Originally posted by Joecool:
I still don't get this blaming the OL. It seems as though if we don't have a probowler at every position, then that position is the reason why our offense isn't excelling, but completely dismiss the level of play of our QB in the last 7 years. NO TEAM has a high level OL at every spot. If there is are teams, then there are VERY few and one of them is NOT the Giants who acquire Baas and dealt with injuries at Center. We have a lot of talent on the OL.
Let us just completely ignore that our QB not only doesn't see open receivers as do most QB's here and there, our QB actually stares at open receivers and decides not to throw the damn ball. Now, those are probably a handful of occasions but imagine what else is taking him longer than normal NFL QB to make some throws. Our QB is to blame for taking sacks more than anyone considering the talent on the OL is above average compared to most teams in the league.
It is even more funny to blame the WR's. The WR has no factor in Alex throwing the ball purposely to incomplete it in order to avoid the sack. Fact is, he looks and then throws or doesn't throw at all more often than not.
Joe, this totally an absolute argument and not true at all bud. You don't need a probowler at every position for this offense to improve. Example? When Rachal starts what's the result? When Snyder starts, what's the result? You don't need exceptional talent at every position but you do need functional talent. Rachal isn't functional. Snyder is barely functional. You can't expect good play from one player who simply can't play and then another player who should be a bench guy (Snyder). Is Smith the greatest QB ever? No. You could take your same argument and say "why do the 49ers need a top 5 QB to succeed?" They don't
Teams are all build differently and what's important is that you don't invest all your talent into on place, but rather create a system regardless of player. The system is successful, maximizing strengths of that player, but at the same time not dysfunctional without that player. Peyton Manning in Indy anyone? Smith is good enough to get us with a great D a couple plays from getting to the Super Bowl. You can't say that about a number of QBs that are in the league right now..
This isn't a vociferous defense of AS. I think Harbaugh is building a system. However, given the available options today, I think Smith is the better option for this offense. The OL on the right side has been dysfunctional for a while. WR has been dysfunctional for a while. If you're going to criticize the effectiveness of the offense, you have to start with that right side and then ask yourself why our WRs can't either catch when they need to or get open. I do remember the ball hitting Crabtree in the hands a couple of time in a money situation - playoffs? You're talking playoffs???