kinda got it by default. He surely didn't play any better than Smith, in fact, he looked more confused than Smith in the second preseason game. If Smith is so bad, then why couldn't Hill blow him away? The answer is that Smith is not as bad as some of you proclaim him to be, some of you guys are just knee jerk reactionaries that are predisposed to wildly overreact to even minor occurrences.
Okay-say the previous regime mishandled him, that doesn't he's ready at this point. He may still have some scars on him and who is to say he has gotten over it? Point is and fact is Sing said that neither really ran away with the competition in preseason. So why did he choose Hill, because he knows hill won't throw the game away, they still have doubts about smith and he didn't do anything to dispell these doubts!!!!!
smith may have a strong arm-so who gives a rats a$$ if they can't hit the side of the barn. At least when I was watching he was throwing it behind and over the heads of the receivers, these usually lead to intercepts.
His old college coach says he really needs to learn the system before he becomes comfortable. So that is another minus. By the time he gets comfy Davis will have become comfy also and have none of the scars that alex may still has. Smith may well still be an okay QB-who knows, he may pull a plunkett-but not now or not here.
Besides didn't he hurt himself a little-so who knows how that would affect him-especially when the line played pi$$ poor in pass schemes.
Let it go! There is more important things to debate, unless you don't have a life.
[ Edited by WildBill on Sep 23, 2009 at 2:38 PM ]