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* Our Offensive Line is Not Responsible for Alex Smith's High Sack Rate

Not a big deal to me. Harbaugh has told Smith he'd rather him take a sack than to make a bad throw into tight coverage where an interception might occur. Sacks aren't nearly as huge a momentum turner as interceptions are.
Some of us already knew this. Pretty obvious.

The whole "deer in the headlights thing." Plus our Oline is super talented.

Smith just has trouble navigating to a crazy pocket and letting the ball go on time. Recipe for a sack.
And yet Alex still has the highest passer rating in the NFL right now. Hmmm, whoda thunk...
Originally posted by PA9erFaithful:
And yet Alex still has the highest passer rating in the NFL right now. Hmmm, whoda thunk...

ole deer in the headlights? really? wow... leads the NFL in passer rating. Whoda thunk it, indeed.
Originally posted by Mr.Mcgibblets:
Originally posted by PA9erFaithful:
And yet Alex still has the highest passer rating in the NFL right now. Hmmm, whoda thunk...

ole deer in the headlights? really? wow... leads the NFL in passer rating. Whoda thunk it, indeed.

Deer in the headlights is right.... Oh wait! He's looking off the safety and hitting VD for a 40 yarder!

....But he's never good enough to do a look off or make the deep throw.
I'll take a high sack rate if it means his INT rate is low, which is exactly why he takes those sacks.
Originally posted by Schulzy:
I'll take a high sack rate if it means his INT rate is low, which is exactly why he takes those sacks.

Thats true. Better then forcing a pass into coverage.
Originally posted by qnnhan7:
Originally posted by Mr.Mcgibblets:
Originally posted by PA9erFaithful:
And yet Alex still has the highest passer rating in the NFL right now. Hmmm, whoda thunk...

ole deer in the headlights? really? wow... leads the NFL in passer rating. Whoda thunk it, indeed.

Deer in the headlights is right.... Oh wait! He's looking off the safety and hitting VD for a 40 yarder!

....But he's never good enough to do a look off or make the deep throw.

Or when he was missing wide open passes under Minnesota'ss pressure. Or missing wide open targets in NY. against the Jets

He's not perfect you know. He still has flaws. Just way less then before. And its ok to point them out.
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Last year, we went 13-3. This year, were are 4-1. That is 17-4 since Harbaugh (and Baalke) have taken over.

So, whatever Alex Smith and the offensive line have been doing cannot be all that bad. .

Just think how much better the team could be if we:

1. improved the sack rate
2. eliminated costly penalties
3. improve our third down success rate.

This could be become a truly scary team.
True...this offense may be able to score pretty much at will against most teams. The Buff game was an aberration but perhaps not for long. Watching Stanford blow teams out looked a little like the Buff game!
Originally posted by nickbradley:
Originally posted by Wubbie:
None of this is surprising.

It's simply Alex's play-style. If he can get throw the ball away or find a dump-off, he will, but if he can't, he'll cover up and take a sack. There's a reason why he's the best at limiting turnovers. If he feels like there's no throw to be made or senses that a rusher might be looking to strip the football, then he'll cover up and take the sack. This way, he won't make a bonehead interception or end up with a sack/fumble.

That's correct, but its what less-developed quarterbacks do. The superstars recgonize the coverages a 1/2 second earlier and either make the attempt, throw it away, or run for it.


Sorry boss... I gotta take issue with that statement.

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/R/RodgAa00.htm

Aaron Rodgers takes sacks like a mad man... He also maintains a pretty low int rate.

I will take a sack to pick any day of the week. I don't have stats, but how many times do you see a QB scrambling to evade pressure and turns it over? Pressure leads to turn overs. Alex does something even better, and takes the sack, especially at the end of games, when we're trying to run out the clock.
Makes sense this season, and jives with what I've seen.

Compare the sacks he's taken in previous games this year to Buffalo, where he started throwing the ball away instead of taking sacks. Perhaps this is a new step in development?
Originally posted by ninermedic:
Makes sense this season, and jives with what I've seen.

Compare the sacks he's taken in previous games this year to Buffalo, where he started throwing the ball away instead of taking sacks. Perhaps this is a new step in development?

I think he had more time so throwing a ball away was easier. When the pocket is congested trying to throw the ball anywhere is more dangerous. Plus, I didn't notice him throwing the ball away more but I didn't count...would be curious to see the stats on that. But again, stats this time of year are not too accurate.
I already knew this.