I'm not an Alex Smith homer by an standards, and many on this board might recognize me as one of his biggest rational 'haters'. lol.
People are posting credit for individual players. Let me point out some plays where Alex contributed to the win today, and give him credit for them:
1. Awesome blocking on that reverse counter to spring Gore on a 10+ yard run.
2. Runs for positive yardage, especially the ones that picked up first downs.
3.The TD run. 2 important things about this play: 1) His gutsy spinning dive into the endzone. Shows his toughness and moxie. 2) I hear a whole lot of complaining about how the offense scored just 1 TD today. I see. We do need to improve on offense. But I will give Smith credit as he was the player who scored that TD. My main point here is that Smith was overall a bigger part of the 'solution' today rather than a part of the 'problem' as he he is in so many games.
4. That helluva pass to Davis over a couple defenders as he rolled out. I know that play surprised everyone who was watching the game lol
5. Pass where he flushed out to his left and threw it to the back shoulder of VD, where only he could make a play. Sign of excellent chemistry btwn the two.
6. The effectiveness of his hard counts. The Seahawks were called for encroachment/offsides a ton of times this game.
7. The perfect throw to Morgan for 26 yards.
8. No turnovers, no sacks ( although that can mostly be credited to the pass pro of the OL, Thank God)
Overall, I would say that Alex played within the gameplan, which was good. Harbaugh said himself in the post game interview that the ultra-conservative playcalling was because of the fact that he isn't comfortable with how little the players know about the offense. He basically was saying that under the circumstances, he thought the Defense and Smith's game managing would be enough to win this given Sunday, against the Seahawks. I know things got a bit ugly before those 2 TDs by Ginn, but I am content at the time being with this win. We are a team that is behind the 8 ball due to the lockout, and a win against a division rival, no matter how ugly, is welcomed. Lets look forward to some improvement each week. That is what should've been the realistic expectations for this team for 2011. For us to grow over the course of the season and eventually, ideally by the end of the season, look like the Harbaugh led WCO team that we all envisioned. Even then, that might not happen this year, but I think that its awesome that we were able to win by more than 2 scores with 30+ TEAM POINTS. Last time I checked, the final score of each game incorporates the scores by the offense, defense and special teams. This was a team win.
Onto the Cowboys. LETS GO NINERS.
[ Edited by niner4life21 on Sep 11, 2011 at 10:59 PM ]