Originally posted by NinerBuff:
Originally posted by DonnieDarko:
Originally posted by BayArea:
So really there is no scenario where Smith comes out looking like they won because of him? If he balls it out and puts up 30 points and 300+ yards it will be because he faced a crappy Packers defense? If he wins via another 4th quarter comeback it was because our defense kept the score close? If he outplays Rodgers it's because Rodgers had to fight against a top 5 D and Alex faces a bottom of the league D?
you hit the nail right on the head
This is how the East Coast Media will interpret it. Who care?! Wins are Wins. And Wins get you to the playoffs. I don't care if Alex struggles mightily or he has a career day. As long as we can escape Lambeau with a W, then I consider it a success!
I've come to expect and accept this this offseason. If we win the SB this year and Smith puts up huge numbers and puts together a 4th quarter winning drive, it'll get spun as others' success that allowed him to win. Honestly, as hard as it is to endure this fact, It makes me feel better knowing that lack of respect means under-prepared under-respected opponents.
If last year was Alex's first year, he'd be called "Elite", but I'm kind of enjoying the "Elite Manager" label. That's my new spin when talking about him... Yeah, the packers have an "Elite" QB, but what it takes in this league to sustain success is an "Elite Manager".
Wouldn't you say Eli Manning and Big Ben are such? 4 of the last 7 SBs won by their teams.... just sayin'.