Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Originally posted by Joecool:
All QBs do miss chances but they pass more so those misses are made up on other plays. Harbaughs offense isn about quantity. Alex MUST make the throws that got Delanie wide open vs BAL or vs NYG and Crabtree open on a few occasions vs NYG. Alex didnt even make the attempt which is why he isnt the best fit. The best fit would be an accurate QB whos not afraid to make those NFL throws on a more consistent basis. Alex really only did it in one game for one play.
It isnt about ability, its about mentality. I hope Kaep has the mentality of a QB who wants to make those plays over Alexs mentality, even while he was at Utah, to wait until the receiver is a yard open and even then, possibly not throw it.
Wrong Joe, Harbaugh understands how D and STs impact the offense and has used them wisely for field advantage and to stay out of do or die situations with the offense. Most of the throw-aways, in the turf, out of bounds passes are intentional and no doubt have the coaches blessing. If they were losing every game it would change the dynamics and the offense might have looked more like the second half of the Philly game or the end of the NO game...but they did not have to amp up.
It's so funny that you think Smith can play lights out when he has to but can't when he doesn't have to...what kind of logic is that? You really think CK's mentality will supersede Harbaugh's game plan when it comes to play calling? As someone has already stated, if CK comes in and starts messing with Harbaugh's system he will be back on the bench. If he can come in and do what Smith has already done--play winning football by being safe and secure--he will thrive...oh wait...that's what Smith has been doing...jeez...now I'm really confused. You are a 9ers fan, right?
Agree completely dtg. The hilarious part of the whole Smith debate is the comment I bolded. The knock on Smith before this year was that he could play lights out when it didn't matter (no pressure situations when team was already down like vs. Houston a few years back) and couldn't make the plays (not a single damn one it seemed like) when it did matter.
People are really starting to get nit picky in their hatred for Smith.
I used to vilify Smith but when you actually look at the huge amount of progress he made this year in several categories, it's absurd to b***h about him.
Team was 13-3.
Led several 4th quarter comebacks when he used to BLOW leads on a regular basis in the 4th quarter.
Did NOT commit the backbreaking turnover (or virtually any turnovers period)
Extended plays more often than shown in the past
Increased pocket awareness
I mean the list goes on and on. In some areas he progressed a great deal, in others not as much. But he really showed improvement in every single category.
This year shows just how far his ceiling is. Maybe it's not that much further, maybe it is. But at least if he's reached his peak, he's still a pretty good QB as opposed to a downright awful one.
Niners fans are getting greedy. For the first time in his career, Smith has finally earned the job.