Originally posted by 49ersnum1:
looking at Eli's and Flaccos stats, it looks very comparable to Smith. Both the Ravens and Giants have a MUCH better Oline than we do, but can Smith put up the numbers or better with a stingy offensive line??
judging off 2 1/2 games, you can definitely tell that Alex has matured. He's more confident, hes more cool, and hes more aggressive throwing the ball down field, and has all the trust in world in Crabs, Morgan, and Davis. Not to mention the guys he threw to when he was running the scout.. I hope Alex can improve over these next 8 games, maybe be the comeback player of the year, build the oline through the draft and Free Agency, and we got our selfs on offense!!
While our offensive line is bad (a matter of philosophy, I'm afraid--big, slow linemen don't work in this league; that's why Staley and Heitman are our only keepers, although I still hold out hope Rachal will develop), the fact is Alex made the key mistakes in the last three games when the game was on the line.
Everyone got excited when he had a great half against Houston, but Houston had a big lead and hadn't been scouting Alex. His physical talent sure looked impressive. But in the final moments it was his key mental error (delay of game) and interception that ended it. Winners don't cost teams games with those types of mistakes.
It boils down to lack of awareness: he's gotten better. But he's still no better than Steve DeBerg. You know, the guy who put up a ton of yardage on those early losing Walsh teams, but threw interceptions and had mental lapses that always seemed to cost his team the game. Bill Walsh said of him, "he's just good enough to kill you!"
And I'm afraid that's my conclusion about Alex Smith!
Please, Alex, prove me wrong! I'd love to eat crow all the way to the Super Bowl. But, I'm afraid I just don't see it happening.