It's interesting because it appears that Smith and Carr do a lot of the cerebral things right in practice/games (command of the playbook, protections, where guys are supposed to be lined up, check-downs, etc.), but when it comes down to the football side of things, neither compare to Davis during game time.
When it comes to practice, it's clear why Davis struggles. He has to be more structured, more inside his head and focused on the play as Raye has called it. This was Favre's problem early on in his career...he had all the talent in the world, but struggled to play/stay within Holmgren's system (which is highly structured). It took time, but obviously Favre was able to grasp the WC concepts, and coupled with his natural QB skills, became one of the greatest to ever play the game.
No, I'm not saying Nate is the next Favre...that's silly. However, it's pretty obvious to anyone who knows football, that Davis is much more of a pure QB than Smith and Carr. He's a natural at dropping back, sliding to the right spot in the pocket, keeing his eyes downfield and throwing darts to moving targets. It's all "feel" for him, which is how he's had to play given his learning disability. IMO, this gives him an advantage during game-time when you're really not in "think" mode...you're just playing football.
I hope the coaches recognize why there's such a difference between "practice" Davis and "game" Davis, and give him the opportunity to get more playing time with the 1's/2's in the preseason.
If you just go by what Davis does in practice, he'll likely never get a shot in the league...but if you let him play against the top players in the NFL, and see what he can do, you might just find what Holmgren found in #4.
[ Edited by GhostofFredDean74 on Aug 16, 2010 at 10:30:14 ]