Originally posted by PopeyeJonesing:
Not saying Alex was great, but nobody is as hard on him as 9ers "fans."
And nobody was as hard on Ryan Leaf as Chargers fans. Why would they be? Nobody else cares about Alex Smith because he's not affecting their teams.
I guarantee the other 3 teams in our division love Alex Smith.
But if you think Niner fans are the only ones who think Alex Smith sucks, you must not talk to anybody else. All I've been hearing since we drafted him is how much he sucks and how we'll never succeed with him. I hate to say it, but they were all right. You don't hear commentators or analysts laying the blame on Alex Smith because they hear the same lame excuses that his fans give and they buy into it, but they don't exactly stick up for him, either.
I do agree the coaching is more to blame than Alex Smith for this year's ineptitude, but that doesn't mean Alex Smith is off the hook. He's not a good QB, that much is obvious to anyone who isn't drinking the kool-aid. We do have other areas of need, but no single position is as important as the QB.
Peyton Manning was able to win during many seasons with a defense worse than ours. You can try to say he had all the weapons to make that happen, but look at what he does with random guys like Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie. It makes you wonder whether his options are really that good or if he MAKES THEM that good. I'm thinking it's the latter.
Bottom line: a GOOD QB can make the whole team better. A good QB can sustain drives and keep his sh*tty defense off the field. You can whine about the O-Line, but our O-Line has given Alex Smith many opportunities to make something big happen, but it just never does. Then, you look at guys like Aaron Rodgers, who had absolutely no protection last year, and they make things happen even with a crappy O-Line. The guy put himself into an elite category while running for his life. Alex runs for his life and does nothing. A good QB can out-gun the other team and put more points on the board than they can, even with a crappy defense giving up more points than they should. A good QB pumps fear of the pass into a defense's heart, which in turn would open up the run game. Can you imagine how good Frank Gore or Anthony Dixon can be in the run game when a defense is looking for the pass?
WE NEED A GOOD QB MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE.