Originally posted by Young2Rice:Rogers was sacked 50 times in 2009 and put up 30 TDs and 7 ints with a 103.2 rating and 4400 yards. That is what happens when you are getting pressure, but you are still able to make plays regardless of that. That year his O-line was injured and depleted but he was still able to have success. Smith is approaching 50 this year with 39 sacks, which is a career high but not even close to the stats Rogers put up in 2009...
Of course not all instant pressure is the same. But many of us have seen Smith fold under the pressure and bail out too soon. A clear example was that last Offensive play in the cards game. He inexplicably left the pocket and made a foolish play thereafter. Smith does this more often then not which explains why his numbers are so low.
Again, Rogers, in 2009 getting sacked 50 times with a crap Oline had success because of his pocket awareness. And his ultra-accurate rocket arm doesn't hurt either.
That's my mistake. I should have verified the stat before posting instead of after. Of course I clicked post, and then looked.
2011 - 26th in hits, 26th in sacks for 49ers
2010 - 29th in hits, 27th in sacks for 49ers
I won't contend at all that Rodgers is by far the better playmaker. He has done more with time than Smith. I was just trying to say that I think Smith, while clearly not on the level of Rodgers who is top 5 in escaping the pocket at least this year, can still get better there.
Rodgers 50 sack year was one of the years he was criticized for holding the ball too much. Like I said, that was really one of the only criticisms. He fixed this. I think Smith can fix it too.
[ Edited by OnTheClock on Dec 16, 2011 at 12:05:51 ]