Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
90% of Alex's struggles are psychological and have been psychological IMO. We've seen this throughout his career. Last night after he went back in he is just chucking the ball around and not thinking about it too much. We saw it agaisnt Houston last year too. He wasn't expecting to play so he just threw it in there when he got in during the second half.
Alex sometimes thinks too much. Then he hesitates. The hesitation leads to the ball being off or late and sometimes high. Also holding it too long where he sometimes fumbles. He gets unsure and second guesses himself. You just have to chuck it in there in the NFL. He plays best when he just throws and doesn't think.
IMO he can throw the ball. But it's the hesitation and insecurity that bites him sometimes.
I once dated a girl who had been in about a dozen car accidents. I never understood why until I rode with her: she was just like Alex. She'd pull up to an intersection, and I'd look left and right and think intuitively, "after that third car on the left we'll have an opening". But she never trusted that instinct. She'd wait until the opening got there and then sort of double clutch and finally get out into the intersection a split second too late! I was terrified! (I didn't give her 6 years of chances, I never rode with her again!)
But it shows by analogy your exact point.
In fact, it seemed like this year for the first time, Alex seemed to have overcome most of this.
But I think you're right, that when he's under pressure and pressing a little bit, he falls back into old habits.
Who knows if he can ever change. But this season gives me hope he can do it. It also gives me fear he won't do it with us and he'll come back to haunt us for the next ten years.