Originally posted by real9erfan: I don't mind interceptions per se. They're going to happen, and as a QB you cannot play with the fear of throwing a pick; you HAVE to take chances. However, you have to bounce back and continue to play your game without letting the previous interception dwell in your mind. Unfortunately, both Alex and the coaching staff sort of panicked after the interception and got away from their game. Also, the coaching staff never allowed Smith to get into a rythm, as everytime he made a big play, or drove the Niners down inside Giants territory, they brought in Kaepernick for these gimicky plays which proved to be the Niners undoing yesterday. Remember that Eli threw three interceptions in the first half against Tampa Bay, one of which was run back for a touchdown. But Eli has a short term memory and bounces back and continues to do what makes him great. Also, the coaching staff of the Giants never messes with his confidence and continuity and allows him to completely finish games. The Niners have GOT to stop overdoing it with the whole Kaepernick thing. I can understand using him sparingly in certain situations to catch defenses off guard, but trying to use him this much can only hurt the team as opposing defenses will be ready for him and Smith will be unable to achieve any sort of continuity or get into a rythm with his receivers.
Very true. One thing I do want to point out is that we've made it so obvious (as if people didn't already know) that when Kaep comes in there will be some trickery/bomb/option type of play, we could use this to our advantage by actually developing sets, or a series of plays for Kaep when he comes in so that he isn't anymore predictable.
But that would be getting ahead of ourselves I think right now b/c in this situation Alex's gotta be in there. Also the timing for bringing Kaep in did seem strange, but I won't attribute that to the major reason for Alex's funk, it seemed more like a bad (really bad) game that he (and the playcalling) should recover from. What's crazy is that the sideline passes (and just about every pass) were connecting so I'm thinking possible early lead (in forms of TD's) and we get 3 points. Not finishing our drives and getting penalties on mental errors sounds like the Niners of old, but what I will say is that Eli is no dude to f*** around with. Ever since we played Rodgers we've had Ponder, Fitz, Sanchez, Stafford, and we faced a guy that flat out knows how to slice and dice a defense. He went 8 or 9 passes w/out an incompletion and definitely some of those throws his WR's made the extra effort.
On those 3 picks you can tell that ball sailed on Alex, like he just lost control of it every single time he saw someone and was ready to throw. They were bad passes, the one to Delanie wasn't a bad decision, just not a very good pass and the other two got tipped I think and ahh....
Anyway, we have just got to revert back to the fundamentals of OUR offense (set up the pass w/the run, this pass offense is exciting and all...) and everybody overreacted to that defense giving up BS late in the game, everybody and they momma knows that our D doesn't quit and they'll show that this Thursday. We cannot put all the pressure on Alex to play the same way Eli did against us and just gun it every single down, I wish he could do that, but he can't. At least, not against a hungry team like the Giants. He'll come into his own as we run an offense through Frank (and it kills me to say this w/ our WR corps) with no pressure on him to make big plays.
And one last thing, I know they shut down VD on defense but please, please find a way to get this guy involved. I've noticed (tell me if I'm wrong) that Alex seems a little more comfortable throwing deep balls and slants to VD and just think when was the last time Alex overthrew him
, as opposed to everyone else...
Anyway, one loss, it was a big game, but still one loss and Seahawks coming to town.