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  1. #16

    Re: Grade Troy Smith

    Quote Originally Posted by Heap86 View Post
    I give him a D.

    He is not NFL starter material, has a good arm and mobility, but is very inaccurate. His best play was in garbage time, he did nothing in the game in the other 3 quarters.

    The posters on the YBR board are drooling over him, he is a 5th round pick and possibly a future back-up with this team or some other team.
    They're drooling because there is vast hypocrisy on that forum. But whatever.

    That said, exactly what did you expect him to do with what he had to work with today? There was no way for him to win or even compete in this game. You can't place that on him.

  2. #17

    Re: Grade Troy Smith

    Is anyone drooling? I havent seen high grades here.

    Keep in mind we are talking about a 3rd string rookie (5TH ROUND PICK) qb who is being asked play without half the team. I think most are objective.
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  3. Re: Grade Troy Smith

    JaMarcus Russell had a worse game for Oakland today...does that mean he's not NFL material? Scratch that...can you SERIOUSLY judge the worth of a rookie QB based on ONE game? can't and it's idiotic to do so.

  4. #19

    Re: Grade Troy Smith

    No QB can play well without consistent pass protection. Smith had lousy pass protection, and, surprise, didn't play well. He has talent, but didn't have the chance to show it.

    If anyone expected him to be a savior behind this line, they were unrealistic.

  5. #20
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    Re: Grade Troy Smith

    Quote Originally Posted by Raven Domination View Post
    JaMarcus Russell had a worse game for Oakland today...does that mean he's not NFL material? Scratch that...can you SERIOUSLY judge the worth of a rookie QB based on ONE game? can't and it's idiotic to do so.
    To the best of my knowledge no-one here is judging him on one performance. We're grading this one performance.

  6. #21
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    Re: Grade Troy Smith

    B-, given the circumstances, losing our only true playmaker on offense early, tough place to play on the road, first start as a rookie. I thought he did some good things, and some not so good things, but certainly deserves an extended look.
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  7. #22
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    Re: Grade Troy Smith

    I would love to have seen Smith play behind the Pats' OL, and Brady play behind ours. That would be fun to watch.

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  8. Re: Grade Troy Smith

    Fact is...Troy Smith would have had to throw for well over 300 yards and 3 TDs to win that game by himself...without a running game. To expect that from a rookie QB in his first start against a playoff-bound team is beyond unrealistic. Like Stinger said, there's no possible way Troy Smith was going to win that game (especially after Willis went down)...period.

  9. #24

    Re: Grade Troy Smith

    Preston checked in with his score:

    Quarterback: C-

    Rookie quarterback Troy Smith did OK for his first start. He was erratic at times and fortunate not to have two or three passes picked off. He'll be sore Monday morning from the beating he took.

  10. #25

    Re: Grade Troy Smith

    Any grade is unfair to Troy Smith, and I'll give him the benefit of the doubt JUST like I give that to Boller. I've seen Boller perform when he gets protection and WRs catch the ball, and I'm sure Troy can do the same if he gets support.

    Honestly, this team's offensive woes aren't on Billick, and not on the QB, whatever his name may be.

    Our O-line and WRs are inconsistent at blocking and catching. Our RBs couldn't pick up a blitz to save our lives BEFORE Willis McGahee. Willis has been a tough runner but, more importantly, adept at picking up the blitz. We don't have our probowl TE, who might be a bit soft.

    And our defense is injured. We're starting our Junior Varisty team, other than Ed Reed.

    Suggs and Scott are a dissapointment to me at this point. Overrated. We miss Ray, miss AD, miss Pryce.

    This team needs to get healthy, draft well, and gel on the o-line.

  11. #26

    Thumbs down Re: Grade Troy Smith

    I can't believe some of what I'm reading above. He basically sucked until Seattle relaxed at the end of the game.

    "D" until the bomb to Mason raised it to "D+"
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  12. #27

    Re: Grade Troy Smith

    T, those purple colored glasses some of our friends wear will end up betraying them in the end.

    His definitions and arguments were so clear in his own mind that he was unable to understand how any reasonable person could honestly differ with him.

  13. #28
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    Re: Grade Troy Smith

    Considering this was his first full game in the NFL, I'd give him a C-...He sucked, but he looked about the same as any QB we've fielded this year, and he's only a rookie! I don't think he's the greatest thing since sliced bread, but I'd give him a few more shots to work out the kinks.

  14. #29
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    Palm Coast Florida

    Cool Re: Grade Troy Smith


    Although Troy is merely a rookie and has had minimal practice with the team, I think he did well. Consider the TD pass: Which of our QBs have shown that kind of accuracy. He put the ball right into the receivers hands.

    Playing behind a young, makeshift O-line the kid did great. Remember, this was his first NFL game. I remember Unitas' 1st game - AWFUL!!!!

    When this kid learns more about the offense, whats its like in the NFL (as opposed to college), and gets injured players healthy again in front of him, and an improved offensive line, he will look very good in my opinion.

    Thats my story and I'm sticking with it. No matter how short he is...

  15. #30
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    Re: Grade Troy Smith

    I personally give him a C+.

    When you consider he was on the road, had crappy protection, and it was generally "shitty" weather AND its his first NFL start......

    Good job Troy! Lets put in a solid game next week and heres to you giving the coach's son a run for his money next preseason!!


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