Great post. Here's my two cents:
Roman's use of WildKaep, is it too much?
I think Roman got a little too Kaep-happy in the Giants game and he reigned it in against the Seahawks. I can't really blame him as it worked so well against the Jets and Bills, but he's got to be more judicious when using it. On the first drive against the Giants, I thought Alex had a really good rhythm and I was scratching my head when they brought Kaep in on 3rd-and-6. We ended up settling for a David Akers miss on that drive. I would have liked to see Alex in there in that situation...
...Is Alex Smith regressing, or is it just that the Giants and Seahawks are really good defenses, or is his finger more of a problem than he is letting on?
As another poster mentioned, Alex is just Alex. He's much better than in years past obviously, but he's still not a game-changer, meaning he's not going to be the main reason we win games. He's ultra-conservative by nature, which is fine. We can win with him, but defense, run game and ST have to play absolutely lights-out.
...Are there so many different personnel groupings being used on offense that it is hindering Alex Smith's development of a mind-meld type of rapport with any of them other than Vernon? I kind of think so. The only receivier that Alex seems to trust completely (other than Davis) is Kyle Williams.
Again, I think this goes back to Alex's conservative, risk-averse nature. He very rarely throws into tight windows. If a CB has decent coverage, he'll look elsewhere to go with the ball rather than throwing it up and letting his receiver out-position the CB for a jump ball.
I think what's really killing him are those deep passes down the sideline to open receivers. Those passes look badly overthrown.
I know all QBs overthrow receivers occasionally, but Alex seems to do this with such regularity, we can't capitalize on opportunities to get touchdowns instead of field goals. The overthrows are really suprising to me, considering the percentage of snaps he gets in practice and all the work he's done in the offseason with the WRs. The only deep route he looks comfortable throwing is the wheel to a TE...
[ Edited by mickey49 on Oct 22, 2012 at 10:12 AM ]