I watched the game again and can see some progress by Alex...but he is still struggling at times. Yeah, he is still not in sync with his receivers, but he is trusting his OL much more and climbing in the pocket with more regularity. But he is NOT grasping / seeing Jay's route concepts unfold in real-time and he is leaving points on the field as a result. THIS is his (and our) primary problem.
To wit: The Giants drop the CB's into deep cover and bring the Safety's forward to press the mid zones. Jay has the perfect play called but Alex doesn't see Maurice Harris (in the slot) running a skinny post.
This is exactly where Alex Smith is on the growth curve learning Jay's system. While he is making plays within the system at times, other times he misses the play concept entirely. He is simply not there yet. He has to improve.
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I agree, Nack. He's also 'late' in seeing / passing to primary reads. As Jay stated over a week ago, he's not coming off of his first read quickly enough when said receiver is open - if he's even seeing the opening in the first place.
Both Gruden and Cooley (in his latest film review) are seeing progress. But, in addition to the problems you've noted (which is the primary one), we're also seeing inaccurate throws we've never seen from Alex Smith. A handful per game (like the bomb to Richardson Sunday that was way off, or the 3rd down pass to an open Reed that sailed way over his head / grasp). Definitely a work in progress.
If they continue to progress and, as Cooley said, can get to a point where they average a touchdown more than they're currently producing on a game-by-game basis, we should be a very tough team to beat moving forward (given our stout D, power running game, and underrated STs - Tress Way's expert punting in particular).
Last Edit: Oct 31, 2018 10:29:01 GMT -5 by Biggest
Totally agree. And at times the receivers are running the wrong routes (per Cooley) and dropping some key balls. The sure TD Hail Mary (in my book) to Floyd versus the Cowboys to end the first half and the drop last week by Davis on a bootleg pass that killed a 2nd half drive are two recent cases in point that come to mind.
Post by BuryMeInBurgundyAndGold on Nov 14, 2018 0:40:38 GMT -5
On the 11th episode of The Alex Smith Report, QB Alex Smith talks about what when through his mind when he threw the touchdown pass to Josh Doctson, QsForTheQB and previews this Sunday's opponent, the Houston Texans
The NFL in 2018 is littered with prolific offenses and high-level quarterback play. The league wide passer rating average has jumped more than seven points from a year ago — from 87.3 to 94.5. This year’s number is two points higher than Joe Montana’s career passer rating. The league is experiencing an offensive explosion, and to this point, the Redskins and Smith haven’t been able to keep pace, even while taking the division lead.
Smith’s performance grade, according to Pro Football Focus, has dropped more than 10 points from a year ago, when he had a career season with the Kansas City Chiefs, going from 79.6 to 68.8. He ranks 24th among quarterbacks, one spot below Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles. Of the possible playoff opponents the Redskins could realistically face in the NFC — a talented group that includes quarterbacks who rank in the top 10 of PFF grades in Drew Brees, Jared Goff, Kirk Cousins, Aaron Rodgers and Carson Wentz — only one has a quarterback with a lower grade than Smith. That’s Mitchell Trubisky of the Chicago Bears, who ranks 30th but is coming off a 355-yard, three-touchdown performance in a win over the Detroit Lions.
Post by FireBruceAllen on Nov 14, 2018 11:37:59 GMT -5
He? He didn't beat anyone. This is the ultimate team sport. They win in spite of Alex Smith being one of the worst QBs in the league this year. He "doesn't turn the ball over though" yeah another way not to turn the ball over is to take a knee every time on a passing down.