Originally posted by SanFranAddic:
Originally posted by Jikkle49:
...I do believe Smith needs to be more aggressive at times and deliver on tough riskier throws. It just seems at times he's so worried about making a bad throw and getting an INT he would rather not make the throw at all...
He won't be more aggressive until he is fully confident in the play calling and receivers.
Agree but would add the coaches telling him not to make mistakes. D guys always see the QB as the guy who loses the game. Nolan actually stated this at press conferences suggesting that the QB manage the game, doing as little as possible to mess it up. That's a great way to undermine a player's confidence.
Smith needs to have success in order to develop confidence. It's a circle with solid play being rewarded by wins, that give confidence and then more risks can be taken. Singletary pulling Smith was almost as atrocious as Nolan bad mouthing him for not playing with a broken shoulder. Putting weak backups in was a foolish move. That is why VD talked Smith into defending himself, not something Smith is prone to do.
Also, the receivers have to finish every route and be ready for the ball at any time. When Crabtree cut off his routes last year Singletary should have been all over him because it undermined the trust between QB and WR. The great 9ers teams of the 80s saw OLinmen and WRs having the QBs back. They saw it as their duty to help the QB, as opposed to whining if the ball was not perfectly thrown or if the QB wasn't staying in the (nonexistent)pocket.
As far as check downs go, I do not care what they do as long as they win. Last year, the check offs were swing passes to RBs with LBs a yard or two in front of them.