Originally posted by Memphis9er:
Originally posted by Bluefalcon61:
Originally posted by LambdaChi49:
I dont know understand why people hate the idea of "checking down." I'll take 8 yard check downs ALL day.
Unless it is 3rd down and you need 10 yards or more for a first down.
The perception or reality is that Alex Smith checked down like this way too often.
And a lot of his passes were not ones that hit receivers in stride or they could catch easily in order to make a football move and gain the additional yardage for the 1st down.
(Or depending on your point of view - blame it all on the receivers - lol.)
Peyton Manning was check down king last year. Smith actually had a pretty good yards per attempt last year, in the upper middle tier of QB's as a matter of fact. I guess the problem was when they occurred if everyone feels he was doing it too often.
I think it's a combination of Smith's lack of trust in making the deep throws along with his lack of trust in the over all game plan.
At the end of the day...no matter who/what you are...you're going to go with what works and what is most comfortable in terms of trust. If you don't trust "the system" then even if the guy "seems open" or whatever...you're not going to pull the trigger. I dont know if that makes sense but it's sort of like taking the same route to work every day. Someone may tell you a quicker way but the minute you have any issues trying that different way...or you just don't trust that route...you won't take it regardless if it's less miles, less lights, etc. Or think of a sales job...if you don't believe in the product it's MUCH HARDER to sell it.
Bottom line: I think coaching and INSTILLING trust in ALL the players will help go a LONG way. After all..Alex's problems aren't physical. We've seen him make all the throws and when he's on...he's good. It's when the game plan starts to crumble...then we don't adjust...and then you see Alex completely implode. Not saying that's a good quality but that's Alex. I think Alex believes in this system now, trusts in his coaches, and thus trusts himself to make whatever decision he wants. It when things get murky and ambiguous (or just poorly planned/schemed) is when Alex plays like total sht. It's not as simple as, "well he has to know exactly what's going on." That quote was misinterpreted IMO. I think it really means he has to KNOW and BELIEVE IN everything that's going on.
We'll see what happens.