San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Alex Smith, has made it abundantly clear that he does not believe offense wins games. Not really what you want to hear from the leader of your offense. In a recent interview, Smith said that he does not think big stats equate to wins…well they don’t really hurt either.
“I could absolutely care less on yards per game,” Smith told a group of reporters. “I think that is a totally overblown stat because if you’re losing games in the second half, guess what, you’re like the Carolina Panthers and you’re going no-huddle the entire second half. Yeah, Cam Newton threw for a lot of 300-yard games. That’s great. You’re not winning, though.”
After hearing this comment about his quarterback, Carolina Panthers Linebacker Jon Beason tweeted, “Alex smith, don’t hate on Cam (because) your stats would’ve gotten u cut if Peyton decided to come 2 San Fran. Truth b told. That’s after a 13-3 yr.”
I found this to be one of the funniest things I have ever heard. The sad part is that it is painfully true. Alex Smith led his 49ers to win the NFC West and make it all the way to the NFC Championship game where they eventually lost to the Superbowl champion New York Giants. San Fran was one of the many teams that went after the coveted free agent Peyton Manning. There is a lot of validity to what Smith is saying about stats being over hyped, but demeaning what Cam Newton did for last year’s Carolina Panthers was an unnecessary low blow.
Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, Eli Manning and Aaron Rodgers were the top 5 QB’s in passing yards this past season. All five of them made the playoffs and had successful seasons. Eli even went on to lead his team to win the Superbowl and was given the MVP award for the game. I am a strong believer that defense wins games in the long run, but it is impossible to win it all without a fundamentally sound offense. I honestly think that if Cam Newton and his offense had the defense supporting him that Alex Smith had this past season, then Cam would have been lifting that trophy instead of Eli. I might be a little biased based on the fact that Cam Newton absolutely killed it for my fantasy team this past year, but Alex Smith should just keep his mouth shut and let his defense keep winning games for him.
In this past season, Alex Smith had less passing yards than QB duds like Mark Sanchez and Rex Grossman. Smith was 27th in the league in yards per game, with less than 200, and he threw for a dismal 17 total touchdowns. Maybe Smith should start caring a little more about stats because he will find himself riding the bench soon enough with those numbers. Winning your division is great and a 13-3 record is nothing to laugh at, but whether you finish last in the league or you lose in the Superbowl the end result is the same.