Originally posted by blm7754:
I am shocked at all the chatter I have seen recently about Alex Smith's value. Many folks don't think he is worth more than a late round draft pick. Others think he is overpaid at $8M. Still others have the audacity to think that he should accept a pay cut and stay a 49er backup.
What the f**k does this poor guy have to do to prove his worth? Over his last 30 or so starts he is statistically one of the best QBs in the league. You can't deny his efficiency, decision making, ability to read a defense, and accuracy. At least half the teams in the NFL would have won more games this year with Smith at QB than they did with the bums they currently have. He is also young. Just at the beginning of the prime playing years of his career.
People want to say that he sucks without the genius Harbaugh.... as if he was a puppet. True, Harbaugh may have given Smith the instruction he needed to get his career on track. But that doesn't mean that Smith can't take those lessons learned with him.
Smiths ability and age make him easily worth a 2nd round pick for any team in need of a QB. If he hits FA, I guarantee he will get a better deal than the one he has now.
I would only agree with 2 of the 4 items on your list. Efficiency mainly depends on what the maximum potential of that play actually is. I don't think he's very efficient at maximizing a play. The accuracy thing, well, let's just he gets the ball there but there are constraints that come into play in terms of how open is the receiver that is a direct result in the difficulty of the throw.
His stats do not necessary translate into on-field production.
decision making: Yes
ability to read a defense: Yes
[ Edited by Joecool on Jan 11, 2013 at 12:39 PM ]