Originally posted by TexasNiner:
No, Smith wasn't as bad as the stats. You can certainly look at some of the plays and say that the recievers should have made a catch, or that plays were flukes or that the D just made a good, or even great play.
However, that pattern has existed throughout Alex's career. For some reason, he takes 2 steps back for every step forward. It's the main reason Hill even got a chance.
You just can't turn the ball over that much. It doesn't matter whose "fault" it is. This wasn't a fluke game, it is the pattern of his career. Sooner or later, the pattern defines the player.
Just like in the real world, if you have an employee who is always late, eventually it doesn't matter WHY they are late, and if it really isn't their "fault" most of the time. It just isn't acceptable.
Without any, let alone a few or all of those turnovers, we have every chance to win that game. Maybe easily. If he can't figure out how to play turnover free football, no matter whose "fault" it is, then he can't be a starting QB in the NFL.
Turning the ball over has NOT been a pattern for Alex Smith throughout his career.
His career turnover stats were grossly inflated by the Antonio Bryant year. That year Bryant had the highest number of picks on passes thrown to him of any receiver in the league. In many cases he simply made little effort to up for the ball. His lack of effort, despite being tall and strong, allowed defenders to take the ball away. Of Smith's 16 picks that year, 11 were to Bryant. That lack of effort hurt not only Smith, but the 49ers as well, and to a large degree, led to Bryant being cut after his DUI incident.
As Gannon and many others have said, the lack of consistency in offensive philosophy and quality coaching has just been crazy. What Smith needs now is to just stay the course and get some serious PT in the Raye system. There are definite signs of improvement in his mechanics but he is also working with some very inexperienced receivers right now. This is a growth curve that will take some time to evaluate.