Originally posted by nevadalove9ers2:
Alex smith is much closer to tim couch than anyone on that list!
Gonna call big fat BS on that One. Even though their career QB ratings are similar (75.1 for Couch, 77.9 for Alex), their careers took very different paths. One of Couchs best seasons was his first season with 15TDs/13INTs. He only had one other season in his entire career with more TDs than INTs...his last (7TDs/6INTs) His QB rationg in every single season he played was between 73 and 78. He was consistantly mediocre.
Alex had 1TD/11INTs as a rookie and has been fighting that statistical season ever since. His QB Rating that year was 40.8. Outside of the injury years where it was clear he shouldn't have been playing, his QB rating has gone up in EVERY SINGLE SEASON: 40.8, 74.8, 81.5, 82.1, 90.7, 93.9 (thats this year so far). In that span (again taking out the rookie year and injury year) he has NEVER thrown more INTs than TDs.
If you look at career TD to INT ratios and just remove the rookie years (just to show career trajectory after rookie year) of each player, you get 49TDs/54INTs for Couch and 76TDs/52INTs for Smith.
Again, not close.
As for the other guys, I've been comparing him to Troy Aikman for years and peeps on this site have been saying it was ridiculous. Peeps love to hate Alex and remember Aikman better than he was. The Cowboys were Emmitts team and had the best O-Line in the NFL. Sound familiar?
I'll just leave you with these....
Those are Troy Aikmans TD to INT ratios in the three years they won the Super Bowl. Don't they look eerily close to Alex Smith lat year with 17/5?
Peeps can make the "it was a different era" comment all they want, but its BS. Yes, the rules have changed some but the fact remains that Aikman played in a run oriented O with the best O-Line in the NFL, just like Alex does now. Both teams challenged the thought process that it was a passing leage and just mauled people in the run game.
Oh...BTW....Troy was starting to be considered a BUST until they hired Norv Turner. In his first year with Norv, he had a ratio of 11TDs/10INTs. In the 2 years prior his ratios were 9TDs/18INTs and 11TDs/18INTs and QB ratings of 55.7 and 66.6.
Norv Turner turned his career around.
In my opinion, it has just taken Alex several years longer to find his Norv Turner.
He has already been a far more successful QB than Tim Couch. It ain't close.
[ Edited by Marvin49 on Oct 27, 2012 at 13:52:53 ]