Originally posted by LoneWolf:
Originally posted by BrianGO:
Not from some of the stuff I was reading. Some were implying that it was Crabtree's fault. Or that he isn't fast enough etc. I was just trying to point out how absurd it is to assert that a player isn't fast enough when the ball is thrown over him.
I haven't read that, Ive only seen the blame on the manningham throws and those were more towards the defense jamming manningham and slowing him down, the pass seemed more calculated to trust the receiver would get to the ball, similar to the INT on the pass to Crabtree in Minn seemed more like terrible communicaton + putting the ball were he thought the receiver would be.
When it comes down to it, the quarterbacks job is the put the ball where he thinks the receiver will be. That is his JOB, but his ABILITY to perform that task is another factor. So there are actually two problems...
1) The quarterbacks ability to put the ball where he thinks the receiver will be. (Just raw throwing skill; ie, throwing to a non-moving target)
2) The quarterbacks ability to determine where the receiver will actually be.
Sometimes Smith has issues with number one, but most of the time, like against the Jets, he has more issues with number two.
Quarterbacking is extremely difficult. Skill number one is expected from NFL quarterbacks, and skill number two is where things get complicated.
The ability to anticipate where a receiver will be when he is getting bumped around a little bit, or after he breaks free and begins to accelerate, or just after he makes a cut and begins to accelerate, or when you can hardly see him, or when he is running away from your vision at a horizontal perspective (as opposed to a diagonal perspective), is really really hard.
So yes, naturally, Smith put the ball where he thought the receiver will be, I would agree with that. However, that does not let him off the hook. The throw to Crabtree should have been made. The throws to Manningham were much more difficult because he was tangled up a bit, but they were still doable.
It's hard to put "fault" on a quarterback because of the nature of the position, being as difficult as it is. However, I would definitely put fault on Alex Smith for the Crabtree over throw. I would only put minor fault on him for the other overthrows, as those would have required super outstanding anticipation of where the receiver is going to be.