Originally posted by backontop:Originally posted by Joecool:Originally posted by backontop:Originally posted by Joecool:
I'm afraid of what Merril Hodge said about Alex Smith on the radio.
When asked by Murph: "What do you think about Alex Smith? Does he have it to become a starting QB in the NFL?"
He goes on further to say that Alex is inconsistent. He said there are plays set in games where that formation pre-determines a specific type of defense and he is having trouble with executing those plays consistently. These are plays that are practiced and everything works out in the game as the play is designed in practice, yet Alex still has trouble with these types of plays.
Hodge is one VERY credible dude when it comes to breaking down film. Let us hope he is wrong.
Breaking down film and guessing what will happen with a players future are 2 different things
But breaking down film and determining how a play has played is very justifiable. By the way Alex has played up to this point, Hodges' points were very accurate. Alex has trouble with the simplest of plays, even when they work as designed. Remember, nonfunctional? Well, these are plays that turn out as designed meaning the way he practiced them. He needs to be more consistent with these or we don't know how long it may take him to develop. You must draw a line somewhere in terms of length of development.
Do you concider a new OC every year of his career "development"
That has been taken into consideration which is why I was intrigued with what Merril Hodge said. The "basic" plays, as Hodge said, Alex has been inconsistent on. These are plays that pan out in the game as they are practiced. These are plays where it's predictable what look the defense will give you and where you are supposed to throw. It's not that he's crapped out, it's that he's been inconsistent and Hodge said consistency is a fundamental determination of how a player performs.
Hill wasn't all that great but he was consistent in what he did. Alex makes a good decision here but then an errant one there or a good throw here but follows it up with a few bad decisions.
That may come with more experience, let us hope, but his accuracy has been an issue. You can call him 60+ percent accurate but I'm talking about very open throws he is missing. To add, we aren't exactly "airing" it out for him to decrease his percentage either. He is making "safe" throws and still missing too often.