Since Jim Harbaugh and staff arrived, Alex Smith's 49ers have only gone to the locker room at halftime trailing in 5 regular season games. Naturally, these are games the team had a pass-first approach during the 2nd half. Check out the pass/run ratio during the 2nd half of the Minnesota and New York losses this year. It's great to be safe and efficient when you are leaning on the run game and defense, and often playing with a lead. But when you're trailing at halftime, you need your QB to stand up and say: "I got this, guys". And produce. You won't win them all... but it usually takes more than "safe" to win when your team needs you.
In Alex's defense....they had an impressive come from behind win @ Phili in week 4. But the other four games in question (as I highly doubt Alex fans want me to explore his stats in this area before 2011)... He put up a line of:
avg drops by almost 2 yards/att, 1TD, 5INTs, 65.3 passer rating.
-This guy will only be able to ride the coattails of that Saints playoff win for so long. And frankly, that team is not in position for heroics in the first place if the defense doesn't force 5 turnovers.
-Don't even talk Detroit game. The running backs marched them down the field. He completed 2 passes for 10 yards on that "Clutch! Clutch!" game winning drive. Outside of that drive....Smith had a 47.3 passer rating for the day.
Again, I will give him/them the Eagles game. But as I said before: I've seen Mark Sanchez put a team on his back more often than Alex.
The guy plays to not lose. That's terrific when your D and Run game is dominant. But if they're less than dominant, you need to rely on your QB to step up. Is that guy really going to be Alex Smith??