A Zohn reader just informed me Alex Smith threw three picks. Here is a question: Does his performance make you think more of him, less of him, or just about the same as you felt before?

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  1. Art

    Alex was terrible today. Maybe that finger injury he had is worse than they let on, but he also made some bad reads. Alex performs better when the offense is more balanced. With the deficit, the Niners had to abandon their running game and Alex is not the type of quarterback to put the team on his shoulders and beat a team.

    Offensive playcalling didn’t help matters either. It’s fine to use Kaepernick in the game once in a while, but I think he played far too much today and disrupted some of the rhythm the offense had in their first 2 series.

    The special teams has been horrible as well with Akers missing those field goals and the coverage units unable to prevent big gains. The defense didn’t get much pressure on Eli all day, but I thought they did well enough to limit some of the damage of Alex’s turnovers by keeping the score down. All in all, it was a bad performance by both the players and the coaches. The Giants were superior in most every aspect of the game today.

    October 14th, 2012 4:46 pm

  2. Pete

    Same. He is limited and always will be. This loss is on the coaching as well as the players real poor performance. Enough blame to go around, just put it behind and get ready for Thurs.

    October 14th, 2012 4:52 pm

  3. brady

    Almost made me feel better, for 2 reasons:

    1) he showed that he can have a horrible game, which slightly negates the “conservative game manager” tag. It suggests that if he weren’t so good, he would be really bad. It shows that Harbaugh and Roman are not trying to “hide” him.

    2) the whole team was horrible, which lends credence to the idea that he is one of the team MVPs. This was a case of the Colts sans Manning last year: the QB isn’t there, and the whole team falls apart. When one player’s poor play results in a whole team’s poor play, it reminds us that their good play is a large reason for the success.

    Just as people jokingly said Peyton Manning should win MVP last year, this perversely reminded fans that the Niners win largely because of Alex, not despite him.

    October 14th, 2012 5:07 pm

  4. rdchappell

    I think the playcalling is getting way too cute, instead of just lining up and smashing people (which is what they are best at). I also think they were a bit demoralized after those two initial drives where they only came away with 3 points.

    As far as Alex Smith, when he gets behind and the opposing team rushes him early and often, he gets flustered and throws high and makes bad decisions, and that is what happened today. Even last week he was throwing some real ugly duck balls, but the Buffalo defense is so terrible and his receivers were so wide open it didn’t really matter.

    October 14th, 2012 5:11 pm

  5. KezarMike

    There will ALWAYS be questions about Alex Smith and he will be judged by the fans game by game until he either wins/gets into a Super Bowl or at least has a big game in an NFC title game/SB. This is the way it was for Steve Young. This is the way it is now in our overheated media environment for Tony Romo, Joe Flacco. Matt Ryan, Mike Vick, etc and for every other ballyhooed QB. That’s the territory and one of the reasons all these guys are paid tens of millions of bucks. That’s the job, baby. It’s been 8 years now and I still don’t know how good Alex is or can be. Since about his third year, I’ve never felt he would or could be a great one, BUT it’s not up to me, it’s up to him and every other QB in the league. HE will have to continue to prove he is better than the Seattle QB even, or he will lose his job. So will Peyton Manning if he falters, believe me.

    October 14th, 2012 5:14 pm

  6. jason

    After 7 years we know who Alex Smith is…..he’s a middle of the pack QB. He’ll have an occasional good game (BIlls) and an occasional bad game (Giants), but that doesn’t change who he is…. a middle of the pack QB.

    October 14th, 2012 5:18 pm

  7. Ralph Bedwell

    Why didn’t anyone mention the finger injury during the game? Maybe they did on tv; I wasn’t able to watch it. But on the radio broadcast, not a word was said about it, even speculatively.

    October 14th, 2012 5:34 pm

  8. Tiburon Dave

    Same as it ever was…

    When Harbaugh and Roman can create ideal conditions alex can be effective…

    When the conditions dictated by the opposing team are less than ideal…alex can’t deal with the pressure and he folds…

    He’s been that way since Urban Meyer had him at Utah…

    October 14th, 2012 5:46 pm

  9. Sam

    I remember Eric Davis said something very important after Alex’s bad game in Arizona. He stated that was the first time that year they allowed Alex to drop back go through his 3-5-7 step progression and read defend and react. ED stated it wasn’t Alex smiths strong point and that they would probably revert back to more conservative offense they ran earlier in the year.

    This game, I saw Alex drop back in the pocket and try to find an open man. Either he had happy feet, rushed throws, held on to the ball too long, or checked down way too much. Alex game is dependent on brilliant scheme and throwing on rushing downs( like last week) this is what happens when he is asked to go thri progression read after the snap. Anyone saying they abandoned the run prematurely is forgetting that’s what you do when ur falling behind.

    October 14th, 2012 6:03 pm

  10. russell

    Alex was not good, but the 49ers seemed to get awfully cute running Colin in and out all day long. I don’t like the 49ers so it was fine by me, but they didn’t seem to play the same style of game that makes them successful.

    October 14th, 2012 7:04 pm

  11. mike

    Everybody was jumping on the bandwagon for the Niners and prematurely getting ring sizes for the SB; however, they failed to realize that the Jets and the Bills are not the measuring sticks for success and dominance in the NFL. People often forget that the previous year’s SB champs are not just cashing it in and living on their laurels but actually have to be knocked off the throne. Out coahed and out played may provide a good wake-up call because the season still is young. Have to separate the pretenders from the contenders and the suspects from the prospects, and today the Niners were the pretenders and the suspects.

    October 14th, 2012 7:08 pm

  12. Streetglide

    Colin will be starting within four games…

    October 14th, 2012 7:32 pm

  13. Raffaele

    Harbaugh is not a genius. He did not prepare well for the game. Even more important he did not make necessary adjustments during the game.

    Kapernick is not The Answer. Inserting him at strange times made no sense and his performance was not very good.

    Rogers is a loser as a defensive back. He cannot cover a really good receiver, as he has shown in more than one game.

    Alex Smith has shortcomings. He does not always handle the role well—he is up and down as a quarterback. (I have not changed my opinion about him.)

    October 14th, 2012 8:34 pm

  14. Steve

    After the game I immediately told a friend “watch the Alex blame game begin.” I don’t think this was Alex’s fault; others have mentioned what I thought, viz., shuffling Kapernick in and out throughout the game totally wreaked havoc with the rhythm of the offense and affected the focus of the defense and special teams as well. Alex didn’t have a very good game, but this is on the coaching staff. Joe Buck mentioned that Harbaugh’s father spent the week here and gave Jim a few plays. It looked like it.

    October 14th, 2012 11:35 pm

  15. Brandon Conway

    Smith had a bad game. First truly bad game in TWO YEARS. It happens. Even the best QBs have bad games now and then. (And the Giants are a pretty good team when they want to be, and they CLEARLY wanted this game as a statement. They dominated both lines of scrimmage, which was a huge part of this game not talked about on highlight shows).

    Smith’s stats in the two years since that last bad game (Eagles 2010) and this one?

    30 Games, 830 Att, 525 Comp, 6176 Yards, 41 Tds, 9 INTs, 97.74 QB Rating

    That’s pretty damn good, no matter how one tries to argue it.

    Smith is very good when he gets in a rhythm with the offense. He’s shown that in all four 49er wins this year. The playcalling today was erratic at best. Gore got ZERO carries after a few minutes into the 2nd quarter when it was a 1-score game.

    Today, the coaches had Kaepernick rotated in at, frankly, terrible times – a critical 3rd and 6 in the redzone when SF had a rhythmic drive going (failed; FG on 4th down); after the 50 yard pass to Moss (failed – sack of Kaep made it 2nd and 21), etc. Smith may not have the high ceiling as the “elite” QBs in the league, but when he isn’t being jerked around in the game he can be very successful.

    Harbaugh kept with him consistently last year and the offense grew and the team succeeded, and the returns on the investment of Smith as QB became greater. But what they did today can only cause problems for the team and for Smith, both short term (game-to-game) and long term (the season).

    The short turnaround for the Seahawks game Thursday night, combined with this general poor showing across the board for coaches and players alike, should force the team to get back to basics. They should have done that for this game, but I guess they needed to overthink this one to get that you don’t play good teams like the Giants like you do the Jets and the Bills.

    Smith, and the team, will bounce back.

    October 15th, 2012 12:22 am

  16. lameduck

    Let’s see what happens on Thursday. Stating that, I’d say less because now I think he’ll struggle again.

    October 15th, 2012 12:32 am

  17. EatMyCumulous

    Who’s got it better than us? NY Giants fans!

    October 15th, 2012 6:39 am

  18. Dennis

    I don’t think you would have asked this question if you saw the game. There wasn’t one player who had a decent game, with the exception of maybe Randy Moss who caught a deep ball and showed why everyone still respects him. But other than that, Alex didn’t lose this game, the 49ers did. My opinion hasn’t changed on any of it. They had a very bad game, just like the Niners did every once in awhile under Walsh and then Seifert. It happens. Now we will see how the coaches handle it.

    October 15th, 2012 8:08 am

  19. Tommy CostaRica

    Jimbo keeps putting Kap in there because Kap is coming in for good very soon.

    October 15th, 2012 8:53 am

  20. Stan

    All the “I will show you aaallll, bwaaaa-haaaa-haa!!” That Alex had last year? Gone. Most of it. That level of Harbaugh hypnotism wears off. I don’t think Alex Smith has any pretense of topping last year..he just wants to prove he’s pretty good. Maybe 10-6 good.

    October 15th, 2012 8:55 am

  21. 9ersurf

    I still think the same of Alex Smith – Average QB at Best that will have very good games every once in a while.

    October 15th, 2012 11:28 am

  22. Johnc

    Besides the offensive and defensive line getting beat at their own game let’s talk about Alex Smith and the game plan. Last week you raised the question about all the speedy offensive toys the niners acquired since last year . That implied to everyone that the niners would be able to utilized them and throw downfield. Well, the game plan vs the Giants was to continue doing the same old dink and dunk short passes keeping Alex in his comfort zone instead of opening up and throwing downfield. The Giants were prepared for the dink and dunk as well as the run and tightened up the defense shortening up the field. It was only when the Niners were desperate later in the game that they took the chance and threw to Moss downfield and he made the play . This was a game that illustrated two things. The Giant line play could beat up the Niners for one. And secondly, Harbaugh is afraid to let Smith throw downfield…only safe dink and dunks for Alex. Point number two illustrates the difference between a Superbowl caliber quarterback in Manning versus Alex whom Harbaugh keeps a tight lease on. Granted the line collapsed around Smith but he folded also and reverted to the throw it in the ground ,into traffic or getting sacked Alex that we have seen before.

    October 15th, 2012 12:50 pm

  23. DougA

    The 9ers looked like they were experimenting with Kaepernick as if it was a pre-season game. Kaepernick’s insert was disruptive, and his sack after the A. Smith completion to Moss took the 9ers out of the game the rest of the way.

    I did like the series leading to the missed FG at the half, that was a good time to try Kaep.

    October 15th, 2012 1:22 pm

  24. Mark M

    Same ol’ timid Alex when things aren’t going smoothly from the start.

    Did you see Peyton play tonight? Can you even imagine what could have been?

    October 15th, 2012 10:50 pm

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