Originally posted by fryet:
Any rating system has flaws, but I think you end up overvaluing the head part of things when you have 3 very similar items listed separately. Also, I would disagree with your review of Alex. We agree that he is intelligent. I would also rate his Football IQ very high - he is very good at presnap reads. For decision making, he rarely throws INT plus has a high completion percentage, which indicates that he makes good decisions. Where he lacks is in playmaking ability. He chooses the safe throw, rather than throw into a tight window and risk an INT.
To put this another way. Do you think that Alex Smith doesn't see that a player is open, or do you think that he sees that the player is open, but is too afraid to throw it? One is an issue of intelligence. The other is courage or moxy.
Could be a moxie deficiency, but I think he really didn't see Randy along the back of the end zone. Pre-snap reads are more IQ than feel for the game--I think Alex was SO smart he was able to compensate for his lack of "instinct" so to speak, both with recognizing tendencies pre snap and generally having good decision making skills. But it was a learned attribute, not an intrinsic one-- he didn't instinctively do these things, he had to think about them. That split second can be the difference between a broken play turning out well and being a loss, and Alex didn't have a great track record on broken plays.
I'm not trying to knock Alex. I still really like him. I also understand what you're saying about overvaluing the "head part" so maybe you don't need 3 categories. Maybe you don't even need 2. If that's the case I would take football IQ over regular IQ, though I still think the latter can compensate for lack of the former up to a point.