I want to go through NFL Game Rewind coaches film and compare ASmith's throws to another comparable QB. I want to see how often other comparable QBs are willing to throw into a tight window versus ASmith seeming to only want to throw to wide open guys. In watching the games this weekend, even rookie QBs were making dart throws into tight windows on quick 3-5 step reads. My perception is that Smith just doesn't do this.
Whether it is coaching telling him not to, or his own propensity, isn't the issue. The issue is:
1. It allows defenses to run soft coverages knowing as long as they are close to their man the ball won't go there, and
2. It means the QB never develops the skill to throw those quick darts when they are needed -- those throws and timing take practice, at live action speeds and situations.
Comparable QB = average arm, similar duration of experience in same system, etc.
Don't want to compare him to Brady, Brees, ARod. Also shouldn't compare him to rookie QBs -- even though RG III and Luck appear to be out performing already.
I was thinking Matt Ryan - but he seems to have moved into elite this year. Maybe Eli? Eli doesn't have a really strong arm, although he has been in the same system for years now.
Sanchez? Flacco - but he has a huge arm. Palmer?
Who do you think is a good comparison?