Originally posted by Memphis9er:
Originally posted by nflguy49:
Alex IS the biggest question mark/weakness on this team. Hopefully the additional offseason with Harbaugh and some new weapons (Moss, Manningham, Jenkins etc) will result in a better performance from Alex Smith next season.
Even though SF reached the NFC Championship game last season our passing offense was s**t. Niners offense was also the worst in the league on 3rd downs last yr. This isn't news to anyone who watched the Niners convert only ONE third down in the NFC championship game loss to NY. Alex Smith's lack of pocket presence, field awareness, and hesitation to "pull the trigger" were major factors in the Niners 3rd down failures in the biggest game of the season.
We need Alex to improve a ton if we want to again be in position to reach the Superbowl.
The third down percentage was every bit as much on the rest of the offense as Smith, playcalling as well. It is shortsighted to try and blame it on one player when so many factors are involved.
Smith was good in the Red Zone in past years. What was different last year? His team mates, game plan and play calling were the new wrinkles so they can assume much of the blame for a conservative offense.
Now can we ask: Which players played better in clutch situations all year? Justin Smith, Alex Smith and VD...anyone else stand out?
...and no, the niners should be the heavy favorite in the west but GB and NYG are still in the way for the NFC favorite tag.
[ Edited by dtg_9er on May 25, 2012 at 07:03:52 ]