Originally posted by Ramp19smoker:
Why Not? If it wasn't for the that line he would'nt have all that time to throw like he does.
Brees is also one of the best in the league at eluding a lot of sacks with his feet or by ditching the ball really quickly(out of bounds or to whomever he sees), and defenses can't just blitz him without opening up holes in the secondary. We solved this by getting pressure on him with just 4 and keeping the rest in coverage but many teams can't do that successfully. In that game any other QB takes 2 or 3 more sacks easily, and quite a few more during the reg season.
Alex Smith does need to get better at eluding sacks(sensing pressure and just moving to get the half a second necessary to throw instead of taking hits), but this debate of "QB vs 'the situation'" does have some sort of middle ground. If we had another big WR target he wouldn't have to hold the ball as long. If we had nicks we would solidify the line and give Alex more time to make multiple reads. If we have all of this then there are no more "alexcuses".
Yet there will always be the thought that a QB either gets the job done or he doesn't. People hate when blame goes toward other positions like WR or OL. It's a complex ying yang thing where you don't really ever know whose "fault" it is. My bet is it's a bit of both. Alex clearly is not brees in the pocket, someone breaks through that line he's too busy trying to figure out who's open to even slightly notice a guy bull rushing him. He'll hang on to the ball and take a hit way too often. But at the same time our o-line needs to be better. Iupati had an uncharacteristic off year, Staley and he had problems working together in the beginning of the year, Goodwin was a brand new center and took time to adjust, Snyder/Rachal/Davis all got blown up at one time or another.
Would I want Nicks? If we can't get a high profile WR I think this is a fine option. The only way you get Smith to throw deep is if he gets some time and confidence in the line. So since we're getting a deep/redzone target in the draft we need the time to throw to him. The only issue may be when we try to resign the rest of the line, will be hard as hell to keep everyone if we pay too much for nicks.