Originally posted by dust-7:
Originally posted by SanFranAddic:
Hill was effective until getting beat to a pulp because the O-line sucks. The same thing will happen to Alex. The problem IS THE O-LINE!
I think Alex watches game after game as Hill becames more and more jumpy, he wasn't last season. And Alex says to himself - you rush right in my face, and I'm still completing that pass. Hill was just thinking about getting killed out there. And 'noodle arm' couldn't rifle it out.
Teams will now prepare for Smith. They know he was Hill a few years ago, jumpy as anything because he was always under pressure. A guy who would throw a five yd pass - three yds. If this 'new' Alex welcomes the pressure, it will be a different outcome.
But if they don't have the O-line that can pass protect - what did Walsh teach us? Mooove the line. Get mobile out there. Try something called a 'Walsh' coast offense. Whatever the origins, the final version started in SF.
Is cover-2 really that invincible?
I hope so.
Maybe he figures he already has been through the worst injury a QB can have, so anything else he can deal with. I think the shoulder injury may have been a blessing in disguise for Smith. He finally was given the opportunity to sit back and watch, and now he doesnt seem afraid to be hit. If he plays like he did yesterday for the rest of the season the guy is going to shut all the critics up and carry this team to the playoffs.
If he has shown anything at all this season, he has shown he has heart. He took a smaller contract to prove himself, he showed a couple different times in pre-season that he is not afraid to hit or be hit (just ask Greg Ellis), and yesterday he showed he has the will to put the team on his back and carry them.
It was interesting what Vernon Davis said after the game. I cant remember where I saw it, but I read a quote that was something like, "I wasnt surprised. When he came in I knew what he was going to do".
Battle also said, "It's a long time coming. He's gone through a lot. Hopefully, even though we lost we can build on this, especially as an offensive unit, and come out swinging earlier in games."
Sounds like some of these guys have already been pulling for this to happen.