Originally posted by walker807:
LOL at Stephen A Smith trying to talk football. The guy knows less than the average fan about football. I have always disliked him in his "matter of fact" tone and the fact that he pulls the race card as often as Jesse Jackson.
You mentioning this could easily be interpreted as you bringing up the race card. In fact, that bringing up the race card accusation is as old and dry as dirt. But, I don't think that anyone of them is convinced about Alex. Given that seven games don't make an entire season, I can understand their position. QB's who rank at the bottom of passing yards and third down conversions typically are not considered premiere, especially given Alex's less than stellar past. Anyone who anoints Alex as one of the premiere QB's in the league right now or even the future of this club being a bit premature.
Those who compare him to the likes of Montana are way off. The game was much different then and this has become much more of a passing league and while Montana's lack of passing yards maybe attributed to his passes representing extended hand-offs to running backs, the same can not be said about Alex. His short passes are to WRs and TEs. Smith's position has some validity as when teams start laying on the short routes, Alex has not demonstrated the ability to consistently make them pay for it with longer passes.
Grant it, doubters are not giving much credence to his incremental improvements and his impressive td/int. ratio. It should be 11/2 as oppose to 9/2 as they took two away from Crabtree. Plus, they are underestimating his toughness and determination to improve. We could be witnessing Alex creating his very own positive legacy and with continued success and improvement, he will become more convincing and a pleasure to appreciate.