Originally posted by Axl49:
Originally posted by ElDannMann:
I agree completely with the article.
But I'd like to note even though I'm in favor of Alex finishing the season at helm and still want to get a full season's worth of him before I, personally, make any final statements as to if I would like him to remain in 2011 or for him to be cut, two things worry me about him. For these reasons I think the ceiling for Alex is to be, at best, a good QB (top 16 in the league) and not a great or franchise QB. These things are...
1. Great QBs can still make that perfect pass even under duress. Not always, but still completing over 50% of their passes is ideal. Alex simply cannot do that, practically ever. In these cases it could make him more worthy of a QB if he would use his mobility to get some yards or even a first down, or simply to escape the pressure and find an open receiver.
2. We can never seem to beat the stronger teams in the league. Playing against weak or mediocre teams always seems to be a lock for us to win (unless it's a divisional game). But we can never beat top teams, no matter how close the game. Whether it's the Eagles, the Colts, the Falcons or the Packers, we simply cannot win. What separates good QBs from great QBs is being able to finish games. Alex can't do that either it seems. Even through all his mistakes, he almost always keeps us in the game till the final second. But we cannot get that final drive that puts us into field goal range or a TD. Some of this blame falls on the defense on not getting the ball back to our offense either.
I agree with you. Benching Smith will not solve anything this year we need to change the offense to suit his strengths and win as many games as we can. But again like you said a good QB can succeed under pressure and even in any system which we can see Alex is not that type of Elite QB.
Indeed. I don't understand all this mumbo-jumbo about getting Luck or whoever in the draft this year. Firstly, I doubt we'll be that bad to get the #1 QB, though the #2 QB might fall to us, then I'd be in favor of getting him perhaps. I'd rather not waste a first round pick on a QB though. I feel the depth of the upcoming draft is good too that we could get a pretty good QB with a 2nd or 3rd round pick.
Also, rookie QBs almost never come right in and make an impact. For instance, Mark Sanchez last year. He threw a lot of picks and turned the ball over a lot. Still, he was surrounded by a great team and they were able to make it far into the playoffs despite his poor play. Though this year is different. Sanchez is playing flawless. The development he's gone through is simply phenomenal. I'd like to bring in a QB next year from the draft and let him sit a season, at most 2, and simply learn the way of the NFL before we throw him in. I loved the way they brought along Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. Look what he's become.
In my honest opinion, I'd like to bring in a Free Agent QB in the offseason to start the 2011 season, given Alex doesn't make great strides this season, and draft a QB in the 2nd or 3rd.
I really hope Alex can find his consistency though because when Alex is at his best, it's simply amazing.