Originally posted by abowers1984:
Greg Cosell thought differently: Link
Let's start with the first 3rd down of the game. It was 3rd and 4; the 49ers had already gotten 1 first down. Michael Crabtree ran a sail route (kind of a flattened corner route). He was wide open. Smith, with no pressure in the pocket, did not pull the trigger. It was a throw that had to be made. The result of the play was an incompletion on a late check down to Frank Gore.
The first play of the 49ers fourth offensive possession was also telling. It was a shot play, a called big play off Smith boot action. Williams ran a deep post off a stutter move. The double move froze Corey Webster, and Williams raced by him. The design of the play worked. Smith overthrew Williams by 5 yards. A good throw, and it was a touchdown. An adequate throw, and it was still a 50 yard gain. This was another missed opportunity.
But the first play of the second half was perhaps the most indicative of Smith's performance. You come out of halftime with a specific plan. The 49ers went to one of their staples, the wheel route. A shot play right out of the gate. Delanie Walker, from his line of scrimmage tight end position, ran by a slipping Webster. The concept worked to perfection. Walker screamed down the sideline. Smith again did not pull the trigger from a clean pocket. He ended up getting sacked for a 7 yard loss.
More details needed. Otherwise it's just his opinion like any one else. Where was the safety in relation to Crabtree. Where was the underneath LB if there's any. Where is Smith's initial look at snap of the ball. That could sometimes tell us if Crabtree is the first option or not. How deep is the Crabtree route in relation to the pocket condition. Because they only needed 4 yards to get a first down. Is it better to wait a little longer to get it to Crabtree and risk a sack or get to Frank for 4 yards.
The biggest evident that it's more of the receivers not being open is that Baalke after seeing the NFCCG went out and got Randy Moss, Manningham, and drafted Jenkins. Maybe Smith missed a few in that game, but he's not the only and major problem in the 1 of 12 --3rd down conversion.
[ Edited by qnnhan7 on Jul 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM ]