A lot has been made of Alex Smith opening night performance, and much should be. It’s not every day that a quarterback known for his inability to win shootouts walks into the defending champion’s house and drops 42 points, including 21 straight to finish the game.
Almost more entertaining than the game itself was the battle on twitter between those who see Patrick Mahomes as sooner-the-better, and others who think Smith shouldn’t see the pine at all this season. Though Smith engineered a long drive in the first half, it was full of short passes and other uninspiring early drives had #TeamMahomes begging to see the cannon-armed youngster.
Less than three minutes into the second half the narrative shifted. Smith found Tyreek Hill wide open down the sideline, connecting for a 75-yard score. To start the fourth quarter, Smith again uncharacteristically dropped a deep bomb to rookie running back Kareem Hunt for a 78- yard touchdown. Needless to say, #TeamAlex now had the upper hand and were crowing loudly and with sarcasm. Continue reading “Air Yards, Passing Distributions and What Thursday Night Told Us About Alex Smith”