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Alex Smith looked like a new man. Util the second quarter.
Alex Smith looked in control, poised, and confident...for about one quarter.
One quarter later he turned to Jell-O like that pilot in the movie Airplane!
Three times the 49ers marched down the field into the red zone. This is where they could have choked the life out of the Seahawks the way division winners do when presented with the opportunity. Fourteen to 17 points early in the game would have let the air out of the 'Hawks balloon.
Instead, Smith overthrew Josh Morgan on a fade, causing him to land out of bounds in the end zone. The next moment to shine, he overthrew a wide-open Moran Norris on fourth down to kill another red zone drive.
I drank the Kool-Aid the 49ers were serving all during camp about how Smith was returning as a better version of himself. Instead, he is the same inaccurate non-leader we saw in previous years. At this point, all of the hope and positive feeling about this team coming out of a undefeated preseason has dried up and blown away.
Instead, the 49ers failed to execute and looked totally incompetent in doing so. Wasting valuable timeouts because they couldn't figure out how to communicate from the OC to the HC to the QB. Missing receivers on short routes and overthrowing wide open receivers. Missing blocks and dropping passes were frequent as well.
Let's not forget that part of the failure belongs to the staff, as they seemed unorganized and flustered on several occasions. This lead to wasting timeouts and delay of game penalties.
The majority of this mess belonged to Smith and his inability to be accurate. Even on the "successful" completions, receivers were constantly reaching up, behind, below, and sometimes having to play DB because Smith can not deliver a ball in stride.
On a franchise that provided Hall of Fame quality for almost 15 years at the QB spot, it is very hard to watch the the QB position struggle as badly as it did Sunday.
On a lesser note, I wonder how many preseason games Michael Crabtree will miss next season after looking like a scrub on Sunday. It seems he was not ready after missing the entire preseason with an injury some suspected was stretched out to avoid having to participate in workouts.