San Francisco 49ers: Why Troy Is the Best Smith for the 49ers

Kevin SmithContributor IDecember 23, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31:  Troy Smith #1 of San Francisco 49ers in action during the NFL International Series match between Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium on October 31, 2010 in London, England. This is the fourth occasion where a regular season NFL match has been played in London.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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Troy Smith gives the 49ers the best chance to win this Sunday against the Rams. He's a good leader and actually tries to make plays. Alex Smith on the other hand is the complete opposite. He plays scared and would rather dump the ball off and hope his teammates make plays for him.

I will first start with why Alex is obviously not the option. To start things off, Alex has never done anything good. His 5-yard check-downs every pass play allows the opposing defense to play close to the line of scrimmage, which helps shutdown the running game too. He has absolutely no pocket presence, at the site of pressure he runs and usually runs himself into more pressure.

In the many years Alex has played, I have never seen him hang in the pocket, take hit, and complete a pass like the good QB's in this league do. He's just too scared. He's even too scared to let the best TE in the league make plays until he absolutely has to (Eagles game). The 49ers have been close in a lot of games, but it is because they are talented. Alex is the one that holds them back from winning. The argument that Alex is better than Troy because of his close games with the Saints, Falcons, and Eagles are delusional.

The Saints game was his best game by far, but still his passes were almost all within the 10 yard range. The Falcons game was a disgrace. One scoring drive the whole game(the first possession), the other seven points were from the Taylor Mays special teams TD. I'm sorry but one scoring drive the whole game does not cut it. I don't care about what happened with Clements, anything else from Alex's lead offense and the Niners win.

The Eagles game was lost in many ways, but it really came down to one classic Alex Smith play. On a fourth quarter play at mid-field down by seven, Alex had a first down to Vernon Davis, but was too afraid to throw it. Instead he once again ran himself into pressure, then fumbles the ball off his leg, which is returned for a TD. Classic Alex Smith play. instead of possibly tying the score or being down by four to start the 4th quarter, your down by 14.

His Seattle game was a fluke. 201 YAC against a defense that could not tackle a receiver after Alex's dump-offs. Five turnovers from the defense — Troy could have done the same. Alex's five yard passes didn't work against San Diego because they can actually tackle. If he's ever going to be anything, he needs to man up and throw down field.

Troy Smith has come in and done much better with half the playbook. The 49ers coaching staff puts cuffs of him and his play-making ability. When he is in they usually run up the middle on first and second down then on third-and-8 try to throw. That is not going to get any QB into a rhythm. When they are down and have to throw, he responds.

The low point is the Tampa Bay game, but that was not on him. The Bucs knew when the Niners were running and passing. "We knew when they were going to run a boot or a screen," Bucs middle linebacker Niko Koutouvides said. "We knew when they were going to pass; the linemen, Frank Gore, they were giving away their keys." That explains the ineffectiveness. It is not hard to stop any offense if you know whats coming, especially when the QB does not have the full playbook to use.

In Green Bay, Troy made two great throws that could have had the Niners back in the game. One deep strike that went right through Vernon Davis' hands, and on the very next plays another deep strike to Ted Ginn, who was not aware enough to stay in bounds. Deep strikes, something you never here from Alex. After that drive the game got out of hand while the defense gave up a long scoring drive. Troy takes some chances, but at least he takes chances and gives the receivers an opportunity to make plays.

Alex Smith is 2-7, Troy Smith is 3-2. Enough said.