Originally posted by susweel:
Originally posted by nannite:
Originally posted by susweel:
Alex gotta a free pass for seven years.
Other than his rookie year, when was Smith ever given the starting role when there was a better QB on the team?
When did we pass up on a better QB to keep Smith as our QB? The only QB I can think off the top of my head that we could have gone out and got since he was drafted that is currently better than Smith is Jay Cutler. It's arguable whether that would have been a good move.
They tried to get Manning, which would indicate the current FO aren't giving him a free pass. He got benched and replaced by both Shaun Hill and JT O'Sullivan so Singletary didn't give him a free pass. But he played his way back into the starting spot.
He hasn't been great, but the free pass statement just doesn't hold up under scrutiny. He has been the best QB on our team every year since his second season and no QB's we could have drafted/traded for/signed have turned out better in the long run. (off the top of my head I can't remember any at least)
Shaun hill was better but that's an old argument.
Do you honestly believe Harbaugh would give someone a free pass ?
Shaun Hill could be defensed because he couldn't make all the throws, and the defense didn't need to cover all of the field. Kaepernick can be defensed because he can't read defenses, so he must be given roll-out plays with simple reads, and if his one or two receivers on that side of the field are not open, he runs. This too will be defensed by the intelligent NFL DC's, who will roll thier defenses with his roll-outs. Shaun Hill won a few games until the defenses figured him out, and then he was done. I'm afraid the same thing will happen with Kaepernick. For a game or two, he probably will be the most effective backup considering his ground production, but then we all know no QB survives long in the NFL running the ball. After that, I think we'd have a much better chance with Tolzien, who appears to be much better reading defenses pre snap and quickly going to the right receiver from the pocket. Tolzien can run the game plan made for AS, whereas Kaepernick can not, and that means the other ten offensive players are running plays they haven't practiced that week he comes in for Alex. The reason drafting QB's is such a crap shoot is that the most important quality of an NFL QB is his ability to read complex defenses designed to screw you up, and this is almost not done in college. That is why saying any youngster QB will be better than the starter, whatever their physical skills or college performance, is a total crap shoot until they've proven they've mastered reading very complex NFL defenses. So many never do. A few, like Joe Montana, are so good at it that it totally overcomes very pedestrian physical skills. Intelligence doesn't guarantee it, just like there is no relationship between intelligence and common sense in life.