Originally posted by jdt84_2:
Originally posted by fister30:
I don't know if A. Smith was checking down to extremely short passes or if Harbaugh by design didn't let him go downfield today.
If the niners were facing anything longer than 3rd and 6 they ran the ball. If this does not illustrate the lack of trust in Smith throwing the ball I don't know what will. Smith missed a wide open Vernon davis and Braylon Edwards for possible touch downs. Smith didn't see a couple of other WR's for possible big gains because he was too busy throwing a two yard pass.
A. Smith was horrible today. I was surprised that he had over 100 yards with all of the short passes today. Three of his completions were for negative yards. The team would have been better off with Smith throwing the ball away or going down field for those plays.
In short the defense and Ginn won the game today.
(headscratch) when did he miss vernon on a pass? And when did he miss braylon? On the ball that was a throw away over 3 defenders?
Braylon beat his cornerback and had position on him. There are several other QB's in the league that could have completed that pass. And he led Vernon too much on one of the few times he attempted a pass longer than 5 yards. I can add one more, on the play towards edwards in the endzone, it was a bad pass. The 9ers got lucky that the defender grabbed Edwards because it was a bad throw by smith.
This performance may have been driven by the coaches in limiting alex but in the few spots he could have made a play alex didn't. I hope the 49ers open up their passing game or gore will be facing 8 in the box all year.