Originally posted by danimal:
Originally posted by dobophile:
Give Alex a decent o-line and he'll be good.
But dude folds like origami when the pressure is on. And he hasn't quite cleaned all the sand out of his vagina.
Thats an assumption. Based on what?
I think his best line was 2006, but they were more of a mauling line as opposed to pass blocking, anyway Alex played OK that year, I have a hard time calling it a good year.
My assumption is that behind an All Pro Pass Protect Line Alex Smith would still be bad or ok most of the time. Based on the fact that I have seen him with protection, and he still throws high and or too late. That ain't gonna change if he had 5 seconds in the pocket
It's an opinion, based on what I've seen with my own two eyes.
Alex Smith just looks and acts more confident, like he's a completely different player. Even after throwing 2 straight INTs in the 4th quarter---a sign that he's still mistake-prone---he still came back and marched down field to score a TD. To me that shows he isn't the same scared little b***h that he used to be.
Make no mistake, I am no Alex Smith lover. I did not say he would be GREAT; just good. I think he has the physical talents to get the job done: a strong arm, good mobility, adequate height, decent mechanics. If the o-line were able to open up lanes for Gore and give Smith protection, I think Smith would be much less likely to overthrow or make boneheaded mistakes under pressure.
I'm not sure what to make of his INTs when the receiver tips the pass. I want to say it's the receiver's fault, but this has been a problem with Smith ever since he arrived in SF. It's almost like VD and Crabtree are the only ones who can catch most of his passes.