Originally posted by cciowa:
There is a big different between an honest critique and nitpicking to the point of absurdity (see the discussion where we compare the running style of shawn hill to alex smith).there is a big difference between good fans discussing how alex can improve on his faults and just b***hing to b***h cuz you never wanted him drafted number one in the first place, thus refusing to give him credit for anything last year
I was one who never wanted to draft him as the number one overall and didn't think he rated it. If he was drafted later in the 1st like Rodgers maybe it wouldn't be so bad. As an overall #1, he is a bust. Yes I have heard of the reasons why he was held back, yet others in the past at least show flashes of brilliance, Alex has never shown flashes of brilliance. Unfortunately, that year looking back was piss poor lack of talent draft. Manning is a good example, he didn't come out as gang busters but improved, if there was any doubt about his significance to the Colts, just look at last year.
b***hing about Alex's faults is the same as saying what he needs to improve on, as for how to, that is up to Alex. While he is book smart, that doesn't mean squat in games that are based on physical prowess. Like fighting, I know people who can memorize a fight form and know what it is used for several times better than I. Yet, when it comes time to mixed it up live, all that goes out the window cause they can't read and react, they don't have that fast twitch to do it when chaos is flying around you. You can train some, but their is a limit, the rest is a gift, like instincts.
Steve Spurrier (sp?), was a niner #1 draft pick, smart player, in the end he couldn't beat out the old horse Brodie. He is a good college coach though and his offense is great for the college level despite his tacklessness. As a player though-nada.
I hope teaching and reps is all Alex needs, but I think his up side as people are want to say, is only so high from this vantage point.