Originally posted by qnnhan7:
Originally posted by keeferr75:
great video! up there with the best..
just thinking back on his career made me flashback to a game vs the texans. one of those alex moments which showed some glimpses of a 1st round pick he replaced hill in the 2nd half and threw for 200 and 3tds in that half but then threw the pick to close it. crabtree's first game i believe.
very light headed after that game.
Good point. I will always remember that game as the new Alex Smith. I think that extra time on the bench was a blessing in disguised for him. All the pressure of a #1 pick was gone. He was just another qb coming off the bench. There was no pressure. He came in to just mop up and run the offense. But I think he knew he would do well. Made the best out of it. And I think he appreciated Singletary for giving him that chance too.
The booing in the Eagles game was another turning point for him too. He had to exert more than just run the offense. Take chances by trusting his other guys on offense. He ended up making some of his best throws late in that game. The best and worst part of that was he couldn't find the consistency to play at that level. Singletary and his 'offensive' coaches just doesn't have the acumen to offer him that. He had to find his own way. To try to play like that with consistency. He might have found it but he was subsequently injured again for 2-3 games....?
I remember the Houston game very well. It was like Alex's resurrection from the ashes. The Eagles games in 2010 and 2011 were also pretty big landmarks in Alex's turnaround. I remember how Alex was gunning it into double and triple coverage to Vernon. In the end, it seemed like he was pressing too hard, but they were down by three touchdowns or so, and the fans were booing him like he was on the Eagles. I was disgusted by the 49ers fans at that point. Jimmy Raye's offense was one of the worst I've ever seen, next to Jim Hostler's laminated offense. They couldn't buy a 1st down, and they went 3 and out more times than I can remember. So when Alex came back from 3 TD's down to start the 2nd half to win the game, I knew that times had really changed. I was in shock and awe as the Niners scored each TD to come back. That was an amazing game, as was the Lions game.