Originally posted by Memphis9er:
Originally posted by flynhayn15:
Originally posted by TRUCKRATHMAN:
guys, i respect everyones opinion here and i really dont care to get too involved in taking sides and arguing. with that said, id just like to say what i gotta say and move on...
i believe Alex sure does need more swag...but how can he really earn it when hes constantly being undermined by inferior coaching year after year?
i remember steve bono and elvis grbac not doing too bad when called upon because we had real coaching back then...i see alex as a huge upgrade over those two, physically and mentally....
just confirms my greatest fear that this organization is really lost!
You know what's funny? Jimmy Raye actually got them to look good on offense. Something he couldn't do with Alex unless he threw out the playbook and went with the spread offense while restricting gore to draws and traps.
What makes you thin alex is an upgrade? Would J Russell be an upgrade over those 2? Rick Mirer? Heath Shuler? Tim Couch? Talent and intelligence mean squat if you don't have the mental toughness to perform when the lights are on and/or persevere through adversity or if you don't have the adaptability to adjust to any system besides the spread and/or adjust to new WRs regardless if they have been hurt through the preseason.
You talk a pretty good game for someone that has never taken a snap in the NFL. So tell me,how the hell do you know what it takes? You want mental toughness, try playing QB in the NFL behind a bad line with your collar bone completely disconnected from your body. You have not the slightest clue what you are talking about if you question the guys toughness. Just another disgruntled fan with a myopic, misguided opinion. The problems with this team go well beyond the QB. As far as receivers being hurt through the preseason, if you do not understand chemistry, well, just ask Bret Favre about it.
First, I want to clarify that I did not say that Alex Smith wasn't tough. I am sure he can take a hit just as well as the next guy and get back up and ask for some more. That all fine and good. The mental toughness I was referring to was being able to stay clam when the pocket is collapsing around you. Being able to make good decisions in adverse situations. Being clutch. That is what Alex is not. He has had his moments like against NO and a few years ago against Seattle. But other than that I haven't seen that in him to the extent that I saw it in the aforementioned Bono and Grbac even though they were less talented like the previous poster claimed.
Second, you are right that I never played QB in the NFL but that doesn't mean that I can't form an opinion on what a NFL QB should look like. BTW, do me a favor and make a list of some of the best QB coaches of all time. I bet you will find many if not the majority of that list consists of people who have never played QB in the NFL. How could they develop so many QBs the way they did without playing it themselves? Maybe, just maybe you CAN recognize qualities that NFL QBs should have without being one yourself! Maybe, just maybe that even though Alex can throw the ball better than I ever did and ever will be able to (Maybe not on his worst days!
) I am still able to recognize that he doesn't have what it takes to lead this team back to the Super Bowl. Or maybe your right and Joe and Steve and the aforementioned Bono and Grbac are the only ones who should be posting in this thread and the previous poster who I was responding to should have never dared to even talk about Bono and Grbac in that way as well.
Thirdly, you bring up this season's Brett Favre as you proof for chemistry when he is 41 yrs old and didn't go to training camp. What about the younger Brett Favre who lost his favorite WR in Sterling Sharpe and transitioned to Freeman and Brooks just fine. What about the year they won the Super Bowl where they lose Brooks for the season and sign Andre Rison mid season and he was a key part of that team and a key part of them winning the Super Bowl. Yeah why don't you ask Brett Favre about how a professional QB need to be able to adjust to new WRs. BTW, Peyton Manning threw a TD to a kid who was an undrafted FA rookie this past week and did the same thing last year with Collie. Why don't you as him about chemistry?
Finally, you said, "The problems with this team go well beyond the QB." You talk a big game for someone who ha never been on an NFL team before. You have not the slightest clue what you are talking about if you want try to diagnose a team's problems. Just another disgruntled fan with a myopic, misguided opinion!