Alex had his team in position to win despite being just 1-13 on 3rd down.
Williams 2 muffs gave the Giants time and field position they should not of had.Even one 3 and out with a punt on one of those muffs would have chewed up enough clock for a niners win. To say Alex,and not Williams cost them that game is ridiculous.
By that one game one might go against the grain and say Eli is and always will be a liable possibility..... but to tell you the truth, I always knew that as well. He's a champ. :)
Interesting how we are getting a lot of 9ers fans visiting these days. Glad that they are all behaving like gentlemen.
ImJustSaying.....While your points are interesting, I agree with the other folks here that say you can't blame that loss to the Giants on Alex. He may have played a part in that loss but there was PLENTY of blame to go around. It wasn't Smith's job to field those punts. And the muffs on those punts had at the VERY LEAST an equal role in that loss. So don't blame it all on Alex Smith.
Is Alex Smith going to bring us a Super Bowl win....I dunno, but I am not going to bet the mortgage on it. But one must think in terms of the situation one finds oneself in. The QB position in KC was flat out broken. Matt Cassel HAD TO GO! So our options were Alex Smith or Geno Smith. PERIOD. Those were our options. We went with Alex Smith and I am glad we did. Alex is a good QB. I have my doubts about his being a great QB, but he is not going to lose games for us. It may be up to our D or Special Teams to win the games, but Alex won't lose the game by making a dumb throw trying to look like a hero. And right now after Herm the Worm, Haley, Pioli and Romeo simply winning a bunch of games is welcome relief for long-suffering Chiefs Fans.
dai-sca.....You make an interesting point on play-calling. Andy Reid is like any other coach....he has his strengths and weaknesses. He has done AMAZING things for this team. In fact, he may have saved our Chiefs from being moved to another city. That makes him a GREAT coach. If he has a weakness (and I am sure he does) it may be his play-calling. He loves the pass and if his "blood gets up" and he "gets the bit in his teeth" I think he sometimes forgets about the running game. As he did for the first half of the Fubbalo game. All that said though, Andy Reid has done a remarkable job of adapting his instincts to the players he has to work with in KC. Reid is the first coach we have had since Dick Vermeil that gave us an honest shot at the Super Bowl. I'm very damned glad he is our coach.
The reason I mentioned the two punts by Kyle Williams is to show that the rest of the team will eventually make a mistake. Yes, Alex will play mistake-free football, I do not disagree with that, but is that a good thing when he is not producing? The rest of the your team may play amazing, your special teams and defense, but they cannot maintain that forever if Alex does not score points. The Chiefs have already experienced this against the Bills I believe, and luckily they came out on top.
And to those who say Alex put the 49ers in a position to win in the NFC Championship game, they did not win, so what kind of position was that?
Edit: Another point I want to clarify that I was making was that Alex Smith most likely will not be blatantly responsible for a loss, if you guys were to have one (is 16-0 a possibility? I think so), which will lead the team to keep him, causing a vicious cycle of heart-breaking.
Also, to those of who you who blame play-calling, trust me I have been there. I have been on the 49ers forums for God knows how long, and play-calling was always brought up by fans when Alex was quarterback. He makes some great passes sometime, but he is not consistent. This led me to believe that he just cannot make the throws enough for them to be called.
And you're right it's not just on the QB to put up points. Alex Smith can't pass block for himself. Alex Smith can't catch the ball for Dexter Mccluster when he puts the ball right on Dexter's hands. Alex Smith can't catch the ball for Bowe. Alex Smith can't get the Wrs open that's their job. This is not an offense that's being held back by the QB. This is an offense that is being held back by the offense as a whole. Is Alex a part of that Yep but he's not alone. This whole offensive unit needs to get their stuff together. Alex included but that goes for the other 10 guys on the field and the playcaller as well.