Originally posted by fryet:
He has, of course, had better 4th quarter winning drives, but as a whole, that is by far the best I have seen Alex Smith play. My only complaints were the following:
1. The one short pass that I saw him throw, he missed (probably was better that he missed it, but still makes you wonder)
2. Lots of delay of game penalties. Hopefully being the starter will mitigate that in the future (it wouldn't surprise me if Crabtree was guilty of illegal substitution, but that is just me guessing)
#2 should be easily corrected. #1 is an area that we will continue to have to watch as fans. But if he just continues to throw down the field, and ignores the short passes, I don't think we will care that much. (:
I've never really been impressed with Smith, until yesterday. He didn't even look like the same player to me. He showed me more in his first drive than I've seen in all of his playing time combined.
I rewatched the second half of the game this morning and the penalties weren't actually that bad. That first one was probably just nerves. The second, where he just walked off the field, was actually a problem with the personnel (too many on the field, I believe) and we would've taken a penalty anyway. It seems like Brian Billick gave an explanation for the one in the 4th also. The constant formation changes probably played a role as well.
One of the timeouts he called was a great heads-up play. Vernon was confused and Smith called the TO just before the ball was snapped, which actually hit Vernon while he was motioning. Had he not called it, Cushing would've scored a TD on the fumble recovery.
He also drew 3 offsides penalties on the opening drive of the 3rd. The third one was declined on the Vernon TD. His snap count seemed to really slow down Houston's pass rush.