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Both had their goods and bads:
AJ seemed to work his progressions and had touch but he had problems with the blitz and hung the ball in the air too long.
PS quick to react and made beautiful underneath throws but too many tip passes by the interior (5 by my count).
We all could see the difference in the 1's and 2's. Both QB's shined under the 1's but the difference in the 2's was the paly of the WRs. To me the 2s WR just did not look crisp which impacted to QB play.
I think sims will have a lot of interceptions. In my opinion aj is the safer option that will continue to get better once he starts playing in real games. All of the sacks on aj would not have occured in a real game
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by ragoo11 on 4/17/2011 at 7:38 AM
I'm not trying to compare Sims to T. Brady or P. Manning but one thing that I like that I saw Sims do was move away from the pass rush while staying in the pocket and keep his eyes down field. If you watch Brady, Manning, and Brees, they are great at doing this. It's small movement to make the pressure miss him. Another thing, Sims didn't panic and give up on routes.
Sims had the stronger arm, he was throwing absolute darts!......McCarron completed 21 of 38 passes for 222 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Phillip Sims completed 19 of 38 passes for 229 yards.I think both share time the first three games equally.
After rewarching the game I feel that without a doubt most people are shooting their wad over one very impressive drive that PS could not finish off in the red zone. I was very unimpressed with his ability to hit anything beyond 15 yards. For all the people claiming his amazing arm he has a ways to go before he knows how to use it. He did display good pocket presence at times but also stood around like a statue at times. For AJ he has to learn two very important things. Throw the ball away and you don't have to try 25+ yard passes just because your down to under two minutes. Overally neither did anything to just pull away as some are suggesting. In the end I think AJ wins because of his ability to see more of the field (PS height will hurt him) and not as many ill advised throws (PS threw some sitting ducks to the sidelines)
Your joking right.... I didn't paint a pretty picture for either and want say that I believe this offense can be any better than last year. As far as me saying AJ wins... Sorry but that is JMO after watching a QB make multiple I'll advised throws toward the side line, struggle to complete a vertical pass, and have multiple balls swatted at the line.
Sims, and not particularly close. He does need to work on getting the ball past the line of scrimmage without getting it tipped. He had a few early problems with timing, but timing always plagues guys who are short on QB experience, and it usually goes away after 2-3 games.
Otherwise, I haven't seen a QB at Alabama who can move around to buy time to find somebody open downfield like that since Stabler. He has the edge in arm strength and downfield vision. He has at least caught McCarron already, and probably passed him, even with an experience deficit.
This was only one game, but it's pretty telling to see the guy with less experience out-performing the guy with more even on a one-game basis, and that's what happened yesterday.
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