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Jon Beason to Alex Smith: Keep quiet about Cam Newton

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Alex Smith raised some eyebrows this week when he used Cam Newton as an example of how great statistics from a quarterback don’t always translate to wins. Now one of Newton’s teammates is firing back.

It started when Smith got defensive about his stats, saying that he’d rather be judged by his team’s record than his passing yards.

“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.”

There’s some validity to what Smith said there: A quarterback’s passing yardage is often dependent on the score of the game, and in most of the 49ers’ games last season they were protecting leads in the second half. That’s part of the reason that Smith ranked 27th in the NFL with 196.5 passing yards a game.

But then Panthers linebacker Jon Beason took to Twitter with a valid point of his own. Beason told Smith to keep quiet about Newton, and he took a shot at Smith over the fact that the 49ers tried to sign Peyton Manning this year before settling on bringing Smith back.

“Alex smith, don’t hate on Cam Bc 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,” Beason wrote.

Beason is blunt, but he has a point: The 49ers tried to sign Manning, and the Panthers didn’t try to sign Manning, and the reason for that is that the 49ers aren’t as confident that Smith is their long-term answer as the Panthers are that Newton is their long-term answer.

And when Smith says to Newton, “You’re not winning,” he seems to be suggesting that Newton is to blame for the Panthers’ 6-10 record last season, and that Smith himself deserves the credit for the 49ers’ 13-3 record. And that’s nonsense.

The reason the 49ers won more games than the Panthers last season was because the 49ers’ defense and special teams were better than the Panthers’ defense and special teams. It’s ridiculous for Smith to suggest that he did more for his team than Newton did for his team when the Panthers’ offense was better than the 49ers’ offense.

Smith did a fine job last season of playing not to lose by cutting down on his turnovers and avoiding mistakes on a team whose defense and special teams were among the best in the league. But Newton did an amazing job last season of arriving on the worst team in the NFL and instantly making it competitive. Beason is right: Smith shouldn’t compare himself to Newton.

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187 Responses to “Jon Beason to Alex Smith: Keep quiet about Cam Newton”
  1. rickrock6661982 says: May 25, 2012 10:55 AM

    “Insert Lakers gif where they are all amazed and laughing hysterically”

    Because Beason just burned Alex Smith

  2. gwylie1 says: May 25, 2012 10:56 AM

    Beason – keep oppsoing teams out of the endzone

  3. timmillah says: May 25, 2012 10:56 AM

    I don’t get the big deal, I mean Alex Smth did say: “I absolutely COULD care less on yards per game.” which means that he does care, seeing as how he COULD care less.

  4. vexey says: May 25, 2012 10:56 AM

    The Panthers would have had another 1 or 2 win season without Cam, the fact that we won 6 and were close in most of the losses says a lot about what he did for the team

  5. lolb23 says: May 25, 2012 10:57 AM

    Difference is Newton is a superstar capable of leading a team and Smith is just an aging game manager who Harbaugh can’t wait to replace.

  6. ottomanismydog says: May 25, 2012 10:58 AM

    Way to circle the wagon Beason #truth #team

  7. fenom202 says: May 25, 2012 10:58 AM

    Really Alex Smith??? or should I say Trent Dilfer 2.0. Only differnece San Fran won’t win a SB with him behind center. They can bring in all the receivers they want, Harbaugh still will run the ball 30 times a game because he doesnt believe in Smith

  8. Steeley McBeam says: May 25, 2012 10:59 AM

    “I could absolutely care less on yards per game”

    *couldnt care less. Saying you could care less means that you care some, and “could absolutely care less” means that you care more than some.

  9. dasportsninja says: May 25, 2012 10:59 AM

    Cam did through a lot of picks last year. He fumbled quite a bit too. I don’t think the 49ers are 13-3 with that many mistakes from the QB. No offense. I am sure Cam is gonna be great.

  10. True Talker says: May 25, 2012 10:59 AM

    Never anger the BEAST!!!

  11. tennis22drew says: May 25, 2012 11:00 AM

    Great logic- the team signs one of the best ever and the previous guy gets cut. What do you think would happen to you if the Panthers signed Patrick Willis?

  12. jibanez0810 says: May 25, 2012 11:00 AM

    Everyone to Jon Beason: win more games.

  13. thehoodedgenius says: May 25, 2012 11:01 AM

    Can Newton passing yards per game:

    Wins: 190.8
    Losses: 290.5

  14. woodsidegil says: May 25, 2012 11:02 AM

    Where in Smith’s comments was he comparing himself to Newton? He simply stated that statistics don’t necessarily equate to winning games.

  15. flipdigs says: May 25, 2012 11:03 AM

    Maybe let Cam speak for himself.

    Jon sounds like a angry Co- Dependant girlfriend here.

  16. jbpanthers says: May 25, 2012 11:04 AM

    Smith comments were completely asinine, thanks Beas for sticking up for Cam.

  17. hart089 says: May 25, 2012 11:04 AM

    All alex was saying is that its a team sport and individual stats mean nothing. If.cam wouldn’t switch switch stats with alex if out meant his team winning games then he really isn’t a team player. Ill take a Superbowl ring over an Mvp trophy any day. This is a non story

  18. zuke583 says: May 25, 2012 11:04 AM

    at no point does smith “hate on cam.” he makes an argument that yards/game can be misleading because there’s a good chance it means a team has to air it out in the 2nd half of games to try to come back. it’s a totally valid point that beason totally whiffs on. maybe beason went on the offensive because his defensive teammates dropped the ball last season.

  19. rpiotr01 says: May 25, 2012 11:05 AM

    I foresee a down year for both QBs.

  20. dasportsninja says: May 25, 2012 11:05 AM

    Cam Newton Accounted for 22 INt’s or Fumbles last year. Alex Smith only had 7. Alex Smith Accounted for 17 TD’s. Cam had 35. Cam has a +3 TD ratio. 4th quarter QB rating CAM was 67.1 Alex was 103.3. 3rd Down QB rating Alex was 87.6 Cam was 63.0. Cam rushed for a 1st down 31 percent of the time when he ran the ball on 3rd down. Alex rushed for a 1st down 89 percent of his 3rd down rushing attempts. I am a numbers guy. Draw your own conclusions. End of the Day I take CAM, but Alex had the better year last year. I imagine 5 years in Cam will make Alex look like a chump.

  21. dasportsninja says: May 25, 2012 11:06 AM

    Jon Beason is a punk.

  22. Donald Whitaker says: May 25, 2012 11:06 AM

    “There’s some validity to what Smith said there: A quarterback’s passing yardage is often dependent on the score of the game, and in most of the 49ers’ games last season they were protecting leads in the second half. That’s part of the reason that Smith ranked 27th in the NFL with 196.5 passing yards a game.”

    If this makes sense then somebody explain to me Aaron Rodgers numbers last year because the Packers didn’t trail in the 4th quarter until week 13. Alex Smith is a serviceable QB. Players like him and Trent Dilfer need to stop thinking they are more than game managers.

  23. yelix says: May 25, 2012 11:07 AM

    Smith made great strides last year, and I think he’ll make more this year with that group of receivers and having the same OC for 2 years in a row. He never will be as flashy as Cam, and I think Cam will start winning more games this year, but it’s hard to discount what Smith did in that playoff game against the Saints. He made some wonderful throws in the clutch.

  24. bayoubauer says: May 25, 2012 11:07 AM

    Like any of these Niner fans wouldn’t have taken Manning over Smith. Beason was spot on.

  25. jaypace says: May 25, 2012 11:07 AM

    Playing not to lose is a stupid statement. Not turning the ball over and limiting mistakes is how you win football games.

  26. Tre says: May 25, 2012 11:08 AM

    When Smith says “You’re not winning” he clearly means the team isn’t winning and that he prefers to win games than to just throw for 300yds. I’m sure Cam Newton does too. I’m also sure that if the game was in the bag in the 4th quarter due to the run-game, Newton wouldn’t be slinging the rock around the yard and wouldn’t be putting up gawdy passing numbers.

    Smith’s point is that passing yards don’t equal wins. Besides Brady, Brees and Rodgers, all other QB’s have near .500 or worse records when throwing for 300+yds.

    Beason took something out of context as an insult and then proceeded to hurl an actual insult at Smith.

  27. pdxninerfan says: May 25, 2012 11:09 AM

    Too much media…can’t people just talk anymore?

    He’s comparing his stats to Newton’s stats. But of course you guys drill down to every word and look at it as a direct comparison, bitch-slapping, soon to be Twitter war fight brewing.

    Nowhere does he say he is as good as Newton. He just picked a name that fit the example he was trying to highlight.

    And I trust Alex is not stupid enough to even think that he’s as good as Cam. He clearly must only be talking about last year’s stats because in years prior, he obviously played from behind yet still only has thrown two 300 yard games his entire career.

  28. bstone1992 says: May 25, 2012 11:09 AM

    Beason’s right, but he needs to get back on the field and quit talking about how great he was 3 years ago.

  29. zeedoubleyou says: May 25, 2012 11:09 AM

    Alex Smith will become the most overpaid clipboard holder in the NFL once Kaepernick takes over.

    Props to Beason. He didn’t just burn Smith, he cremated him.

  30. justrunit11 says: May 25, 2012 11:11 AM

    Cam’s defense allows 26.8pts per game while Smiths defense allows 14.3 pts per game. Yup smith sure didn’t get any help.

  31. Tre says: May 25, 2012 11:11 AM

    Oh, Alex Smith “aging”? He’s 28 as of about 2 weeks ago, only 5 years older than Newton.

  32. montsta says: May 25, 2012 11:11 AM

    The Panthers lead most game in the 2nd half and 4th quarter, before our D and special teams constantly wet the bed. Alex Smith clearly didn’t watch a single one of them. His coaches think so highly of him that their gameplan in the NFCCG was for him to complete ONE pass to a WR. ONE. Let that sink in for a minute. And what do they do in the offseason? Load up on even more RB’s through the draft and free agency. Cam will have many more completions than Smith will attempts next season.

  33. jikkle49 says: May 25, 2012 11:11 AM

    It was a mistake on Smith’s part to name drop a player but it’s pretty obvious he wasn’t trying to diss Newton or compare himself to him.

    Remember he had the same attitude when it came to Brees during the playoffs when he basically said “Brees can throw for as many yards as he wants but I’d rather take the win.”

    All Smith basically said was 300+ yard games doesn’t necessarily equal success and used Newton as an example of this case.

    And while I agree Newton did more for his team than Smith did his I don’t think you should minimize what Smith did either. You can’t tell me only throwing for 5 INT all season isn’t helping your team or 6 4th quarter comebacks didn’t help either. You don’t go 13-3 and almost get to the Super Bowl solely on defense and special teams alone

  34. jordanaires says: May 25, 2012 11:11 AM

    Beason got injured very early on last season. That was part of why the defense was so bad

  35. thekiller678 says: May 25, 2012 11:12 AM

    I don’t think Alex smith was taking a shot at Newton personally, I just think he was saying you don’t need a gun slinging QB to win a Superbowl. That being said even after 1 season I think it’s safe to say Newton is by far the better QB when compared to Alex Smith. Hopefully Smith will improve even more for having the same offensive system for consecutive years for the first time in his career.

  36. jordanaires says: May 25, 2012 11:12 AM

    In Cam we trust

  37. wtfpft says: May 25, 2012 11:12 AM

    OOOO….Catfight…

  38. jrillah10 says: May 25, 2012 11:12 AM

    gwylie1 says: May 25, 2012 10:56 AM

    Beason – keep oppsoing teams out of the endzone

    —————————————————
    That’s a fair statement if Beason was on the field last year. The Panthers had a ton of defensive players on IR last year. I know everyone has injuries, but it did come off like Smith thought he was better than Cam. Alexis Smith is garbage. Even the 49ers know they were handicapped last year by him.

  39. winkeroni says: May 25, 2012 11:13 AM

    Alex Smith reminds me of a quaterback on the Panthers, Jimmy Clausen. Their rookie seasons were very similar.

  40. kidpresentable says: May 25, 2012 11:13 AM

    “Cam did through a lot of picks last year. He fumbled quite a bit too. I don’t think the 49ers are 13-3 with that many mistakes from the QB. No offense. I am sure Cam is gonna be great.”

    Cam’s first year starting: 60%, 4,051 yards, 21 TDs, 17 INTs, 84.5 rating.

    Smith’s 1st 16 starts: 62.5%, 2,502 yards, 10 TDs, 18 INTs, 69.7 rating

    I’d say Cam’s off to a much better start. I’d also be willing to bet that very few 49ers fans (if they’re being honest) wouldn’t prefer Cam Newton over Alex Smith this season.

  41. mrmarcus55 says: May 25, 2012 11:13 AM

    Hey Beason don’t worry about Alex he was just stating the facts you should me worried about beating saints falcons and Tampa as they improved over your team this off season.

  42. captainspangled says: May 25, 2012 11:14 AM

    Lol at Alex Smith. He’s lucky he doesn’t have to line up across from the Beast this year.

  43. montsta says: May 25, 2012 11:14 AM

    tennis22drew says:
    May 25, 2012 11:00 AM
    Great logic- the team signs one of the best ever and the previous guy gets cut. What do you think would happen to you if the Panthers signed Patrick Willis?

     —-

    You are missing the point. With having Beason and Newton, the Panthers wouldn’t ever even entertain signing Willis or Manning. That’s exactly what he is saying is the 9ers were happy to try and sign Manning because Alex Smith is useless and has given the 9ers a top ten pick for the past 6 years before last year.

  44. lolb23 says: May 25, 2012 11:15 AM

    Where in Smith’s comments was he comparing himself to Newton?
    ___________________________________

    “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.”

    ^ right there, bro”

  45. rockthered1286 says: May 25, 2012 11:16 AM

    Cam won you 6. Beason and the D lost you 10. Worry about rallying your D instead of defending your QB’s stats.

    Not to say Beason isn’t a beast, just saying there’s more pressing issues on that team then defending Cam. He’s a big boy, let him defend himself while you worry about the rest of your group on the other side of the ball.

  46. billhicks666 says: May 25, 2012 11:17 AM

    This article is ridiculous. There’s no way Alex Smith was blaming Cam Newton for the Panthers having a losing record last year, any more than he was trying to take all the credit for the Niners going 13-3 last year. Talk about trying to create a controversy where there is none.

  47. 3000ft2glory says: May 25, 2012 11:18 AM

    tennis22drew says:
    May 25, 2012 11:00 AM
    ‘Great logic- the team signs one of the best ever and the previous guy gets cut. What do you think would happen to you if the Panthers signed Patrick Willis?’

    Really? Well, first of all, Willis is not one of the best ever. Peyton is.
    Secondly, Beason is a 3-time Pro Bowler and an all-pro MLB unlike Smith, who has never sniffed the Pro Bowl and has one winning season on 6 career years. Not really seeing the logic here…

  48. skinssuckazz says: May 25, 2012 11:18 AM

    I guarantee you that SCam Newton will take a step backwards this year after coaches now have more game tape on him and have a real offseason to prepare.

  49. bucrightoff says: May 25, 2012 11:20 AM

    First of all, Smith is right. Would you rather be Dan Marino and have all the stats, or Eli or Ben and have 2 rings? Beason’s claim about Manning is laughable, since as has been pointed out, Carolina would kick his ass to the curb for Patrick Willis in a heartbeat. When a team can get a better player, they can.

    Second, and Carolina fans can thumbs me down all they want, but Cam has had one good (not great) season. So did Derek Anderson, so did Scott Mitchell etc, etc. He’s not some stone cold HOF lock, or the next big thing. Take it from a Bucs fan who had everyone saying Freeman was the next big thing at QB this time last year. The potential is there, but he’s nowhere close yet.

  50. andrejohnsonforpresident says: May 25, 2012 11:20 AM

    I don’t believe Smith was firing away at Newton. seems to me like he was just defending his play. lets not forget Cam Newton did have what 17 or 19 picks with 9 DROPPED PICKS.

  51. paulitik74 says: May 25, 2012 11:21 AM

    Maybe Smith isn’t the best QB to be calling out anyone, but what he said is absolutely right. Passing Yards are by far the most overrated statistic in Football. Yes, QBs like Brees and Rodgers are great QBs, but their Defenses have been amongst the worst in the league in terms of giving up yards, It comes down to the points on the board.

    The few games I watched Cam Newton, he’s fun to watch, but he hasn’t been able to close games out. Until he starts winning, he’s just a shiny gimmick.

  52. ninerdynasty says: May 25, 2012 11:22 AM

    im a niner fan and i can somewhat agree with beson.. the fact that Smith has mustard 3 300 games in 60 starts is pretty lame and even when the team was bad and they were playing from behind in just about every game he never was able to reach that stat..

  53. dawsonleery says: May 25, 2012 11:22 AM

    Alex Smith finally had a decent season and he is talking trash? lol. He seriously has no clue.

  54. nicksabansanahole says: May 25, 2012 11:22 AM

    I agree with billhicks666. Just another twisting of words so you have something to write about. Shameless. Just like ESPN. Thought yall were better.

  55. 3ghostninja says: May 25, 2012 11:23 AM

    Seems like he’s overreacting. What Smith said is absolutely true. He could say the same thing about Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford.

  56. bigdan78 says: May 25, 2012 11:23 AM

    *Sourc: ESPN 2011 season stats

    Cam Newton
    21 TD’s
    17 INT’s
    Passer Rating: 84.5
    Team Record: 6-10

    Alex Smith
    17 TD’s
    5 INT’s
    Passer Rating 90.7
    Team Record: 13-3

    How was Alex wrong? He showed up when he had to. With his only weapons were Vernon Davis & Frank Gore. Next season he will have proven receivers who will have something to prove. I also think it’s funny that the news from 49er OTA’s is saying that Crabtree looks impressive. I hope so, it’s year 3 and you have competition at WR. Time to put up or shut up.

  57. captainspangled says: May 25, 2012 11:25 AM

    Lol at the unveiled trying to pin any defensive woes on him. Looks like a large group of people are happy in forumulating beliefs out of ignorance

    He didn’t play a game last year.

  58. jbpanthers says: May 25, 2012 11:26 AM

    Funny how 9ers fans are now defending Smith, when just two seasons ago they wanted him gone. Remember the “We want Carr chant?”

  59. 84sgl says: May 25, 2012 11:27 AM

    Beason was injured all year, as well as a bunch of other defensive starters.

  60. trollhammer20 says: May 25, 2012 11:27 AM

    bayoubauer says:May 25, 2012 11:07 AM

    Like any of these Niner fans wouldn’t have taken Manning over Smith. Beason was spot on.
    ________________________________

    Dude, when Smith was visiting Miami, there were plenty of Niner fans saying “Who cares, let him leave, Kapaernick will be an upgrade.”

    Smith is the least-liked 13-3 QB ever.

  61. joejgibbs says: May 25, 2012 11:27 AM

    Ha, yea the reason why the 49ers were 27th in passing is because they were protecting leads in the 4th quarter. The 49ers recipe for winning was to run the ball, play great defense and have Alex Smith make a throw every now and then to get a 1st down. He definitely looked like a serviceable QB as Harbaugh did a good job coaching him up but it was obvious that they didnt want Smith to do much. And when the chips were down and the 49ers HAD to throw the ball vs. the Giants, it was clear why. The same reason Harbaugh tried to get a new QB in the off season.

  62. usimark05 says: May 25, 2012 11:29 AM

    Maybe if Beason spent more time studying film instead of online media, his defense would keep Cam Newton from having to put them on his shoulders. I love how the media twists the context of benign player comments into criticism of other players.

  63. brooklynniner19 says: May 25, 2012 11:29 AM

    Patrick Willis makes Beason look like a special team specialist at best! Beason worry about yourself buddy.

  64. peachyc39 says: May 25, 2012 11:30 AM

    billhicks666 says:
    May 25, 2012 11:17 AM
    This article is ridiculous. There’s no way Alex Smith was blaming Cam Newton for the Panthers having a losing record last year, any more than he was trying to take all the credit for the Niners going 13-3 last year. Talk about trying to create a controversy where there is none.
    ____________________________________
    I agree with this comment. This is getting blown up way out of proportion. No he should not have mentioned Cam and Co like he did but he is still right. And Alex never stated he was better than Cam. That’s just ridiculous that anyone would even think that anyways. I believe that Peyton and Harbaugh would not have gotten along because Peyton has to be on a team where he can take over the offense just like when he was a Colt. We run our offense like the OC and Harbaugh wants us to and it works. However we will improve with our new offensive weapons during the offseason and Alex will have a chance to see if he will be able to pass better. He will get more passing yards next year and we will utilize the offense more. With our D already the best, we will just improve on all our stats from last year.

  65. captainspangled says: May 25, 2012 11:30 AM

    It’s amazing how arrogant Smith is after one season where he did the bare minimum to help his team win games an like six years of being wisely considered as one d the biggest wastes draft picks in league history.

    Didnt know he was such a chump.

  66. peachyc39 says: May 25, 2012 11:31 AM

    And Beason needs to worry about being a good boy and stay outta trouble with strippers than talk crap when he doesn’t know what he’s even talking about.

  67. mesta1 says: May 25, 2012 11:32 AM

    I am pretty sure Cam already has more good seasons than Smith

  68. oaktown49er says: May 25, 2012 11:33 AM

    montsta says:May 25, 2012 11:14 AM
    With having Beason and Newton, the Panthers wouldn’t ever even entertain signing Willis or Manning.
    ——————————————————–
    Wouldn’t EVER EVEN ENTERTAIN signing Willis. I bet most Panther fans are glad you are not the GM.

  69. southpaw79 says: May 25, 2012 11:33 AM

    Smith is right, Yards do not equal wins.
    Beason is right, Maning > Smith.
    Just for fun though we all know Willis > Beason but how far away are we from Bowman > Beason? Would Beason even start on the Niners?

  70. sharks123 says: May 25, 2012 11:34 AM

    billhicks666 is spot on. That said, I’m sure this is the last time Smith name drops. He didn’t have to. His point was correct.

  71. tv85 says: May 25, 2012 11:35 AM

    First, you have to respect a guy like Jon Beason for stepping up for his teammate, regardless of the fact that he was completely off base with his comments.

    Second, the author either completely missed the point of Smith’s comments or is auditioning for a gig as a talking head on ESPN. I’m leaning towards the latter.

    Back to Beason. Quarterbacks that lead their team to the brink of the Superbowl, post 13-3 records, and throw for 17 touchdowns against 5 interceptions, do not get cut. Throw in the 5 touchdown against zero interception ratio in the playoffs and his point is moot. If Manning chose to sign with the 9ers, Smith would have either signed elswhere.

    Newton had an incredible year, and no one (not even Alex Smith) is taking that away from him.

    Making the valid point that he would take throwing for 200 yards and win, rather than 300 and lose isn’t comparing, it’s simply stating the facts.

  72. manzoa says: May 25, 2012 11:37 AM

    So Beason slams Smith because the 9ers tried to sign Manning…if Manning said he wanted to play for Carolina, then Newton would be nothing more than a tall backup QB for the next 2 or 3 years. In the new Arena NFL which is one step away from having QBs, WRs, and RBs wear flags instead of allowing tackling, 4000+ yards for a QB is the new normal. In a year or two, 5000 yards will be the norm. Better yardsticks for QBs will be wins and turnovers…..so Beason, button up because your not all that either…..must be at least 20 inside/middle LBs better than you.

  73. nflofficeadmin says: May 25, 2012 11:38 AM

    49er O-line is going to see about Beason’s outside ACL.

  74. mrplow3 says: May 25, 2012 11:39 AM

    Alex was defending himself, not taking a shot at Cam.

    Smith led the league in the most important stat, 4th quarterback wins.

    He had 7 I believe.

    You can take a stat like that to the bank. Screw passing yards, it’s for the madden kids.

  75. earlcampbellrules says: May 25, 2012 11:40 AM

    Alex Smith sucks. The only thing keeping the niners from a super bowl is Alex Smith. Put him on the Panthers and they go 1-15.

  76. unionslie says: May 25, 2012 11:41 AM

    who’s Jon Beason?

  77. cali49er707 says: May 25, 2012 11:42 AM

    WAAAAH WAAAAAH quit your crying, cam is better then alex, willis is better then beason, and the 9ers are better TEAM then carolina & it will be proven this season when the 2 teams play each other!!

  78. JaminJake says: May 25, 2012 11:43 AM

    Smith needs to hush up. Newton was a rookie who had an amazing year. While Smith has had a disproportionate amount of challenges that have hindered his development, he was lucky to be taken #1 and won’t have to worry about money for the rest of his life(unless he is a Sapp).

    Secondly, people need to realize there is some truth to his statements. Perfect example is Dilfer vs. Garbage. Grbac is a much better quarterback, but if you don’t win it means nothing. Give Cam a few years and he should make Smith eat his words.

  79. LoCoSu@%s says: May 25, 2012 11:44 AM

    I sort of agree with Jon Beason, but I like the new brash Alex. Enough of his submissive behavior

  80. bullcharger says: May 25, 2012 11:47 AM

    Alex Smith smith is out of his mind. He’s only had two 300 yard passing games in his life.

    Last year, in a year where passing yards were easy to come by, he had zero 300 yard passing games.

    The 49ers had a great year but Smith didn’t. He had is best game againts the Saints in the playoffs, which is part of the reason why they advanced.

    This is the Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson level. You can win the Super Bowl with guys like that but it’s really unlikely.

  81. dzor22 says: May 25, 2012 11:50 AM

    Smith is dead on!

  82. bullcharger says: May 25, 2012 11:52 AM

    There was no reason for Smith to even bring up Newton. He could have just said “it’s better to win games than to lose and get lots of passing yards” That would be fine. Since he did bring up Newton, it’s important to note that if the 49ers could get Newton, Smith would be out on his ass faster than you can say San Francisco.

  83. 49erstim says: May 25, 2012 11:58 AM

    He is right. I didn’t interpret that as slamming Cam though. I think what he is trying to say was that too much was placed on Cam.. I’d agree with that. Bad defensive play and special teams contributed immensely to their struggles. Cam will be fine. I can’t see Alex throwing a rookie under the bus. The point is this: stats don’t mean $hiit!

    Please Mr Beason, while I admire you defending your teammate it is hard to take you seriously when you do it via twitter… R u ok wit dat?? #twitterbeefisforGIRLS

  84. sj39 says: May 25, 2012 11:58 AM

    Yhe Niners will crash and burn this season. They ain’t there yet.

  85. Deb says: May 25, 2012 12:00 PM

    Interesting how Twitter makes these big, tough guys sound like teenage girls.

  86. moagecu says: May 25, 2012 12:05 PM

    If this makes sense then somebody explain to me Aaron Rodgers numbers last year because the Packers didn’t trail in the 4th quarter until week 13.

    you dont really need this explained do you? The packers were 3rd in NFL in passing yards and 6th worst in rushing. The are a pass first offense.

  87. billb49 says: May 25, 2012 12:06 PM

    There’s really only one thing to say to Beason and all of you bitter Panthers fans:

    SCOREBOARD!

  88. coolzog says: May 25, 2012 12:07 PM

    With Alex Smith’s extensive history of losing and trailing in games you’d think he’d have Hall of Fame stats by now.

    That is of course, if his argument had any basis in reality.

  89. jeremysnacklin says: May 25, 2012 12:07 PM

    alex smith would be irrelevant if it wasnt for the 49ers fantastic defense to even keep smith in the game.

  90. beelicker says: May 25, 2012 12:17 PM

    Not only would a team behind they get more snaps because of no-huddle, but opposing defense would mostly be playing off contain in prevent more allowing ‘easy’ completions & guarding against fluke break-aways for cheap scores & trying to tackle people in bounds so as to eat clock.

    A prevent defense encourages giving up controlled yards to lesser scoring effect, plus the QB facing it understandably will take more risk in throwing in effort to score, which = more INT risk for that QB.

    If my team was behind, especially waaaay behind, clearly my QB choice would be Newton over Smith. One score behind heading for the final gun that choice is not nearly so clear.

  91. pilot2011 says: May 25, 2012 12:17 PM

    man yall 49ers fans get all butthurt quicklike… well you do live in San Francisco, I guess it makes sense.

    Jon Beason will be the best linebacker in the game this year.

  92. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says: May 25, 2012 12:20 PM

    This is perfect entertainment, because Alex Smith shouldn’t be talking smack and neither should anyone on Carolina’s defense. Time to break out the popcorn!

  93. jason1980 says: May 25, 2012 12:26 PM

    Beason needs to man up and stop whining, Peyton Manning would not have even considered coming to the Panthers, for the love of God. The Panthers could not have paid Manning enough money to come to Carolina. Newton needs to win games, and winning 6 games a season and talking trash seems a bit moronic to most of us.

  94. billb49 says: May 25, 2012 12:27 PM

    I don’t want to be rude, but Beason would have a hard time making a spot on the Niner defense as a backup. The Niner second teamers are better than Beason. And, the two starters blow Beason off the field.

    Alex Smith was asked a question about stats and answered with a completely reasonable response simply using Newton as the perfect example. He didn’t, in any way, denigrate Newton’s abilities. He didn’t diss Newton. In response, Beason dissed Smith. Who is Beason? He’s a second or third-rate linebacker on a bad defense who couldn’t play his way on to the Niner defense on his best day. That’s who he is.

  95. supremekingz says: May 25, 2012 12:32 PM

    All you people are sick. Alex Smith never dissed himself or said he was better than Newton. He was simply saying that stats dont tell the whole story. And for all you geniuses who keep raving about the 49ers defense and special teams, NEWS BREAK: We’ve had a great defense and special teams for years. That’s nothing new. Call him a game manager all you want, the guy just simply said that stats aren’t all that important. Because when the game was on the line, “Game Manager” Alex Smith threw touchdowns to beat the undefeated Lions, and the odds favorite Saints in the playoffs.

    Stop trying to make this into a beef.

  96. joejgibbs says: May 25, 2012 12:36 PM

    Not sure why he even mentioned Newton. It comes across as sour grapes. Besides, B.C. (before Cam), the Panthers won 2 games.
    With him they won 6.

  97. pmars64 says: May 25, 2012 12:38 PM

    Keep talking Alex. I like it. The more you talk, the less I like the Niners chances next year to win the SB. You got lucky against the Saints, but absolutely did not deliver against the Giants. Sure your receivers didn’t help, but you didn’t help them either. I see another playoff flame-out.

  98. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: May 25, 2012 12:42 PM

    alex smith stated a fact whats wrong with that! newton threw for a ton of yards but his team didnt win much its the truth! and beason is jealous and quick to hate on the niners because he knows willis and even bowman r way better than him!!

  99. ripster65 says: May 25, 2012 12:43 PM

    hehehe…people who still say “oooo, he got burned!” crack me up. Are you in 4th grade or what?

  100. descendency says: May 25, 2012 12:46 PM

    His comment isn’t about Newton. It’s about opportunity. Cam had to throw because his team was behind (cough defense cough) quite a bit.

    He didn’t say that Cam was bad or good.

    Maybe there was some tone there, but I can’t see it in what is printed.

  101. billb49 says: May 25, 2012 12:47 PM

    Pilot: “Jon Beason will be the best linebacker in the game this year.”

    Beason would have trouble even making a spot on the Niners Defense. The Niners have at least four LB’s who are better than Beason. “Best in the game”??? Beason wouldn’t even be the Niners best backup.

  102. billb49 says: May 25, 2012 12:52 PM

    “Not sure why he mentioned Newton??” Because someone asked him a question about stats and he used Newton’s performance last year as an example. It was perfectly appropriate because what happened with Newton was a great example of what Smith was trying to say.

    And here’s something for all of you to chew on: Smith will have a better year this next season than Newton. He’s got a better o-line, a better group of runners, better tight ends and now he’s even got a legitimate group of receivers. He’s got a second year in the same quarterback-friendly system for the first time in his career and a few good coaches for a change. Jon Beason will be sitting at home watching Smith in the playoffs.

  103. hendeeze says: May 25, 2012 12:52 PM

    @lolb23 Smith is 8 months younger then Weeden…

    Smith might not be a world beater but he is right in this case. According to football outsiders the Niners had the best starting field position in the league last year. This combined with protecting leads in the 4th lead to lower overall yards per game. That isnt to say that if this were not the case he would be able to pass for 300 and win. But if you look at the numbers from 2011 it fits logically with what he is saying.

    Beason just has Newton’s back, and himself is not beyond calling someone out. (he cried about not making the probowl, and at one time called out his teammate Peppers) He should just stop talking provoked or otherwise.

  104. peachyc39 says: May 25, 2012 12:54 PM

    pmars64 says:
    May 25, 2012 12:38 PM
    Keep talking Alex. I like it. The more you talk, the less I like the Niners chances next year to win the SB. You got lucky against the Saints, but absolutely did not deliver against the Giants. Sure your receivers didn’t help, but you didn’t help them either. I see another playoff flame-out.
    ____________________________________So what you are saying is you do see us going back to the playoffs? Thanks :)

  105. ninernation49 says: May 25, 2012 12:57 PM

    Niner fan here! I like Alex as our QB, don’t think he will have any problems taking us to the NFC champ again, but honestly if Cam Newton was the Niners QB we would automatically be super bowl favorites this year and the next 3 at least. Plus we probably would have won number 6 last year. Not hating on Alex, but Cam has a dimension Alex will never have!

  106. billb49 says: May 25, 2012 12:57 PM

    pmars64, maybe you can explain how a perfectly thrown dart in traffic right on the numbers with a few seconds to go in a game is “lucky.” Most people would call that “coming through in the clutch.”

    And, you should know that most Niner fans feel that the more Smith swaggers, the better he looks. Most of us see his talking as a good sign for the coming season. He’s always needed attitude. And, even though this wasn’t really dissing Newton personally as some of you seem to think, it did show attitude. I predict that all of you fans who love to hate on Alex Smith are going to have to shut up and eat your words by the end of this next season.

  107. southcakpanther says: May 25, 2012 12:58 PM

    I think the fact that a 6 year vet is using the stats of a rookie QB to prove his worth speaks volumes about Cam. Keep it up Cam! Hate on haters.

  108. rockbottom37 says: May 25, 2012 12:59 PM

    I’m not a Panthers fan but Jon Beason makes a great point!

  109. 49erstim says: May 25, 2012 12:59 PM

    Quick round of applause everybody to Mr “pilot2011″ for the g@y reference. Happy now? Please be ignorant on your own time or have a grown up help you while posting. Thanks bud.

  110. whosgotitbetter says: May 25, 2012 1:01 PM

    @pilot – man what you been smoking cause I want some… Beason is going to be the best LB of the year? You do know the NFL has Lewis, Urlacher, Lofton, Mayo and Willis still right?? Beason is a decent to good MLB but he isn’t great.

    Someone also asked if Beason would even be on the 49ers. The answer is possibly, if he could beat out Tgood on special teams cause he would be 4th string otherwise

  111. jayniner says: May 25, 2012 1:01 PM

    While Smith has alway been a class act, he’ll have a lot to prove after making this comment….

    Besides Beason, if you did your job, your offense wouldn’t have have to put up ridiculously high stats to keep you in games…

  112. 49ers1970 says: May 25, 2012 1:01 PM

    I am a 49er fan and I do feel that Alex was wrong for calling another QB out. He could have made his point without naming names. Alex is coming across as a hater.

    Cam threw the ball a lot because he had to with the Panthers team, not because he wanted to. When your team has a dominate defense and give the QB the ball on the 45 everytime is not hard to with games.

  113. tgcpanthersfan says: May 25, 2012 1:02 PM

    I stopped reading after someone was said this

    bstone1992 says: May 25, 2012 11:09 AM

    Beason’s right, but he needs to get back on the field and quit talking about how great he was 3 years ago.

    hello Beason only missed one season stop watching football if you don’t know what you are talking about. Davis can only talk about 3 years ago.

  114. michaelhan91 says: May 25, 2012 1:02 PM

    why is alex smith comparing himself to a rookie? what did alex smith do his rookie year? SQUAT! cam did more for the panthers in 1 season than smith did in his first 6 seasons with the niners.

  115. kl5661 says: May 25, 2012 1:04 PM

    1) Smith is right for the most part. Newton is an excellent football player, but he had many mistakes that played into their losses.

    2) You’re not an intelligent person if you can’t see that the 49ers saw an opportunity to grab an elite Hall of Fame QB with the salary cap space to do so. Why wouldn’t they want Peyton Manning? Players like him simply don’t hit the market, it was an opportunity they had to make a play on.

  116. Horse says: May 25, 2012 1:08 PM

    billb49 – I would like to know what facts you base your theory that Jon Beason a second or third rate linebacker in the NFL?

    Since his rookie season of 2007, Beason has been a Pro Bowler 3 times (2008, 2009 and 2010) and an All-Pro twice (2008, 2009) before missing the ENTIRE 2011 season

    ….the season he didn’t play, that all the Niners fans seem to want to tell Beason to play better defense to get more than 6 wins.

  117. joejgibbs says: May 25, 2012 1:12 PM

    Alex Smith is a game managing QB. Defense and running game gives him a lead, David Akers kicks 4-5 fgs, Smith makes a few 1st down throws to maintain field position and keep the clocking running and the 49ers win 13-10. That is the recipe. Keep the ball out of his hands, and rely on the d and running game.

    But when the chips are down and you have to throw, because playoff defenses are all good, you need ‘The Guy’ at QB. Smith is just ‘A guy’ at QB. You can only go so far with the game managing type of Qb.

  118. m2karateman says: May 25, 2012 1:13 PM

    For all of you slamming Alex Smith, the guy has a point. He wasn’t making fun of Cam Newton, or putting him down. He was simply stating that throwing for a bunch of yards doesn’t equate to wins. And it’s true. Smith didn’t say he was better than Newton, nor did he imply it.

    When it comes down to it, quarterbacks in the NFL are judged by wins….regular season and playoffs wins, and finally Super Bowl wins. 5000 yards means nothing if you aren’t winning games.

  119. 49ers1970 says: May 25, 2012 1:15 PM

    Alex should be comparing himself to A. Rogers because they came out the same year.

  120. mightyleemoon says: May 25, 2012 1:19 PM

    Peyton Manning would go above Cam Newton on the depth chart as well.

  121. joejgibbs says: May 25, 2012 1:23 PM

    @m2karateman – When it comes down to it, quarterbacks in the NFL are judged by wins….regular season and playoffs wins, and finally Super Bowl wins. 5000 yards means nothing if you aren’t winning games.

    ———–
    Yes, I agree with this, BUT when comparing what Alex Smith accomplished vs. what Cam Newton accomplished, I’d say that “Smith’s” 13 wins have more to do with the 49ers team as a whole which makes people raise an eyebrow at Smith’s point. It’s like he’s showcasing 13 wins as if he was the reason for those wins when the 49ers success is defensive related. All Smith basically has to do is not screw up.

  122. captainspangled says: May 25, 2012 1:23 PM

    Panthers led in the fourth quarter in 8 of their 10 losses.
    Not sure where the misoncsptjon is coming from that Cam threw because they were down, but anyone no has said that is just a large neon sign to any informed reader that said person has no problem posting out of ignorance or sheer stupidity.

    Cam threw because when he’s passing the ball, it increases the Panthers chances to win games, even with their superb running attack.

    It’s the opposite of playing not to lose.

  123. slammincamnewton says: May 25, 2012 1:24 PM

    Oh and Alex, how many games did the Panthers lead in? They weren’t behind. YOU’RE A TOOL.

  124. rswete says: May 25, 2012 1:24 PM

    “And when Smith says to Newton, “You’re not winning,” he seems to be suggesting that Newton is to blame for the Panthers’ 6-10 record last season, and that Smith himself deserves the credit for the 49ers’ 13-3 record. And that’s nonsense.”……….. Ummm no, Alex Smith does not “seem” to suggest that Cam Newton is to blame. Alex Smith did not say “Cam Newton, you are not winning”. Alex Smith essentially made an “if-then” statement and used the Carolina Panthers as an example. If you are behind in the second half, then you must throw more. Alex is suggesting that when a team is behind, that team has to throw the ball more often. Throwing the ball more often leads to more yards passing.
    What’s hard to grasp about that? Michael David Smith, “if” you slept through your college critical thinking class, “then” you might not comprehend basic sentence structure.
    Micheal David Smith, are a reporter or are you a blogger? If you are a reporter, adding commentary such as this is ridiculous. You “seem” to misinterpret basic material presented to you. If you are a blogger, you are a glorified troll in a chat room, flaming on a grand scale. Based on my response and the responses of others, you “seem” to be doing a good job of it. Good day.

  125. brianjvac says: May 25, 2012 1:28 PM

    Alex Smith is the 2012 version of Trent Dilfer. Can manage the game but won’t be trusted to make big plays. CAM > Smith

  126. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: May 25, 2012 1:29 PM

    alex smith sounds like a petulant jerk. i’m sure his teammates on defense don’t appreciate his attitude. cam is guilty of what smith never could do: being worthy of a number 1 pick. alex smith finally has one season that isn’t terrible and now he’s calling out superstars? what a pathetic loser.

  127. rajun55 says: May 25, 2012 1:32 PM

    captainspangled says:
    May 25, 2012 11:14 AM
    Lol at Alex Smith. He’s lucky he doesn’t have to line up across from the Beast this year.
    —-

    I believe Alex practices with a two-headed monster in Willis and Bowman everyday…

  128. grandpoopah says: May 25, 2012 1:35 PM

    With Smith at QB, the 49ers are a top 10 team entering the season. With Newton at QB, they’d be an early Super Bowl favorite and a potential dynasty in the making. With Newton at QB, the Panthers are a below average, but improving team. With Smith at QB, the Panthers would be the doormat of the NFC.

  129. rickrock6661982 says: May 25, 2012 1:36 PM

    I have more faith in Timothy Tebow than Alex Smith

    Oh yeah…I went THERE

  130. xivraider says: May 25, 2012 1:37 PM

    I don’t buy the whole down in the 2nd half argument at all XD
    what about the first half?I would like to know cams & alex’s first half stats

    and the only reason there protecting leads in the 2nd half is because alex smith is not a good QB that can score fast like the mannings,brees,rodgers,rivers,brady,carson palmer(yeah joking XD but a hopeful joke XD)so they’d rather sit on a 3 point lead then let alex choke it away

    the whole world know’s this
    the fans
    the team
    the players
    the coaches
    alex
    I mean what’s the one thing everyone said about the 49ers?as long as alex smith doesn’t completely choke the 49ers can win a lot of games with the”defense”

  131. 3000ft2glory says: May 25, 2012 1:41 PM

    I don’t want to be rude, but Beason would have a hard time making a spot on the Niner defense as a backup. The Niner second teamers are better than Beason. And, the two starters blow Beason off the field.

    Beason’s an all-pro. I’m pretty sure he would start on your team – which has won 1 playoff game in the past 10 years. C’mon – ur not that 85 Bears- u didn’t even win your own conference.

  132. ilovefoolsball says: May 25, 2012 1:47 PM

    I hope you enjoyed the luxury of flying under the radar last season Alex.

    Things are going to be a lot tougher this year.

  133. slumdog66 says: May 25, 2012 1:53 PM

    Willis and bowman are both CURRENTLY all pros. When was Beason an all pro again? 3 years ago? Enlighten me

  134. ghoststalker83 says: May 25, 2012 1:53 PM

    The Panthers didnt sign Payton because he didnt want to go there.

  135. slippyal2 says: May 25, 2012 1:53 PM

    The same Alex Smith as a rookie who put a 1 td through the air with 11 int as a rookie and threw for 97YPG? This guy is comparing himself, to a rookie QB without any OTA, or meetings with his coaches and threw for 21Tds, 17int, and 253ypg. Alex Smith is stepping on egg shells, and is the clear weak link on a team loaded with talent.

  136. demonspank says: May 25, 2012 1:59 PM

    Hey Alex,

    How about the Panthers trades you ATL and NO for your two toughest competitors (SEA.. and AZ I guess) and see if that affects your record at all.

    I’m not a big Panthers fan, but attempting to drag down a rookie who had an amazing season to make yourself look better is pretty classless. Stand on your own merits.

  137. cgarsmoker says: May 25, 2012 2:01 PM

    The Panthers won 6 because of Cam Newton….The 49′ers won 13 in spite of Alex Smith.

    He doesn’t care about passing stats because his stats suck. What a dillweed!

  138. ju302225 says: May 25, 2012 2:01 PM

    Didnt the 49ers lose to the 2-14 panthers back in 2010? With Alex Smith at qb?

  139. rockbottom37 says: May 25, 2012 2:04 PM

    49ers ovrrachieved w Alex smith last year no way they win 13 gms again…Packers n Lions to start the year! Means 0-2 start for haurball!

  140. marcsasharc says: May 25, 2012 2:07 PM

    let me know when Newton slay the Saints in a playoff game the way Smith did.

    owned.

  141. captainspangled says: May 25, 2012 2:16 PM

    Lol at any Niner fan thinking the Panthers would go out of their way for Willia when they have Beason.

    Need to stop overrating Willis.

  142. jikkle49 says: May 25, 2012 2:20 PM

    Again Alex Smith is NOT comparing himself to Cam Newton or dissing him.

    He basically said “stats are for losers” and he only brought up Newton not because he thinks Cam is a loser but to illustrate that gaudy stats doesn’t equal winning.

    He simply shouldn’t have brought up Newton and made his point without bringing him up but his point still stands.

    As much as we make fun of Dilfer do you honestly think he feels bad for winning that Super Bowl? Do you think any of the Ravens on that team care that Dilfer was the QB when they won it? Do Ravens fans care how the won the Super Bowl? In other words who cares how you get there and win it as long as you do win it.

  143. imforbigblue says: May 25, 2012 2:28 PM

    Get off cams nuts you can throw for 500 yards a game but when you throw for as many int as you do TDS and you fumble all the time you will never win nothing. Cam is Vick 2.0 a little flash but will have nothing to show for it. I can’t wait for him to keep running that ball and he gets pop and bye bye season just like Vick

  144. pnthrz1 says: May 25, 2012 2:31 PM

    Beason is frustrated with not being able to train because of his injury recovery. As the enforcer on D, he’s sticking up for the team.
    Alex named names, Alex gets told. Next time he should be more generic. It’s like he thinks he”s arrived as a franchise QB, lol.
    Go Panthers!

  145. watermelon1 says: May 25, 2012 2:32 PM

    Actually the reason the 49ers had that record is their division. The Panthers weren’t lucky enough to play the Seahawks, rams, and cardinals twice.

  146. jers10 says: May 25, 2012 2:38 PM

    Smith says to Newton, “You’re not winning,” he seems to be suggesting that Newton is to blame for the Panthers’ 6-10 record last season,

    How in the world you came to this conclusion? Smith was simply saying that yardage is not a good indicator for Wins. He says you should look at team success more instead BECAUSE YOU SAID IT YOURSELF they were mostly protecting their lead instead of being behind and doing no huddle like Panthers. Media Hack

  147. hookem6903 says: May 25, 2012 2:39 PM

    “That’s part of the reason that Smith ranked 27th in the NFL with 196.5 passing yards a game.”

    The other reason is Alex Smith just isn’t that good.

  148. newtons2ndlaw says: May 25, 2012 2:47 PM

    To all the Niner fans and to Alex Smith’s ridiculous points. Please tell me which team won the Superbowl last year and which teams won the last 10 Superbowls. Then continue with this “Stats don’t make wins” crap. Look at the Packers last year. You idiot Alice Smith. You don’t think Stats made the Packers 15-1???? What elite team ever wins without a stat driven QB.

    Why did you even utter Newtons name in your asinine argument? Why not the ultimate stat padder who for a long time couldnt win a clutch game, Peyton Manning. You talk crap about Newton though, COWARD!

    Alice’s first year that chump had 1 TD and 11 INTS. And the 49ers went 2-14 I believe. Ohh the irony. Now he wants to compare a Rookies season to his 7th season in the league????

    P.S. the Panthers only trailed in the 4th quarter for a handful of their losses. The rest of the time they were up.

    Cam will burn this league to the ground this year. Then we’ll see what stats will do.

  149. realdealsteel says: May 25, 2012 2:51 PM

    Alex Smith is a bum. And the 49ers won inspite of him. And Smith is so weak as a QB, he completed 12 passes in 5 quarters of the NFC Championship game. Speaks for itself.

    Put Cam Newton on last season’s 49ers team, and their in the Super Bowl. This is Smith’s last season anyway as the 49ers starter because the made up excuse of lack of wide receivers is now gone.

    So in 2014 when you and Tebow are starting your new jobs in life by selling insurance, you’ll know why.

    Smith and Tebow insurance. Sounds good.

  150. realdealsteel says: May 25, 2012 2:53 PM

    Newton did more in his rookie season, then Smith did in his first six seasons. Hahahahahaha. Newton had a 4000 yard passing season. Alex hasn’t seen one of those. And never will.

  151. mikeinsanfran says: May 25, 2012 2:57 PM

    Alex Smith back to Beason: You wouldn’t start on our defense. You would be our 4th best LB after Willis, Bowman, and Aldon Smith. TRUTH BE TOLD!

  152. japadacktle49 says: May 25, 2012 3:15 PM

    The 49ers offered Smith a contract he tested free agency the 49ers then proceeded to test the market as-well by taking a look at Manning. Shut your pie hole Beason! And to who ever stated they would rather have Jon Beason over Patrick Willis that was a joke I take it?

  153. dino2997 says: May 25, 2012 3:27 PM

    Cam Newton has played for one season. When does that make you a genuine superstar?

    Some of these comments make it seem like he’s got the same credentials as Tom Brady. Let’s see if he even lasts as long in the league as Alex Smith.

  154. jacunn2000 says: May 25, 2012 3:37 PM

    Beason is like Cam’s Gizelle to Tom Brady. And I find it sweet that he wants to take up for his man..

  155. n0hopeleft says: May 25, 2012 3:39 PM

    Checkdown Charlie – shut up.

    You’re lucky your defense and special teams carried you as far as they did last year.

  156. mrlynch33 says: May 25, 2012 3:41 PM

    I can’t help but laugh at Beason here…searching for a fight much?! Alex wasn’t bashing Cam Newton…he was bashing Beason, the D and special teams. He is right too…when you have a good D and special teams and the best starting field position in football you dont need to have inflated passing yards, especially if u have a running game.

    I can’t help but laugh at the Alex haters too. Do you realize he has never had a LEGIT #1 WR. The best he had was an immature Brandon Lloyd and over the hill Isaac Bruce before Crabtree. On top of terrible coaches and outdated offenses what can you realistically expect from a guy.

  157. bringbacktheflex says: May 25, 2012 3:46 PM

    Alex Smith is wrong. Newton did NOT throw for a lot of 300 yard games. He only had 3 games over 300 yards, all in the first 4 games. After that defenses started to gel (after the lockout) and Newton was running for his life.

    Newton is the new Vick – a singing frog. Fall in love with his highlight reel, and wait for him to do anything resembling an NFL QB.

  158. docboss says: May 25, 2012 3:46 PM

    No question that SF is a talented team. It does help when you have a “healthy” team (SF#8 in adjusted games lost -38) vs. an “injured” team (Carolina #31 in AGL-104). A little good fortune never hurts. Strength of schedule also plays a small role. SF #30, Caroline #1.

  159. citynative says: May 25, 2012 3:47 PM

    @watermelon1 says:
    May 25, 2012 2:32 PM
    Actually the reason the 49ers had that record is their division. The Panthers weren’t lucky enough to play the Seahawks, rams, and cardinals twice.

    – - – - – - – - – - – - – - -

    Well The Panthers lost to the Cardinals and the Niners had just as many wins in the NFC South as Carolina did in 4 less games. By the way “Alice Smith” and the suspect Niners offense averaged 42 points a game versus NFC South defenses. Also, the Niners went 4-1 vs. playoff teams in the regular season.

    But hey, don’t let the facts get in the way of your argument.

  160. mrlynch33 says: May 25, 2012 3:49 PM

    ju302225 says: May 25, 2012 2:01 PM

    Didnt the 49ers lose to the 2-14 panthers back in 2010? With Alex Smith at qb?

    ——-

    Not all 4 quarters…Smith got injured and David Carr took over and blew it.

  161. pantherpro says: May 25, 2012 3:50 PM

    Panthers and Niners in the NFC Championship game this year! Beason against Willis! Cam against Alex! Rednecks for Romney against Nor Cal for Obama! Bring in on! Alex you have the stones but Cam is about to win the MVP! We know you didnt mean to disrespect Cam. Good luck to all these studs!

  162. billhicks666 says: May 25, 2012 3:51 PM

    captainspangled says:

    “Lol at any Niner fan thinking the Panthers would go out of their way for Willia when they have Beason.

    Need to stop overrating Willis.”

    You can laugh at Niners fans all you want; they, and everybody else, will laugh at you for actually thinking that Beason is anywhere near the LB that Patrick Willis is. You’re either a blindly loyal Carolina fan or a poser who never actually watches any NFL games.

  163. steviep23 says: May 25, 2012 3:51 PM

    Everybody’s missing the point here. The niners are winners because they have elite coaching. Carolina has…. Ron Rivera. Nuff said.

  164. billhicks666 says: May 25, 2012 4:00 PM

    Let’s be real here. This whole “controversy” started because Jon Beason is too stupid to understand what Alex Smith was really saying. And judging by a lot of the comments on here, he’s not the only one.

  165. peachyc39 says: May 25, 2012 4:17 PM

    For all of you on here talking about Peyton Manning..its Peyton not to be confused with Sean Payton. Why can’t people get that right?? Peyton = Best QB in the League/Payton=Suspended Coach of the Saints for a year.

  166. barkzine says: May 25, 2012 4:24 PM

    billb49 says:
    May 25, 2012 12:06 PM
    There’s really only one thing to say to Beason and all of you bitter Panthers fans:

    SCOREBOARD!
    —————————————————

    Is this the scoreboard you’re referring to?

    2012 NFC Championship Game
    N.Y. Giants – 20
    S.F. 49′ers – 17

  167. kepickle says: May 25, 2012 4:28 PM

    Alex Smith was right Stats mean nothing to real Team players Cam Newton said that after each of his games the Panthers lost last yr LOOK IT UP

    But Smiths Problem was he used Newton & the Panthers as a example But you still don’t open your mouth about another team
    & Jon Beason was also telling the truth

    What Alex Smith needs to learn is how to handle the media because the he fail in that & Yea your a Game Manger Just like Jake Delhomme Yea i said it & it is the truth

  168. kepickle says: May 25, 2012 4:31 PM

    how many dumb 49ner fans are they keep opening your mouth about 1 good yr & come next yr when your back to losing & say why didn’t Manning come to San Fran

  169. billb49 says: May 25, 2012 4:47 PM

    Again, there isn’t a linebacker on the Panthers, including Beason, who could crack the starting lineup on the Niners defense. The Niners have at least four linebackers who are better than Beason.

    And to all of you idiots who think the Niners were a fluke, let me remind you that they got their 14-3 record with no off season, a new system and almost no receiving corp. Now, they have the second year with the same system, a full off-season, a deeply talented receiving corp, more explosiveness in their running backs, and a returning in-tact O-line. And, they still have the best D in the league, the best special teams in the league and the Coach of the Year.

    Add to that the fact that Alex Smith has been working with the same guy Drew Brees works with every year on his mechanics and he’s developed a chip on his shoulder. By the end of the season, niner haters are just going to have to shut the hell up because the Niners are back and they’re going to be back for a while.

  170. totallydisgusted says: May 25, 2012 4:48 PM

    Alex Smith you are San Frans weakness! Humble yourself bc your team went 13-3 in spite of you.

  171. billb49 says: May 25, 2012 4:52 PM

    No barkzine, I’m referring to the season scoreboard that says 14-3 versus 6-10.

    And, if you watched the game and you’re not a fool, you know damn good and well that the Giants were incredibly lucky to get out of SF with a win. Give them their credit. They won fair and square, but there isn’t a player on the Giants that thinks they didn’t get lucky that day.

  172. santamoss says: May 25, 2012 6:00 PM

    Smith made a good point but Beason made a better one.

  173. edavidberg says: May 25, 2012 7:11 PM

    Smith doesn’t have to name Newton … It actually undermines his point by suggesting Newton is overrated.

    I may be taking Newt in the first round of my fantasy draft. I’d be thrilled with him and Gronk as my first two picks.

  174. 2slick60 says: May 25, 2012 8:57 PM

    You just made the case for Dan Marino > Joe Montana, and probably didn’t even realize it!

  175. discosucs2005 says: May 25, 2012 10:32 PM

    As a 49er fan who loves Joe Montana, and Alex Smith, Dan Marino and Cam Newton are their respective betters. Championships are decided by a team, as are wins and losses.

    I understand Alex Smith’s frustration completely. All career he’s faced ridicule for things often out of his control. When he finally did win games, he still found himself being criticized for not doing it with good enough numbers.

    Alex Smith deserves credit for doing what he needed to do very well last year, and all 49er fans are hoping he can repeat that success or even improve this year.

    But only the most absurd and delusional person would take Alex Smith (or Andy Dalton) over Cam Newton.

  176. oaktown49er says: May 26, 2012 1:43 AM

    citynative says:May 25, 2012 3:47 PM

    @watermelon1 says:
    May 25, 2012 2:32 PM
    Actually the reason the 49ers had that record is their division. The Panthers weren’t lucky enough to play the Seahawks, rams, and cardinals twice.

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -

    Well The Panthers lost to the Cardinals and the Niners had just as many wins in the NFC South as Carolina did in 4 less games. By the way “Alice Smith” and the suspect Niners offense averaged 42 points a game versus NFC South defenses. Also, the Niners went 4-1 vs. playoff teams in the regular season.

    But hey, don’t let the facts get in the way of your argument.
    ———————————————————-
    LOL, I have never seen anyone so completely dominated by words (and facts)… by the way the Niners won 9 games OUTSIDE of the division. Props to you citynative

  177. Fantasy Football Legend says: May 26, 2012 2:01 AM

    Why don’t we all just agree that Newton and Smith suck.

  178. axespray says: May 26, 2012 6:18 AM

    I don’t recall Cam playing so awful his team needed to fire Offensive Coordinators year after year… Offensive Coordinators that have become good to great Head Coaches elsewhere. (McCarthy/Norv)

    I don’t recall Panther fans chanting “We want Clausen!”

    Alex Smith is the last person to name drop any QB (unless it’s Jamarcus Russel).

  179. michaeldrewd says: May 26, 2012 8:04 AM

    cam is for now over rated with his superman td celebration he is saying it is all me,SUPERMAN,he needs to win first before saying its all me superman!
    Beason is an idiot if that is what you get out of smiths quotes !

  180. lucky5934 says: May 26, 2012 8:14 AM

    Alex,

    I agree with you that Stats aren’t everything.

    Sincerely,

    Tim Tebow

  181. greej1938l says: May 26, 2012 11:39 AM

    There both right.. But the fact remains.. Smith your not Aaron Rodgers.. Your not that good..shut up and play football

  182. fivedecadefan says: May 26, 2012 1:24 PM

    Alex Smith isn’t fit to carry Cam Newton’s jock. If Newton had the team around him that Smith had the Niners would have gone to the Super Bowl and probably won. Look out for the Panthers this year, they’re going to be tough to beat.

  183. themonster49 says: May 27, 2012 2:29 AM

    thehoodedgenius says:
    May 25, 2012 11:01 AM
    Can Newton passing yards per game:

    Wins: 190.8
    Losses: 290.5

    woodsidegil says:
    May 25, 2012 11:02 AM
    Where in Smith’s comments was he comparing himself to Newton? He simply stated that statistics don’t necessarily equate to winning games.

    The first time I ever see MDS actually talking in an article, and he’s all emotional over something I don’t think actually exists or something I don’t think was actually said. Way To Go, MDS. Why don’t you actually talk and have something to say in your Other long articles? I feel cheated.

  184. njsteeler says: May 27, 2012 4:13 PM

    Alex was correct until he mentioned another man’s name. We are not commenting on this if he just made his point without saying a word about Newton. That’s where he messed up, because the truth of the matter is that his own team, the one he led to a 13-3 record inquired about the availability of Peyton Manning before offering him a new deal. He better hope that he can take advantage of the new weapons that he has, because at this point the man he spoke of has way more job security than he does.

  185. bjax357 says: May 29, 2012 2:06 PM

    I think what beason is trying to say is that, it takes more than a QB to be successful.

    49ers – Good defense, Good special teams.

    Panther – not very good defense, Not very good sepecial teams

    Smith versus Newton = Newton is the better guy.

    If Newton were with the 49ers, the 49ers would have won MAYBE all there games.

    Just dont think Alex Smith should have made that comparison, he should have just said, hey if Trent Dilfer can do it, so can I.

  186. achamarro1 says: May 30, 2012 9:29 PM

    Wow. Thats a stretch. Reading between the lines much. Smith has a point and you turn that into him meaning that cam was the reason the panthers were losing and smith was the reason the 9ers were winning. More like the 9ers were winnin in spite of there qb and the panthers were losing in spite of there qb.

  187. cornernum23 says: May 31, 2012 6:10 PM

    This is really not that big a deal…

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