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.)
Or question the playcalling and play design, WR, OLine, etc. We will see this year how effective Smith is with an advanced O concept and better supporting cast (Edwards being the key). Still can't believe the receivers had the choice of running one route no matter where the defenders were lined up.
As far as checking down is concerned, many good coaches do not mind a five yard pass when it's third and long as it still gains field position. Of course, they don't want it every time but it beats a sack and third and forever!
Hope Smith does well as that would mean the playoffs!