This comes from a really good article on the webzone homepage. Maiocco interviews a gentleman who's sole job is to watch nfl film. He gives a really good view of the current 49ers. This question was about if maybe Alex Smith would be a better QB for us this season....he says a lot of things that I've never heard of. Actually says Alex doesn't have great physical tools.
I know you haven't seen him play in two years, but is there where Alex Smith, because of his arm strength and the better physical tools, might be the better option at quarterback?
Cosell: "Well, I don't think Alex Smith has particularly good physical tools. Certainly, we know Shaun Hill has an average to below-average NFL arm. You're right, we haven't seen Alex Smith throw in two years, but the last time we did see him throw and even when he came out (of college), I'd say Alex Smith's arm strength was slightly better than average - nothing more. I'm always leery - I know he's a smart kid - but I don't know how much he's learned. I'm not there. When you play in the Urban Meyer offense, and I can tell you for a fact, that when Alex Smith went through his board work for teams coming out of the draft that he had zero clue about NFL route combinations, which is not surprising. Because in Urban Meyer's offense, nobody does. I'm not a big Alex Smith guy. I think he has limited skills and I think he's got limited understanding."
Here's the link to the article.
[ Edited by Adman on Oct 18, 2009 at 8:26 AM ]