Originally posted by 49erRider: First drive - A
Rest of game - C+
Overall - B
Yea, something like this, maybe I'd bump it up to a B+.
yea, play calling certainly didnt help him tho.
Sure did't. I'm not at all a Smith believer but I thought Raye failed him this game. I would think it's the plan since it's preseason and we may not wanna give any details in our offense away, but I saw the same type of play calling during the season last year. The main guys on offense were out and there were some drops that definitely should have been caught. I'd say a solid B.
Originally posted by TheNef77: A- - Great pocket presence.
- Managed the game very well without his top talent
- Smart with the football, threw it away instead of forcing bad throws
- Just one bad throw over Ted Ginn. Crabby could've caught it but then gotten laid out by that nearby DB.
- Considering the run game was shut down, he did a great job throwing the rock.
What more could you ask of the guy?
We've seen enough out of Smith to know exactly what his shortcomings are, which is to say that no one should be surprised when:
he scrambled right when he felt pressure and then threw it out of bounds...there may not be a more conservative QB in the league when it comes to broken plays
barely missed a big completion because he threw high again
He is what he is, and if you can accept that, then last night was a good game for him.
Hater alert. That high throw was catchable. When do we start holding our receivers accountable for dropping passes? I mean have you guys forgotten that those types of throws happen and are caught through out the league on sundays?
It's preseason throwing the ball away keeps him from getting hurt and if everyone was covered what would you rather him do. Force it to a receiver that needs to be wide open to catch the ball? If it's a little too high and the receiver is forced to make a play on it, they might get hurt. You wouldn't want that to happen right? After all this is pansyball, where players don't ever get hurt and need to have the perfect pass every time in order to catch it. GOT DAMN STFU!
BTW, that first 3rd down conversion. where Ginn caught the ball just past the marker and was pushed back, shouldn't of been a first down. He bobbled the ball and didn't have possession until he was back behind the marker. I thought they were gonna challenge it.
The only issue I have is that he still doesn't seem comfortable throwing to his WR's. It was a problem Jeff Garcia had which turned into lack of big plays from the deep ball.
Remember during that era, we were desperate for wanting to stretch the field. That was the main knock on Mooch. The QB having the confidence to throw it to the sidelines to the WR's makes a huge difference on this.
Originally posted by billbird2111: As the biggest -- most notorious -- and most outspoken CRITIC (tied with Shaj) -- of ALEX SMITH on this board -- I rate his play an: A PLUS.
This is for the first drive only.
Let's be clear here: Alex really only had one drive to show us his stuff -- and that was the first one. Raye clearly put the clamps back on him after "The Drive." He gave us a taste -- and that's all that we needed. It's probably the best all around Alex Smith performances I've seen period.
You simply cannot rate him for the rest of the game because Raye switched to Offense Vanilla after the opening drive.
Smith surprised me. I didn't think he had it in him. I really thought he'd stink up the joint. Instead -- he came out spitting bullets and getting hits. He looked like an old gunslinger back in that pocket -- and -- I might also add -- that the entire offensive line must receive equal praise -- including our two rookies. They were superb.
HOWEVER! Before a Smith diehard attempts to serve me a steaming pile of crow -- I'm not satisfied. Not for a minute. I'm still not convinced. I'm more confused now than I was last week -- but I'm not going to "believe" and sit down to some steamin' hot crow until I see this kind of performance CONSISTENTLY on a week in and week out basis.
But -- as for "The Drive?" Nice...
I agree that was about the best that AS has ever looked on a drive. I really don't know what he could have done better. And, yes, NICE job by the OL.
But, as you point out, let's see it consistently and in a real game situation before we say that he has arrived.
Chalk this up as another harbinger of good QB play this year. It all seems to be coming together.
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