Originally posted by SnakePlissken:
Went back and watched a lot of his preseason low-lights, seems like every INT he threw was out of 4-WR shotgun sets picked off on the fade by safeties (common rookie QB mistake in which Colin pointed out himself; even Peyton Manning struggled bad against NFL safeties his rookie year).
Other than spread sets, this guy is pretty damn accurate, and can throw through some tight windows/edges without even trying.
I don't really know what to gauge; he's raw potential, if this kid looks good in the next preseason and shows improvement (where that raw potential translates to discipline), we could have something interesting.
Thank God I am not the only one. People were saying those interceptions were due to a lack of "accuracy"
. It was a matter of NFL safety reads; and a little bit of a raw understanding of the speed of the game at this level. Preseason is supposed to be practice, especially for a quarterback, especially for a rookie. Andy Dalton didn't play well in the preseason, yet he was outstanding in the regular season as a rookie.
One thing I want to point out that gets overlooked all the time; touch. Notice how his receivers, especially running backs, were able to run after the catch so effectively? That's because he throws the ball in the right location at the right SPEED. Completely overlooked by most analysts because it is so difficult to describe what "touch" is. I think it's accuracy, combined with WHEN the ball gets there, and also the SPEED at which a ball arrives. He takes little off of the throw when he needs to, and puts more zip on it only when necessary.
His receivers are running for big chunks of yards after the catch very often.
His athleticism rivals any other quarterback out there. His arm rivals any other quarterback out there.
Of course he's not polished, that's why he wasn't a top ten pick. But he's extremely intelligent, I would even say his intelligence also rivals any other quarterback out there.
Top notch intelligence, athleticism, arm strength, and to top it all off, TOUCH. The only unknown is pocket presence, which IMO, is the most important trait for an NFL quarterback.
Smith fan or not, when you look at this guy as an individual, its hard to not be excited about what he can do in the future.
[ Edited by BrianGO on Jan 29, 2012 at 12:58 AM ]