Alex Smith Shines Under Second Year With Raye...Not Really
Well, back to reality, 49ers fans. Do not expect the 49ers to beat a good team this year- expect them to struggle against mediocre teams (and lose), hang tough with the good teams (and lose) and squeak it out against the bad teams.
But at this point, the 49ers can put themselves in that "bad team" category. 11-5? 12-4 and an easy division title? Don't count on it. Albeit, I really don't see any team running away with the NFC West, the 49ers are quickly playing themselves out of the race.
Unlike the Seahawks and the Saints, the 49ers didn't lose this one solely because they shot themselves in the foot...although they certainly kept up that trend. They lost this one because the Chiefs dominated them in every aspect of the game.
So instead of that crippling losing streak in the middle of the season which bursts the bubble on 49ers fans...they decided to do us a favor and curb our hopes right in the beginning of the season.
I'm sure bay area fans, specifically Alex Smith fans, were throwing out the "I told you so" speeches after Smith's performance on Monday night. Maybe rightly so because his performance and that of the O-line's was commendable. He had to score and he did. But something tells me we won't be seeing that again in a while.
Because another crucial thing that continues to elude Smith is consistency. And today's game against the Chiefs proved that Smith and the 49ers offense are still capable of the typical bland, predictable, non-producing performance.
Conservative call playing by Raye can be the cause, but Smith's inaccuracy (horrible on short passes- constantly sailing balls over receivers), slow decision-making and lack of pocket presence have to take their fair share of the blame too.
Not to mention how long Smith held on to the ball when give ample amounts of time on three-step drops.
The line really broke down in the 4th, but by that time the game was over.
Now is about the time for all the Alex Smith supporters to take a deep breath, let it out and start to realize that, for lack of a better cliche, Alex Smith is what he his. He'll never be an elite QB, he'll never be good on the road and he'll never be able to take a team on his shoulders and win a football game.
Maybe three years under the same coordinator will unlock the cerebral potency of Smith, though, right? Oh yeah- good call on passing up on McNabb too.
And the piece de resistance for all of those who love to drink the Kool-Aid: how awful the defense was against the offensive powerhouse of...the Chiefs? The extremely slow secondary and no pass-rush was the perfect combination for the 49ers to make Matt Cassell look like a franchise QB...and it's not like the 49ers' pass D was good last year- it's just an area which was not improved upon during the off-season.
Remember when you went down the 49ers schedule and started going, "Oh, Seahawks, Chiefs...win, win. Yeah, we'll probably pull it off against the Saints too." Honestly, i really can't see a game where the 49ers can win. Maybe Oakland at home...and that's a big maybe.
Go Niners. Whatever.
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