This is post number 200 for mrgneissguy.
As one of the early Nate Davis supporters, I guess I have to throw my two pennies in. I thought both Davis and Carr looked good. If I'm looking at Carr as #2 and Davis as #3 going into the game, I don't see Carr performing poorly enough or Davis surpassing Carr's performance sufficiently enough to change that. I am, however, pretty happy with the results of both. And it's one showing only, but here are some things I thought regarding all three QBs.
Carr and Davis both appeared more consistently on target than Smith, but I don't think Smith was as bad as his numbers. There is some question as to whether a couple of Smith's off throws were the fault of the receivers, but in general, even the completions (on average) of Carr and Davis seemed better placed than those of Smith.
Carr does seem to hold onto the ball too long. Smith seemed pretty decisive out there, which is nice to see. Davis had the ball in his hands longer than I'd like as well, but he didn't waste any time getting out of the pocket when he felt the rush, so it's not like he was waiting around to get sacked.
Davis looked extremely good throwing on the run. If our O-line struggles, that ability would be a very strong benefit.
Given the concerns about his learning disability, I tried to pay close attention to the variety of plays being called when Davis was on the field. It seemed to me like they ran a good mix of plays, including plays with motion and misdirection. He got the play from the sideline, went into the huddle, and I didn't notice any confusion at the line of scrimmage. He took his time looking at the defense and called out the mic. It appeared he had a good command of the offense during his time in.
Smith completed 3 of 9 passes for 37 yards and a 7.4 rating, David Carr completed 9 of 11 passes for 98 yards, one touchdown and a 134.1 rating, Nate Davis completed 5 of 6 passes for 84 yards and a 118.8 rating.
I like looking at big play potential. Smith averaged 12.3 yards per completion, Carr 10.9, and Davis 16.8. That's a bit of a difference there that is kind of interesting.
All in all, I'd say it was a good showing for Carr and Davis.