A couple of months ago, Alex smith, starting QB of the San Francisco 49ers, was feeling a little heated and insecure due to his team's flirting with then free-agent QB Peyton Manning. Maybe feeling like his stats just didn't match up with the big boys in the league, Smith took a pot shot at the newest golden arm (and legs) of the NFL, Cam Newton, when asked about the 49ers 29th ranked passing attack last season.
To recap, here's what he said;
“I could absolutely care less on yards per game,” Smith said. “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.”
Rough words from the obviously irked young QB, but in a conference call with Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News on Thursday, Smith backpedaled a bit on singling out Newton , saying that "obviously I got carried away there", while sticking to his overall point.
"I was going after more of the passing-yards statistic and I don't really believe there's a great correlation to winning in the NFL," Smith added. " I don't. I don't buy it. If you're looking for a statistic that has a better correlation to winning, it's probably yards-per-attempt."
Time heals all wounds and it appears that Smith is back in the proper mindset to lead the 49ers to a potential Super Bowl appearance in the coming year, but before we totally strike off that previous Newton comment as being just a one time deal, he did have one last shot to sling at the New Orleans Saints.
"For me it's about winning games," Smith added. "I said the same thing last year when we played the Saints in the playoff. Yeah that offense is pretty prolific and threw for 5,000 yards. For me, I'm trying to score more points than the other team. I don't really care how we do it."
OK, so maybe there is still a tad bit of bitterness left in Alex, pulling out the 'scoreboard' card, but as long as he keeps winning games, it really doesn't matter how much he slings the rock. In the end, wins and losses count far more than individual stats, and always will until those losses start piling up.
Then, well, let's just say that bad stats will come back to haunt you.
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