Originally posted by Memphis9er:
You just can't get over your bias against Smith can you? If you think yards and attempts are more important than not turning it over and scoring tds, you should change your handle.
Bias? Smith has been one of the worst qbs in the league for several years(fact). It was only a few weeks ago that Harbaugh didn't trust this offense with a 1st down at the Dallas 20 late in a close game.. So far Smith has maintained a high completion % (which helps his overall qb rating) by throwing almost exclusively short passes within 4 yards of the LOS no matter the situation (3rd and long etc). In one game this season his avg yards gained on passes was something like 2 yards. It was a joke. Defenses were crowding the LOS because they didn't fear our passing game. Why should they when our qb rarely throws for even 200 yards. But that's the offense you run when you don't trust the qb. It's why the Niners passing offense ranks so low in yards and completions.
The Bucs game gave me HOPE that Alex is getting better and that Harbaugh will trust him to look downfield more often. Even in that game though the Bucs dropped what should have been two interceptions (one of them likely would have been a pick 6). So I laugh when people start saying he has "arrived" or is finally the qb we thought he was when drafted #1 overall. He still has a long way to go. The past two games we have seen improved play from Alex but we have also seen equally (if not more impressive) play from the running game.
My hope is that Alex continues to get better because if that happens this team could do much better then simply win the awful NFC West.
[ Edited by nflguy49 on Oct 14, 2011 at 9:29 AM ]