Originally posted by billbird2111:
Alex had a pretty good first drive to open the game -- but then settled into the mediocrity of play that we've come to see from him.
Blame Anthony Davis all you want for the injury -- and he did blow that block -- but you can also cite Mr. Smith's lack of awareness in the backfield, pocket presence, whatever you want to call it. We have seen this lack of a pocket presence again and again and again from him.
He didn't even see the defensive end coming at him. The hit caught him totally by surprise.
Sorry -- but an NFL QB just CANNOT DO THAT. You must be AWARE of the speed rushers on the edge -- and it's not like Davis was holding the point to begin with. Smith should have known he wasn't going to have a lot of time - but instead he just looked the other direction as we ALL KNEW what was about to happen.
We won't really know the extent of his injury until he gets an MRI -- but I think his career in San Francisco is pretty much finished at this point. And -- unless another team takes a flyer on a QB with two busted up shoulders (highly unlikely kids) -- his career in the NFL is probably over as well.
A sad ending to an equally sad era in San Francisco 49er Football.
You must not have watched that play very well. The rusher went around Davis and was screened from Smith's view by the back. Smith had moved through at least one progression, possibly two, going from the right side of the field do the left. As the rusher came around Gore IIRC, Smith was looking to the far left side of the field. The rusher suddenly came from his right and Smith had no way to see him before he was right on him. The problem was that Gore was looking into the center of the line while standing the direct line of Smith's vision to the rusher. Gore didn't realize the rusher had beaten Davis until too late to help. All the while, the rusher was "hiding" behind Gore in a way that Smith couldn't possibly be expected to see him while looking left.
I agree Smith's pocket presence has not always been the best but today he was moving forward in the pocket much better than he had before. On this particular play, Smith's awareness was not the issue. It was a combination of Davis blown block combined with the fact Smith's field of vision was screened by the blocking back until the last split second. No way he escapes on that play. Even Tim Ryan recognized Smith had no way to see the rusher.
[ Edited by dj43 on Oct 24, 2010 at 15:55:11 ]