Originally posted by 80sbaby24:
Originally posted by NCommand:
Originally posted by qnnhan7:
Don't know if he checked out of the play but it was a designed sprint all the way. We didn't bother to play fake. Which kinda bothers me. We ran the ball twice previously. So a run fake would at least hold the DE a little. Instead it's a out right sprint with the DE on Smith's a** the whole way.
Agreed...it was head down full sprint from the snap! Both Gore and Crabtree look upset...wonder if they missed the audible or mad at Alex b/c he improvised and paid for it b/c of the great play by the defense.
I am sorry, but it absolutely is NOT a "head down" full sprint by Smith. There are clear visuals of him looking into the endzone while he is running. Now I have no doubt that what you are saying is correct NCommand....that Smith never really intended to make the throw. But to me thats the problem, not a justification as to why he didnt.
Oh no worries...appreciate the response!
Agreed. I just don't know WHY he didn't throw...b/c he was already at a full sprint from the DE (who should NOT have been there in the first place - he crashes inside and then is free to sprint after Alex's fake handoff-spin roll right) or if it's b/c the play design was changed to a sprint right and the guys didn't get that audible or b/c Alex ad libbed by himself all the way into a full sprint from the get-go (so there was no intention of risking a quick strike - just get those 3 yards, take a breath and score on the next series).
And like gnnhan7 said, either way this is a split second decision on a sprint and he didn't make the wrong call...it just wasn't executed and the defense made one hell of a play.
Believe me, it's just MHO, but if he just missed it, I'd have NO issues calling him out on it. QB's are going to miss plays...like Gore missing at least three blocks this game or Staley or the DL doing nothing or the S's being late and not being able to cover another TE, etc. I just have to remember to post the positives too!
[ Edited by NCommand on Sep 28, 2012 at 2:48 PM ]