Originally posted by Marvin49:
Originally posted by OnTheClock:We were humiliated. Week 16 is not the time for CK to be having "learning experiences" when we want to make a Super Bowl run. This change should never have been made until next year. There's not a snowballs chance in Hades that we make it through back to back ferocious playoff crowds in Green Bay and Atlanta with Kaepernick at the helm. I just don't see it.
I know, it's all opinion, but that is my gut feeling. I love my team to death and it frustrates me like no other to have to sit here and feel like we made a mistake that is going to cost us at the very least a deep run into the post-season.
I would understand this feeling if Kaep were replacing Joe Montana, but it's not like Alex is a pro bowl QB with a wealth of playoff experience. He was having a good year, but let's be real. If he can get 3 freakin points in the last 5 drives this team might already have 6 titles. The worst rating Kaep has had while learning is 72...which isn't all that far below Alex's CAREER rating. Alex also had a meltdown against the Giants and he's NEVER thrown 4 TDs in a game...let alone on the road in NE. Alex started this season 4-2. Kaep through 6 games? 4-2. Let's stop pretending that the "problem" here is Kaep.
Marvin, we just aren't winning or competing with the teams that we SHOULD be handling right now. I think we need to stop pretending that Kaep can't possibly be part of the problem.
Smith had one terrible game this year which was completely out of his character, throwing interceptions. His other couple "OK" or slightly below average games statistically were not so bad that we lost or were out of the game at any point. Even against Minnesota, where we haven't won in 20 years, if Akers doesn't miss a kick earlier, Alex still has us in position to tie to the game at the end. Alex helps our running game. When they dare him to pass, he does it and kills them (see KW's touchdown against Buffalo). CK runs straight into a wall.
The reason my gut feeling tells me we can't win the Super Bowl this year with CK is because he hasn't shown he can beat teams with his brain yet. Smarter players without freakish
athletic ability (Luck, Manning, Brady, Schaub) can use their smarts to beat the Newtons, Wilsons, Vicks and Griffins of the NFL.
If you think about all the teams in the NFL, while CK has easily superior athleticism to almost all aside from those three I just mentioned, what about his NFL smarts? Our offense is dumbed down right now and if I'm not mistaken, on top of being pointed out on film, I believe this has actually already been ADMITTED.
I would put Smith in, or very close to, the top 5 of the NFL when it comes to "Braniac" QBs. He is just as fast as Rodgers, Luck, Cutler, Romo.. and is faster than about every other legitimate NFL QB aside from the four mentioned earlier. He plays good ball. I think what we are finding out is that on top of looking for the home run too much instead of taking what the defense gives, the lack of a field general with the smarts to exploit defensive schemes is seriously hurting our team.
[ Edited by OnTheClock on Dec 25, 2012 at 9:20 AM ]