Originally Posted by keg in kc
Sorry to buck your theory, but nobody is asking to see Alex Smith throw bombs. All we've ever been talking about was making some of the deeper intermediate throws into tighter coverage that we saw during the game today. He has the arm and the accuracy for it, he's just been extremely conservative in his decision making. What he did today won't be anything but good for the offense going forward. It lets him build some confidence in his recievers, and vice versa, and it's something that now the teams down the road will see on tape, and know they have to account for. It's a very good wrinkle to add.
I agree, and I've been on the boat all the while. But there are still people on this board who are claiming that our wins are all on the defense (not as many this week... which is good). They've been a huge part of it, but I don't agree with selling short the QB because of it. There are people who treat "game manager" like some kind of a curse word. There are people who put QBs like Stafford on a pedestal because he lights up the scoreboard, yet can't seem to win games.
Alex Smith frustrates the hell out of me. But his performance the last 2 games makes me wonder if he's starting to grow the balls to be a good 4th quarter QB. And if he does that, then I really don't care how many chances he takes in the first 3 quarters as long as he continues to keep the team in games and knows how to close them.