The one thing with Raye, he has shown a willingness to change things up and running out of the shotgun last night worked and I hope we have found something there. We sure as heck can't run in I-Form.
I think some of you are being way to hard on Raye, again im not saying he is a great OC but look at what he is working with. A quarterback who still struggles with consistancy, a crappy O-Line, new, young WR's, I mean what do you honestly expect? I thought Raye once again opened up the game nicely, we spread the bears out and attacked. The missed Nedney FG kinda seemed to get the team down and then when Alex threw the INT's he went into a shell. So can you blame Raye with a lead, not wanting to much out of Alex Smith when he had thrown 4 int's in the last 5 quarters? The fact we did change it up and ran the ball out of the shotgun and had some nice passes/pitches, I thought showed Raye could come up with something and lets not forget the nice drive they had late in the game to eat up what, 7 mins of the clock? The problem with this team is the O-Line, we just can't get a yard when we need it and I will defend Alex Smith in that you always hear well if Kurt Warner gets pressured he struggles, as do most QB's. Imagine Warner or even Tom Brady or Peyton Manning behind this O-Line, I don't think they would be all that successful.
Im not giving up on Alex Smith, he still needs to get rid of the ball a bit quicker (s**tty line or great O-Line) and needs to still grow up but I think he can still get there. I also think he is going to be one of those QB's that plays better on the road, it just seems like there is so much pressure on him playing at home where the fans can't wait to boo him, I think Alex puts a little much pressure on himself. Remember early on in Eli Manning's career where he struggled at home and was boo'd constantly and he was a much better QB on the road and I think he still is.
Look we have 7 games to evaluate Alex Smith, next week will be a big test, on the road, AT Green Bay, going up against Aaron Rodgers. But that being said, can we really evaluate him behind this crappy O-Line?