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Old 07-08-2008, 02:10 PM    (permalink
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As for Alex Smith, the homer in me feels the need to at least defend him some. While I agree he's be awful, I'll that his rookie year, he never should have seen the field, that team had players starting that couldn't even get a roster spot on most teams this season. When Norv was there, he was learning an entirely new offense for the second year in a row. Same with last year, except there was a guy calling plays that couldn't tell the difference between 1st-and-ten and 3rd-and-1. As for this year, Martz is there and Alex is on his fourth playbook in four years. That's a bit ridiculous. I don't think all the blame should be on him for being thrust into a situation that really wasn't that nurturing for a young QB. Also, if I am not mistaken, he's still younger than some/all of the 1st round QBs from this year.

He's supposed to be one of the hardest workers according to Martz, and he's there so I assume he knows better than we do.
People seem to forget, that despite having three years under his belt, he has only 2 years worth of starts. And that doesn't include 4 games last year when he was injured.

His first year, he was so raw he didn't even know how to drop back from the pocket correctly so I think that year wasn't really a good measure either. All-in-all it's hard to say anything about Smith because we are judging one year of production from two years ago.

But we can say this. Alex Smith has shown plenty of flashes of the tools that he brings to the table. He has a good frame, good height and has continued to gain weight since getting in the league. He is athletic with a pretty strong/accurate arm and can throw well on the run and has pretty good escapability. Most importantly, he is a hard worker and has always put in the time and effort to learn the 4 offenses and study film (ever OC has said so). A lot of QB's have a limited ceiling due to lack of athleticism, intelligence, work ethic, etc. Smith doesn't have those limitations, so thats why there is still A LOT to like about what he brings to the table in terms of his tools.

The two areas which he has struggled - mechanics and reading his progressions quickly are things that most young QB's struggle with. All of his offenses have traditionally been timing offenses, the WCO and the Air Coryell don't throw to open WR's as often as the spread offense, without good mechanics it makes these timing routes nearly impossible. However, under Turner (who worked tirelessly with his mechanics, Smith really improved in this area. We should expect a similar effect with Martz). Reading progressions faster should come with more experience in a single offense, if he ever gets the chance.
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The guy that you should be hoping Alex Smith follows is Drew Brees. He started out terrible in SD.
Actually, Brees was servicable his first year starting. He completed a higher percentage of his passes that year than Phillip Rivers, Jason Campbell, Marc Bulger, Derek Anderson, Trent Edwards, or Eli Manning did this year. He threw more TDs than INTs, and had a higher passer rating than Eli Manning, Trent Edwards, or Marc Bulger had this season. Brees wasn't great, but a team could get by with him.
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(who worked tirelessly with his mechanics, Smith really improved in this area. We should expect a similar effect with Martz).
You obviously didn't see what Martz did with the Senior Bowl QBs this year. Martz is brutal on QBs.
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Actually, Brees was servicable his first year starting. He completed a higher percentage of his passes that year than Phillip Rivers, Jason Campbell, Marc Bulger, Derek Anderson, Trent Edwards, or Eli Manning did this year. He threw more TDs than INTs, and had a higher passer rating than Eli Manning, Trent Edwards, or Marc Bulger had this season. Brees wasn't great, but a team could get by with him.
Interesting. I didn't even bother to look at stats, but I live in San Diego and remember everyone calling for his head. Then Rivers got drafted and he turned into the All-Pro Brees. People hated Brees, then didn't know what to do or how to act when the team finally let him go in favor of an unproven rookie.
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Interesting. I didn't even bother to look at stats, but I live in San Diego and remember everyone calling for his head. Then Rivers got drafted and he turned into the All-Pro Brees. People hated Brees, then didn't know what to do or how to act when the team finally let him go in favor of an unproven rookie.
The problem Brees had was twofold. One, He had Doug Flutie backing him up, and people just love that guy, no matter how he plays. Two, they were distrustful of any sign of suck from a QB they drafted after the Ryan Leaf incident.
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Actually, Brees was servicable his first year starting. He completed a higher percentage of his passes that year than Phillip Rivers, Jason Campbell, Marc Bulger, Derek Anderson, Trent Edwards, or Eli Manning did this year. He threw more TDs than INTs, and had a higher passer rating than Eli Manning, Trent Edwards, or Marc Bulger had this season. Brees wasn't great, but a team could get by with him.
But the next year when you thought he had turned the corner he was abysmal and was eventually benched in favor of Doug Flutie. He was serviceable in 2002 true, but he more so a game manager than the Brees we know of today. And he didn't have it all together until 2004.
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The problem Brees had was twofold. One, He had Doug Flutie backing him up, and people just love that guy, no matter how he plays. Two, they were distrustful of any sign of suck from a QB they drafted after the Ryan Leaf incident.
The second really put an end to brees' tenure. Leaf Syndrome.
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You obviously didn't see what Martz did with the Senior Bowl QBs this year. Martz is brutal on QBs.
That was a few days worth of work, not an entire offseason. All the beat writers have been saying that he was looking better this year than in any of the years previous to this year. Granted this is OTAs we are talking about but in that short amount of time, Martz has already changed Alex's mechanics to what need feels is right and continually gushes over him.
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The problem Brees had was twofold. One, He had Doug Flutie backing him up, and people just love that guy, no matter how he plays. Two, they were distrustful of any sign of suck from a QB they drafted after the Ryan Leaf incident.
Axctually, the problem was threefold. Those two plus the San Diego offense's lack of talent. There is a reason so few of the starting offensive linemen and starting wide receivers from the Chargers 2003 team were

A. In the NFL
B. In the NFL and getting playing time
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by 2004.

WR: David Boston
WR: Reche Caldwell
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C: Cory Raymer
RG: Phil Bogle
RT: Courtney VanBuren

IIRC, by 2006, 2 of these guys were still in the league. Caldwell, who's claim to fame was being the Patriots leading receiver among their dismal 2006 WR squad and McIntosh, who is on the once great now terrible Kansas City offensive line.
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But the next year when you thought he had turned the corner he was abysmal and was eventually benched in favor of Doug Flutie. He was serviceable in 2002 true, but he more so a game manager than the Brees we know of today. And he didn't have it all together until 2004.
He did regress under Marty, but that's because Marty isn't near as good a QB coach as Mike Riley is. But Brees had shown signs that he was at least capable of not burying his own team.
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He did regress under Marty, but that's because Marty isn't near as good a QB coach as Mike Riley is. But Brees had shown signs that he was at least capable of not burying his own team.
Yes...as did Alex Smith. Especially at the start of the 2006 season. Too bad we didn't have the defense of 2007 and the offense of 2006. But we probably would have if Norv Turner didn't leave.
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Yes...as did Alex Smith. Especially at the start of the 2006 season. Too bad we didn't have the defense of 2007 and the offense of 2006. But we probably would have if Norv Turner didn't leave.
Alex Smith never threw more TDs than INTs, never threw for more than 3,000 yards, never threw over 60%. Factor in how he's been undermined by the head coach and veteran teamates, and I just don't see him developing in san fran.
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Alex Smith never threw more TDs than INTs, never threw for more than 3,000 yards, never threw over 60%. Factor in how he's been undermined by the head coach and veteran teamates, and I just don't see him developing in san fran.
Drew Brees threw the ball more in 2002. And he averaged less per pass. And during that season he had what, one more touchdown than he did interceptions? While Alex was tied with 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions? And Brees completed around just sixty percent of his passes while Smith had 58 percent. The difference in that could be the amount of passes the team receivers dropped. Not really a big deal if we're comparing those two seasons.
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Drew Brees threw the ball more in 2002. And he averaged less per pass. And during that season he had what, one more touchdown than he did interceptions? While Alex was tied with 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions? And Brees completed around just sixty percent of his passes while Smith had 58 percent. The difference in that could be the amount of passes the team receivers dropped. Not really a big deal if we're comparing those two seasons.
It's not a big deal individually, but the fact that Brees was slightly better in every catagory makes a significant difference overall. He threw for more yards, more TDs, more accurately, took fewer sacks, fumbled the ball fewer times, and had a slightly higher adjusted net yards per attempt.
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Alex Smith never threw more TDs than INTs, never threw for more than 3,000 yards, never threw over 60%. Factor in how he's been undermined by the head coach and veteran teamates, and I just don't see him developing in san fran.
It never came out who on the team "undermined" him and we don't know if they were veterans or not. And while yes he was undermined by the head coach, it's a head coach who might not be around thing time next year.

He may develop in SF if he ever gets a coach for more than one year. Until then we will never know.
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It never came out who on the team "undermined" him and we don't know if they were veterans or not. And while yes he was undermined by the head coach, it's a head coach who might not be around thing time next year.
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There's more to it than the coach. People don't just play that bad. There's something beyond the system. Especially if he's as football smart as people have claimed, he has no excuse. One of the reasons for drafting the "football smart" players is for their ability to rapidly gain profficiency in a system, and start effectively early.

Furthermore, at this point, even if he did have the potential, and his development was simply stagnated, it's been stagnated for three years. There's a point where he becomes damaged goods, and further trying to rehabilitate him becomes the football equivilent of throwing good money after bad. Think about how David Carr got broken in Houston.
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There's more to it than the coach. People don't just play that bad. There's something beyond the system. Especially if he's as football smart as people have claimed, he has no excuse. One of the reasons for drafting the "football smart" players is for their ability to rapidly gain profficiency in a system, and start effectively early.
It is scary how accurate Urban Meyer's quote about Alex Smith being “non-functional” until he has everything in the offense down was.

But I think it is a lot more than just shuffling coaches that has hindered Alex's progress. The 49ers have had countless changes at WR including, for the 4th straight year, a different starting flanker. I mean look at the WRs the 49ers have gone through the last four years:
Brandon Lloyd, Antonio Bryant, Darrell Jackson, Johnnie Morton,Brandon Williams, Rasheed Marshall, Jason McAddley, Taylor Jacobs, Byron Gilmore. The overturn at the WR position is sickening. Also there have been many changes along the offensive line since Smith has been here. With injuries happening to Jennings, Baas and Justin Smiley and forcing SF to play a lot of lineman out of position.

I am not saying Smith isn't at fault for his play, it has been woeful, but for me I have a hard time pinning a lot of the blame on Smith.

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It's not a big deal individually, but the fact that Brees was slightly better in every catagory makes a significant difference overall. He threw for more yards, more TDs, more accurately, took fewer sacks, fumbled the ball fewer times, and had a slightly higher adjusted net yards per attempt.
Actually no it doesn't. You're really reaching here to try and prove that Dree Brees in his 2002 season was significantly better than Alex Smith's season in 2006. And you're nitpicking at stats that are very close in comparison where the reason in the small difference could be caused by any small amount of trivial things. Here are there two seasons by comparison:

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Brees passed more. That's why he had more yards. Brees had 17 touchdowns compared to 16 interceptions. Alex Smith had 16 touchdowns compared to 16 interceptions. Not that big of a difference. I could say that Smith ran for more scores than Brees did and they would be even. Alex Smith had more yards per attempt. Brees did not. Brees completed 60.8% of his passes. Smith completed 58.1%. The difference between those two variables could have been the amount of balls that were dropped by the teams receivers. So I hope you're not basing the "more accurately" statement just off that. If you thought he threw the ball better back then, well that's purely subjective to me.

The only thing Brees did quite well over Smith by a significant amount was not fumble the ball, but he did it in his later career and lost the rock quite a few times in the past several seasons. A lot of great quarterbacks have seasons like those where they fumbled a lot. Tom Brady has had several seasons like those.

Bottom line, if both quarterbacks had played during the same season and had those stats alike, you wouldn't be able to say that Drew Brees with the personnel around him was clearly the superior player. And even if you wanted to, you couldn't say it was by a huge margin if you compared both seasons just stat-wise.
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There's more to it than the coach. People don't just play that bad. There's something beyond the system. Especially if he's as football smart as people have claimed, he has no excuse. One of the reasons for drafting the "football smart" players is for their ability to rapidly gain profficiency in a system, and start effectively early.
Yes it's been done and overcome time and time again. Troy Aikman looked just terrible his first couple of seasons in the league. Same thing with Steve Young, even after he went to the 49ers he struggled. Dan Fouts? Same thing. Bradshaw? Same thing. Drew Brees? Same thing.
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It is scary how accurate Urban Meyer's quote about Alex Smith being “non-functional” until he has everything in the offense down was.

But I think it is a lot more than just shuffling coaches that has hindered Alex's progress. The 49ers have had countless changes at WR including, for the 4th straight year, a different starting flanker. I mean look at the WRs the 49ers have gone through the last four years:
Brandon Lloyd, Antonio Bryant, Darrell Jackson, Johnnie Morton,Brandon Williams, Rasheed Marshall, Jason McAddley, Taylor Jacobs, Byron Gilmore. The overturn at the WR position is sickening. Also there have been many changes along the offensive line since Smith has been here. With injuries happening to Jennings, Baas and Justin Smiley and forcing SF to play a lot of lineman out of position.

I am not saying Smith isn't at fault for his play, it has been woeful, but for me I have a hard time pinning a lot of the blame on Smith.
Good post, but just to add on to that, Smith has also had a different starting LT for the majority of every year.

2005- Anthony Clement
2006- Jonas Jennings
2007- Adam Snyder
2008- Joe Staley

A different LT, Flanker, and OC every year for the first 4 years of his career...recipe for disaster.
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I am not saying Smith isn't at fault for his play, it has been woeful, but for me I have a hard time pinning a lot of the blame on Smith.
There comes a point where regardless of who's at fault, you need to part ways. The problem that one winds up facing is that you get a young core put together, and the QB who you keep extending chances to fails to put it together, and all of a sudden, you're stuck with a team in its prime being held back by trying to break in a fresh QB. You hack three years off the window of opportunity right there.

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Brees passed more. That's why he had more yards. Brees had 17 touchdowns compared to 16 interceptions. Alex Smith had 16 touchdowns compared to 16 interceptions. Not that big of a difference. I could say that Smith ran for more scores than Brees did and they would be even.
Smith had fewer pass attempts, yet threw the same number of interceptions and was sacked 11 times more?

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Alex Smith had more yards per attempt. Brees did not.
I said adjusted net yards per attempt. ((passing yards - yards lost to sacks)+(10*TDs - 45*INTs))/(Attempts+Sacks)

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Brees completed 60.8% of his passes. Smith completed 58.1%. The difference between those two variables could have been the amount of balls that were dropped by the teams receivers. So I hope you're not basing the "more accurately" statement just off that. If you thought he threw the ball better back then, well that's purely subjective to me.
Brees was more accurate back then, and the dropped passes weren't enough to make any significant difference. Remember, Brees was playing on a team every bit as bad as the 49ers in 2006. In fact, offensively, they were startlingly similar.

Both teams had their running back as their primary reciever.
In 2006: Frank Gore caught 71% of passes intended for him.
In 2002: LaDanian Tomlinson caught 78% of passes intended for him.

Both teams had two WRs who combined for right around 100 catches.
In 2006: Arnaz Battle caught 70% and Antonio Bryant caught 44%
In 2002: Curtis Conway caught 61% and Tim Dwight caught 54%

Both teams had a tight end used in the passing game.
In 2006: Eric Johnson caught 69% of his passes.
In 2002: Stephen Alexander caught 59% of his passes.

Players dropped passes 6 years ago, just like they did 2 years ago.

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The only thing Brees did quite well over Smith by a significant amount was not fumble the ball, but he did it in his later career and lost the rock quite a few times in the past several seasons. A lot of great quarterbacks have seasons like those where they fumbled a lot. Tom Brady has had several seasons like those.
Even in recent years, Brees has never fumbled more than nine times, and his increased fumbles, while concerning, are part and parcel of being asked to pass the ball 652 times. Smith on the other hand, has a noticable problem holding onto the ball, having double digit fumbles twice already.

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Bottom line, if both quarterbacks had played during the same season and had those stats alike, you wouldn't be able to say that Drew Brees with the personnel around him was clearly the superior player. And even if you wanted to, you couldn't say it was by a huge margin if you compared both seasons just stat-wise.
It seems to me that you made the assumption that Brees was playing on a better team. That's not the case.

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Yes it's been done and overcome time and time again. Troy Aikman looked just terrible his first couple of seasons in the league. Same thing with Steve Young, even after he went to the 49ers he struggled. Dan Fouts? Same thing. Bradshaw? Same thing. Drew Brees? Same thing.
A great QB will show something of redeeming value in their first three seasons starting. Young was a solid starter in the USFL which was not a minor league like other leagues today are, and was a success by his third season starting in the NFL, partially because the buccaneers during that period were historically bad. Aikman went to the pro bowl his third year. We've talked about Drew Brees. Fouts is the exception, but he was due to the proclivity for teams back then to keep talent around them longer, thus allowing for a more long ranged approach. Bradshaw was pretty much irredeemably horrible his whole career, save for two seasons, so I don't know if that's the path you want Smith emulating.
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A great QB will show something of redeeming value in their first three seasons starting. Young was a solid starter in the USFL which was not a minor league like other leagues today are, and was a success by his third season starting in the NFL, partially because the buccaneers during that period were historically bad. Aikman went to the pro bowl his third year. We've talked about Drew Brees. Fouts is the exception, but he was due to the proclivity for teams back then to keep talent around them longer, thus allowing for a more long ranged approach. Bradshaw was pretty much irredeemably horrible his whole career, save for two seasons, so I don't know if that's the path you want Smith emulating.
No. Steve Young was still very hot and cold when he went to the 49ers. He wasn't very good until he actually started in 1991. And that's just when he started gaining any sort of real consistency. More than five years after he was in the league. Troy Aikman went to the Pro Bowl in his third season. But honestly who else would have gone in the NFC besides him? Steve Young had a better year than he did but was injured and only played about 11 games I believe it was and came back for the season finale. Was Aikman elected All-Pro that year too? No. Fouts proves my point. Bradshaw was not horrible his whole career. He actually made plays when it mattered compared to his early years when he was just flat out terrible. Drew Brees redeemed himself after his third season in the league when he played abysmal. Worse than he did in 2002.

As for what you presented to me in response to the Alex Smith/Drew Brees comparison of their 2002 and 2006 seasons, you're really reaching with minuscule statistics. I could say things like Drew Brees passed more yet he didn't throw that many more touchdowns. Or that Tom Brady had fumbled more than Drew Brees has. More than ten times several years in his career. But that doesn't make him an inferior player does it? Like I said if you put 2006 and 2002 together there really isn't that much of a difference to say that Brees or Alex Smith would be the superior player based on those seasons in time. You're really reaching.
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No. Steve Young was still very hot and cold when he went to the 49ers. He wasn't very good until he actually started in 1991. And that's just when he started gaining any sort of real consistency. Drew Brees redeemed himself after his third season in the league when he played abysmal. Worse than he did in 2002.

As for what you presented to me in response to the Alex Smith/Drew Brees comparison of their 2002 and 2006 seasons, you're really reaching with minuscule statistics.
Great point. People think of Steve Young as this HOF qb always, but he definitely struggled a lot during his years. He even struggled when he started in 1991, people were calling for any combination of Joe, Elivs, Jim during his years as a starter.

Also, with the comparisons to Drew Brees. I don't know quite where this got started but they are terrible comparisons. Drew is a pocket passer straight up and he is also one of the best qb's in the league right now. Alex is a mobile qb who is better compared to a Jake Plummer, who is a much better passer when outside of the pocket, but struggles with his vision in the pocket.

Teams have different timelines for different players. You look at a Steve McNair or a Chad Pennington who didn't start a full season till their third year. Just bc Alex has not broken out, does not mean that he still can't next year. Basically, to keep his job, Alex doesn't need to wow but he needs to be solid. If he is solid, he will have another year to show that he can breakout. And waiting one year on a qb that is solid but not amazing is not a detriment to the team, especially when that qb is only 24.
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A great QB will show something of redeeming value in their first three seasons starting. Young was a solid starter in the USFL which was not a minor league like other leagues today are, and was a success by his third season starting in the NFL, partially because the buccaneers during that period were historically bad.
Here's the way things work. Starting experience is the fastest way to develop and evaluate a QB. You can make progress in half a season starting that they wouldn't make in half a decade holding a clipboard for another QB. You're going to see Aaron Rodgers make rookie mistakes this season, but he'll make strides one way or another that he was unable to make in the years he spent backing up Favre. Look at recent succesful QBs. Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Donovan McNabb, Carson Palmer, Ben Roethlisberger, Phillip Rivers, Marc Bulger, Tony Romo, Derek Anderson, Jay Cutler, Brett Favre, David Garrard. For every QB who took more than three years to stop being terrible, I can name a dozen who never stopped being terrible, and a dozen who proved their worth soon after they got the job.

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Troy Aikman went to the Pro Bowl in his third season. But honestly who else would have gone in the NFC besides him?
There's almost a dozen teams this past season that would have taken Aikman's 91 season over what they had to deal with. 229 yards a game at 65% completion? It might not have been a historic season, he might have done better later on, but it was a good season, particularly for having played only 12 games.

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Was Aikman elected All-Pro that year too? No.
No, but only one QB is named all pro each year. Only one player can be the best, but you don't have to be the best to still be good. Jim Kelly's 1991 season was a tall order to top.

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Fouts proves my point.
Fouts proves your point in the same respect that the spelling of society proves the way i and e should be ordered. It's the exception that proves the rule. Can it happen? Sure. But the overwhelming mountain of evidence shows that it is so unlikely to occur that you'd be a fool to bet on it. As I said, for every QB who had 3 or more terrible years starting at the beginning of their career who went on to be successful, I can name dozens who went on to be failures, and dozens who proved themselve quickly and became successes.

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Bradshaw was not horrible his whole career. He actually made plays when it mattered compared to his early years when he was just flat out terrible.
Bradshaw was abbysmal save for 1975 and 1978. Even then, he wasn't great, he was merely above average.

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Drew Brees redeemed himself after his third season in the league when he played abysmal. Worse than he did in 2002.
Players have fluctuations. Even Brett Favre had a couple of really awful years in there. Brees had a poor year, as the team did as a whole. But he had already shown he could complete 60% of his passes, that he could avoid needless sacks, that he could keep his turnovers at a manageable level.

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As for what you presented to me in response to the Alex Smith/Drew Brees comparison of their 2002 and 2006 seasons, you're really reaching with minuscule statistics.
You were the one who brought up dropped passes as a justification for Smith's decreased completion percentage. I was simply pointing out that Brees had more drops to deal with.

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I could say things like Drew Brees passed more yet he didn't throw that many more touchdowns. Or that Tom Brady had fumbled more than Drew Brees has. More than ten times several years in his career. But that doesn't make him an inferior player does it?
No, that in and of itself doesn't make Brees better than Tom Brady, but it doesn't mean it's a good thing. But if you compare say Tom Brady's 06 season to Drew Brees' 06 season, Brees didn't completely destroy him in any specific catagory, but he had a few TDs more, a pick less, more yards, more attempts, a higher completion percentage, fewer sacks, fewer fumbles. Each in themselves not significant. But as a whole, they were the difference between Drew Brees being the All Pro QB in 06, and Tom Brady not even making the Pro Bowl.
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I don't fully expect Alex Smith to become an elite qb. But I have seen enough flashes to know that he can be much better. I suppose I am giving him a chance because I think he will flourish in Martz's offense. It is the first time he has some real weapons on the outside.

During his first three years, the number 1 option was Arnaz Battle. Now Arnaz Battle is his third option. I think that speaks worlds about how much better the receiving corps is. However, if the line plays the way it did last year, it won't be long till we are down to our third string qb because of injuries.
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