Originally posted by ZRF80:
I already fell for this trap with Hill and Smith (07,08, and now 09) before. Im not buying until I see what happens for the rest of the season and the beginning of next season. I can say that the past 2 weeks have probably bought Alex an automatic starter spot for 2010. Now the question is whether or not he can build on his play from this year. As good as he has been, he still shows weaknesses. Still having trouble playing from under center.......still not closing out games, and still staring down receivers at times.
I hope he can improve and learn to improvise. It'll solve our problem for finding a longterm solution at QB.
He has shown a lot of improvements though. Accuracy and mechanics, kudos to QB Coach Mike Johnson for that. And Alex has shown good awareness of where the blitz is coming from. Multiple times today, there were defenders coming free but he got rid of the ball before he was hit.
One criticism I have though he is has a tendency to roll out to the right when there is pass rush or when he thinks there is pass rush. Smith needs to learn to step up because when you roll out, you cut half the field off. And when you step up, you have a better chance of tucking it in and running with it.