I can say with assurance that "some" of the Alex is great crowd -- and we had a share of people who described his play that way even if they didn't use the term -- indeed said that Alex is an aggressive QB "when he needs to be". The argument was a variation of the dude is just a winner, he's conservative when he needs to play that hand to win a game and can gunsling with the best of them and be aggressive when he needed to do that to win a game. And I'd add if you don't agree with them than you are a hater.
That's why I sarcastically every now and then use the Alex is all things to all people line -- that line is specifically directed at that crowd because that's how he was described. And, that was the nature of the argument that was shoved at me and since I didn't buy it I supposedly hated the dude. So I of all people remember it very well. 😄
I am not going to call anyone out but I've seen some tapering off of some of the positions from some from before. The idea that Alex is a conservative-good-game managing QB doesn't seem now like a hater position but instead plays into what we've seen so far. And that's cool. When the sample size increases or in this case you start seeing things for yourself opinions evolve.
Having said that, just like I told the Alex is aggressive when he needs to be and can gunsling crowd --my mind is open to that but I need to see it and I wasn't going to just take their word for it especially when people who covered Alex described him differently. I still feel that way. I've been ok with Alex's performance in the first two games but haven't loved it either. It comes off to me that we got 4 years older at the position AND downgraded. And for my taste that's a bad combination. I understand some others don't feel that way or obsess over the salary differences as if it were out of their hands -- to each their own on that.
But, its only 2 games. I think its silly to paint the brush, yet. For me, if we are going to get 4 years older at the position, we need to upgrade at that position or ANY position -- otherwise "meh". And I am not ruling out that we haven't upgraded -- but I didn't think we did when the trade was made, I am even more solidly in that camp after watching the NFL the first two games. And if anything I am giving a lot of rope on this because my point was never squarely on Alex but the match of him to the full roster -- if that combination adds to mediocrity or worst, it was IMO a wasted trade. If however, they have some really good seasons, I like the trade, irrespective if Alex lights it on fire.
For me I always think the Kirk-Alex argument is very relevant to the season because it will likely color the future of the FO so I am interested and judging by twitter and here plenty of fans are interested, too, As for Kirk I've thought for awhile he's a good to very good QB and with the right supporting cast I think he can emerge for good in the category of very good. I think we are seeing the very good version of Kirk so far in Minny. But that's a sample size of 2 games. So that story also remains to be told.
The NFL can switch in a dime. And the GB game is the perfect set up for Alex to kill it and get some hero worship on this thread again like the off season. And I suspect some might think I am rooting against that. But far from it. I am 100% in on any player on this team to rock especially Alex. If he kills it and they beat GB I'll be giddy. As much as I'd like to see change in the FO, its psychologically impossible for me not to root for them to win every game. Felt that way when Vinny was here, too.