Originally posted by Joecool:
I'm not worried about the reads where he checks down on. I'm more concerned about the plays when that quick hit slant or quick throw is the first read that he must make. These types of players require a sort of trust and "blind" throw and that will be the true test of Alex Smith. If he can make these, then he will be able to handle the blitzes that teams will be bringing his way. I don't even care if he's not hitting the receiver on stride. He has yet to prove he can make that "blind" throw quick hit first read.
My man cool was up, been a long time since i commented with ya. well as far as the slant, you have to agree just like i think Roman said, the slant wasnt even used since T.O. was here. Now he didnt say, since Martz with the long ball, or Norv, or Nowin, or Jimmy Raye, or even M. Johnson. So im also anxious to see how he handles those, now that they are actually implemented in the offense.
And blind trust, all i can say to that is, the main person he was supposed to trust which is his no 1 receiver Crabs, he just couldnt, and u see by pass percentage completed with him, why that was. He still hasnt played a pre-season game in 3 years i think.
His no 1 receiver in my eyes was Davis (and he's a TE), and i have seen some of his best throws when going to him, and why, because i think he has that *blind* trust in him, and maybe even Morgan, since he's had the highest completion percentage with him as a WR.
Now are any of these excuses, not one bit, just following the checkdown question, in which i said no, because they (checkdowns) are actually designed in the WCO. I agree with all tho, that he has more tools he's ever had than any of his years here. If he can now translate that to gameday we'll all be amazed.
One thing i am looking forward too, is finally seeing a guy like Edwards fighting for the ball, diving, making one handed grabs, and he's done that regardless of what team he plays for. Id actually like to see a little bit of that in Crabs. If they both can challenge one another, then damn its gonna be an exciting year wouldnt u agree