I am ecstatic Troy Smith is starting, but in researching another post, I saw an interesting parallel between Alex and Carr. Everyone wants Carr cut based off 1.5 quarters of play. Was Alex so much better before the injury?
Since stat manipulation is popular with Alex supporters, I figured I would try it out. Take away Alex’s 1 deep ball to VD for 53 yards in the Carolina game. Compare the resulting stats to a cold David Carr with zero first team reps and who hasn't played since preseason. Here are the resulting stats:
Alex: 8 of 18 for 76 yds,
0 TDs, 0 INTs 1TDs, 0 INTs.
Carr: 5 of 13 for 67 yds, 0 TDs, 1 INT.
Eerily similar. Alex was 1 good pass (to an extremely wide open receiver) away from being David Carr!
Edit: I misquoted the stat. The TD pass was after the VD pass, so it would only be so similar if I removed both passes in the first drive. So it would be 7 of 17 for 0 TD and 0 INT. Thanks to two posters for catching my mistake.