Originally posted by ninerbrand:
I am not sure who else has noticed this, but it seems to me that Alex Smith's interception 90% of the time come off of tipped balls. Especially, this year. Both passes in Mondays game that were picked were off tips. One of his two from Seattle. I have noticed this since he came into the league in '05. The ball just kind of has a knack for finding a defender.
Why do you think he gets so many tipped balls?
What do you guys think can fix this?
My Suggestion: Pump fake. Throw not only the D-Line but the secondaries to delay their reactions.
It does seem that most of Smith's interceptions (and many incompletions) result from inaccuracy rather than poor judgment. On a positive note, this indicates that he sees the field well and makes good decisions. But Smith is sometimes wildly inaccurate.
Inaccuracy is the result of inconsistency and Smith's mechanics have been called into question before. The roller coaster ride of changing coordinators, injury, and poor line play that he's experienced could certainly account for some inconsistent mechanics and the development of bad habits. The good news is that poor mechanics are to some extent fixable, even at this point in his career.
If you want to see some serious QB accuracy, check out this video of Drew Brees outperforming Olympic class archers with his accuracy at 20 yards. Brees' mechanics are so consistent that he's able to release the ball at exactly the same speed, at exactly the same angle, with exactly the same rotation speed again and again.
Some quarterbacks are always going to be more accurate than others and there's more to playing the position than simple ball placement. But I think Smith's mechanics are still flawed and that he could improve his game considerably by working on his mechanics.