After watching the 49er offense sputter for four and a half quarters, it’s safe to say, Alex Smith is the quarterback we thought he was.
Where was the guy who passed for nearly 300 yards and three touchdowns against the New Orleans Saints? The guy who completed two rallies against Drew Brees?
He was nowhere to be found.
Alex Smith was an atrocious 1 for 13 on third-down conversions and wasn’t able to convert a single third down until overtime. Even worse? Alex only completed one pass to a wide receiver the entire game. Majority of his passes were ineffective dumpoffs to running backs.
He may have thrown two touchdown passes, but tight end Vernon Davis was a huge part of it. Davis was able to beat the safety on man coverage on both occasions. All Alex had to do was lay the ball out there. 101 of Alex’s 196 passing yards came in two big plays from Davis. It if weren’t for Davis’s two big plays, Alex probably wouldn’t have even thrown for over a hundred yards against the New York Giant defense.
This was a typical Alex Smith performance, and those who follow Alex should know that. Alex has never been a consistent quarterback and it showed again last night.
It baffled me that people were actually hyping up Alex Smith after his four total touchdown performance against the Saints. The guy has one really good game then all of a sudden he is the real deal? I don’t think so. After watching last night’s game, I wouldn’t even consider him a franchise quarterback.
Alex isn’t the kind of guy that will make big plays under duress. Every time the Giants got some kind of pass rush, Alex panicked and would prematurely leave the pocket. He would repeatedly scramble to his right and throw a pass to his receiver’s feet. He is simply just a game manager.
He lacks the ability to step up into the pocket and make the timely throws. The only time Alex plays well is when he has time in the pocket to set his feet and that is basically every quarterback. If you can’t convert on third down, you won’t survive in this league.
San Francisco’s dominant defense and rushing attack can only hide their quarterback’s inconsistencies for so long. Unless you can pass the ball effectively, you will not succeed in the playoffs and the Niners were definitely exposed. Even though Alex Smith showed progression (7 seasons later….), I still don’t believe he will be the guy to take the Niners to the next level.
Imagine if this talented Niner team had a quarterback that wasn’t as offensively challenged as Alex Smith….