Back in Finland I subscribed to NFL Game Pass. As a sort of outsider I watch the games from how the QB plays. Here’s what I’ve seen in the playoffs so far, sovaldi looking at the guys and teams I’ve followed in more detail:
Kaepernick / 49ers
I developed a warm feeling towards Alex Smith because of the last year playoffs. “Alex Smith in the play of his life.” And he did play well the first half of this season as well, site before suffering something some other guy could have concealed. The first few games I saw Kaepernick it was obvious he does look more athletic than Smith, and thus physically more capable, but he looked to me also somewhat more insecure in his passing game. Either it works, or it doesn’t. So I couldn’t help but fear interception when the going gets rough, which is exactly what happened when the divisional game started! But Kaepernick came back and ran it even in the next drive, took control of the game and went to the record books. Let’s hope it works out next week again.
Peyton Manning / Broncos
Big name, but something did not tick there. He looked like playing okay but actually it was one of the worst performances of the year. Manning did nothing spectacular and did not drive it home even when he had the chance to do it in the extra time at least twice. In a way he looked like a 36-year old QB. Experience does not help you if you don’t have that sparkle in your game anymore.
RGIII / Redskins
Saw the game where RGIII got injured. What a uniquely multi-talented guy, who is so much fun to watch, but also what a major coaching failure. Why did RGIII play after he slip and hurt the knee at the end of the first half? I would have changed him right there. He just couldn’t run anymore, he clearly lost confidence with the injured knee. The result was not just lost game but a lost playmaker, medical operation, and negative publicity as well.
Luck / Colts
I was wathicn Indianapolis Colts games just because of him. Number one pick, from Stanford fame. Mixed feelings. Unlike RGIII, he sorta looked more like a rookie. At some points he played quickly and determined, like you expect a young guy play. At other points it looked like he did not really belong to the fast paced, aggressive NFL yet. Colts deserved to lose that wildcard game.