Just curious but is there nothing in between game-manager and elite QB? How many quarterbacks can succeed when forced into must-pass situations against a great defense who is generating tons of pressure with just four defenders and who has basically taken away that quarterbacks only real threat at receiver? Maybe a handful? How many of them succeed 100% of the time in the face of such conditions? None. How many quarterbacks can consistently convert third downs with 10+ yards to go? A QB is elite if he converts 35-40% of those and pretty damn good if he converts 20-25% of the time in that situation.
There is something in between elite QB and game-manager, and that is where Alex Smith falls. He is a borderline top 10 QB who can sometimes lead his team back from big deficits if he has some help, like against the Eagles last season, and can sometimes even put the team on his back and lead them back from small deficits, like the Saints last year. He, like every other QB in the history of the NFL, obviously plays better when those around him are playing better and plays worse when they are playing worse.
Last edited by abaddon41_80 : 10-16-2012 at 05:16 PM.